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Food Waste Friday | Ugh. Me and zucchini.

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.

I have two small moldy ones in my fridge right now. Zucchini is one of those things I tend to buy with good intentions and then promptly forget about once I get home.

I will do better!

On the possible future waste front, I also have to tell you that I find myself in possession of a lot of tomatoes. I bought more than I really needed, so now I need to get my rear in gear and use them up before they go bad. I’m thinking some fresh salsa will be just the ticket.

Since I neglected to take a picture of my zucchini, here’s a picture just to fill the empty spot. This was at an extended family birthday party, and I was trying to take a picture of the cake. But there are so many small people in my family, a lot of my cake pictures also have children’s heads in them. 😉

A chocolate birthday cake.

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Saturday 16th of June 2012

The weather was cool and rainy most of this week (summer weather in Seattle doesn't usually begin until after the 4th of July) so I went on a baking binge and put a lot of muffins etc. in the freezer for future, hotter days. By dinner time, I was wiped out and just wanted to do what we call "every man for himself" night. Then I remembered I had some mushrooms in the fridge and they might not make it another day. So I sucked it up and made a mushroom/spinach frittata and my son and husband wolfed it down. (And there were 2 pieces leftover that made a a great lunch the next day.) I was was quite please with myself for not giving in and just allowing the mushrooms to rot. For once in my life, laziness did not rule the day! ;-)

Jamie B @ merricontrari

Saturday 16th of June 2012

I have a quick question. Say you're making ... I dunno, breaded chicken. And you have some extra eggy mixture and some flour or crumbs that have had chicken all over them. Do you count them in your "waste," or do you get to throw them away without guilt? (I'm vaguely interested in whether such things can be composted, but I'm not allowed to compost in my community so it's not an option for me.)


Friday 15th of June 2012

I had to give the dog a piece of leftover pizza...... GMom


Friday 15th of June 2012

I just read that zucchini, like tomatoes, shouldn't be refrigerated. That is, I guess, unless you have a partially used one. Can anyone confirm this?

We make a homemade veggie pizza where I saute whatever veggies are laying around/need to be used with some base items: usually zucchini, red onion, mushrooms, garlic. Spread sauce, pour veggies over top and sprinkle with a little cheese. Yum!


Friday 15th of June 2012

I had a pretty bad week as far as waste. I wasted almost half of a Sam's container of fresh baby spinach. It's too bad salad tastes gross when I have morning sickness. Oh well, I'll remember that romaine is less offensive next week!

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