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Food Waste Friday-June 19th

Rotten produce ready for composting.

The bad news is that there are three things in my food waste photo this week. The good news is that everything is compostable.

I don’t think I’ve ever wasted spinach before, but I guess there’s a first for everything. I did pick out a bunch of spinach leaves that were still good, but these ones were just too far gone.

I don’t even remember what the two small pieces of tomato are from.

The cilantro is from the bunch I bought two weeks ago. I used up the whole bunch that I bought last week, happily, but these sprigs were underneath something else in the fridge and so I didn’t use them.

Not wasting food is an exhausting job, I’ve decided. I put a lot of effort into not wasting food this week, and still I have stuff to throw away.

I ate leftovers, I made banana bread out of some black bananas, I made applesauce to use up some soft apples, and I even purpose bought a little less produce last week.

Oh well. This is a huge improvement over the way I used to waste food, so I’ll keep trucking on.

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Wednesday 24th of June 2009

I thought I was the only person with the Eternal Problem of Cilantro!! The turkey chili recipe is a good one. My mom also makes a cilantro bean dip that's amazing, but you use a whole bunch of cilantro, not just a bit.

Now that it's summer, the best solution to this problem would be to grow a little cilantro! That way you can just clip off what you need.


Saturday 20th of June 2009

If you have a food dehydrator, cilantro dries very quickly and is just as good as fresh in your recipes. Much better than the store bought in the bottle type. Or use the oven on low heat if no dehydrator. Fruits and herbs do great in a dehydrator

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Friday 19th of June 2009

I've not had much luck with freezing muffins... they just don't taste as fresh and yummy. Instead, if I have muffin leftovers, I cut them into small bits and let them dry. You can use them to make bread pudding (very yummy), or toast them in the oven and eat them like grape nuts.


Friday 19th of June 2009

Browsing through my personal recipe collection, I found a possible solution to the Eternal Problem of Cilantro.

Turkey Chili: 1 onion, chopped 1 lb ground turkey (or other ground meat) 3+ cloves garlic, crushed 1 c. dry white, black or pinto beans, soaked 28 oz chopped tomatoes & juice 1-2 c. spicy salsa PLUS 2.5 c. liquid (mix of water, tomato juice/V-8, chicken stock) 1/4 c. cilantro, chopped 2 c. corn toppings: tortilla chips, cheese, more cilantry

1. Saute onion till translucent. 2. Add turkey & garlic, saute till meat no longer pink. 3. Add beans, tomatoes, salsa, liquid; enough to cover bean. 4. Simmer till beans cooked, 60-90 min. Or pressure cook till bens done, about 10 min. 5. Uncover, add cilantro, simmer off excess liquid. 6. Turn off heat, add corn. 7. Let rest a day before eating, then season to taste.

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