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I always check dates and throw away anything that's on or past the date. 2 1.37%
I check dates and make sure to use everything within the date. 10 6.85%
I keep an eye on dates and use nose, eyes and brain to determine what's still good to eat 101 69.18%
I only buy enough food to last a couple of days, so this never happens. 12 8.22%
I just eat stuff without really looking at the dates. 13 8.90%
What's a best before date? 4 2.74%
What's a fridge? 4 2.74%
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When it comes to health and throwing away food, I would rather throw it away than overeat.
I agree with this.

Plus think, that some folks overstock and waste because there is still this irrational fear of hunger. Which makes no sense, food available at any given moment here, really. It is good to be immersed in work/activity so deep to ignore hunger a bit..to eat to live not to live to eat.
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It may help to become more calorie and nutrient aware. My problem with food waste are spontaneous plans and opportunities that deviate from a week's plan. I could never plan meals for the whole week and really stick with it.
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The four years that I lived in ZH, I had no fridge!

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Plus think, that some folks overstock and waste because there is still this irrational fear of hunger.
That, but also some indecisiveness in my case, giving in to clever marketing tricks - discounts, new products to try, things like that. I do like to have choices, be spontaneous, and you can hardly cook anything tasty if you've got only couple of things available. Shopping too frequently also seems like a waste of time to me, even irritating.
It would be one thing to be in an open market and buy your lettuces or tomatoes from that old lady, it's definitely a different feeling. Not the right place for that though.

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The four years that I lived in ZH, I had no fridge!

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How did you survive? It's not like living in Italy where you can literally eat out every single evening for a ridiculous amount of money.
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How did you survive? It's not like living in Italy where you can literally eat out every single evening for a ridiculous amount of money.
Laundry and meals are all in in Regensdorf. At least for those who remain within the fenced area, right Tom?
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How did you survive? It's not like living in Italy where you can literally eat out every single evening for a ridiculous amount of money.
We spend more eating out in Italy than in Switzerland, actually.

Anyway, the closet worked as a fridge 6 months out of the year, and most stuff doesn't really need a fridge.

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Laundry and meals are all in in Regensdorf. At least for those who remain within the fenced area, right Tom?
Alas, I lived across the tracks (Watt).

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Anyway, the closet worked as a fridge 6 months out of the year, and most stuff doesn't really need a fridge.

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Not if you have a dunge...ahem, a cellar.
I take it you weren't cooking that much back then. And defo not those crazy things you mentioned here....
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Not if you have a dunge...ahem, a cellar.
I take it you weren't cooking that much back then. And defo not those crazy things you mentioned here....
Actually, I did, despite no kitchen.

Best part that wife and I were legally married, but living in two different towns (at least she had a fridge). For two years!

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That, but also some indecisiveness in my case, giving in to clever marketing tricks - discounts, new products to try, things like that. I do like to have choices, be spontaneous, and you can hardly cook anything tasty if you've got only couple of things available. Shopping too frequently also seems like a waste of time to me, even irritating.
Two approaches that I try to apply to prevent buying food I will never eat:
-Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry or food tripping
-Always know what you are going to buy before you walk into the store, and avoid buying anything else.
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I don't pay any attention to best before dates. I use my eyes and nose. I buy a lot of %off fresh things, generally eat them soonish, but meat I will sometimes put in the freezer.
Me as well for meat and much dairy but never fish and veggies/fruit only with caution. Fish really has to be frest and most fruits and green veggies certainly also benefit from being fresh.

Yoghurts are fine as long as they are not severely bulging (or have already exploded). Any soft food with mould on (particularly fruit) should however go straight in the green container.
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Two approaches that I try to apply to prevent buying food I will never eat:
-Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry or food tripping
-Always know what you are going to buy before you walk into the store, and avoid buying anything else.
#3 - go alone (in my case). The best laid out lists go to waste when there are, shall we say, less disciplined people "assisting" with the shopping.

"How did those tubs of ice cream, half price Schwedentorte and a plastic trumpet end up at the cash desk..?"
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

I plan for the week and only buy a few "emergency" supplies - such as frozen fish or pizza.

I hate to see people throw away good food and also hate to see (and smell) overcrowded fridges.
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In the 'states, with the large portions, its normal to ask for the leftovers to be wrapped up to go. We brown bag it to work the next day, or hand it to the next homeless person we find.

Not so customary to take leftovers home here. Does anyone else ask to take leftovers home in Switzerland?
One of my gripes with restaurants here, and a reason I have stopped going out frequently.

OH is a foodie, loves to go out for a good meal at a good restaurant - the kind where a normal meal is an apero drink, amuse-bouche from the kitchen, a starter, main course, desert, and finally esspresso, often accompanied with a sweet surprise from the kitchen.

Waaaaay too much for me these days. I'm full after the salad.

Portions are simply too big here. Granted, not on the gigantic scale of US portions, but still far too big. But unlike in the US, asking that the leftovers be wrapped to go is frowned upon. Which makes me uncomfortable going out, knowing that food is likely to be wasted.

Many restaurants seem to take offense at customers who do not order a multi course meal. And the staff takes offense when food is left on the plate. When clearing away a half-eaten dish the server often asks what was wrong with the meal, the implication clearly that I have committed an egregious faux pas. No, the dish was delicious - but the portion was simply too big.

How I wish more restaurants offered small portions (as in the tiny portions a good French restaurant serves in a multi-course meal) or that asking for the left overs to go didn't result in eye rolling.

Because I hate wasting food, I now limit my dining out to two restaurants, the local pizza joint where taking home half the pizza is a normal thing to do, and a lovely little place where the chef knows me well enough not to blink when I order a starter as my main meal.

It's a shame that more restaurants aren't as flexible - but those who are not have lost a customer.
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But unlike in the US, asking that the leftovers be wrapped to go is frowned upon.
It really isn't these days, if it ever was. You just need to realise that they're usually more than happy to do so and not feel reluctant to ask.

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Many restaurants seem to take offense at customers who do not order a multi course meal. And the staff takes offense when food is left on the plate. When clearing away a half-eaten dish the server often asks what was wrong with the meal, the implication clearly that I have committed an egregious faux pas. No, the dish was delicious - but the portion was simply too big.
I don't find this to be the case very often, and I rarely leave a clean plate. When I was young I used to feel bad about it, probably a hangover from an upbringing where 'eating up' was encouraged by parents who lived through the wartime rationing years, and often felt that waiting staff were taking offense, as you say. But I eventually got over it, and these days if I got that sort of attitude from them I'd turn it around and have a go at them for wasting food and tell them to pass my complaint on to the chef. And they certainly wouldn't get a tip.
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I think a good waiter/waitress ought to know when one has ordered too little or too much, if they only pay attention. Most do not. I ordered a multi-course meal in a French restaurant, then paused to ask the waiter if we ordered too much. He said not to worry, and he'd look after that. He even came back to offer more of some things. The result was perfect portions for dinner. That level of service is impressive. I plan to make it a habit to discuss portions with waiters/waitresses.

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I think a good waiter/waitress ought to know when one has order too little or too much, if they only pay attention. Most do not. I order a multi-course meal in a French restaurant, then pause to ask the waiter if we ordered too much. He said not to worry, and he'd look after that. He even came back to offer more of some things. The result was perfect portions for dinner. That level of service is impressive. I plan to make it a habit to discuss portions with waiters/waitresses.
That's quite common in most classes of restaurant, though. People who are watching their weight ask how big the portions are and whether they can make modifications like leaving the salad sauce off to the side or swap the stodgy stuff for more veg, etc.

Then promptly sneak half my potatoes/pasta/chips off my plate...
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

I am pretty sure that supermarkets and food retailers only use these best before date to cover themselves because I don't think I have ever had a problem after eating something that is past the sell-by date. It's just a way to get you to buy more food that you don't need
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I am pretty sure that supermarkets and food retailers only use these best before date to cover themselves because I don't think I have ever had a problem after eating something that is past the sell-by date. It's just a way to get you to buy more food that you don't need
Some SRF videos on exactly that subject (German only):

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Perhaps not a good idea:

"Tesco ditches 'best before' dates on more fruit and veg"

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45786012

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