The only possible bit of waste I have is this lemon, which came in a bag of lemons and was squishy when I brought it home.
(Check the bag better next time, Kristen!)
I may see if I could possibly salvage it for a stove-top air freshener, though.
So, that’s all I’ve got waste-wise. Could I have some thunderous applause???
Here’s a peek at a few things I did to avoid waste.
I grind my whole wheat flour from grain I purchase in bulk, and I had ground a little too much.
Freshly ground whole wheat flour gets a little stale-tasting if you don’t use it or freeze it somewhat promptly, so I decided to use it by making some whole wheat bread.
I tried a cinnamon-raisin experiment with the dough this time around and while it was good (my children all approved), I think it needs a little more tweaking.
In other bread news, I thawed some frozen sweet potatoes and used them in a pumpkin bread recipe.
In fruit news, I ended up with many bananas ripening all at once, so I sliced and froze a few of them both for snacking and for smoothie-making.
I also froze some leftover fruit salad that no one seemed to want to eat. No one complains about these same bits of fruit when they’re smoothified, fortunately.
I made a cheesecake for Mr. FG’s birthday, and he likes it topped with canned cherry pie filling.
The cheesecake was gone before the pie filling, though, so I rinsed off the remaining cherries and froze them to use in a smoothie.
I’m not sure how nutritious cherries from pie filling are, but this still seems better than throwing them out.
Here’s how my fridge is lookin':
It’s a little full at the moment because I went to the grocery store yesterday to buy things for Sonia’s birthday meal.
(Why yes, it IS birthday season at our house! 4/6 of our family’s birthdays occur within a six-week period.)
I don’t have a lot in the way of leftovers in my fridge, which is always good news. There are a few grilled veggies, which I will probably eat with my eggs this morning.
And there’s quite a bit of tortellini soup left from last night’s dinner. The kids and I will eat a fair amount of that for lunch today, I think.
Leftover soup makes such a great lunch meal.
So! It was a good week at Chez Frugal Girl. I don’t know why, but I’ve just been in a good food waste groove of late. Hopefully it’ll continue!
How’s the fight against food waste going at your house? Tell us about your losses and saves, and feel free to leave a link if you’ve posted about your food waste this week!