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 like to get the bad news out of the way first.
The moldy sliced potatoes are a long story…I tried a sweet potato/potato gratin recipe, but ended up not needing all the sliced potatoes, and I rescued the extra sweet potato slices but not the potato slices.
And the cucumber…well, I forgot about it.
The end of this cilantro bunch got slimy and dried out because I somehow forgot to put it in the fridge.
I am redeeming myself! Look in the fridge.
Do you see that properly stored cilantro up on the top shelf? It’s in a mug with a little bit of water and a plastic bag over top, and it’s doing really well.
(Also, do you notice that my fridge is awfully empty? Life keeps getting in the way of grocery shopping this week.)
In other redeeming news, I shredded leftover chicken and combined it with BBQ sauce and my children ate it right up.
I also froze some slightly squishy fruit to put in smoothies.
And I made a batch of banana muffins to use up some banana puree I had in the freezer.
My kids are especially big fans of that last waste-avoidance technique.
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