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 3-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!
The new year seemed a perfect opportunity to outline my quest for zero-waste once more.
But it was a general explanation.
This Friday it’s my turn to host Food Waste Friday on behalf of The Frugal Girl, and I thought it’d be useful to go through the mechanics, so to speak.
How I do Food Waste Friday here, at Chez Wright. Specifically.
I cleaned my Fridge, removing all items, and popped everything edible back in.
The fridge clean included an inventory. (There was also a quick inventory of condiments and store-cupboard ingredients).
Top shelf holds spreads, cheeses and yoghurt.
There are also 3 peppers, which although the date on the packet would suggest otherwise, they are fresh and firm. They’re headed for a slow-cooked curry tonight. That’s my No Waste Tastes Great dish for dinner. I have curry paste and chopped tomatoes in the cupboard. When I do my grocery shop I’ll pick up some turkey breast to fill out the crockpot.
On the counter remain the items that I am unsure about.
Brandy cream with a use-by date of 6 Jan, leftover from Christmas day, and some very floppy parsnips – also remnants of the Christmas day dinner.
The parsnips aren’t beyond saving. They’ll be peeled diced and boiled up into a parsnip and apple soup. This will feature in the Hubby’s packed lunches next week.
But the cream…I’m not sure. My rational side is saying that it hasn’t been opened and is only 4 days over. My irrational side is screaming – BACTERIA!
This Friday there’s a potential food waste casualty, a save, a No Waste Tastes Great dish and a clean fridge. Meal planning is next on the agenda.
This meal plan, along with the info I received at the house meeting regarding next week’s lunch requirements, allows me to draw up a grocery list.
I like to map it out, and categorize my groceries.
That’s how I do it.
How do you?
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.
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