Every week, I post a picture of the food that has gone bad over the last seven days. Why do I do this? Because in March of 2008, I finally got fed up with the amount of food I was wasting, and I thought that showing my waste to other people would motivate me to use up my food instead of wasting it. Because this often embarrassing practice was so helpful for me, I invited other bloggers to join me in posting their food waste photos, and Food Waste Friday was born. If you’re not a blogger but still want some food waste accountability, feel free to participate by leaving a comment.
Recently I posted about how sometimes I buy produce in small quantities, which is more expensive per pound, but less expensive overall because I less prone to waste with small amounts.
For some reason, I decided to buy a large pack of mushrooms last week, and this was the result.
I’m not sure why these went bad so fast…I stored them in a paper bag in the fridge like I usually do, but I had to really scramble to use up as many as possible before they went south.
I did compost the mushrooms, of course, so at least they didn’t go to the landfill!
Remember how last week I had to compost a hairy tomato? Just yesterday, a reader left this comment on that post:
“I think you’re lucky you got to that tomato before the rest were affected – good work. ”
Which is sort of funny, because apparently I didn’t get the bad tomato out of the bunch in time. Shortly after last week’s Food Waste Post, the other tomatoes started to sprout hair too, so I had to compost them.
I also have a few slices of roast beef lunch meat that have sat in the drawer a little too long for me to feel comfy eating them. Normally I throw leftover lunch meat into the freezer to use for panini sandwiches, but this package was hiding under some cheese and bacon, and I completely forgot about it.
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