Every week, I post a picture of the food that has gone bad over the last seven days. I started doing this in March of 2008 to help motivate myself to use up my food instead of wasting it and it’s been very effective. Since it helped me so much, I invited other bloggers to join me in posting their food waste photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.
“This” in the title is my unusually empty fridge. And my husband’s assistance was purely accidental…shortly after recovering from his previous bug, he came down with another bug, of the tonsil variety (don’t ask me how! Normally he hardly ever gets sick. And normally I am the one with throat problems, although that has gotten better since I got rid of my tonsils a few years back).
When you have really bad throat problems, eating is just about the last thing on your to-do list, and so the kids and I had a fair number of dinners by ourselves. When my husband isn’t dining with us, my cooking inspiration suddenly tanks, so the kids and I had a lot of meals that consisted of random food from the fridge that needed to be used (for example, a piece of BBQ chicken for Joshua, scrambled egg for Sonia, a piece of pizza for Lisey and Zoe, and green beans for all of us). After a few nights of this, we managed to whittle down our food supply in an impressive way.
I do hope, however, that my husband will not be offering his assistance in this way again any time soon!
Unfortunately, despite our very clean fridge, I have a small bit of food waste to report. We had pancakes one night this week and somehow, I got distracted while the last two were cooking. For some reason they look much more edible in the pictures than they did in real life, so you will just have to trust me. These puppies were burnt.
If I was penniless and destitute, I probably would have managed to eat these, but as it is, I am not desperate enough to eat burnt pancakes.
I decided to take a walk on the wild side and put them into the compost, even though you’re not really supposed to compost starchy waste. I’ve thrown some random small* bits of pasta and bread into my compost before, though, and nothing terrible has happened, so I decided the pancakes could be composted instead of trashed.
My husband is on the mend, happily, and I’m hoping for a no-waste week since I’m starting out with such a clean fridge.
*small, because we hardly ever waste starchy foods. Partly because we’re big carb fans here, and partly because starches just don’t go bad as fast as produce does.
How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your info into the Mister Linky Widget below. Participants get a spot on my Food Waste blogroll for the upcoming week, so join us! You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog!