(oh yeah, and there was nothing to throw out this week!)
Monthly Archives: January 2010
To help with food waste, we designated the top shelf in the fridge as the Eat Now section. The idea is that all leftovers, scraps, highly perishable foods will go up there so that they don’t get lost in the back of the fridge and go to waste.
As I said at the beginning of the month, the idea came from My Year Without Spending. From what I remember, she has kids and was trying to encourage them to eat leftovers.
For us, I’m not sure this is helping. I think the key to not loosing things in the back of the fridge is keeping the fridge uncluttered. It’s hard to see the things that have to be eaten if they’re being obscured by things that should’ve been thrown out a week ago.
Also, we don’t normally have a ton of leftovers. Th holidays were an exception. So it’s very hard to determine what goes on the Eat Now shelf. Highly perishable? But everything in the fridge is perishable… that’s why it’s in the fridge.
I think our best bet for minimizing food waste is to just clean out the fridge every Wednesday like we’re supposed to (it’s on the Wednesday night cleaning list, but oftentimes gets skipped out of laziness).
The month is almost over… does anyone else have good ideas on how not to waste food?
There’s a small amount of parsley that died while we were in France. Thankfully there was no romaine disaster, and you all have very kindly excused me from reporting our restaurant waste (thanks for voting!), so I have nothing else to report.
Next week is the second full week of the month that we’re in town, so it should be more of a challenge. We’ll see how we do…
Neither of us are home, so there’s no home food waste to report, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been wasting food! I swear I’m always hungry when we go out to eat, but it’s impossible for me to finish my plate, especially when there are many courses involved! Sometimes, we just plain order wrong, and no amount of will power can get it down (or keep it there… ask us about the Andouillettes Incident of 2010).
So I have a question for you, dear reader… what do you think about restaurant food waste? Should we include it in our weekly public shaming (aka Food Waste Friday)? Or do you think we’re off the hook when it comes to eating out?
Don’t get me wrong – this is all food waste, and we should be ashamed. But I’m proud of getting it out of our fridge. The half lemon and cream cheese are regular food wastes (bits and bobs category), and the egg nog should’ve been tossed with last week’s overdue holiday leftovers. The salsa was gross from the beginning, and probably should’ve been returned to the store for being inedible, but that never happened.
The rest are all expired jars of this and that which were cluttering up the fridge door. The tapenade was not very good; the caper berries were weird; I don’t know what possessed me to buy that caviar; those Ikea lingonberry preserves were a science experiment; there was something funny about those capers; and that chickpea masala is over 2 years old, and I’ve already made its replacement. The two little takeout containers are a spicy condiment that comes with Pollo Rico (watch for sound). I usually use it, but sometimes you get sick of seeing little reminders of takeout in the fridge.