Last time I did a Food Waste Friday post, I had an abundance of potatoes, lettuce, and overripe bananas.
this is what I have left. And the three sweet potatoes just came in this week’s produce box, so they barely even count.
Oh, and to use up the older dry sweet potatoes, I peeled, boiled, and mashed them and subbed them for the pumpkin in these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
I made 24 and they are all gone as of this morning.
So, the potato situation is resolved.
The banana problem didn’t have quite such a happy ending.
I used up almost all of my pile of ripe bananas, but these ones languished until they were really unusable. I should have frozen them, but I kept thinking I would get to them and I did not.
I know overripe bananas are good for baking, but I felt that these had gone past even that point.
On the lettuce front, I have a mixed report.
I had SO much lettuce to deal with, thanks to a mistakenly delivered extra produce box + sick people who weren’t eating anything.
But I am happy to say that I only wasted this much:
And as of yesterday afternoon, I had only this left:
I actually used that to make a salad for Mr. FG’s lunch today, so I have officially made it through all of that lettuce.
And thank heavens Romaine lettuce keeps so well!
In other news, someone cut up a lime, used a little bit of it, and then left the rest to go bad. I suspect one of my children is the culprit.
And these beans are more my fault. We had a few left over when I made sauteed green beans, and I was so busy eating other leftovers, these got ignored.
I don’t know why I didn’t just eat those at the time…usually I just serve myself whatever is left because I know no one really is a huge fan of leftover green beans.
Other random saves that I did not photograph: I sauteed some mushy apples in butter for breakfast and I used a few other mushy apples to make some Apple Pfannekuchen.
Here’s what my fridge currently looks like.
By the way, all the greens in there are new arrivals! I really did use up all of my original lettuce.
And here’s the door, which is mostly condiments.
So, I had a few losses, but overall I’m pleased with how well I managed to get through my abundance of produce, and I’m super pleased that everything in my fridge is pretty darn current and fresh.
Things are looking promising for this week, I think.
How did food waste go at your house this week? Share in the comments! And if you need ideas for using up something in particular, feel free to leave a question. Readers here are super helpful.
P.S. I’ll be back at noon to post a giveaway for the cute felted wool kits I showed you yesterday on Facebook, so check back in!