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31 Useful Products That'll Help You Waste Less Food

Let's put an end to the sweat-inducing guilt you feel when cleaning out the fridge at the end of the week.

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

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All the containers can be nested inside one another or on top of each other for space-saving purposes. They're top-rack dishwasher safe and BPA free.

Promising review: "Great product. Well-made and durable. I've had these bowls for six months now, and they are battle tested after numerous cycles in the dishwasher. The bowls resist staining from sauce, etc. and the lids hold their shape very well. They look as new today as they did at Christmas." —P Daddy

Get a 12-piece set (six containers and lids) from Amazon for $27.96 or from Jet for $22.91.

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2. A set of reusable plastic-free mesh produce bags for keeping fruits and veggies organized and fresh. You can also bring them to the grocery store to replace disposable plastic produce bags.

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These bags are washable and reusable!

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.

3. A grocery list notepad and a meal-planning notepad so you can write down exactly what you're out of and what you need to buy for next week's meals. It'll prevent you from buying ingredients you already have or won't use.

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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 or Walmart for $7.40. Get the "Eat" notepad from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $7.

4. A smart funnel that'll let you transfer the lasts bits of BBQ sauce/olive oil/ketchup from one bottle to another — hands-free.

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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 $8.99 (available in four colors) or Jet for $7.99.

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

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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 $11.99.

6. A small slow cooker perfect for turning overripe fruit into jams or sauces. They're also great for making no-hassle stews or soups with leftover ingredients such as chicken or mashed potatoes.

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If you live in a small household of one or two people, this slow cooker will make just the right amount of food so you won't have to deal with tons of leftovers all the time. And in case you do have leftovers, this little guy would also do a great job of heating them up!

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 it from Amazon (available in three sizes and five colors) or Walmart for $11.50+.

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7. An airtight butter case so your butter sticks won't absorb any unpleasant fridge odors. Because it's airtight, 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).

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This spacious butter container can hold more than one standard-size butter stick; it'll even fit a larger European-size butter block with room to spare. It's BPA free and microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe.

Promising review: "It has been three weeks since purchasing the butter keeper. The butter looks and tastes as if it was freshly opened. It fits perfectly in my butter holder in the fridge. A great way to store butter and keep it fresh." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

8. 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.

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Promising review: "This book was so much fun! I highly recommend anyone who enjoys being in the kitchen to get this book! These hacks will save you time, money, and maybe save your meal in an emergency! Well-written with an economy of words while still including important details. I'm already using some of the ideas and plan to incorporate more as situations come up. Will read it again at some point and use it as a kitchen reference book as well." —Scott

Get it from Amazon for $14.24 (available in Kindle and paperback editions), Barnes&Noble for $14.49 (available in Nook and paperback editions), or Indiebound for 19.95.

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

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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 or Jet for $11.26.

10. 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).

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This container is shatterproof, odor proof, stain resistant, and BPA free! It'll also be great for storing other types of dips. Check out the full review of this product here!

Promising review: "Because of this little gadget, I enjoy making guacamole again. I hated the browning that always occurred, and I would end up throwing it away. Too expensive to waste. This thing really works! My batches are still appealing in color and taste four days later. It's always gone by then, so I can't vouch for any longer. I think it holds enough for a group of friends and an afternoon of football. I'm very glad I bought it." —Joyce M.

Get it from Amazon for $18.97 or The Grommet for $19.95.

11. A set of fridge organizer bins so everything's visible and accessible. A messy fridge means food being pushed to the back, where it's hidden and forgotten until it's rotten.

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These clear bins allow you to see what food you still have in the fridge so you can finish everything before buying more.

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 four-pack from Amazon for $23.99 or Walmart for $28.99.

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

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These 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 or Walmart for $9.89 or from The Grommet or Jet for $9.99.

13. A berry box with a colander to keep your farmer's market treats from getting moldy ASAP (berries are the fastest spoiling fruits, IMO).

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Promising review: "These keep berries nicely contained and make it easy to wash the berries and drain them without leaving them sitting in a puddle of water, which would cause the fruit to rot prematurely. I purchased the bright yellow because it's the easiest to spot in the refrigerator. My husband can now quickly find fruit in the refrigerator, which he appreciates. No more disappointment of finding 'furry' fruit lost in the back of the fridge that was undiscovered, uneaten, and wasted." —N. Silver

Get it from Amazon for $10.59+ (available in five colors).

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

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You'd be surprised at how quickly improperly stored cheese can go moldy. These polyethylene and wax-coated paper bags allow cheese to breathe and help regulate humidity. You can easily mark out 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 $8.99, Jet for $13.47, or Walmart for $13.60.

15. An adorable storage pod so you can pretend that your leftover lemon is the magic rose in Beauty and the Beast. This way, you'll definitely remember to use up the rest!

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Promising review: "Kept a cut lemon fresh longer than anything else I've used for that purpose, and no mold." —carrus

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

16. A delightful book that'll teach you how to make good food with humble ingredients (read: whatever you have in the cupboard) and how to find satisfaction in cooking and eating.

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Promising review: "For Adler it all starts with the ingredients. She treats ingredients we might normally take for granted, such as onions, eggs, and bread as if they were priceless gifts from the gods. Reading this book, you discover what it is to savor the very simplest of meals, whether it is a boiled egg or a tossed salad. The whole theme of An Everlasting Meal is to buy food with the intent of making many good meals out of whatever ingredients you have left over or happen to have at hand or pick up on sale. Waste not, want not would seem to be her slogan, for she saves scraps and bones and bits of fat and grizzle that most of us would toss and instead uses them to make broths, gravies, and soups to be consumed at once or frozen for future enjoyment. Her sense of humor and wry appreciation of her own mistakes makes reading her book a delight." —Deborah Barchi

Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (available in Kindle, paperback, and hardcover editions) or from Barnes&Noble or Indiebound for $16.

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17. A brown sugar keeper with a terra cotta disc to prevent the sugar from turning into hard, lumpy, and unusable rocks.

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If you're only interested in the terra cotta insert, you can find one here.

Promising review: "I had two pounds of brown sugar that had dried out. Since my old bear-shaped sugar keeper broke, I replaced it with this unit. When it arrived, I followed the directions and soaked the disc in water for a few minutes, wiped it dry, and I had to literally hammer the brown sugar into smallish pieces so it would fit in the container. After two days, the top half of the sugar was restored. I soaked the disc again and stirred up the sugar before sealing it up. Two more days later, the sugar is as fresh as ever! All soft and moist like when I brought it home from the store." —jp

Get it from Amazon or Jet for $8.31 or from Walmart for $12.95.

18. A vacuum sealer perfect for anyone who likes buying in bulk. Sealing and freezing ingredients allow them to last much longer (literally for years) so you won't have to worry about not finishing everything in time.

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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 $129.99.

19. An extra-large chip clip so you'll stop throwing away half-eaten bags of snacks because they were left open overnight.

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They're magnetic so just keep them on the fridge door and you won't lose them.

Promising review: "After breaking yet another dollar store chip clip, I decided to buy these and I am so happy I did! The clips are very large and go almost all the way across the chip bag, ensuring that the chip bags are sealed well and prolonging the shelf life of the chips. The clip opens very wide, so you can fit them over bulky bags. I used them on a bag of chips I opened about three weeks ago and with the cheap clips, the chips would've been stale by now, but they are still fresh three weeks later with these clips. For $6, it's a bargain to get two high-quality clips that are built to last. These are well worth the price and are highly effective." —Olivia Stabler

Get a two-pack from Amazon (available in two colors) or Jet for $5.99+.

20. A fridge pod designed to absorb ethylene gas (which causes produce to over-ripen) so your fruits and vegetables will maintain their nutrient value and taste for much longer.

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This combo pack comes with two pods and a one-year supply of ethylene absorbing packets (to be inserted into the pods).

Promising review: "Omg! This is like magic! My fruit and veggies last so much longer, and now I don't have to go grocery shopping for produce every three to four days in fear of something going bad before it has a chance to be eaten. I ended up buying some for my folks and have recommended it to all my friends!" —Bethanie

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.46.

21. A chrome-finish basket that'll do more than just show off pretty fruits. Fun fact: Bananas actually stay fresh longer when hung up.

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Bananas turn brown quicker when left on the counter because ethylene gas lingers and causes them to ripen more rapidly. The hanger can be easily removed and can also be used to hang fruits like grapes.

Promising review: "We used to keep our fruit in a glass bowl that caused them to go bad quickly. This helps. More importantly, the banana hanger keeps the bananas fresh at least two to three days longer." —mw

Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

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22. A bag cincher to replace those annoying bread tags and twist ties. These are reusable and way more secure, and they'll keep dry goods and sliced bread from going stale.

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Promising review: "These are the best bag closers I have ever found to keep bread and other baked items fresh. The little plastic closers that come from the store on the standard bagged items often break or fall off and result in dry bread slices, etc. With the OXO bag cinchers, the bags are sealed tightly and to my surprise, my family actually uses them — we haven't had a bag left open since we started using these. We have found they work well on folded cereal bag tops, coffee bean bags, etc.; no doubt you will find other uses for them, too." —HelenWheels

Get a three-pack from Amazon (available in two color sets) or Jet for $4.99+ or from Walmart for $8.45.

23. A personal blender for making smoothies out of overripe fruit and vegetables. A brown banana or shriveled strawberry might not look appetizing, but you won't be able to tell after it's blended!

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If you tend to buy fruits in bulk and are worried that you can't finish them, just freeze them and make smoothies for breakfast! The blender top doubles as a travel mug, so just grab it and go.

Promising review: "I’ve used this blender dozens of time with frozen fruit, etc, and am very impressed. I make a smoothie to take to work, then wash out the bottle and fill it with water throughout the day — dual purpose and very convenient. I’d strongly encourage others to save money and buy this." —Jen

Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

24. An herb saver so you won't feel pressured to make pasta five times a week because the basil will go bad.

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This herb saver has a reservoir on the bottom that can be filled with water, which is what keeps the herbs fresh. (The water should be changed every 3-5 days.) It's also dishwasher safe!

Promising review: "It really works for keeping herbs fresh. I used to throw away cilantro after a week. This gadget has made it so I can keep it watered in the fridge for up to four weeks. Big savings with this." —Caribeazul

Get it from Amazon for $10.

25. A sturdy flour keeper to ensure your baking ingredients stay fresh and critter-free. The built-in leveler also reduces mess and waste because you won't be spilling as much flour!

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Promising review: "I had a serious cereal bug infestation in my kitchen, and at one point they got into an unopened bag of flour. At that point, I ordered these and although it's taken a lot longer to eradicate the bugs, the one place they definitely have not managed to get into was these flour containers, and it's probably the place they would most want to get into if they could. It's also just a handy, sturdy way to keep flour. I love the leveler, which makes it easy to scoop up an even cup of flour." —cag2012

Get it from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $14.70.

26. A set of silicone food huggers that'll make you abandon cellophane wrap forever — it even works 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).

27. A fabric liner to help your veggies stay crisp in the crisper drawer. By absorbing excess moisture, it prevents produce from prematurely perishing.

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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, Jet, or Walmart for $6.

28. A handy dehydrator for yet another way to eat and store excess food. Try making dried fruit and peppers, chips, or even jerky!

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Ask yourself before throwing something away — can it be dehydrated?

Promising review: "THE BEST DEHYDRATOR. You don't need the settings, just plug it in and go. I've had this for a few months now and have dehydrated several kinds of fruits and vegetables plus a few batches of beef jerky. It's lightweight, easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store. I got two extra trays and the mesh screens, which are actually almost a necessity. No need to waste money on something fancy, this is all you need." —Lisa Carter

Get it from Amazon for $39.86, Jet for $39.90, or Walmart for $39.92.

29. A food-shaped storage container so there's never any confusion about what's inside — unless you stash a tomato in a pepper container. But that's just... chaos.

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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 $5.04+ (available in 11 designs).

30. 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!

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Promising review: "So many ideas for avoiding food waste! These range from using otherwise discarded parts of vegetables — carrot tops, asparagus stalks, broccoli stems, and the like — through uses for the fat and giblets of chickens, things to do with bones from a roast, what to do with the other part of a separated egg, and things to do with stale bread. And much more! The whole approach helps me think of how to use various foodstuffs that might otherwise go to waste. Recommended for people who figure there MUST be a use for that and who hate throwing weird bits of food away!" —Cissa

Get it from Amazon for $12.91+ (available in Kindle and paperback editions), Barnes&Noble for $12.99+ (available in Nook and paperback editions), or Indiebound for $18.99.

31. A vintage-style print to hang in your kitchen so you'll always be reminded that food is meant to be eaten and enjoyed, not wasted.

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This poster was originally published in 1917 and released by the U.S. Food Administration during the WWI-era!

Get it from letteredandlined on Etsy for $13.00+ (available in seven sizes).

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