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Food Waste Friday | Two Rescues (plus an Asiago update)

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.

Could we have a drumroll?

I had no food waste this week!

That hasn’t happened in an embarrassingly long time.

I do have two rescue operations to tell you about, though. Yesterday, I noticed that a fair number of my cherry tomatoes were looking kind of wrinkly.

So, I cut them in half and put them in a pot with some sliced onion, Italian seasoning, and a bit of salt. And they cooked up into a nice bit of tomato sauce.

It had more in the way of skins than usual, of course, but a quick run through the food processor could easily take care of that.

Also, yesterday I found some sour cream that was on the brink of becoming a science project. Fortunately, I was making buttermilk waffles for dinner, and it occurred to me that sour cream is not SO different from buttermilk. So, I just subbed the sour cream for an equal amount of buttermilk, and the waffles were perfectly fine.

Rescuing food always makes me feel so resourceful.

Now, about that Asiago.

I took your recommendations, shaved off pretty much the whole outside of the cheese block, and ate some.

And then I realized something.

I don’t like 18-month aged Asiago cheese. I’m fine with cheese being a bit pungent (I like Swiss more than Mozzarella) and I can chow down on some Parmesan, but this Asiago was just too strong for me.

A cheese connoisseur (Holy moly! I spelled that right on the first try!) would probably have thought this was fabulous, but I just didn’t. And I am not going to force down cheese I hate in the name of preventing food waste.

So, unfortunately, the Asiago is still going to have to be categorized as food waste.


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Saturday 11th of February 2012

For the first time in a long time I actually had no food waste this week. It is so nice to use up all the food and not be wasteful! Thank you for doing this and encouraging us all :)


Saturday 11th of February 2012

About asiago: there are 2 kinds, the fresh and the seasoned one, in Italy the first is more common. The taste is delicate and sweet, you can try that next time. :) Oh, by the way, real Italian products must be certified "DOP" or "DOC", otherwise they might not be the real thing and the difference in quality is striking. Moreover, "imitation" foods are harmful to Italian economy (which is not that great in the first place...)

Angela Warren

Friday 10th of February 2012

No food waste week.


Friday 10th of February 2012

That's great!

I too managed to rescue some tomatoesthis week, plus some apples. Yeah! :-)


Friday 10th of February 2012

I had asiago only once, cut in small cubes, one on a toothpick with a red grape. First couple were so/so and then addicting! Try if you haven't tossed yet.

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