Food Waste Photo-8.9


Sigh. I was so sure I’d have an no-waste week this week. What I have here is some tomato paste, and some ravioli with pink sauce. I actually love ravioli with pink sauce and was going to eat it shortly after I made it. But then I thought I might need it for my husband’s lunch after the weekend and so I waited. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up needing it for his lunch, and by the time I got around to eating it, it was too late.

The tomato paste is from quite a while ago. I was going to use it when I made some tomato sauce last week(it was fine then), but I forgot about it, and now it’s growing some hairy things. I’m assuming I could compost it because it’s just tomatoes and salt, after all.

Overall, though, it was a good food-wasting week. I managed again to not waste my cream(I put it into a smoothie and made some very tasty chocolate milk with it!). I modified my menu plan and made a stir-fry last night that used up a bunch of things from my fridge(a wrinkly red pepper, some green onions, a small zucchini, a mushroom, and some chicken broth). I also used up some extra milk by making chocolate pudding and used up a squash by making some cupcakes.

Still, I’d really like to have the experience of a no-waste week ONE of these times!

8 Responses to “Food Waste Photo-8.9”

  1. 1 Anna G.

    Just reading about the things you make with your soon to be wasted items is making me hungry. And also inspiring me to be more creative with my soon to be wasted items (flavored Yoplait yogurt cups have been going into smoothies the last couple of days since they expire tomorrow). I’ve become far more disciplined about cooking from scratch and cooking at home since leaving the working world two weeks ago to prepare for our first child (due Aug. 21), but I’m still noticing a lot of little items going to waste. I think once I get a better handle on the not eating out thing, I’ll focus more on finding ways to have no-waste weeks.

    Thanks (again) for the inspiration!

  2. 2 Kristen

    Oh yes…it’s much harder to do this kind of thing when you’re working a full-time job! I can’t imagine trying to cook dinner every night after having been at work all day.

    My first kiddo was due August 29th(although he didn’t actually arrive until September 2nd!). It’s hard to be hugely pregnant in the summer, isn’t it? The summer here on the east coast has been relatively mild, though…maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to have a cool-ish summer too?

    And I’m so glad that I’ve inspired you. Blogs are great for that…I find myself inspired by a lot of the ones that I read too.

  3. 3 Tobye

    Hey Kristen, how do you decide what is waste? Is it stuff that’s been the fridge for more than a week? Have been wondering this lately and have been meaning to ask.

  4. 4 Kristen

    Well, it’s anything in my fridge that is inedible or can’t be salvaged. I clean the fridge out on Thursdays of Fridays, so I locate all the waste then. Since I’ve been cleaning it every week, most stuff is just a week or two old.

    I don’t count stuff like vegetable trimmings, or small amounts of food that my kids have left on their plates. It’s either groceries or leftovers that I’ve let go bad. Does that make sense?

  5. 5 Anna G.

    Hi Kristen,
    Just getting back to this… because I went into labor on the 9th and had her at 5:05 am on the 10th! I’m pretty certain this is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life :)

    We’re in Oregon, so it hasn’t been too hot, but there were a few days that were pretty miserable. I think it’s supposed to be in the 90’s the next few days, but now I have an excuse to stay inside where it’s cooler.

    I hope you had a great weekend and that you don’t have any food waste this week!

    Take care,

  6. 6 Kristen

    Big congrats, Anna!!! I’m glad you’re enjoying your new daughter. and yay on getting to skip out on a bit of the end of your pregnancy. lol

  7. 7 deepali

    I think it’s interesting to think about what people waste and don’t waste. Expiration dates are pretty meaningless to me, which is good because I don’t tend to clean the fridge often. :) I pretty much eat anything unless it’s growing things it’s not supposed to. And even still, I’ll often just cut out the bad parts and keep eating it. :)

    Do you have a recipe for the squash cupcakes?

  8. 8 Kristen

    Here’s the recipe for the cupcakes. They call for zucchini, but I used shredded yellow squash. This was the first time I’d tried them, and while they weren’t anywhere near inedible, they also weren’t my favorite. The caramel frosting just didn’t seem to go with the citrus/spice flavor of the cupcakes, in my humble opinion. But, we ate all of them and I wasted no squash, so that’s good.

    I don’t worry too hard about expiration dates either, especially on things like milk and eggs where the date is really a “sell-by” date. I cut out the bad parts of produce and cheese too. I’m more iffy about stuff like meats and pasta salads. I’ve had food poisoning before, and I’d rather throw out a small portion of food than have that again!

    Thanks for stopping by!


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