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.
First, I wanted to tell you that BlogHer sent me the winners for the REI giveaways. Liz M. and Marisa are the winners…congrats, you guys! You’ve been emailed. 🙂
On to the M part of this post. First, I let several mushrooms go bad. They weren’t dry, they were moldy.
Dry mushrooms, I will rescue. Moldy mushrooms, not so much.
Normally I store my mushrooms in a small paper bag in the fridge and they’re fine. This time, I just didn’t manage to transfer them.
The other M thing I wasted? Milk.
I had some milk in a reused Snapple bottle, and it got shoved to the back of the fridge. Apparently, that’s a really cold part of the fridge, because the bottle froze and cracked.
Once again, I will rescue slightly sour milk, but milk with shards of glass mixed in? Nope.
This might be a good time to talk about glass and freezing and how I manage to use glass canning jars to freeze applesauce, tomato sauce, and jam. As long as there’s enough headspace for the food to move up as it freezes (water-based foods expand as they freeze), the jar will not break. The problem in this case is that there wasn’t sufficient room for the milk to move up as it froze, so it moved out and broke the jar.
So, as long as you don’t fill your jars too full, you can safely use them to freeze food.
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