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Food Waste Friday | Humble Pie

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.

I feel like my fridge has been a disorganized disaster for the last week or so, so I was not at all surprised to discover some food waste when I cleaned it this morning.

It’s really dark this morning, so I had to use the flash on my camera. Thank goodness I have the LightScoop.

Because without that handy-dandy tool, this is what my photo would have looked like:

Of course, it’s not like food waste pictures are ever beautiful, but I definitely prefer the one taken with the Lightscoop.

(Lightscoop didn’t pay me to say that…I just am such a fan of this little tool for really-need-flash situations, I keep on talking about it! If you’ve got an SLR and you’re looking for a cheap way to improve your flash photos, fork over the $30 and buy a LightScoop…you’ll be so glad you did! )

I have one small piece of Tilapia that got shoved to the back, a couple pieces of chicken thigh that didn’t taste that good to begin with (I think I am becoming accustomed to the taste of small-farmed chicken or something!),and some produce (half a sweet potato, half a potato, some grapes,two apple slices, and some sauteed mushrooms).

Good grief. I haven’t been this bad in a long time! A week like this every now and then is good for my growth in humility, though.

Plus, a good fridge cleaning is kind of cathartic, and I’m optimistic about my ability to do better next week. Starting with a clean fridge is so helpful.

Now, if I can just maintain the clean fridge….


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Tuesday 9th of November 2010

Oh, sad sad food waste weekend. Lately I have had to go on several brief work trips, but like three of them in the last 5 weeks (unusual for me). The first time, I cooked meals for my husband to eat while I was gone and he polished them off. The second time, he only at about half of it. This last time, he didn't eat ANY of it, and I ended up throwing it all out this weekend. UGH! I told him that I'm not going to do it next time--sorry, my love! LOL Not only did this waste food, it wasted my time cooking days' worth of meals. Also tossed some slimy cucumbers (ew), a few rotten apples (they sneak up on me!) and some freezer-burned fish from this spring. I did, however, earn a free turkey at the grocery store which I promptly found a home for (we already ordered our local one) so I was able to pay it forward, which was nice.


Monday 8th of November 2010

This post inspired me to make sure I used up fresh fruits & veggies I had. Over the weekend I made apple cake and apple/pear crisp to use up apples and pears that were given to me. Then I got the last of the tomatoes from our one very productive tomato plant (which is now cut up for compost) and followed instructions on how to skin them. I made a batch of homemade chili using 2 cups of peeled tomatoes (very juicy) and froze the rest of the tomatoes. I felt very much like a Suzy Homemaker and enjoyed eating the results of my efforts.


Sunday 7th of November 2010

Nothing this week - sorta. The full order of leftover restaurant wings went uneaten so I turned them into stock. Techicnally they weren't wasted but morally they were. Better to have eaten them and turned the bones into stock.

Challenges ahead: broccoli rabe and cabbage from my friend's CSA. Probably better to give the cabbage away then waste energy and inputs disgusing food that I just don't like.


Saturday 6th of November 2010

This week I didn't waste anything!

I do have some careful planning to do, though. I've got some odds and ends of veggies left over from making spaghetti sauce. I think I will chop them up and freeze them today until I can eat them. I've got a few slices of pumpkin bread that needs to be used soon (no danger there, though, that stuff is awesome). I have said batch of spaghetti sauce that I will need to use / freeze by the end of this coming week. I also have some spinach that I need to use or freeze soon before it starts to get slimy.

I feel like I am right on the edge of wasting like 10 different things, lol.


Saturday 6th of November 2010

I had a lot of leftovers to deal with this week, which I was pretty concerned about. But we managed to eat through them all. A very small portion of baked beans did get tossed as they got shoved to the back of the fridge, forgotten about, and then dried up. I also tossed a lone potato roll which was in the bottom of the bread basket and sprouted things.

I have my work cut out for me again this week. I overbought on markdown produce and have some serious fruit eating to do. I also have more yogurt than I care to think about in the fridge that needs used SOON!!

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