Food Waste Friday – Lett-uce Stop The Waste!

Kristen, a.k.a. The Frugal Girl posts her weekly food waste on Fridays. She has inspired me to be more mindful to not waste food, and to use it up before it ends up inedible and fuzzy in the refrigerator. So, I’m jumping on board and joining in the Food Waste Friday fun 😉 This is my fourth week posting and yes, I am noticing a difference in the amount of food my family is (not) wasting anymore!

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I know, Lett-uce – what total cheese.  But I did not waste any cheese so that is a good thing!  But, it was not such a good week for greens in our house.  Some shredded lettuce left over from tacos, the ends of the head of lettuce that just never got used and a quarter of a cabbage.  Argh.  I have some more that are ‘at risk’ this week, so I’m thinking it’s time for some kind of salad with dinner tonight.  The Greens carnage around here must end.  It’s bad to waste food, it’s bad to waste money and it sure feels great to use up something in the fridge that you otherwise would have just tossed.  These posts sure are effective at making me think more critically about the true cost of food waste.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it!

Food Waste Friday – A Little Bit Saucy

Kristen, a.k.a. The Frugal Girl posts her weekly food waste on Fridays. She has inspired me to be more mindful to not waste food, and to use it up before it ends up inedible and fuzzy in the refrigerator. So, I’m jumping on board and joining in the Food Waste Friday fun 😉 This is my fourth week posting and yes, I am noticing a difference in the amount of food my family is (not) wasting anymore!

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This week, I wasted about 1 1/2 cups of tinned pasta sauce.  It was my own sheer laziness that led to this waste, so I’m sad about it.  I don’t usually use tinned sauce, but when I do, I put any leftover in a container and freeze it for later use.  This time I totally flaked and left it out all night, in the tin, on the counter.  Bad, Bad domestic goddess!  I pitched it after many attempts to convince myself that it really wasn’tthat bad to have left it out.  And failed.  So out it went.  We also wasted two bananas that, when peeled had weird, hard brown stripes on the actual banana.  Nobody was a fan, so add those to our food waste this week.

Why is it that I never have a post about wasting chocolate?  Or potato chips?  Or Diet Pepsi? Or Kawartha Dairy Moose Tracks ice cream?  Hmmm, why?  Why don’t I ever waste anything that is actually BAD for me?  *sigh*  Oh, wait, I know why – because it all tastes too zipity-do-dah good and I’m a glutton for sweet stuff, that’s why!  Mystery solved. *bangs head on table*  I’m pathetic, I know.

Anyhoo, I don’t have a picture of the woebegone wasted sauce, nor of the equally sad and wasted bananas, but a post without a picture is like a blogger with an internet connection.  Useless.  So, here’s a picture that I snapped last August of a some food that we grew in our backyard and didn’t waste.  And there’s no sugar added 🙂

 

My basket overflow'th with tomatoes!

2011 was the first year that I planted a garden and we were thrilled with the results. Not everything worked, but I sure learned a lot about gardening and can't wait to set one up at the new house!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it!

Food Waste Friday – It’s A Doozy

Kristen, a.k.a. The Frugal Girl posts her weekly food waste on Fridays. She has inspired me to be more mindful to not waste food, and to use it up before it ends up inedible and fuzzy in the refrigerator. So, I’m jumping on board and joining in the Food Waste Friday fun 😉 After missing last week, this is my third week posting.

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This week, I some romaine lettuce, a small chunk of meatloaf and more than a slice of gluten-free pizza.  The lettuce was buried at the bottom of my crisper and apparently my mind, because when I remembered about it, I was sure it was only a week old but looking inside the leaves convinced me otherwise.  The meatloaf was wasted out of sheer stupidity.  I put it in the container and then didn’t put the lid on it and put it in the fridge.  See?  Totally stupid.  And the gluten free pizza?  Well, that was an experiment gone wrong.  Mr. KB is gluten intolerant, and pizza is the one thing he missing the most (other than birthday cake!) so we have been trying and trying to find substitute for the usual gluten-filled crust.  Other than Pizzaville’s GF pizza, we’ve been pretty much out of luck on the home-made-pizza-front.  I’ll do a post on this most recent crust failure later on though.  Suffice to say, the piece pictures wasn’t the only piece that was tossed, but it was the only one I snapped a picture of (incidentally, I apologize for the poor quality of the photos.  I took them with my phone out of haste, but don’t think I’ll do that again!)

Not a good week for food waste around here. But, on the upside, a new week is starting soon 🙂

Yes, I agree.  I fairly shameful showing this week.  But, but, but, Im’ma gonna do a lot better next week *grin*

I hope you all have a wonderful Supercalifrugalisticexpialidocious weekend!

Food Waste Friday – The Second Week and The First Bre-tato

Kristen, a.k.a. The Frugal Girl posts her weekly food waste on Fridays. She has inspired me to be more mindful to not waste food, and to use it up before it ends up inedible and fuzzy in the refrigerator. So, I’m jumping on board and joining in the Food Waste Friday fun 😉 This is my second week posting.

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This week, I wasted another half of a potato, but this time I know it was not my fault. That same 10lb bag of potatoes that I bought a couple of weekends ago had a few more unpleasant surprises in store for me when I went to grab a bunch of them to make potato salad to go with our Family Day Rib Fest 🙁 But, on the upside, the potatoes that did make the cut were deliciously wonderful when saladed up! I also wasted the end piece of a loaf of Gluten-free rice bread. I was trying to use it to make bread crumbs for fish cake coating, but I left it in the toaster oven too long and, well, it turned into a charcoal-esque disk.

Introducing the world to the first Bre-tato. The coupling of the vindicated, self-assured (yet still doomed) potato and an insecure, over-tanned (equally doomed) slice of bread.

Overall, not too bad, but would like to get a lot better at reducing our wasteful habits and reusing as much as possible 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful Supercalifrugalisticexpialidocious weekend!

Food Waste Friday – First time out

Kristen, a.k.a. The Frugal Girl posts her weekly food waste on Fridays.  She has inspired me to be more mindful to not waste food, and to use it up before it ends up inedible and fuzzy in the refrigerator.  So, I’m jumping on board and joining in the Food Waste Friday fun 😉

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This week, I wasted a potato, but I don’t think it was my fault. I bought a 10lb bag of potatoes on the weekend and when I went to pull some out mid-week, there was a very rotten, ugly one in the bag. I think they snuck it in already rotten 🙁 I also had to sacrifice half an onion that had gone off, but was able to use the other half, so it wasn’t a total waste.  Oh – and I had just over a litre of lactose-free milk (which is ++ expensive that regular lactose laden milk) that was set to expire the next day, so I divided it up into five 1-cup servings, bagged and froze them to use in later baking – so no waste there – yay!

I don’t have a picture this week because I hadn’t committed to this post until this morning, but I’ll make sure to snap pictures of any food waste next week 🙂  It may be a little gross sometimes, but knowing that may help me to use things up to avoid having to publish embarrassing rotten food pictures too often 😉