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Food Waste Friday | I wanted to skip 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.

Bleah. I have some bad food waste this week, but no photo, because it happened early on in the week.

I bought a package of chicken, meaning to use it for dinner sometime last week. But for one reason or another, that didn’t happen, and by the time I got around to freezing the chicken, it was a day or two past the sell-by date.

That doesn’t bother me much usually (a sell-by date is different than a use-by date), but this package of chicken had a distinctively rotten odor emanating through the packaging, and that? That bothers me.

In fact, it bothers me enough to make me throw the package straight into the trash because when it comes to questionable meat, I always err on the side of caution.

Fortunately, this was a small package of chicken, not the family size. Still, I’m annoyed with myself. I think that’s the largest meat waste I’ve had in who knows how long…probably since I started Food Waste Friday! And meat waste is a particularly awful kind of waste for a number of reasons, one of which is that it’s not good for composting in the type of compost bin I own.

I also found a few moldy strawberries hiding behind a watermelon in my fridge. (Happily, those went into my compost bin, not into the trash.)

However! I did put forth some anti-waste effort this week. I froze some extra tomatoes, I made a triple batch of Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (to use up the bananas that went straight from green to spotted), and I made zucchini bread and zucchini muffins to use up some zucchinis and summer squash that have been sitting in my fridge for a while. And of course, we faithfully ate leftovers.


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Saturday 21st of August 2010

I think I'm gonna have to jump on the food waste friday bandwagon...somehow the food at the grocery store has much more of an allure than the food in my fridge, and more is purchased when I still have too much to use up. I'm impressed by how many weeks go by for you with no waste at all.


Friday 20th of August 2010

Sadly I had to waste some broccoli that decided to sprout fuzz. It wasn't even a week old. I won't be getting it from that vendor at the farmers market again. Otherwise no waste.


Friday 20th of August 2010

No meat waste at our house - the cat's the only one who eats it, and she doesn't waste any. :-)

Otherwise, I had to throw out some tomatoes that had gone bad (which made me very sad), some celery (very old, somehow forgotten about), and ... something else that was off. I'll be having a discussion with the hubby today about how we shouldn't buy so much food and how we really shouldn't use the drawers because I forget about them.


Friday 20th of August 2010

I nearly had a no waste week and then found a small amount of sour cream in a tupperware container hiding behind the jam (leftover from fajita night two and a bit weeks ago). And I finally bit the bullet and got rid of the homemade mincemeat that I experimented by making at the end of February but never actually got around to using. Since there actually was meat in it but I don't have a pressure canner and thus should have used it up within a few weeks, I have been feeling guilty about it for months and finally decided I needed those jars and the shelf space more than I needed the guilt. So out it went. Smelled surprisingly good though - I was expecting rotten meat smell but you couldn't smell meat at all, just the spicy mix and brandy. I will make it again but this time a few weeks before christmas and then I can make lots of mince pies to use it all up. I already have three pot-luck type celebrations in my diary for December so I know I will have the opportunity to use it up then.

Polly Papp

Friday 20th of August 2010

You inspired me to go through my veggie drawer and make a monster batch of Gazpacho! I used up 4lbs of tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, 1 green pepper, and 1 onion! And I seem to accumulate tomatoes in the summer.

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