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Food Waste Friday | My fridge is clean, clean, clean!

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.

Not just clean as in, not-filled-with-rotting-food, but clean as in I-wiped/washed-the-whole-thing. I took drawers and shelves out, even. It was a rare event, indeed.

(I’m sure some of you super-duper-housekeepers are cringing at the thought that I don’t do this very often, but alas, it is true.)

Since I cleaned a little deeper than usual, I found some things that had been lurking in the deep dark depths of my fridge for a while.

We’ll go from left to right. First, we have Honey Nut cream cheese spread, which was just…weird. My kids wanted me to buy it, but most of them thought it was weird too.

Atop that is a bit of canned pumpkin. I should have just thrown it into the pumpkin bread batter, but I was being precise (baking being sort of scientific and all that).

The Dijon mustard had been in there for eons and I had a newer opened container on the shelf as well. So, there didn’t seem to be much point in keeping the last bit of the super old stuff.

I bought the buttermilk from Target when I had stopped in for a few other things, and apparently buttermilk doesn’t move too quickly at Target because when I got home, I realized the buttermilk was almost at its sell-by date. I used up most of it, but the last bit went bad before I could get to it.

And lastly, the red things are some very, very, very shriveled up grape tomatoes. And not only are they shriveled, they are also very, very, very old.

Then again, most very shriveled things are also very old, aren’t they?

(this thought has been brought to you by Captain Obvious and the word “very”.)

Anyhoo! I’m pleased to be starting out a new food waste week with an organized AND clean fridge.


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Friday 2nd of December 2011

I had to thoroughly clean out the fridge at 2:00 a.m. one morning this week! Not by choice! :( I had put a bag of solid-hard frozen gravy in fridge to thaw and somehow forgot to put in bowl. It leaked sticky, icky all over everything! I usually find other things to do at 2:00 sleep!?! Anyhow, my fridge is squeaky clean! :)


Friday 2nd of December 2011

Oh yuck cheeryshirley. Poor you! Yay, for squeaky clean though.


Friday 2nd of December 2011

I had a great week, a few losses but a lot more feasts.

William, I would have save the pineapple too :)

Kristen, could you have used the buttermilk in Irish Soda Bread? That's what I did this week. Was your buttermilk just too far gone? How did you judge that?


Friday 2nd of December 2011

Well, it's a smell thing. If it's just a little more sour than usual, I use it in baking, but if it smells downright rank, I dump it out.

Becca S.

Friday 2nd of December 2011

We wasted some stuffing and sandwich ends, oats and pasta. I would've thrown out the mustard too, especially if there was just a tad left. :)


Friday 2nd of December 2011

Not a good waste week. I tossed out an English cucumber that got pushed to the back along with bunch of very limp celery. Some expired vanilla yogurt also got tossed. I tossed out two more things that I 'm not sure I take responsibility for, a homemade jar of crab apples the neighbor gave us. Um, I appreciate the gesture but they were AWFUL! And finally some spiced butter rum mix that my mom brought for Thanksgiving.

However since I was in the hospital last Monday for out patient surgery and was down for a few days and then hosted Thanksgiving, it's not too bad.

I need to give my fridge a good scrubbing as well but I'm not feeling it today. :)


Friday 2nd of December 2011

Lol, I thougr very old, very shriveled tomatoes were actually some good looking raspberries and wondered why you were throwing them out!

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