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Food Waste Friday | I have power this week!

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. If you’re not a blogger but still want some food waste accountability, feel free to participate by leaving a comment.

Last week we didn’t manage to have a Food Waste Friday due to an errant oak tree that landed on our power lines.

I’m back now, though, and I’m happy to say I have very little waste to report. Nothing in my fridge is rotten and the only food I threw away this week was a cup of almonds. I was sugaring them and accidentally burnt them to a crisp (the recipe even said “DO NOT BURN.” Ahem.). Fortunately, I was using my very high quality All-Clad skillet and it did not warp the way a lesser pan would have! Phew.

The nuts went into my compost bucket on Wednesday and I don’t have a photo….I was just hurrying to get them out of my pan before the sugar mess hardened further and didn’t think to grab my camera. 😉


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Saturday 9th of October 2010

Well, this week was my first attempt at making yogurt and I ruined it beyond saving. Beyond, "Oh, I'll use this up in smoothies." It was just trash. Other than that, I didn't waste a thing! Hurray.

I learned a lot and I know how to do it right now, but I was so looking forward to yogurt! We haven't bought any in a long time because it gets expensive.

That is my project for tomorrow!


Friday 8th of October 2010

None at home. Funny given that recently I decided that striving for no waste was too much stress - trading a little wasted food for much less stress was a good trade-off for me.

A little waste at work: by the time I'm at work my yogurt (for cereal) will be bad and I forgot about the 2 roast beets. They'll be next week's waste on a technicality.


Friday 8th of October 2010

Have to get rid of some (old!) yoghurt this week but that's it. One week into another start-fresh-month and so far I'm keeping on track with eating and spending what I've planned. It's a start!


Friday 8th of October 2010

You did great this week! And Karen S.? I say if you gave it away it is surely NOT waste. Someone used and appreciated it and that has to count for something.

Karen S.

Friday 8th of October 2010

Hmmm...what do you think of this strategy? I actually gave my extra food to a neighbor, before it became waste. I sent over 1/3 bag white potatoes, hamburger buns, and 1/2 a head of lettuce--all stuff I wasn't going to be able to use before it became waste. So, let me ask you--is it waste--or not, if it went to a neighbor and not in the trash?


Friday 8th of October 2010

I think it's a great idea! Goes back to the farmer style of blessing your neighbors with your abundance when the crops come in.

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