Hi Guys it’s Friday…time for No Waste Tastes Great
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my actual No Waste Tastes Great routine. In fact it was over 12 months ago in this post , so I thought I’d do a refresher, particularly as it’s changed a little over the last year.
(If you’d rather skip the routine explanation feel free to scroll down – about halfway the usual NWTG kicks in!)
My No Waste Tastes Great routine was born out of the original inspiring Food Waste Friday by The Frugal Girl. The objective with NWTG is to clear the fridge and perishables each Friday, using up anything that could potentially become unusable to reduce and ultimately eliminate wasted food.
My simple routine step by step
1. Friday morning I empty my fridge, placing all items on the counter top
2. With a cloth and bicarb of soda mixed with a little water I clean the fridge
3. The items on the counter are returned to the fridge identifying anything that needs to be thrown away or used up as part of No Waste Tastes Great
4. Because I’m a little strange I photograph my re-stocked fridge
5. Whilst re-stocking the fridge I jot down on my ceramic notepad any items that need replenishing. These items are added to the list I have been compiling throughout the week as storecupboard and other items diminish
6. Because I’m very strange I then write a blog post about my fridge, shelf by shelf accounting for what I will be doing with all the items
7. This post then allows me to identify what waste I have (hopefully none as that is the ultimate aim). It also gives me opportunity to establish what needs using up to reduce potential waste, if there are items to use up immediately then that is my No Waste Tastes Great Challenge. A meal or 2 has to be devised to be eaten that day. If there is no immediate need to use the items then the ‘olds’ (hubby and I) have been partaking in a takeaway and the Kids something easy like pizza. This is one area where things have recently changed. Since conducting my cooking from scratch experiment I now prefer to slow-cook a curry for Date Night at Chez Wright. It costs approx. 50% less and I can opt for free-range chicken. I’ve been able to do this by changing my grocery shopping day from Saturday to Friday as I can now grab ingredients should I need any.
8. It’s then time to meal plan! I’m a major advocate of meal planning. Taking an inventory of the fridge, freezer (which is hardly stocked) and storecupboards I then devise a 6-day meal plan for Sat-Thurs
9. I write the dinner meal-plan on my menu board for the family to see
10. Sticking to a budget of £50 a week I then do my grocery shop (on Friday) for the coming week.
My No Waste Tastes Great routine in practise – 6 January 2012
I emptied and cleaned the fridge returning all items apart from this suspect!
I’m not proud of this…this is bad! Cream! Oh my! In my defense I didn’t buy it (if that’s any sort of defense?). New Year’s Eve I encouraged guests at our open house to bring along any items that needed using up. I hadn’t paid much attention to this pot at the back of my fridge, let alone check the use by date. It’s 5 days past it’s best and as it is cream I’m reluctant to use it.
The rest of the items were returned to the fridge
Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge
And just in case this post isn’t long enough already there’s a second photo in honour of my new camera! (have I lost any readers yet?)
Top Shelf – Spreads, cheese, garlic and 4 in-date yogurts
Top Middle Shelf – Almost a head of broccoli, a pack of green beans, puff-pastry (well in-date and about to be popped in the freezer) and brie (also in-date)
Bottom Middle Shelf – Brandy Sauce (not mine arrived with a friend at New Year), grapes, 2 x half bottles of white wine
Bottom Shelf – Half a large jar each of home-made pickled beetroot and chutney
Door – 5 x eggs (in date), Milk and OJ
The No Waste Tastes Great Plan (because there always is a plan!)
The only items that need using up today are the brandy sauce and wine – these are leftovers from New Year. I’m going to make a large mince pie later today (I have a jar of mincemeat left over) and have it with the sauce today and over the weekend. The wine will of course be consumed this evening as part of Date Night.
The broccoli and beans will last until Sunday and I’ll use them up as part of a Sunday Roast. The brie and grapes will get used up next week as the Hubby and I tend to have cheese and crackers late evening (the Kids will eat the grapes also over the weekend) – the chutney will accompany this snack! The beetroot is good for a couple of weeks yet and will be seen topping many a sandwich and salad at lunchtime next week.
For dinner this evening the Kids will have pancakes as a treat (first week back at school!), and a slow-cooked curry is planned for Date Night. I’m visiting the local Aldi for my groceries today.
I’ve just menu planned for the next 6 days and written my shopping list, taking into account the items that I jotted down on my ceramic notepad that need replenishing
Breakfasts will consist of cereal, toast, bran loaf and maybe pancakes.
Lunches will be sandwiches, soup, salad and leftovers!
Next week’s dinner menu is:
(Please excuse the spelling of Spaghetti Bolognese – the ‘e’ went over the ‘s’ as I proceeded to run out of space!)
That’s pretty much it apart from actually going and getting my groceries!
It’ll be all back to normal next Friday with the usual No Waste Tastes Great post – why not give it a go yourself? Don’t forget to check out Food Waste Friday for true inspiration!
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