No Waste Tastes Great / This One Ain’t My Fault!

It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great

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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

Top Shelf – Spreads, cheeses, garlic and a half-squeezed lemon

Bottom Middle Shelf – Grapes, 2 x apples, and 3 x satsumas, melon and cucumber

Door – Milk and 4 x eggs

Not a lot to report today – Hooray! The spreads have life left in them yet and the cheeses will be used up over the forthcoming week.

The lemon I’ve pierced and have been using to clean and also squeeze over fish this week. I’ll continue to use to clean next week, and once most of the juice has gone I’ll use the rind and zest to make my Mom a lemon drizzle cake – her favourite.

The fruit and cuke will be accompanying The Wright’s on their weekend adventure to the beach.

Eggs for lunch before we head off, and there’s hardly any milk to speak of.

No grocery shop or dinner to prepare for me today. We’ll be eating on the road.

I love it when a plan comes together!

It would appear no waste this week then? No such luck, unfortunately this happened on Tuesday.

Immediate action required to save the remaining 5 vine tomatoes.

A little chopping later, and voila! A tomato and basil pasta sauce (ragu) was slow-cooked and then used in a spag-bol the following day.

But…I’m not accepting total responsibility for the decline of the tom.

It was 3 days old (from purchase). I probably should have taken it out of the packaging. Pretty convinced it was the packaging that was its demise. Too much moisture. Lesson learnt.

Which brings me back to packaging. From the great comments my last post generated, I am once more questioning my shopping habits – particularly in respect of unnecessarily packaged goods. My next shop is Monday, and I’m going to try an alternative outlet for the fruit/veg. Maybe I’ve been a little lazy of late?

How’s your Fridge looking this Friday? Anything to declare? Or is it nice and bare? Please share…

No Waste Tastes Great is bought to you (as always) with thanks to The Frugal Girl for the original inspiration.

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  • Danielle June 22, 2012, 11:33 am

    As per usual your fridge inspires Jo. I had the same thing happen to me this week with my tomatoes too! I’ve finally done it and written up my post about making homemade yogurt. I did the crockpot method and stored it in tupperware in the fridge. I wasn’t always successful and wrote about where I went wrong. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in yogurt making when you take the plunge!
    http://simpleandtastynutrition.blogspot.ca/

  • Danielle June 22, 2012, 11:33 am

    As per usual your fridge inspires Jo. I had the same thing happen to me this week with my tomatoes too! I’ve finally done it and written up my post about making homemade yogurt. I did the crockpot method and stored it in tupperware in the fridge. I wasn’t always successful and wrote about where I went wrong. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in yogurt making when you take the plunge!
    http://simpleandtastynutrition.blogspot.ca/

  • Hetal@Real World June 22, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Nicely written post!!

  • Hetal@Real World June 22, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Nicely written post!!

  • Sharon June 22, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Lovely refrigerator!

  • Sharon June 22, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Lovely refrigerator!

  • Lili@creativesavv June 22, 2012, 4:19 pm

    Plastic wrapping on produce really bugs me. It’s totally unnecessary, with exception of things like berries, which would be amusing to buy without some sort of container (I have a vivid imagination, I can just picture piling a bunch of blueberries onto the conveyor belt at the cash register). I remember when berries came in cardboard cups. At least the cups could be composted. Anyways, that’s my rant on packaging!
    If you don’t drink all the milk before you go, what I do is just pop it into the freezer just before heading out, even if there’s just an inch or two left. And then we don’t have to make a grocery stop coming home from a trip, just to get milk. I do the same with slices of bread in the pantry, just freeze and they’re there when we get home. Have a nice weekend!

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:37 am

      Thanks Lili – The Weekend was really good – just what I needed. The windy weather blew the cobwebs from my mind!
      The cups sound like a great idea… in fact I’ve been thinking a lot about containers this morning. I’m going to contact the farm and ask whether if I bring my own along (marked up with the tare weight of them) whether I could use them.
      As for the milk – oops – your comment reminded me, I picked it up when we arrived there. I had accidentally left (about an inch or two) or milk in the fridge! Will remember next time!

  • Lili@creativesavv June 22, 2012, 4:19 pm

    Plastic wrapping on produce really bugs me. It’s totally unnecessary, with exception of things like berries, which would be amusing to buy without some sort of container (I have a vivid imagination, I can just picture piling a bunch of blueberries onto the conveyor belt at the cash register). I remember when berries came in cardboard cups. At least the cups could be composted. Anyways, that’s my rant on packaging!
    If you don’t drink all the milk before you go, what I do is just pop it into the freezer just before heading out, even if there’s just an inch or two left. And then we don’t have to make a grocery stop coming home from a trip, just to get milk. I do the same with slices of bread in the pantry, just freeze and they’re there when we get home. Have a nice weekend!

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:37 am

      Thanks Lili – The Weekend was really good – just what I needed. The windy weather blew the cobwebs from my mind!
      The cups sound like a great idea… in fact I’ve been thinking a lot about containers this morning. I’m going to contact the farm and ask whether if I bring my own along (marked up with the tare weight of them) whether I could use them.
      As for the milk – oops – your comment reminded me, I picked it up when we arrived there. I had accidentally left (about an inch or two) or milk in the fridge! Will remember next time!

  • Sharron June 22, 2012, 5:28 pm

    The beach?! Are you mad!!! Or do you have better weather than us oop north?! I left bannas for a couple days in their packaging and they populated with fruit flies!!

    No waste here this week, and we tried a new recipe, do you watch hairy bikers? Well this week someone made portugeses fish and chips, an absoloute hit, and a firm favourite from here on in.

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:42 am

      Hey Sharron – we went East. Norfolk. Generally the weather is better there year-round. It was windy, but not too bad overall. Great weekend, no sun-screen required, but we did play football by the beach with the kids in their PJ’s – I reckon that’s one they’ll remember.
      Good news on the waste. I sometimes catch the Bikers – but missed that one. Will check it out – I’m a fish and chips fan! Thanks for that!

  • Sharron June 22, 2012, 5:28 pm

    The beach?! Are you mad!!! Or do you have better weather than us oop north?! I left bannas for a couple days in their packaging and they populated with fruit flies!!

    No waste here this week, and we tried a new recipe, do you watch hairy bikers? Well this week someone made portugeses fish and chips, an absoloute hit, and a firm favourite from here on in.

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:42 am

      Hey Sharron – we went East. Norfolk. Generally the weather is better there year-round. It was windy, but not too bad overall. Great weekend, no sun-screen required, but we did play football by the beach with the kids in their PJ’s – I reckon that’s one they’ll remember.
      Good news on the waste. I sometimes catch the Bikers – but missed that one. Will check it out – I’m a fish and chips fan! Thanks for that!

  • Jo H. June 22, 2012, 6:03 pm

    Great job – I used to find it hard to use up things before going away, with being so busy getting everything else done.

    What is the ingredient in your ragu that is in long red squiggles (for lack of better description!) on the top?

    I’ve just gone back to read the last post again, seems I forgot to comment, but I was going to say that in my part of Canada there are very few wrapped fruits/veggies/berries. Many things are loose, others such as onions are in net bags, or berries/tomatoes/grapes which are in basket-like plastic boxes. The boxes can be recycled. Of course the grocery store provides thin plastic bags for putting loose items in, so most people end up with as much plastic as you folks do but those bags can also be recycled here, whereas the plastic wrap cannot.

    And one final thought – maybe that one tomato was starting to go bad when it was packaged up. In which case, it really, REALLY wasn’t your fault and there isn’t anything you could have done at all!

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:44 am

      Jo – you’re so kind relinquishing me of rotten tom responsibility. I’m with you – I reckon it was always doomed. The red squiggles are tomato puree. the photo was taken before I added a little water and mixed it all up.
      The packaging is certainly something I need to look at again – feedback (yours included) is that I’m experiencing way too much in my shop. Much food for thought! Thanks!

  • Jo H. June 22, 2012, 6:03 pm

    Great job – I used to find it hard to use up things before going away, with being so busy getting everything else done.

    What is the ingredient in your ragu that is in long red squiggles (for lack of better description!) on the top?

    I’ve just gone back to read the last post again, seems I forgot to comment, but I was going to say that in my part of Canada there are very few wrapped fruits/veggies/berries. Many things are loose, others such as onions are in net bags, or berries/tomatoes/grapes which are in basket-like plastic boxes. The boxes can be recycled. Of course the grocery store provides thin plastic bags for putting loose items in, so most people end up with as much plastic as you folks do but those bags can also be recycled here, whereas the plastic wrap cannot.

    And one final thought – maybe that one tomato was starting to go bad when it was packaged up. In which case, it really, REALLY wasn’t your fault and there isn’t anything you could have done at all!

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:44 am

      Jo – you’re so kind relinquishing me of rotten tom responsibility. I’m with you – I reckon it was always doomed. The red squiggles are tomato puree. the photo was taken before I added a little water and mixed it all up.
      The packaging is certainly something I need to look at again – feedback (yours included) is that I’m experiencing way too much in my shop. Much food for thought! Thanks!

  • Danielle June 22, 2012, 6:11 pm

    As usual Jo your fridge inspires! I had the same problem with tomatoes this week too. I finally got around to posting about my attempts at yogurt making. I did the crockpot method and just stored the yogurt in tupperware in the fridge. It was pretty straightforward (as long as I remembered I was doing it and added the starter at the right time!). Looking forward to hearing about it when you give it a try!

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:45 am

      Great going Danielle – I’ll check out your post. It’s on the cards, maybe later this week? I’ll link to you when (if – :-)) I do it!

  • Danielle June 22, 2012, 6:11 pm

    As usual Jo your fridge inspires! I had the same problem with tomatoes this week too. I finally got around to posting about my attempts at yogurt making. I did the crockpot method and just stored the yogurt in tupperware in the fridge. It was pretty straightforward (as long as I remembered I was doing it and added the starter at the right time!). Looking forward to hearing about it when you give it a try!

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:45 am

      Great going Danielle – I’ll check out your post. It’s on the cards, maybe later this week? I’ll link to you when (if – :-)) I do it!

  • {Adventuresindinner} June 22, 2012, 6:20 pm

    Raspberries usually do this too me when not watched like a hawk. That plastic is just dire stuff.

  • {Adventuresindinner} June 22, 2012, 6:20 pm

    Raspberries usually do this too me when not watched like a hawk. That plastic is just dire stuff.

  • Lauren June 22, 2012, 10:47 pm

    Great job as usual Jo! That poor tomato, at least you managed to save its friends. πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to your experiment, it’s something I’m going to do myself (as I commented on your other post).

    Things are finally clearing here. We’re having people around for lunch tomorrow and I’ve managed to plan the menu where everything apart from salad is using up bits we already have in. Much better than buying a trolley worth of food for one meal. Just have to stop the flatmate heading out tomorrow morning for “nibbly bits” which never get eaten by the guests so I’m stuck trying to use them up in lunches for weeks.

    Enjoy your weekend! Hope the weather is better than it is here.

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:53 am

      Hi Lauren – Weather was okay, the change was very welcomed.
      Hope the meal went well, and flatmate restrained himself! Nibbly Bits – boy that could be a lot of snacks to use up!

      • Lauren June 25, 2012, 12:36 pm

        He did want to go out to get… wait for it… cheese strings! Apparently that’s one of their favourite snacks. That I wouldn’t serve and would never get used in this lactose intolerant, anti-processed food house. So I talked him out of it, and kept him busy cleaning until they arrived. πŸ˜‰

        BTW – I managed to get to the post office on Saturday, so the yeast is FINALLY on its way.

        • simplybeingmum June 26, 2012, 2:16 pm

          How old is housemate? 4? πŸ™‚ **laughing**
          Thanks for the yeast it’s arrived! Yay! Giveaway planned soon and so sorry your book hasn’t yet been posted – Duh! It’ll be sorted tomorrow without fail!!

  • Lauren June 22, 2012, 10:47 pm

    Great job as usual Jo! That poor tomato, at least you managed to save its friends. πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to your experiment, it’s something I’m going to do myself (as I commented on your other post).

    Things are finally clearing here. We’re having people around for lunch tomorrow and I’ve managed to plan the menu where everything apart from salad is using up bits we already have in. Much better than buying a trolley worth of food for one meal. Just have to stop the flatmate heading out tomorrow morning for “nibbly bits” which never get eaten by the guests so I’m stuck trying to use them up in lunches for weeks.

    Enjoy your weekend! Hope the weather is better than it is here.

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:53 am

      Hi Lauren – Weather was okay, the change was very welcomed.
      Hope the meal went well, and flatmate restrained himself! Nibbly Bits – boy that could be a lot of snacks to use up!

      • Lauren June 25, 2012, 12:36 pm

        He did want to go out to get… wait for it… cheese strings! Apparently that’s one of their favourite snacks. That I wouldn’t serve and would never get used in this lactose intolerant, anti-processed food house. So I talked him out of it, and kept him busy cleaning until they arrived. πŸ˜‰

        BTW – I managed to get to the post office on Saturday, so the yeast is FINALLY on its way.

        • simplybeingmum June 26, 2012, 2:16 pm

          How old is housemate? 4? πŸ™‚ **laughing**
          Thanks for the yeast it’s arrived! Yay! Giveaway planned soon and so sorry your book hasn’t yet been posted – Duh! It’ll be sorted tomorrow without fail!!

  • anexactinglife June 23, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Very impressive that you took the time to make spaghetti sauce before a beach trip! Hope you were not all shivering on the beach!

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:54 am

      A little cold – but it blew the cobwebs from my brain! πŸ™‚

  • anexactinglife June 23, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Very impressive that you took the time to make spaghetti sauce before a beach trip! Hope you were not all shivering on the beach!

    • simplybeingmum June 25, 2012, 9:54 am

      A little cold – but it blew the cobwebs from my brain! πŸ™‚

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