Food waste friday

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It's food waste Friday and we have one casualty

It's food waste Friday and we have one casualty

Ok, a prize for the first person who guesses it right.

Mr Green found this lurking in a tin in the kitchen and threw it into the compost heap before I realised.

But I know how much you love a good gander of my food waste, so I dutifully took a deep breath, held my nose and went in to photograph my evidence for this week.

I’m proud to say we’ve had another successful ‘use it up’ week (apart from the one lonely soul who modelled for my photograph of course) and I’ve saved heaps of money.

This week I haven’t needed to go to the cashpoint, which is unheard of.

I’ve really been looking at myself objectively when we’ve gone to the shops too. I realise that I just pick things up ‘to stock up’ or I grab things for Little Miss green that I think she might like or I know is a treat. I shop before I’ve checked the cupboards, so would normally buy excess food.

For the past fortnight, however, I’ve been a reformed character and I’ve stopped myself putting anything extra into the basket.

I’ve said No before I’ve got into the shop and only bought yogurt and some fresh fruit and veg from the organic farm shop.

This week we’ve eaten fish cakes made from mashed potato and half a tin of fish, more home made baked beans, tomato and chickpea soup, chicken in white sauce with mashed potatoes and vegetables, pasta and what turned out to be the most amazing pasta sauce ever – Oh, I tell a lie; I did splash out of 23p worth of feta cheese for that from the deli counter for that, but we had completely run out of cheese! I’ve made more spelt bread and we’ve been blackberry picking again and made a proper pie with real pastry. We’ve had lots of salads and used up rice cakes, ryvitas and that sort of thing.

Tonight, Little Miss Green asked for a couple of pints of milk; she occasionally gets a craving for it, but Mr Green bought it, so I’m not counting that πŸ˜‰

So, apart from the casualty found sweating in the tin it’s been a really successful week.

How about you – do you have any food waste this week? Have you still been living from your storecupboard and enjoying another ‘no spend’ food week?

If you blog about your food waste, don’t forget to share your story with Kristen over at The Frugal Girl


About the Author ()

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. It looks like the heel of a loaf of bread but I don’t really know.

  2. greenlady42 says:

    Hmm ! I must admit I did think bread end when I first saw it but on closer examination it looks more cakey – dead doughnut ? a bothered bun ?

    Not too bad on food waste this week – a handful of cherries that I forgot about and went furry, and 4 cold sausages – I just made a really bad choice there, they were foul πŸ™

  3. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    You have done extremely well in avoiding the usual week’s purchases, including summer fruit picking which would give other families a seasonal treat. The weather has been horrendous recently with mega-rainfall in succeeding days. Today is a welcome return to sun, though breezy. The Sweet Basil is out taking the rays for a change. Flower buds seem to be forming on many end-branch leaves. How do you deal with this growth halting development?

    The picture looks like carrot with some kind of frosting, snow perhaps? Up here we have had everything but snow. My own food waste is a settled issue but I appreciate the majority, family situation where different tastes have to be catered for.

    The weekly waste total was missed last week which I always looked to forward seeing. My own end quarter is at the halfway stage and the overall target is now 2oz, double the first quarter. Seasonal factors and stuff brought by family are responsible. As usual, steps can be taken to prevent recurrence in the latter, without causing offence.

  4. sandy says:

    I have saved an absolute fortune this week, no shopping apart from the other halfs milk, lesson from this week, we spend too much on food to sit in the larder and fridge, not anymore, from now on I am on a budget.

  5. At first I thought it was bread too. But the bit sticking up looks like a carrot peeling to me!

  6. Sharon says:

    Looks like bread to me too! Lovely furry bread…

    I think I’ve done pretty well on the no spend front. We’ve had chickpea curry, butterbean pate (not too keen tbh), broccoli cheese, beef broth, tortilla, homemade pizzas, focaccia, and I’ve made lots of bread and some cakes. I have to admit that this morning I am popping to Lidl for a few bits and pieces BUT I will be walking so that I have to consider what we actually need rather than what I fancy.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    Ok, I’m sulking my post got eaten and I’m not going to write it out again.

    You’ll have gathered by now that it was indeed a piece of bread, but this week there is none waste – yipee!

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