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!
There’s no Friday fridge today.
(A rare outside glimpse of my fridge!)
We’re still happy camping, although we are now heading back from our travels.
However Friday is Food Waste Friday wherever, and whatever, I am doing.
You can be sure this morning I’ve checked out our holiday fridge and devised a plan to use up what we can. It will get photographed. There’ll be a post on our camping fridge, but not today as I cannot guarantee I’ll have a signal to access the internet. Our holidays normally mean digital downtime, so this post was scheduled way in advance.
I mentioned Friday is Food Waste Friday wherever and whatever I am doing. It’s a habit. A way of life. I’m committed to reducing waste, be that food or not, in my home and life.
So, I thought I’d take you back to where it all began.
My very first Food Waste Friday post almost 3-years-ago now.
Today’s post is dedicated to an amazing lady, my Gran – may you rest in peace x
Even the most organised meal planner sometimes ends up with far too much food in the fridge at the end of the week, life throws things at us that we can’t plan for. I had decided that I would participate in Food Waste Friday over at The Frugal Girl this week – although I very rarely have much waste I thought that it may make me even more vigilant!
The plan this week had been to post a Simple Meal Plan on Wednesday on this blog, but this was the same day I got the call to say my Gran was very ill. So it was postponed,as meal planning does take time and energy and I didn’t really have either of those.
So not as to duck out of Food Waste Friday I have done a very early morning declutter of the fridge and what do I find – gosh lots of things:
2 x Aubergines
3 x Red Peppers
5 x Carrots
2 x Onions
6 x White Potatoes
1 x 500g pot of Vanilla Custard
9 x Dessert Apples
6 x Celery Hearts
This is very unusual for me! But as I said this week hasn’t really gone to plan…
Fortunately all of the vegetables above can used in an adapted recipe of my slow cooked vegetable curry, so that’s what I am going to do – there are more ingredients and a higher quantity than I’d normally use, so I will be using ‘Big Ben’ my large cooker and we can have it for dinner tonight with home-made chapatis.
The apples I will put in ‘Brenda’ my vegetarian slow cooker and make an apple crumble, which will be lovely with the vanilla custard.
Oops also forgot I have 3 lemons – which will be sliced, bagged and frozen and used as lemony ice cubes for drinks going forward.
Sorry celery hearts – that just leaves you guys! I would add you to the curry but you have gone soggy and mushy and I am pretty sure you are inedible.
So my contribution to Food Waste Friday this week is 6 x celery hearts
Not bad considering!
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