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.
Two things before we get to food waste:
1. I updated my post about Elf ballet flats with a photo of the soles. They’ve got nice textured soles, which will make them much better for slippery surfaces than most ballet flats.
2. Yesterday afternoon I published a post about a cool way to recycle old mobile devices (you can even get cash for yours if it’s on the newer side!) and I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card on that post. It’s an electronic Amazon card, so you could get it in time to do some Father’s Day shopping.
Zee Food Waste
Here’s what I composted this week:
I might have been able to rehydrate those mushrooms, but they also smelled a little funky, so I opted to compost them.
The avocado? Well, it was one of those that was a little far gone when I cut it open, so I threw it into the fridge to add to a smoothie later.
But it fell out of the fridge later when someone was getting something out, and then when it got put back, it wasn’t stored properly, so it dried out and turned black and was just generally too unappealing to eat.
Compost it is.
Then last night I discovered that, due to some poor fridge organization, a bag of thawing beef had leaked some juices onto the last of a bag of grapes. And since we eat grapes raw, I didn’t think that was really very safe.
Produce Box Update
(In case you missed this before, we’ve signed up for an every-other-week delivery of a CSA-style box.)
I got my second produce delivery box this week, and I’m pleased to say that we had very nearly used up the entire contents of box #1 at that point. Phew.
The good thing about getting a box is that it makes us eat more vegetables than we would otherwise. For instance, last night at dinner I might have been tempted to just serve watermelon as a side dish, but because we had the produce box, I also steamed a pot of broccoli.
One of the things in our box this week was red chard, which I’d never eaten before. We’re not big on cooked greens, so I’ve been making salads with it. I’m also wondering if I could throw it into a smoothie. Yay? Nay? Advise me!
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