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Food Waste Friday-Oh, Cilantro. I have failed you again!

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.

Yes indeedy, peoples. Cilantro is once again in my picture, after a long and conspicuous absence from my Food Waste Friday posts. Sigh. As you can see, there is very little here, though. I used it when I made fajitas, and this small bit didn’t get used up. It went bad early on in the week, but I put it in the freezer so I could take a picture today and show you.


The good news is that there was nothing else to add to the photo today!

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Erin from long island

Tuesday 27th of October 2009

Maybe all those who say it goes bad too fast need to store it better? I trim and clean mine as soon as I get it home and put it in a tall glass. I fill with enough water to keep the glass standing up but not high enough to reach the leaves (you may need to remove some lower leaves or short sprigs and use them right away). I cover it all in the produce bag it came in AFTER draping a papertowel over it to keep it from getting too moist. It will last at least a week! Change the water enough and it could last two


Sunday 25th of October 2009

@Alea I agree. I think if it is "compostable", then it shouldn't be considered waste. There is a value in tracking however ... to keep one vigilant.


Saturday 24th of October 2009

Interesting question about the light. [checks oven] Mine has a cover. If you *really* wanted to use it, you could put the bulb in only when you want to dehydrate without turning on the heat. Before you order that cover, I would find out how much you need an oven light. I bet the mfgr wants some outrageous price for it and I'd be shocked if you could find a used one. (I hope I'm wrong.)


Saturday 24th of October 2009

@Ashley leftover rice- mix with an egg and veggies and fry on a griddle. serve with salsa or ketchup. rice fritters! Breakfast for dinner!


Saturday 24th of October 2009

Re freezing or drying cilantro-I normally prefer fresh cilantro to either of those options. However, I'm not opposed to freezing or drying. The problem is that I didn't remember to do that in time! I thought the cilantro was still ok and when I got it out to use in my lunch, it was sort of slimy.

I have tried growing it before but it went to seed almost immediately. If any of you have advice about how to avoid that problem, I'm all ears.

William, I chuckled about the oven light because I accidentally broke the cover for my light when I was trying to put a new bulb in, and so I have no oven light at all right now. I'm worried it's bad to put a light bulb in with no cover. Must order new cover.

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