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Food Waste Friday | There’s a first time for everything!

Every week, I post a picture of the food that has gone bad over the last seven days. Why do I do this? Well, 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.

I wasted some beef jerky this week.

This is odd and kind of sad because my kids actually really love beef jerky and they’d have happily eaten it if I had remember it was in the cabinet.

But, I didn’t remember it was in the cabinet because I let that particular cabinet get itself into quite an unruly state.

Mess in the cabinet = waste, just like mess in the fridge.

My fridge also got to be kind of a disorderly place this week, but it’s now cleaned up and I know exactly what’s in there. The lone victim of that mess was a small chunk of cucumber and I didn’t manage to photograph that before it got whisked off to the compost bin.

Oh! I know of one other thing I wasted, and it’s totally because my fridge got messy. I have about a cup of leftover grilled chicken that didn’t get eaten, and I am not brave enough to try it at this point.

Fortunately, it wasn’t the really good (and expensive) chicken. Although if it had been that sort, it might have been more likely to get eaten because the good and expensive chicken is also exceedingly tasty. 😉


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Monday 10th of October 2011

There's a recurring problem in my kitchen of kids that don't close the bread bag or tortilla chip bag after helping themselves. The food gets stale and ends up wasted.


Saturday 8th of October 2011

I haven't wasted but I did skim off the top of the yoghurt... lol


Saturday 8th of October 2011

Bum deal. That can be expensive. I wasted nothing.


Friday 7th of October 2011

My fridge is stuffed and messy and I'm afraid to look. I know I need to cook that ground chicken but there have been so many unexpected evening events this week. It may be in the freezer shortly.


Sunday 9th of October 2011

That wasn't too bad: 3/4 of a bunch of basil was beyond use.

- The almost-gone cream went into Scallion-Cheddar Biscuits. - The soon-to-be-questionable cooked chix and the perishible squash (also leftover ham stock) are going into a cassoulet-inspired veg-bean soup. - The unexpected dozen of ungraded happy eggs brought by last-minute houseguests are going into two Chinese egg dishes (custard w/ veg, stir-fry w/ veg), which will also use up whatever veg I have too much of. If I don't have enough fresh veg, then it's time to clear out the pantry, which has too much "stash" and not enough "being used."

I almost included the rest of my menu plan, then instead I'm contemplating the close relationship between not wasting food and planning meals.

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Friday 7th of October 2011

This is one issue that I don't really have...I have a see thru fridge, so I can't keep it messy! I just got the fridge, and it looks awesome. I find myself buying colorful food just for the look of it!

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