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, 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!
Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge
A huge advantage to keeping a fridge organised is you can see what is contained inside.
There’s an old saying – ‘Out of sight, out of mind’.
By actually being able to see clearly inside a fridge, I believe potential for food waste reduces.
This doesn’t mean a larger fridge is required. My fridge is considered rather small.
How do I manage?
I keep less in my fridge. Less food, less waste. It holds enough for 7 days, my fridge doesn’t need to hold any more.
Today’s Friday fridge is quite full. I do have a shelf of salad items which will be used up over the weekend as part of lunches.
There is also a shelf full of vegetables. This will make a great slow cooked spicy soup. By adapting this soup recipe slightly, I’ll have some packed lunches for next week.
I love a leftover lunch!
However, even the most organised fridge occasionally produces waste.
I just didn’t use up a tub of cottage cheese. Simple as that. I didn’t do it. No excuses.
It was in sight. Not hidden at all.
Unlike the huge amounts of potential waste that I saw, hidden away in a fridge, last night.
There’s a great Channel 4 show in the UK – The Hoarder Next Door. As someone who has worked hard to improve/resolve my own hoarding habits, it makes great viewing. In Tuesday’s post, I linked to the previous episode featuring Alex.
I’m linking up again today. Last night’s episode of The Hoarder Next Door demonstrates very clearly how not to manage your fridge. Margaret, the lady whose fridge it is, has my very most sincere best wishes. To feature on a show like this, for all to see, takes courage. I truly hope, that with the help she is now receiving, she makes a life for herself that she deserves.
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.”
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