Food Waste Friday / Now You See It (Mould) Now You Don’t

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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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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Top Shelf – Usual spreads and cheeses

Top Middle Shelf – Yoghurts (plenty of life left in them yet)

Bottom Middle shelf – Salad (lunch tomorrow with some tuna from the store cupboard)

Bottom shelf – Vegetables and sausages (Toad in the Hole with vegetables and onion gravy on Sunday)

All of the fridge items are nicely accounted for. No Waste Tastes Great!

As for food waste this week, those who follow my Instagram will have seen this faux pas. Despite a very sensible suggestion to use the broken crackers as dippers in hummus, the embarrassing confession that my floor hadn’t been mopped in over a week kind of put pay to that. They were binned (trashed).

There’s more.

Me and strawberries? Not a great combination.

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I’ve lost another one. Mould hit once more.

Mould also hit some tomatoes. But that mould I could resolve.

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So, we’re talking a strawberry, possibly a couple of adjacent (that’s a word in my daughter’s spelling test today) grapes and the top of 2 tomatoes.

The 100% zero waste accolade has escaped me once more.

Must.Do.Better.

On a more positive note, I’ve had a lovely week. Yesterday my blog was featured as part of The Guardian Live Better Challenge. You can read all about it here.

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 April 4, 2014, 12:27 pm

    I had no waste this week, by saving some old potatoes and carrots. I think we all understand your moldy fruit. It seems to happen so easily. Here’s hoping for a good week next week for everyone.

  • Live and Learn April 4, 2014, 12:27 pm

    I had no waste this week, by saving some old potatoes and carrots. I think we all understand your moldy fruit. It seems to happen so easily. Here’s hoping for a good week next week for everyone.

  • myliladventures April 4, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Strawberries are going to get me soon this week too. I think I’m going to make a smoothie with the remainder in the pint with some frozen mango and Greek yoghurt. Got to try to prevent waste right?

    Linking up:
    http://myliladventures.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/food-waste-friday-4414/

  • myliladventures April 4, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Strawberries are going to get me soon this week too. I think I’m going to make a smoothie with the remainder in the pint with some frozen mango and Greek yoghurt. Got to try to prevent waste right?

    Linking up:
    http://myliladventures.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/food-waste-friday-4414/

  • Apple April 6, 2014, 7:45 am

    I had two lemons and an avocado that went off. Used the lemons to clean, and tried using the soft avocado as a facial mask, but half of it still ended up in the grinder.

    That reminds me: I have been reading up on foodgrinders. I used to think they were environmentally friendly. How wrong I was!

  • Apple April 6, 2014, 7:45 am

    I had two lemons and an avocado that went off. Used the lemons to clean, and tried using the soft avocado as a facial mask, but half of it still ended up in the grinder.

    That reminds me: I have been reading up on foodgrinders. I used to think they were environmentally friendly. How wrong I was!

  • WilliamB April 6, 2014, 4:00 pm

    A handful of strawberries, a small amount of mushroom/spinach salad (I picked out the blue cheese and steak).

    Super Save: 3 lemons.
    I bought them a couple of weeks ago for a recipe I didn’t make and they went hard and ugly brown, but I hadn’t gotten around to throwing them in the garbage disposal. Recently I noticed that the pot in which I made fish stock, still smelled faintly of fish. So I cut up the lemons to simmer in the pot, to deal with the fish smell.

    Bonus Super Save: 3 lemons’ juice.
    The juice from the lemons was still good. It’s been frozen for future use.

  • WilliamB April 6, 2014, 4:00 pm

    A handful of strawberries, a small amount of mushroom/spinach salad (I picked out the blue cheese and steak).

    Super Save: 3 lemons.
    I bought them a couple of weeks ago for a recipe I didn’t make and they went hard and ugly brown, but I hadn’t gotten around to throwing them in the garbage disposal. Recently I noticed that the pot in which I made fish stock, still smelled faintly of fish. So I cut up the lemons to simmer in the pot, to deal with the fish smell.

    Bonus Super Save: 3 lemons’ juice.
    The juice from the lemons was still good. It’s been frozen for future use.

  • Nan May 22, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Just found your blog and have been checking older posts. I don’t know if you know this trick or not, but if you wash the strawberries (and probably many other fruits/veggies) in vinegar water (roughly 10 parts water, one part vinegar) the mold stays away much longer. I usually just fill my bowl with water up past the strawberries and pour about a tbsp worth of vinegar in it. You don’t taste the vinegar at all.

    Strawberries don’t last long in my house, but I did the wash and made sure to save one of the strawberries to see how it held up. A week later, no mold.

    • simplybeingmum May 22, 2014, 5:30 pm

      Fantastic tip thank you. I will give it a try with the next batch. Very glad you found me 😉

  • Nan May 22, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Just found your blog and have been checking older posts. I don’t know if you know this trick or not, but if you wash the strawberries (and probably many other fruits/veggies) in vinegar water (roughly 10 parts water, one part vinegar) the mold stays away much longer. I usually just fill my bowl with water up past the strawberries and pour about a tbsp worth of vinegar in it. You don’t taste the vinegar at all.

    Strawberries don’t last long in my house, but I did the wash and made sure to save one of the strawberries to see how it held up. A week later, no mold.

    • simplybeingmum May 22, 2014, 5:30 pm

      Fantastic tip thank you. I will give it a try with the next batch. Very glad you found me 😉

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