Food Waste Friday / Spring Clean Your Fridge

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.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
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It wouldn’t be Friday without a Fridge photo.

Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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A clean Fridge photo,

It’s all about Spring cleaning here, at Chez Wright, this week.

I started with the kitchen.

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Cracking open the oracle of  Spring cleaning information, I decided to double-check how I clean my Fridge is  how The Perfect Housewife does it also.

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It is.

Because I meal plan, only buy what I need for 7 days, empty my fridge and clean it each Friday, it doesn’t need a Spring clean. It’s typically always clean.

But I appreciate that not everyone does this ,every week. But it’s most certainly worth doing regularly, even if not even 7 days.

What did I find it my Friday fridge this week?

Everything that was returned to the shelves has a destination in mind. I can see a salmon salad for lunch tomorrow. So, it’ll be a fish and chip supper at Chez Wright tonight.

There are potential food-waste casualties.

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2 spoons worth of cottage cheese (opened just a little too long), 3 wrinkly carrots and a slightly mouldy tomato.

The carrots can be saved. I’ll add to a vegetable soup I have planned (there are also 3 fresh carrots lurking) – an adaptation of this recipe.

The tomato is not a problem.

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I’m an old-hand at chopping tops of toms.

Unfortunately the cottage cheese will go to waste. Must. Try. Harder.

How’s your Fridge looking this Friday?

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 blog link into the comments section 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 without a link.

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

Spring Cleaning / Let The Big Declutter Commence

There are many possible origins to the term ‘Spring Cleaning’. A quick search on Google will uncover most of them.

But my very favourite, and the one I always use as my point of reference dates back to prehistoric times.

“Spring cleaning origins probably most date back to prehistory, and represent the time when it was easiest to conduct a good cleaning of living spaces. Extra light allowed people additional time to truly see the messy state of their caves, huts, or teepees. Warmer weather also meant that people could get things thoroughly dry.” (Source: WISEGEEK)

Home’s have grown from the one-room-cave they used to be. Many have also grown past the two-up two-down’s of the 1900′s.

When it comes to spring-cleaning, it’s a case of blitzing a cave at a time.

The Hubby’s favourite cave is the garage. Mine is the kitchen.

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And that’s where I’ll start this Spring.

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And We Are Scheduling The School Holidays Once More

Spring is my favourite time of year.

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Easter is my favourite holiday of all.

The world is waking up, there’s a feeling of optimism and energy in the air.

I’m someone who believes that my time is the greatest gift I can give my children. I’m also an advocate of developing family traditions and creating memories.

Let’s talk about traditions first.

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No Waste Tastes Great / A Whole Lotta Baking Goin’ On

It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great

Click here to learn more about my Friday routine

Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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Please find the usual cheeses and spreads, and some salad.

There’s also 1 salmon fillet – which will be used up as part of a salad. Oh and some opened yoghurt, which will be used up on granola over the weekend.

There is, however, some potential waste.

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How To Bake A Cake

You never know where inspiration, for a blog post, will come from.

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(Actually it is my daughter’s 9th birthday, but I hadn’t planned on blogging about that).

Then, I received an e-mail from a reader.

As I e-mailed back – inspiration struck.

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Food Waste Friday / Now You See It (Mould) Now You Don’t

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.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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Top Shelf – Usual spreads and cheeses

Top Middle Shelf – Yoghurts (plenty of life left in them yet)

Bottom Middle shelf – Salad (lunch tomorrow with some tuna from the store cupboard)

Bottom shelf – Vegetables and sausages (Toad in the Hole with vegetables and onion gravy on Sunday)

All of the fridge items are nicely accounted for. No Waste Tastes Great!

As for food waste this week, those who follow my Instagram will have seen this faux pas. Despite a very sensible suggestion to use the broken crackers as dippers in hummus, the embarrassing confession that my floor hadn’t been mopped in over a week kind of put pay to that. They were binned (trashed).

There’s more.

Me and strawberries? Not a great combination.

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I’ve lost another one. Mould hit once more.

Mould also hit some tomatoes. But that mould I could resolve.

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So, we’re talking a strawberry, possibly a couple of adjacent (that’s a word in my daughter’s spelling test today) grapes and the top of 2 tomatoes.

The 100% zero waste accolade has escaped me once more.

Must.Do.Better.

On a more positive note, I’ve had a lovely week. Yesterday my blog was featured as part of The Guardian Live Better Challenge. You can read all about it here.

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 blog link into the comments section 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 without a link.

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.”

Simply Being Mum
Simply Being Mum

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