It’s Friday Guys – My turn once more to host Food Waste Friday!
Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.
I started participating in October 2010 and have found, that 2-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. In fact every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account (and devise a plan) for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.
Kristen has kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks (when she doesn’t post herself), and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge
Not much to talk about here. The usual spreads, cheeses and yogurt on the top shelf, all with life left in them.
Slow-cooked ham sitting in the centre, which will be eaten up as part of the Kids ‘choosing tea’ after school.
There is waste. About an inch deep of natural yogurt – see bottom shelf. I just didn’t quite finish it – Duh!
(Last week’s fridge chaos is nothing in comparison to Jeff’s from last night’s episode of Britain’s Biggest Hoarder. I have never seen a fridge/freezer quite like it, nor do I ever wish to again. My heart goes out to Jeff. I was incredibly impressed with what he has achieved in dealing with his hoarding. Keep going Jeff – don’t give up!)
Although I successfully limited the damage, last week, it reminded me just how important meal-planning is, here, in the battle against food waste.
It seems only right on the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters to quote Winston Churchill;
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”
Back on the meal-planning program, I am.
Simply Being Mum’s Menu Board
My menu runs Saturday-Thursday. Friday is No Waste Tastes Great.
Being a Brit it’s only right we have a chippy night. The Hubby and I no longer indulge in a takeaway on a Friday, rather the cash is spent on a fish and chip supper after swimming lessons for the whole family. This has become a family tradition, and hopefully is creating a childhood memory.
Of course reducing food-waste is not just about the fridge. A quick inventory of the cupboards and I discovered a basket of potatoes.
No problem. A quick peel and boil…
…and they were whipped up into these for baking…
Quite a stylish way to serve mashed potato, even if I do say so myself! They were nicknamed ‘potato puffs’ by the Kids last night.
I love a good food-save!
As always I’ll leave the last word to Kristen…
“How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your info into the widget below. You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog! And if you don’t blog, you can still share about your food waste by leaving a comment.
**I’ve decided not to include the LINKY for the foreseeable. My blog doesn’t allow links on the actual post, and being redirected to another page isn’t ideal. Please drop your link in the comments section.** Jo
Those of you who participate in Food Waste Friday can now grab a fancy-schmancy button to perk up your posts. If you copy and paste the following code into your Food Waste Friday post, this little graphic will appear.”
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If you blog on WordPress, just make sure you’re in html mode when you copy and paste the code, or it won’t work p