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.
I kind of feel like I must be losing my touch or something.
The lettuce was left over from when we had tacos, and it had turned kind of brown and yucky. I could have used it in a salad instead of spinach, but spinach IS more nutritious, so I suppose that was sort of a good choice. Better to compost green leaf lettuce than spinach.
The sour cream dip is still in my fridge because I’m waffling on whether it’s bad or not. It doesn’t smell funky and it’s not moldy, but it has been in the fridge for…a while.
I’m actually not sure how long, which is why I’m a little conflicted about what I should do with it.
The half and half container is almost entirely empty, but the last bit in there was very cheesy smelling. Note to self: make sure you don’t store the half and half in the refrigerator door (it’s warmer there).
Also, I bought some peaches from the store the other day, put them into a paper bag to ripen, and now they’re starting to rot while simultaneously maintaining their rock hard status. Sigh. I’ll probably manage to save them by adding them to a smoothie or something, but if I have to throw some of them out, I refuse to take responsibility.
The peaches must bear the blame.
Or perhaps the food system that harvests them while they’re green and rock hard.
I think I’m going to give up buying peaches until the local ones are ready. Grocery store peaches are just no good 95% of the time.
To make myself feel better, I checked my food waste photo from 3 years ago, and it’s pretty bad: Food Waste Friday-7.5.08.
I have improved, I have improved, I have improved.
(On a random note, why in the world did I make my pictures so small back then?? I think that was only my third post on The Frugal Girl, so perhaps it can be blamed on new-blogger-itis.)
Anyway! I’d really, really like to have a no-waste week next Friday, and I’m going to try my darndest.
(Not that I wasn’t trying this week.)
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