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
So, how’s Zero Waste Week 2013 panning out for me?
There have been ups and downs.
Starting on a positive note, I skipped a grocery shop and decided to ‘use up’ what I had.
Finding some frozen pastry in the freezer, I made a pie.
You may notice in today’s fridge some peelings and bits of vegetables. They’re headed for a vegetable stock.
I was very good and kept, rather than recycled, my veggie peelings this week.
Stale bread was also put to good use. I was off to a great, and tasty,start!
On a less positive note – bagged salad got me again.
I’ll never learn. Once opened bagged salad has a very short life span. When it wasn’t eaten for lunch on Saturday, due to a change of plan, it was doomed. In hindsight (which is a wonderful thing) I should have ensured it accompanied our pizza that weekend. It didn’t.
Another casualty of our abandoned Saturday lunch is the peppered mackerel from last weeks Friday fridge.
I now have a dilemma. The mackerel was already over it’s ‘use by’ date by 4 days last Saturday. I was okay with that.
Psychologically I’m now struggling to eat it. It’ll be 11 days over by tomorrow – almost a fortnight.
Rationally I know it’s, probably, absolutely fine. The way in which it has been shrink-wrapped to within an inch of its life means no air will have reached the fish. It’s also been refrigerated.
Ethically I’m struggling to throw it away.
I’m wondering where this is going. Might it take up a permanent residence in my fridge? Perhaps I could name each fillet?
Okay so that’s ridiculous. I eat it or I waste it. The decision is mine.
Back on a more positive note, the rest of my Friday fridge is in good shape. The tomatoes, both chopped and sundried, have already hit the crockpot with the remaining pesto/pepper and some chicken I’ve just picked up. We’ll be having this for dinner.
All other items have a purpose and place.
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