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On Wasting Food

August 4th, 2012 at 08:49 pm

Even though I tend to keep an eagle eye on the fridge and know what's in there pretty much to the teaspoon, sometimes food does get wasted. Usually, but not always, this is the fault of my youngest child who likes to put his leftovers in the fridge and then shove them to the back, even though I have a policy on where leftovers go, which is up front and visible at all times.

With all of the fruit I have been harvesting this week I have not kept as sharp an eye on things and when I cleaned the fridge last night I had to throw out, courtesy of my son:

1/2 bowl of homemade organic chicken noodle soup
1 cup of leftover spaghetti
About a one inch by 4 inch strip of pork chop from the organic, sustainable farm (I would have eaten this had I known!)
2 tbsp of leftover hamburger (from the same farm) that went with the cup of spaghetti
8 ounces of organic milk

Courtesy of my daughter:
1 quart size baggy with broccoli and cauliflower that she said she was going to eat

Courtesy of myself (you didn't think I was completely innocent in this, did you?):
1/2 can of the really good, meat only chili

And of course, DH is in Alaska and even if he was home, he eats leftovers left and right. There's almost never anything that is his fault, unless you count that he didn't get to other people's leftovers fast enough, and I don't! LOL Actually, I think the last thing we threw out that was his fault was because he left it out of the fridge, not because he left it in there for too long.

So all in all, not the best week for not wasting food, we lost about $8 worth. Everything went into the compost bin or to the chickens. The meat smelled off, not spoiled so I let the chickens eat it. I'll keep a better eye on it all this week, blueberries or no blueberries. (Ha, of course there will be blueberries...all...week...long).

Well, I better go check on the chickens. Someone either just laid an egg or had a heart attack. My guess is one of the newbies laid her first egg and wants the whole world to know.

4 Responses to “On Wasting Food”

  1. North Georgia Gal Says:

    That's funny about the chickens! What was the verdict?

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    NGG--There was one tiny little perfect pale blue egg in the nesting box, so one of the newbie auracana's laid her first!

  3. snafu Says:

    Yahoo for auracana's 1st baby blue. The issue of left-overs is frustrating Several friends have a dedicated plastic bin they use like a slide out on a fridge shelf for all left overs. I keep trying to incorporate left overs into a plan over like casserole/stew or soup with mixed results. Chinese fried rice, pilaf or paella work well if DKs will eat ethnic.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Snafu--We have a shelf we are supposed to keep them on that is right at eye level. Most leftover veggies make it into some sort of stir-fry if they don't get eaten straight, it's the soups and pastas that are hard to repurpose.

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