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Food Waste Friday | Why did I buy the whole package??

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.

Recently I posted about how sometimes I buy produce in small quantities, which is more expensive per pound, but less expensive overall because I less prone to waste with small amounts.

For some reason, I decided to buy a large pack of mushrooms last week, and this was the result.

I’m not sure why these went bad so fast…I stored them in a paper bag in the fridge like I usually do, but I had to really scramble to use up as many as possible before they went south.

I did compost the mushrooms, of course, so at least they didn’t go to the landfill!

Remember how last week I had to compost a hairy tomato? Just yesterday, a reader left this comment on that post:

“I think you’re lucky you got to that tomato before the rest were affected – good work. ”

Which is sort of funny, because apparently I didn’t get the bad tomato out of the bunch in time. Shortly after last week’s Food Waste Post, the other tomatoes started to sprout hair too, so I had to compost them.

I also have a few slices of roast beef lunch meat that have sat in the drawer a little too long for me to feel comfy eating them. Normally I throw leftover lunch meat into the freezer to use for panini sandwiches, but this package was hiding under some cheese and bacon, and I completely forgot about it.


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Saturday 29th of May 2010

We did well this week, not having any waste. Im nervous about future weeks though, because once our CSA starts arriving we have a hard time eating everything before it goes bad. Hopefully FWF will help me conquer this!


Saturday 29th of May 2010

If you're having trouble using the mushrooms but they haven't gotten slimey[1], you can slice, sautee and freeze. They'll still be great in sandwiches or on pizza.

[1] If the shrooms are drying out (as opposed to getting slimey), then they're not going bad.


Saturday 29th of May 2010

Yes, if they're dry I use them anyways or freeze them. But these were definitely, definitely slimy. lol

Joy Clark

Saturday 29th of May 2010

Hi! I love your blog. Why not get a dehydrator, then you can buy mushrooms (and other stuff) when they're on special, dry them and use them later. Works a treat.

Joy (from Chelmsford, England)


Friday 28th of May 2010

Very little waste for me but it seems I don't often have much in the way of food waste. I live alone so one of the steps involved in cleaning up after a meal is packaging most of it for the freezer to be eaten later. Like Michelle posted above, I also have a bin in the freezer for leftover/aging veggies that are used to make soup with whatever bones I have on hand. My freezer is packed to capacity but my fridge usually only contains milk, iced tea, condiments and whatever is slated to be eaten in the next day or so.


Friday 28th of May 2010

I had some spinach that was about to be gone, so I roasted some tomatoes, added some garlic and italian seasoning and some pasta and ate up!

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