Food waste Friday

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Reduce food waste and packaging by growing your own food

Reduce food waste and packaging by growing your own food

Apologies for our late food waste Friday post this week. I’ve been hanging around the kitchen waiting for something to write about.

But there’s nothing to say!

I decided to learn from last week’s food waste.  I’ve been making my own bread for the past three weeks or do to save on plastic food packaging, but we’re having to get used to the fact that home made bread doesn’t last as long as shop bought.

This week I made two loaves and as soon as they were cool enough I sliced them up and froze half. I felt very Maisie about myself.

We’re yet to try any defrosted bread and I’m a little concerned because despite best efforts in the past at freezing the shop bought stuff it’s always been a failure.

We’ve ended up with inedible bricks despite it being frozen in air tight packaging.

I was finding that there would be so much ice inside the bags that the bottom crust would go soggy, yet the inside of the bread would be really hard.

Maybe I was leaving it too long in the freezer and it was old.

Anyway, this afternoon I defrosted half a dozen rolls that I made a fortnight ago. So wish me luck!

And this morning my human Bokashi daughter dutifully munched her way through two hard stale crusts of home baked bread before it went mouldy.

Don’t worry, no child neglect took place, Little Miss Green is rather fond of hard, tasteless crusts.

How did you get on with your food waste this week and have any of you managed another ‘no spend’ week? We got through about two and a half weeks altogether; this week I topped up on cheese, lentils and dried fruit; so it wasn’t a big shop!

Remember, if you blog about your food waste, head over to Kristen’s ‘Frugal Girl‘ site and tell her how you’re doing!

If you’re wondering about the photo, as we had no food waste, I though it would be great to show that finding a home grown potato in the soil never loses its magic!

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Alea says:

    Congrats on a great week! We pull out pieces of bread as we need it, scrape off any ice, and toast it to avoid soggy bottom. We like toasted bread though.

    We haven’t been spending much at all. We been living off the larder and the garden. I bought milk, oatmeal, and some fruit this week.

  2. Charity says:

    Not great – I found half a tub of ancient (bought) watercress soup at the back of my fridge, and am ashamed of that. I think subconsciously I was rebelling as I usually make my own soup.

    Usual waste mountain from the kids :(. Today’s guest refused to touch her fish fingers, but at least the cats like those.

  3. Charity says:

    PS Nice namecheck for you in the latest Abel and Cole newsletter.

  4. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    I keep all bread sliced, and unsliced, in the freezer top shelf for toast and ordinary use. If ice is inside packs then there must be an entry point for the freezer air or air in the pack. The answer is to keep packs closed tight to exclude space for air. Another possibility is too high a freezer setting. With cooler temperatures recently, mine was turned down from 5, full power, to 4.

  5. Congratulations on a waste free week!

  6. Ailbhe says:

    We never landfill food waste; we have two bokashi buckets, a can o’worms wormery, and a big compost bin.

    And we meal-plan like crazy.

    A lot of our food waste is manky small-child-food. The thigns they do to stuff they don’t want to eat… ew.

  7. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    After the success of ox liver, as part of the local butcher promotion for the website, I am taking a well earned break from it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Next up is a big slab of ox tripe which might prove more tricky. Slow cooking seems part of the process for it with stewing to remove its elasticity. Maisie has been such a great help in the past. Hopefully, there is a recipe to deal with the challenge though the off-white appearance is ghastly. It has been a staple in the past and an older family member told how she sick after eating it though this may have been done to influence the grandmother, who thereafter gave her soup. I would like to prove for myself that it is edible, given a good recipe. Here’s hoping.

  8. Mrs Green says:

    @Alea: Sounds like a frugal week for you – I love those! LMG challenged me to see if we could start living off £15 per week to feed us all LOL! I think not…

    @Charity: Hi Charity; oh well we have good weeks and not so good weeks and it’s very difficult sometimes when catering for little mouthed guests. At least the cat enjoyed the visit! Can you tell me more about the Abel and Cole newsletter? Would love to hear more about it!

    @John Costigane: Thanks John; I’ll check the freezer temperature; it could well be too low. I need to defrost is badly, but I’m procrastinating because I can’t think of many worse jobs to tackle.
    How did the tripe turn out? You could smother it in basil to hide the taste. All of my dealings with tripe were to feed it to my German Shepherd, but I don’t think I was ever tempted to try it myself 😉

    @Melissa @ Mom’s Plans: Hi Melissa; welcome to the site and thank you! You had a great week too!

    @Ailbhe: That’s a really successful system you have going there, Ailbhe – a revelation and inspiration to many.

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