Food waste Friday

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Some of the Green's food waste this week

Some of the Green's food waste this week

Alas, I hang my head in shame this week with our food waste.

I’ve been a busy Mrs Green, nursing our sick cat, and not very good with using things up.

Items have festered in the fruit bowl, fretted in the fridge, withered on the work surface and crumbled in the cupboards.

When I finally got around to some housework this morning I found fruit flies in the fruit bowl from a mouldy lemon, another lemon which looked dessicated and a lime with all the life force sucked from it. In the ‘fridge I found some pate which had a green hue, cheese with a furry coat, half a box of chicken which the cat hadn’t been able to eat and some feta cheese which smelt worse than an athlete’s socks after running a marathon.

I was looking at my pile of landfill waste wondering what to do with it And behold! my friend who owns a bokashi bin popped over for a chat. Horrah!

After plying her with coffee, stuffing her with home made biscuits, complimenting her on her new hair do and offering to take care of her kid for the afternoon she left with a gift – yep, you’ve guessed it, my smelly fridge offerings were hers for the taking.

Friends like that are worth holding on to.

So this week I’m on a bit of a mission. A ‘fridge inventory will take place after Sunday lunch tomorrow and meal plans drawn up for the troops.

And the phrase ‘you’ll find it in your soup‘ will be bellowed night and day to ensure not a scrap of food gets left to its fate.

Wish me luck; I think I might need it.


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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:

    I hope your cat is feeling better! I have been tending to an injured horse. It is time intensive, so something has to give. In my case it has been house work. There is so much dirt on my kitchen floor I am tempted just to lay down seeds. πŸ™‚

    I have only heard about bokashi bins on web page. I need to do some research and see if they are available in the states.

  2. I also hope your cat is feeling better! I just wanted to pop in and tell you that my name for “you’ll find it in your soup” soup is called Hippie Dinner, where everything that’s left over gets thrown into one pan and made into a sort of a hash. My friend’s name for it is Kitchen Sink Soup. Yum!

  3. LJayne says:

    I’ve just done my monthly online shop and so it has been tidy-out time in the cupboards and the fridge. I go through and get everything lined up, decanted into smaller containers etc etc., so it is easy to whip round with our list of stock levels and order up what we need (gosh I’m anal πŸ˜‰ )

    The only food waste was a jar of redcurrant jelly which had somehow slipped out of the fridge into the cupboard and so, with no roasts over the summer, had grown a layer of grey mould. But we have a greencone so it has gone in there and the glass jar recycled hurrah! This is good for us. But the downside is that whilst getting straight, I emptied a few packets into their smaller containers. Muesli – tick, the box is recyclable and the inner we reuse for sandwiches. Smoothies – tick, tetrapaks are recyclable here (East Berkshire) and the box is cardboard. But I emptied the last of a 3kg sack of pasta, sadly plastic. And some kgs of raisins, more damn plastic *sigh*

  4. John Costigane says:

    @LJayne: The green cone is an outside alternative to the Bokashi bin, but there has been little coverage of its everyday usage, Can it handle all types of waste? Also, how long does it take to fill and empty?

    Zero Waste deals with all waste, and food is the very first target. Once this is totally removed from home bin, the cleaned plastic packaging can then be kept for as long as required.

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Alea: Thanks Alea, unfortunately the cat isn’t doing very well so food waste is up again this week. Hope your horse recovers πŸ™‚

    @SavvyChristine: Hippie dinner and kitchen sink soup – love it! I wonder what other names people use?! THanks for the cat well wishes πŸ™‚

    @LJayne: You sound superbly organised in that kitchen of yours – I’m envious! I hear you on the pasta and dried fruits packaging; those are two really tough ones. I’ve dusted off my dehydrator however, and am going to have a go at pears this year.

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