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.
Well, two weeks ago, I told a friend I’d realized that the six of us had made it through the whole winter without getting sick at all. Not even a cold! Which is kind of amazing to me.
The next week, we got colds and a stomach bug.
Ha. That’ll teach me to say something. 😉
(I don’t actually believe in jinxing, but I do think it’s kind of funny how quickly we got sick after my declaration!)
Anyway, due to our stomach bugs, I had to throw away a few things last week that we would have normally eaten under healthy circumstances (some leftover steak (!) and a piece of chicken).
This week, I thought I was going to have to throw away some leftover popcorn, which is kind of not appetizing.
But I left it on the counter, and somehow, we all kind of snacked it away.
I did have to compost an avocado that never quite ripened properly. It went from hard to rotten, as avocados do sometimes.
I also tossed some leftover pizza, which had been reheated once. After pizza has been reheated on a pizza stone once, it gets awfully crunchy and unpleasantly chewy and none of us wanted to eat it.
Out of all the waste, I only really feel responsible for the pizza because, well, sickness is what it is, and the uncooperative avocado would have gone to waste no matter what I did.
I do have a few things in my fridge that need to be used promptly or they’ll be waste, though…I have some grape tomatoes that I will probably slow roast, and the wrinkly red bell peppers will probably end up as soup.
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