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.
At least, this week I do. Heaven knows I’ve had my share of weeks where I lose at using up food.
While it would be fabulous if I managed to to orchestrate my life so that I never had about-to-go-bad food, I’m not there. So, the next best thing is to rescue food that’s on its way out the door, and I did a whole pile of that yesterday.
First, I made scrambled eggs for breakfast and used a wrinkly tomato and the last of the cilantro to make a bit of salsa to top the eggs.
Then I cut some bad spots off of the last sweet potato and boiled it with the idea that I would use it in muffins. Except, I sort of let the water all boil off.
Next I decided to try my hand at freezing some mushrooms which had lived in my fridge for almost too long. I know drying mushrooms is a better idea, but since I don’t own a dehydrator at this point, freezing has to suffice. I did some googling and read that mushrooms freeze better if you saute them first, so that’s what I did. I’ll try using them next time I need cooked mushrooms and I’ll let you know how they turn out.
I found a container of Chinese takeout rice from probably over 2 weeks ago. None of us like takeout rice, but I forgot to tell them not to include it with our meal.
It was, um, a little dry after two weeks, so I cooked up a little batch of makeshift rice pudding (I just simmered it in milk with a cinnamon stick and a little salt). I’ll sprinkle some sugar on top and have it for breakfast today, I think.
Not only did I have a random sweet potato, I also had a regular potato that needed to be used. So, I made a batch of potato bread, and I used some slightly sour half and half for some of the liquid.
I was slightly nervous that potato bread wouldn’t be flavorful enough to disguise the half and half, but considering that only a small portion of a loaf is left, I think it’s safe to say that my worries were unfounded.
(in case you’re new to this idea, let me assure that using soured milk in baking or in pudding is quite safe, and the resulting product usually tastes just fine. Only once in all my years of doing this have I turned out something that tasted icky.)
Lastly, for lunch I made a salad using leftover shredded lettuce (from when we had fajitas) and the one remaining wrinkly tomato (with some not-about-to-go-bad cheese to round it out).
Phew! I’m thrilled that my fridge is now utterly free of food teetering on the brink of badness.
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