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.
I’m not sure what it is, but it seems like every grocery store I visit is starting to only sell green beans in big plastic bags.
And big plastic bags of beans usually get the best of me, as this one did.
I usually manage to cook at least half the bag, and then I don’t get around to cooking up more beans in time.
Maybe when summer rolls around they’ll start selling loose beans again and then I can buy the perfect amount. I keep buying the big bags, thinking that this time, I will surely get around to cooking them all, but based on my track record, I should probably stop being so optimistic.
I also had to throw out some leftover chicken salad. It was good initially, but after sitting overnight, the chicken got really mushy, which I am assuming is due to the vinegar in the dressing.
So next time I will only dress the amount we will eat right away.
I feel like this picture of food waste was awfully dark and dreary, so here’s some color to perk things up.
(We bought this pop-up tent years ago, and Sonia especially likes to set up a nest inside of it and do her schoolwork there. )
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