…well that’s the plan at least.

At the end of December Cameron and I cleaned out our fridge and sadly had to toss a lot of food. This week I threw out:

  • Part of a loaf of french bread that was moldy. And I should mention I picked off some crust of some other bread that was starting to mold, and just threw out the moldy parts, the rest is still good.
  • Some leftover pizza pasta.
  • And some mushrooms that were a little slimy, but I don’t feel bad about those, as they were donated as already old produce.
  • One slice of cornbread.

That’s all I can remember from this week. Yesterday we had leftovers at lunch. Just having a meal of leftovers is probably the best way to get those leftovers eaten, and I love not having to cook a whole meal! :)

How’d you do for your first week of 2014?

 

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Linking up to Food Waste Friday at The Frugal Girl.

I was hoping to have less to report this week, but here it goes! I threw out about a gallon of milk (I mentioned last week making muffins with it, but it was just so much milk), a can of sauerkraut (which isn’t really my fault, I got it free and it was about 4 years past its expiration date), a small amount of garbanzo beans and some lettuce. I figure that was about $4 or $5 worth of food. :(

Waste-Not-Want-Not Tip: Put off going grocery shopping. Earlier this week I decided to eat what we had around the house instead of going grocery shopping. It really helped us eat food that might have gotten wasted if I had shoved a bunch of new food into the fridge in front of it.

Lots to report this week!

Ready to hear what I wasted? Salsa, beans that I apparently didn’t cook long enough, some of them were still hard, potatoes, bacon that was supposed to flavor the hard beans, cilantro, 2 tomatoes and some tangerine slices. And that’s just what’s pictured, I threw some other things out earlier in the week. :(

I did manage to avoid even more waste though. The last 2 weeks we’ve gotten apricots in our bountiful baskets. I tried just slicing them and eating them raw, but they were pretty sour, so I told myself I could make them into jelly, but then I came back to reality and knew that I wasn’t going to get around to learning how to make jelly right now. Instead I gave them to a friend, which is much better than letting them rot in my fridge as I say I’ll make them into jelly.

Happy Friday everybody! :)

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A lot of food was tossed in the trash this week, because I cleaned out my fridge. I didn’t snap a picture of my food waste, but I do have this picture:

I put this container with a label “Leftovers” in the fridge to see if it’ll help us get leftovers eaten up. I really like it so far. If I’m looking for something for lunch I can just pull out the whole tub and pick out whatever leftover looks yummy! It also helps keep the leftovers from getting shoved into the back of the fridge and forgotten!

This post is inspired by and shared at The Frugal Girl for Food Waste Friday.

 

You probably don’t want to know how much food ended up in the trash this week….but then again, it might make you feel better about your food waste, so maybe you do want to know. Let’s see, I threw out:

  • Half a crock pot of noodles and meat sauce.…yes half a crock pot! I took it to our hotel the night before Cameron’s marathon for his carbo-load, but we only ate half of it, then I never put it back in our cooler, so I had to toss it.
  • Some taco meat. SOMEONE left it out on the counter all night.
  • Salad dressing. SOMEONE (okay this time the someone was me) left it out all night.
  • A bowl of cream of wheat that never got eaten.
  • One power puck that got wet in the cooler on our trip.
  • 1/2 a pear.
  • A little milk.

And that’s all of I can think of, but there probably was a little more…and even if there wasn’t, I still did pretty bad, especially since 2 of those things had meat in them, which is the most expensive part of a meal. I guess it’s time to stop looking at the past and move ahead! Bring on a new week of (hopefully) little to no food waste!

How’d you do this week? Any food waste at your house?

This post is inspired by and linked at The Frugal Girl for Food Waste Friday.

 

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I didn’t blog about it last week, but I did waste a lot of food. :( But the good news is, since Monday the only food I’ve tossed was a little bit of scrambled eggs and some cheese from Cameron’s lunch box!! :) Hoping for another good week, this week. I have some yogurt I think I might bake into banana bread, and some milk I need to hurry and use.

In other news, I’m finally on pinterest....and to be honest…I’m loving it! :) It’s got me wanting to crochet an owl purse for Gracia, save and re-purpose every glass jar I see, and do all kinds of fun kid stuff! So if you want to follow me there you can. I actually have only pinned one of my own posts so far, there’s just so much other  cool stuff to pin!

This post is inspired by and linked at The Frugal Girl for Food Waste Friday.

 

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I threw out the last bit of mayo in the jar, it was smelling kinda weird and some slimy cilantro, and a little bit of oatmeal, but what I’m really sad about is a gallon jug of milk about 3/4 full. I might have frozen it, but I already have a gallon of milk in the freezer that I’m planning on using for rice pudding (hope it turns out, this is only the second time I’ve frozen milk). I guess I just need to buy less milk in the future.

Also, I’m not working today, so I just might get another post up later today. UPDATE: Here’s my post, 4 Things To Do With Coupons You Won’t Use.

This post is inspired and shared at The Frugal Girl for Food Waste Friday.

 

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Banana bread made to use up milk.

Food waste for this week and a very rough estimate of how much that food cost:

  • Very smelly beans – Beans are so cheap and I only threw out about a cup worth, so maybe 5 cents.
  • 1 bowl of oatmeal- Don’t forget to put the water in your oatmeal before putting it in the microwave….you just might end up with burnt oatmeal that makes your whole house smell. :( Anyways…oatmeal is cheap too, so maybe 5 more cents there.
  • Spinach artichoke dip that I thought was all gone, but wasn’t. It was a very small amount so I’ll say 10 cents.
  • 1/2 a banana – I usually freeze bananas, but half of this one was super mushy and I wasn’t making banana bread at the time (although I did later in the week), so I tossed it and saved the good half. 10 cents
  • Miracle whip – I accidentally bought this months ago, thinking I had grabbed mayo. I tried using it some in dips and things but I just don’t really care for miracle whip, and it’s just been sitting in my fridge forever, so I’m tossed it this week.  $3

Total of: $3.30 That doesn’t seem like a lot, but if I think of it in terms of what I could buy with that….like chocolate covered raisins…or a loaf of really good bread…or enough dry beans to last us a few months…

In brighter news I made some banana bread and replaced the yogurt for milk that needed to get used up. I wasn’t sure how it would come out with all the yogurt being replaced with milk, but thankfully it came out just fine!
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This week I wasted a lot of little bits and pieces of food:

  • Sandwich meat and cheese, that was leftover from Gracia’s lunch one day and I completely forgot about it
  • 1/2 an apple
  • A slice of bread with peanut butter. I was going to save it for Gracia and…you guessed it…I forgot about it.
  • Some milk (although if you read on, I’ll tell you how I did save some of the milk!).
  • Some watermelon (I know, I probably shouldn’t have even been buying watermelon out of season).
  • And these two tomatoes, that were supposed to be made into salsa., but I kept putting it off until they got mushy.

On a more positive note, I had some milk that needed to get used so I made it into pudding, which then didn’t thicken very much, so I turned it into pudding pops. I think Gracia considers these a success. :P

Thanks to The Frugal Girl for hosting Food Waste Friday!

 

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I always end up throwing food out early in the week, then when Friday comes around, I’m racking my brain trying to remember what all I tossed. As far as I can remember I threw out a little bit of peanut butter, which is sad because it was the more expensive all natural kind and some limes. I have a few things that I really need to get eaten soon or they’ll be wasted too.

Because this is a rather short post today, I thought I’d share one of my favorite verses,

“Be careful for nothing (or don’t be anxious, I’m using KJV); but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

This verse is always a good reminder to me that instead of worrying I need to gratefully go to God and give him my worries, after all He’s the only One powerful enough to handle them anyways! :)

This post is shared at The Frugal Girl for Food Waste Friday. Like the new button? If you want to go to her blog, just click it! Have a marvelous Friday and weekend!

 

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