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.
(plus a tomato. which isn’t a condiment.)
Before we get to that, though, I just wanted to officially announce that the winner of the Novica giveaway was Kate T. Congrats, Kate, and I hope you enjoy spending your gift certificate!
If you didn’t win but you still want to buy something, you’re in luck if you’re a new customer. Just hop on over to Novica and you can get a $7 credit on your first order (look for the button on the right side of the page.)
Oh, and I also wanted to tell you that Little Bird Vintage Designs gave me a coupon code to share with you. Enter LBVDFG10 at checkout to get 10% off your entire order. Among other things, Little Bird sells organic, U.S. made, eco-friendly tote bags for the very fair price of $14, and you’ll get 10% off of that with the coupon code. We love our Little Bird bags!
So, do go poke around in her shop and don’t forget to use the coupon code.
(I receive no kickback if you shop at Novica or Little Bird Vintage Designs. I just think that if you need to buy something, you should consider supporting these types of businesses. Buy fewer things, but when you do buy, go for a quality item from an ethical business.)
Ok! On to food waste.
Remember how I told you last week that I had an abundance of tomatoes? Well, I was successful at using up all but one, and I have two batches of fresh salsa to thank for that.
(er, I’m thanking the salsa for the used-up tomatoes, not the rotten one.)
Plus, I wasted some pesto that had been in my fridge for a ridiculously long time.
And the stuff in the measuring cup is a failed batch of homemade French dressing. I followed the recipe very carefully, adding the oil in a REALLY slow, steady stream, but the dressing was still just basically oil with spices in it. I don’t know what went wrong…I use a similar recipe to make the dressing for my Mandarin Chicken Salad, and that always comes out fine.
Anyway, it was really disgusting on a salad, and I have no desire to eat it.
How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your info into the widget below. You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog! And if you don’t blog, you can still share about your food waste by leaving a comment.
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