Food Waste Friday / I Dropped A Watermelon

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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Remember I carried a watermelon?

Well this week I dropped a watermelon.

Want to know what one looks like when it hits a block paved drive from say 3 feet in the air?

Like this.

I dropped a watermelon!

I dropped a watermelon!

Okay, so the question is ‘how to divert from a fail on the food waste front’.

No Friday fridge this week, rather let me introduce you to my freezer.

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I don’t talk about my freezer frequently here, because it isn’t used that much. There’s not too much to tell.

Top shelf I keep frozen fruit (there’s kale also at the moment – as I am desperately trying to start eating it) and ice-cubes.

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This is my ‘smoothie drawer’. See the addition of chopped watermelon. I wonder why that’s in there? Oh yeah, I made a save.

Middle drawer is bread and veggies – with some emergency breakfast crumpets should they be required.

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Bottom shelf is ice-cream (I love, love, love ice-cream!) and some hand-me-downs. Very often I get half consumed bags of bits and pieces from my Mom.

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I’m a pretty safe bet when it comes to ‘using things up!’.

And that’s it this week, A save (frozen watermelon) and and introduction to my minimal freezer.

How’s your Fridge (and freezer) looking this Friday? Any waste to confess? Any top tips on what to keep in a freezer for emergencies?

(I won’t be back at the blog until 25 August Guys! See you then!)

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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  • Live and Learn August 15, 2014, 11:40 am

    After all this time, a look at your freezer. Interesting.

  • Live and Learn August 15, 2014, 11:40 am

    After all this time, a look at your freezer. Interesting.

  • myliladventures August 15, 2014, 1:25 pm

    “I carried a watermelon” *snorts* That was the first thing I thought of when I read that you dropped your watermelon. Hahaha. Sorry couldn’t resist! Have you thought about cubing it up and leaving it in a container to snack on throughout the week? What about using them up for watermelon slushes? We love watermelon here so much that one of those puppies would last us maybe 3 days? (we pre-cut our fruit/veg to make snacking easier and healthier)

    Linking up!
    http://myliladventures.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/food-waste-friday-81514/

  • myliladventures August 15, 2014, 1:25 pm

    “I carried a watermelon” *snorts* That was the first thing I thought of when I read that you dropped your watermelon. Hahaha. Sorry couldn’t resist! Have you thought about cubing it up and leaving it in a container to snack on throughout the week? What about using them up for watermelon slushes? We love watermelon here so much that one of those puppies would last us maybe 3 days? (we pre-cut our fruit/veg to make snacking easier and healthier)

    Linking up!
    http://myliladventures.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/food-waste-friday-81514/

  • rachellestrauss August 15, 2014, 5:13 pm

    Well done on the watermelon save. This afternoon I pulled out a bag of prepared kale, peas, leek and broccoli stalks from the freezer, added herbs, a chopped potato and half a tin of chickpeas for instant soup (well, ya know, 15 mins simmer on the hob) – it’s a great way to use up kale and stop it going off before you get around to eating it. I split a bag down into three ‘instant soup packs’.

  • rachellestrauss August 15, 2014, 5:13 pm

    Well done on the watermelon save. This afternoon I pulled out a bag of prepared kale, peas, leek and broccoli stalks from the freezer, added herbs, a chopped potato and half a tin of chickpeas for instant soup (well, ya know, 15 mins simmer on the hob) – it’s a great way to use up kale and stop it going off before you get around to eating it. I split a bag down into three ‘instant soup packs’.

  • Vee@VeesEasyVegan August 15, 2014, 10:16 pm

    Love how clean and frost free your freezer is. Very nice. Too bad about the watermelon ( not fans of the old watermelon in this house).

    Here is my week of food waste-less on my blog.

    http://www.veeseasyvegan.com/easy-sesame-bread-rolls-food-waste-friday/:
    Really proud of my week 🙂

  • Vee@VeesEasyVegan August 15, 2014, 10:16 pm

    Love how clean and frost free your freezer is. Very nice. Too bad about the watermelon ( not fans of the old watermelon in this house).

    Here is my week of food waste-less on my blog.

    http://www.veeseasyvegan.com/easy-sesame-bread-rolls-food-waste-friday/:
    Really proud of my week 🙂

  • Susan August 23, 2014, 9:33 pm

    I just froze watermelon for the first time this week! I had some that was ripe to the point where it was about to go off, and my boys seem to be all watermeloned-out; we’ve had it quite a bit lately, so I cut it in chunks and froze it with smoothies in mind. In my smoothie section I also have frozen strawberries, mango, blueberries and bananas. I blend with Greek yogurt until thick and smooth and that’s my version of ice cream.

  • Susan August 23, 2014, 9:33 pm

    I just froze watermelon for the first time this week! I had some that was ripe to the point where it was about to go off, and my boys seem to be all watermeloned-out; we’ve had it quite a bit lately, so I cut it in chunks and froze it with smoothies in mind. In my smoothie section I also have frozen strawberries, mango, blueberries and bananas. I blend with Greek yogurt until thick and smooth and that’s my version of ice cream.

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