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    34 Useful Products That'll Help You Waste Less Food

    Less waste = less money = happier you!

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    1. An adorable terracotta bear that'll magically save your brown sugar from getting all hard and lumpy.

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    Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft even in a tight container. I purchased new 5-quart jars for my flour, sugar and so forth and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it, and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again, which was amazing to me! I have about 2 lbs of sugar in the 5-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed gasket but I haven't had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar." —diosa

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49 (also available in maple leaf, gingerbread girl, and sugar cookie shapes).

    2. A set of stackable microwave- and freezer-safe storage containers to help your leftovers stay fresh for as long as possible.

    amazon.com

    The containers can be nested inside one another or on top of each other to save space, plus they're dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The set includes a variety of sizes, perfect for meal-prepping and storing everything from condiments to full-sized meals.

    Read our full review of this set here.

    Get a 42-piece set for $19.98 or a 60-piece set for $24.99 from Amazon.

    3. A bag cincher you can use for your loaves of bread or packages of frozen food that's way less annoying than those pesky bread tags and twist ties.

    amazon.com

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. An airtight container for keeping your guac perfectly green and fresh until you're ready to serve it, because nothing is sadder than brown guac (would still eat, though).

    The Grommet

    This container is shatterproof, odor-proof, stain-resistant, and BPA-free, plus it's great for storing other types of dips too. Check out a full review here!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95 or The Grommet for $19.95.

    5. Or a set of avocado-savers if you're more of an avocado purist and need something that actually works to extend the life of one for an extra day or two.

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    The product reduces a cut avocado's exposure to air, slowing the oxidization process that results in browning. It's also reversible, so you can use the side with the pit depression to save it with pit or flip it over to preserve it without the pit. Top-shelf dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I bought these and I am very happy. I put one half, with pit, into a saver last night and this morning it was ready to use in my omelet. There was slightly oxidation, but not enough to even cut it out. I'M THRILLED!" —chemcrazy

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. Plastic containers with the miraculous ability to keep produce day-one fresh for almost two weeks (seriously!!).

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed, amazon.com

    Read a full review of these truly magical containers here!

    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." —Laura

    Get them from Amazon: a 4-cup for $9.99, or an 11.1-cup for $11.79.

    7. A set of fridge organizer bins to make everything visible and accessible — say goodbye to your old messy fridge where food is always pushed to the back and forgotten until it's rotten!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Cheaper and just as good as any other bins out here! I even went to The Container Store first. My fridge looks amazing now, and it is really helping me keep track of food, so I'm saving on produce. Be extra and get the fridge bins!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $30.99.

    8. And while you're at it, a three-tier organizer that'll make everything visible and accessible in your cabinets as well.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love these organizers. My pantry stays neat and I can see what I have at a glance." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A dehydrator to preserve produce even longer — you can make dried fruit, kale chips, or even jerky in this handy gadget!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Really a great product at a great price. I was buying jerky a couple of times a week because I am on a high-protein diet. It was $7 for a small bag. I had a similar device years ago and just never replaced it after it died. This is an upgrade for sure. It stores in a very clever way to minimize the space it takes. I took it out of the box, put in some strips I had been marinading for a couple of days, and this morning had bags of great homemade jerky. It just paid for itself. My wife is on a special diet as well and is going to make some fruit. I am looking forward to trying that as well." —Scott Stegal

    Get it from Amazon for $38.05+ (available with fruit roll sheets or with mesh screens).

    10. A magical sheet of paper that'll make produce last longer simply by being in the vicinity — just pop one in a bowl of fruit, a salad bag, or a fridge drawer.

    amazon.com

    The sheets are disposable, recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. Once in use, each sheet lasts for about a month, but they can be stored for up to two years.

    Promising review: "This paper REALLY works. It keeps my fruits and veggies lasting at least five to seven days longer than on their own. I've been using these regularly since I've discovered them. Price is right and saves me from having to throw produce out after a few days." —Amazon Customer

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $10.34.

    11. A pack of cheese storage bags for preserving the flavor and extending the shelf life of your fancy fromage.

    amazon.com

    Improperly stored cheese can go moldy quickly — but these polyethylene and wax-coated paper bags allow cheese to breathe and help regulate humidity. You can also mark the type of cheese and the date on the bag.

    Promising review: "I am a cheese lover, and I hate to admit that I have been storing my cheese in plastic wrap and bags for years. I bought a wheel of Bellwether Carmondy earlier this year and decided to wrap it in plastic wrap after the first slice. Poor choice, as it was covered in mold in a little over a week. It still pains me that one of my favorite cheeses ended up in the trash so quickly. I decided to look for a cheese storage alternative, and I now store my cheese in these bags. I am happy to report that no cheese has been tossed prematurely due to mold and that all cheese tastes excellent after being stored in these bags." —Surfer 201110

    Get a 15-pack from Amazon for $10.49.

    12. A five-piece set of chip clips that'll always come in handy — for sealing chip bags, coffee beans, and virtually anything else in your pantry or fridge.

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    The set comes with two large and three small clips — plus they're magnetic, so just store 'em on your fridge when they're not in use for easy access.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. An adorable food-shaped storage container so there's never any confusion about what's inside!

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    These are dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.


    Promising review:
    "This is a great storage container for storing pieces of tomatoes in the refrigerator. It helps make my refrigerator look organized and keeps my pieces of leftover tomatoes fresh for longer periods of time. Everyone using the refrigerator knows exactly what's in the container, so fruit doesn't get wasted. It also fits in the door of the fridge and so is a great space saver." —Debbie Toppin

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 11 designs).

    14. A recipe book that'll show you how to make the most of out of each ingredient or meal. Who knew you could make a delicious pesto out of carrot tops? Not me!

    Da Capo Lifelong Books

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+, Barnes & Noble for $12.99, a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    15. A vacuum sealer perfect for anyone who likes buying in bulk, so you can seal and freeze ingredients for years (literally).

    amazon.com

    Even if you're just stashing something in the fridge, sealing it will make it last for weeks longer.

    Promising review: "Fantastic! Preserves food extremely well and saves us lots of money by not having to throw out spoiled food. It also helps prevent freezer-burn. Well worth the money." —LarryB

    Get it from Amazon for $126.93.

    16. A set of silicone food huggers that'll make you abandon cellophane wrap forever — they even work well on jars and cans.

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    Promising review: "These have probably been around for a long time, but I just discovered them and think they're terrific. From my half lemons to half onions, they keep the 'other half' fresh and ready. No more waste here!" —Linda Brown

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two color sets).

    17. An Aerogarden, so you'll have all the garden-fresh herbs you use most all year long — growing right on your countertop!

    Goodful for Macy's

    Just freeze whatever you won't be using immediately and you're good to go! The kit comes with seeds for Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, and Thai basil as well as Miracle-Gro plant food.

    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best Caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —Fresh Mom

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (available in sage, black, and white).

    18. A set of reusable plastic-free mesh produce bags for keeping fruits and veggies organized and fresh — plus you can bring 'em to the grocery store as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic produce bags.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have ordered these twice because I wound up using them for transport and storage. Love them! Feels great to bypass all the plastic bags in the produce section, and the airflow helps to keep items fresh and does not create condensation that can rot some fruits and veggies." —kst

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $8.97.

    19. A fabric liner that'll absorb excess moisture and help your veggies stay crisp in the crisper drawer.

    Amazon

    Each liner is 12" x 24" but you can trim it to fit your fridges shelves/drawers. They are reusable — simply machine wash on cold when they get dirty!

    Promising review: "Bought a new refrigerator so thought I would do it right. Great product — lets the air get under the fruit/veggies and keeps them fresh longer, and keeps the drawers cleaner, too." —M. Kopp

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    20. A customer-favorite 10-piece airtight container set for storing snacks, pasta, cereal, and other dry goods in your pantry that you'll use from now until the end of time.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought these to use in my pantry. We use them for flour, sugar, cereal, chips/crackers/cookies, candy, drink mix packets, etc... . It's great to be able to quickly glance in the pantry and to be able to assess how much you have of an item without having to open the container. All of our food has stayed well protected and fresh. And because of the easy-to-push-open-and-closed lid, my lazy teen and tween are even capable of getting the containers closed (we've had many a snack — such as bags of chips and cereal — go stale because they were too lazy to seal the bags all the way)." —DCP

    Get it from Amazon for $97.97.

    21. An airtight case so your butter won't absorb any unpleasant fridge odors — you can even leave the butter out at room temp and it'll stay fresh for a couple weeks (provided that the room isn't too warm).

    amazon.com

    Several reviewers also note it works great for cheese!

    Promising review: "I have recently started buying the larger, European sized butter. This container works perfectly for that. The lock ensures that the lid doesn't accidentally bump into the side of the butter, meaning it stays cleaner longer. I absolutely love this thing." —K Matheny

    Get it from Amazon for $8.82.

    22. A banana hanger that's more than just a cute kitchen accent: Bananas actually stays fresher longer when they're hanging!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I don't know why these things are so hard to find, but this is a good-looking, sturdy banana hanger. Not much else to say. Holds bananas perfectly and looks good doing it. Very pleased. Would definitely buy this is a gift — I think everyone likes nice bananas." —Renee B

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    23. The "Smart Funnel," which lets you transfer the lasts bits of BBQ sauce/olive oil/ketchup from one bottle to another — hands-free.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased this for myself to try and then bought them as Christmas gifts. It gets every last drop of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc. out of the bottles. I've decided to buy another one for the kitchen for things like dressing, ketchup, mustard, and oils. Helps with clutter and will save money over time by not wasting the last bit in the containers." —Diane H

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. Grocery list and meal-planning notepads so you can write down exactly what you're out of and what you need to buy for next week's meals.

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    It'll help prevent buying ingredients you already have or won't use.

    Promising review: "This pad has helped us with our meal planning and definitely helps us from buying unnecessary items at the grocery store! It's magnetic so we have it on our fridge. It also has some blank lines in different categories so if an item isn't listed, you can write it in quickly and go about your business! We take the list to the grocery store and know exactly what we need from each aisle because it's separated by category! Grocery shopping is still by no means fun, but this takes a lot of hassle out of figuring out what to buy!" —Chaddy

    Get the "All Out Of" notepad from Amazon for $7.50 and the "What To Eat" notepad from Amazon for $7.

    25. A set of reusable beeswax food-storage wraps for an environmentally-friendly (and super-cute) way to preserve your food.

    amazon.com

    They're made from organic cotton and are coated in beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin — and can be wrapped around cut fruits and vegetables or used to cover open containers, cups, and bowls. Read our full review of these wraps here.

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this stuff. It works so well and so much better than plastic wrap. I DETEST PLASTIC WRAP — not only because it's so bad for the environment but because it doesn't work. Beeswax wrap stays put and is reusable. Not only are you saving the planet but you are saving money too! Who could ask for anything more?" —Taylor

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $18.

    26. A collapsible bread box to keep your weekly loaf (or other baked goods) perfectly soft and edible for more than just a couple days.

    amazon.com

    The dishwasher-safe and BPA-free box has an adjustable air vent and collapses to less than half its size for convenient storage.

    Promising review: "I think this thing is perfect. It adjusts to fit the changing size of my loaf, and it's transparent so it keeps my bread happily in sight, which is good because as far as I'm concerned, if something is out of sight, it may as well be gone forever. Additionally, this thing is attractive and keeps the bread fresh because the seal is very good." —Hey_McGee

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    27. A personal blender so you can put all that overripe produce to good use in a nutrient-packed smoothie!

    amazon.com

    The blender is designed using a handy to-go sports bottle (which is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free) as the blending vessel! Read our full review of this handy appliance here.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.79+ (available in four colors).

    And find our picks for the best blenders across three price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    28. A pair of storage bag holders to keep both of your hands free for pouring, reducing the likelihood of spillage and waste.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are very helpful especially if you do freezer meals. They hold quart and gallon bags securely and reduces mess and spills. They pay for themselves if it keeps you from spilling one meal and having to waste the ingredients and time. They fold pretty flat and fit into a drawer nicely." —Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.97.

    29. An adorable mini slow cooker perfect for turning overripe fruit into jams or sauces — or making no-hassle stews or soups with leftover ingredients like chicken or mashed potatoes.

    amazon.com

    The slow cooker has three settings and the glass lid and stoneware pot are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Perfect for two, and if there are any leftovers, just pull the ceramic insert out, let it cool, put the lid on it, and park it in the fridge. This will also be perfect for making apple sauce and pumpkin butter. Soups do well in this, too." —Stacey

    Get a 1.5-quart slow cooker from Amazon for $12.71 (also available in 2- and 3-quart options in four colors).

    30. A three-piece airtight storage container set to house your pet's kibble and treats, because they deserve fresh food too!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I've had this set for nearly three years now and it's still going strong. It includes a 33-quart storage container on wheels (great for 25 lb. bags of dog food), a 12-quart storage container perfect treats or canned food, and a scoop marked to indicate ½ cup through 2 cups, in ½-cup increments. BPA-free. Read our full review of it here.

    Promising review: "This product is awesome!! Fit my 16 lb. bag of cat food with room to spare. Quality plastic, nice latches, wheels roll great on the carpet and a scoop. You can't ask for a better food container. Here is the best part: The top bin fits an entire flat of can food and still closes perfectly. I am completely delighted with this purchase. Even the kitty approves. ;)" —KAshley

    Get it from Amazon for $20.47+ (available in nine colors).

    31. A dry-food dispenser that'll not only keep your cereal (or oatmeal/granola/rice/snacks) fresh as can be, but also look chic on your countertop — and make it easy for kids to serve themselves.

    amazon.com

    Each canister holds 17.5 ounces and dispenses approximately 1 ounce per twist.

    Promising review: "I bought two sets of this double cereal dispenser. I purchased it because we were having a big brunch at our house and I thought it would be fun for the kids to have cereal. It was a huge hit! In fact the brunch was a month ago and we continue to use these and they are displayed on our kitchen granite against the wall. The kids can easily help themselves. I will say that it does require a low profile bowl so that it can fit under the dispenser. I think it keeps it more fresh than in a partially opened box in the pantry. This has been a huge hit in my house. Other kids think we are extra cool because we have this. 😂" —Dr. aaron ufberg

    Get it from Amazon for $27.35 (also available as a single dispenser for $19.79).

    32. A vacuum-sealed coffee container so your beans or grounds stay fresh as heck and your daily cup o' joe is always bursting with flavor.

    amazon.com

    The container holds 16 oz. and be used for other goods as well!

    Promising review: "Very fine item — effective, well designed, easy to use, and attractive. Suggestion to owners: Do NOT pour the coffee grounds into your Coffeevac. Rather, place the new foil bag (usually 12 oz size) of coffee into the unit because: 1) Added freshness protection without added cost, 2) when contents near empty it is easier to scoop out grounds from foil bag, and 3) if you like to rotate your brand or level of roast, keeping the grounds in the bag will remind you of exactly what type you are currently using. Works for me!" —Georgia Guy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    33. A book of clever kitchen hacks that'll give you ideas on how to save both time and money in the kitchen, including chapters on proper food storage, reheating methods, saving a meal you accidentally screwed up, and making the right portions for just one person.

    America's Test Kitchen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    34. And a meal kit, like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, perfect for those weeks you know you'll be traveling or won't be home every night to cook — all the ingredients for your meals will be delivered right to your door, so it's totally waste-free (and cheaper than takeout)!

    Blue Apron, Hello Fresh

    These meal kits let you select the recipes you want to make, how many people you'll be cooking for, and how many recipes you'd like per week. Each box contains all the pre-portioned ingredients you'll need, plus instructions, and you can choose from classic meal plans or vegetarian ones. You can pause or cancel at any time!

    Get Blue Apron starting at $8.99/serving or Hello Fresh starting at $7.49/serving.

    You, not wasting an ounce of food from here on out:

    E!

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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