Food Waste Friday / My First Time

It’s Friday Guys – My turn once more to host Food Waste Friday!

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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!

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There’s no Friday fridge today.

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(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.

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**Love Food Hate Waste – Meal Planning**

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!

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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


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21 thoughts on “Food Waste Friday / My First Time

    • Hi Kristen…yes this is quite typical in the UK – or at least used to be. The trend is gravitating toward large fridges – we call them American fridges over here. My fridge is looking a little out-dated, as is my kitchen over all… but I’m gonna get all the wear out of it that can be mustered!

    • My dad did that once. He made EGG BOMBS. The water had boiled away and the over cooked eggs built up so much pressure between the egg & shell that they started to expand and well when they did, they managed to almost all blow at the same time causing the lid and eggs to go flying across the kitchen. I ran to see what the heck happened and dad had just remembered he was boiling eggs before he fell asleep. Not a fun adventure I tell yas and this wasn’t the ‘only’ time it happened either. :(

  1. Waste For Which I Am Morally Responsible:
    – One small serving of dish of chicken-in-sauce that didn’t work out.

    Waste I Am Connected To, But For Which I Am Not Morally Responsible:
    – Many parts of dinner out last night. We tried a number of new things from the prix-fixe menu, some of which didn’t work out so well. My friend took home the chicken dish she liked that I didn’t.
    – Crab-stuffed chicken from a different restaurant, which reheated disasterously badly.

    Successes:
    – Tonight’s dinner, which will consist of odds and ends of veggies, tofu, and the leftover sauce packet from a Contessa frozen meal.

    Not Sure What This Counts As:
    – I took a colleague’s too-old corn for my compost pile.

    • I’d say that you had a lucky escape by wasting the crab-stuffed chicken. That sounds like a potential bacteria nightmare! But I am way too cautious (probably) about poultry and shellfish.
      The corn I’d say was a moral victory…in that the waste (although not your responsibility and a blind eye could easily have been turned for convenience) went to a good home.

  2. Not been a good few weeks. Threw out a few peaches. Was going to make some peach muffins but never got around to it and they were getting rather bad. So far the potatoes are getting not so great, but still useable peeled anyway, so need to make a potato dish or two. Also need to use up 1 yellow squash, 2 eggplants and some tomato and eat up some watermelon. I am afraid next week isn’t going to be good either. But hopefully the CSA won’t give us more eggplant. So far, I haven’t liked it much and hard to cook with it, when I don’t like it, but my husband doesn’t mind it as much as I do.

    • We call eggplant aubergine…and I can struggle with it. The only dish that I like it in is lasagne, and too be completely honest I could easily leave it out. It also works well blended as part of a veggie curry.
      Good luck next week!

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