Food waste Friday – it had a lie in

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A lb of plums - food for the wasps

A lb of plums - food for the wasps

I’m really disappointed with my food waste this week. There is only one item but I could have prevented it AND it means I have to wait until next year to ever savour this delight again.

There’s a harsh lesson!

We have an organic orchard on the other side of the hill from us where we can buy soft fruits, apples and pears.

It’s fruit like you’ve never tasted before with heritage varieties that never make it to the supermarkets

This was the last of the Victoria plums – in my opinion, the best plums you can get.

I bought 1lb of them thinking I would make a pie.

I forgot that once a crop comes to the end it tends to go off very quickly and I found these a short two days later

I left them in the plastic bag too, which means I now have an icky plastic bag to deal with and deposit in the landfill – usually I take the bags back to the farm for refilling.

So let that be a lesson to me; never get ‘too busy’ to deal with fresh fruit.

How did you get on with your food waste this week? Don’t forget to let Kristen know over on ‘The Frugal Girl

Are any of you going to reduce the amount of food waste you create for National zero waste week?

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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. Poppy says:

    I had a similar experience with some plums from the out-laws. They were very ripe when they were given to us and I just didn’t have the time to do anything with them other than leave them in the container and point Master P in their direction if he was craving a snack. No surprise then really when I took the lid off and found them all cowering in the bottom of the container with fur coats on 🙁 So off to the compost bin they went !

  2. Sharon says:

    Funnily enough I wasted a load of plums this week. The neighbours brought a huge bag round. I stewed a few, but to be honest I didn’t really want them but was too polite to say no!
    At least they went to the compost heap not the wheelie bin.

  3. Alea says:

    I wasted blackberry jello (jello normally keeps forever, but it had fresh blackberries in it) and a cucumber. I have kiwis that I have been saving to make strawberry kiwi muffins, but you post is a good reminder that sometimes we have to let go of our plans and just eat the fresh fruit.

    I like your idea of taking back the plastic produce bags.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Poppy: They must be one of the quickest rotting fruits I’ve come across; I must admit I was a bit shocked when I saw these beauties. Oh well, you live and learn.
    They smelled rather nice; like a liqueur LOL!

    @Sharon: Oh well, as you say, at least they were composted; So were ours but I still feel bad about wasting food.

    @Alea: Hi Alea; fresh blackberry jelly sounds delicious; I must have a go at that as we still have heaps of blackberries on the brambles. Strawberry kiwi muffins sound great – do you have a recipe on your site?

  5. Greenlady says:

    Aww. That’s a shame. I have had similar happen in the past, it is hard to be organised enough sometimes to think ” hmm well I may not be able to get through all these as fresh fruit, quick lets cook and/or freeze “.

    I was lucky, my one personal food waste thingy last week was smugly tucking away some leftover stirfry in a lock’n’lock in the fridge then promptly forgetting about it for almost a week *blush*

    There was a sort of win some lose some battle on a more epic scale Friday/Saturday though. Friday 17 of us from one of my jobs went out to afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. I had my doggy bag at the ready for leftovers and did snag some cake for myself and a couple of scones, even better though the staff agreed to wrap up all the leftovers in foil to be taken back to the office, my frugal heart was gladdened to see armfuls of food parcels making their way back up to the souls who had been holding the fort whilst we feasted. Epic zerowaste win !

    It was a bit ungladdened the next day to find a well meaning colleague had put all the scones in the fridge ” because they might go off or something ” ( er no, hon, there’s very little in scones to go off, they will go hard and dry in the fridge tho ! ) and had thrown away the remnants of the chocolate covered fancy cakes and pastries ! much to the distress of another colleague who had been dreaming of breakfasting on them !

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Greenlady: Hi Greenlady, are you feeling better now? You’re right – I should have just cooked and frozen them on the day I bought them; at least I could have then bought time to decide what to do with them.
    The attitude of the hotel was wonderful; I’m so pleased to hear about that. But I think your colleague needs bringing here for a stiff talking to LOL! Oh my, the friend who was dreaming of chocolate cake for breakfast must have been heart broken 🙁

    Sorry about the stir fry loss R.I.P

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