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.
You know how when you have a banana that’s getting a bit too ripe, you just throw it in the freezer to use later?
Well, if you do that about 20 times, here’s what you end up with.
I’m perfectly happy to make banana chocolate chip muffins when I have an extra banana or two, but I really, really don’t think we need to eat the number of muffins it would take to use up this many bananas.
And I could theoretically use them in a smoothie, but I seriously loathe the taste of overripe bananas in anything except bread or muffins.
So, I am turning these into dirt in my compost bin, and I will now have a lovely fresh start with the bananas.
I’m happy to tell you that I’m managing my current bunch of bananas very nicely. I noticed last night that a lot of them had turned yellow all at once, so I cut them up and topped them with peanut butter. They always disappear fast at my house this way.
I wish the bananas were all I wasted, but they’re not.
The cilantro went south surprisingly soon (I did use up the entire bunch I bought after that, though!). I’m sad about the moldy cheese, but the two hot dogs left over from a cookout, I’m not that sad about. It’s not like hot dogs are terribly nutritious, so I wasn’t too motivated to get someone to eat them. I’m much more pleased that we ate up the cauliflower and broccoli and spinach, you know?
Oh, and remember how my freezer was getting a little bit out of control last time I hosted Food Waste Friday?
It’s looking a lot better now.
I was really diligent about sorting through the contents and I made a point of using up what was in there. Now it mostly houses ice, ice packs, fruit for smoothies, some OJ concentrate, and a few items for Monday’s main dish. That’s a big improvement for me!
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