My favorite quote this week comes from my sometimes saucy eight year old. My older daughter was about to throw away food, when my younger daughter intercepted her with…
“Wait! Don’t throw that away. Mom needs to take a picture of it.”
Documenting food waste has definitely had an impact on my family. No doubt some great stories in the making. Imagine this… fast forward a decade to a college scenario involving my daughter and a few friends, each friend trying to one up the other with crazy parental stories. My daughter listens and then blurts, “Oh yeah, that’s nothing! We couldn’t throw out food unless it had been photographed.” Yes, my children will have some stories to tell and perhaps some therapy bills to pay. ;-)
Alright, drum roll please…
What? In case this saga is new to you, let me explain. I’ve been documenting my weekly food waste, shining a light on my wasteful ways in order to reduce waste.
Here’s a line by line description of this week’s waste, complete with categories.
Cottage cheese – Limited demand: With just one cottage cheese eater in my house, waste abounds.
Homemade pie dough – Best intentions: I made a full dough recipe, quite certain I’d make something later. But then didn’t.
Carrots – Too much: I bought a big bag of carrots that weren’t terribly fresh, and then each day they became less fresh until they turned white.
Bits of chicken – Too much: I bought a whole chicken and we got sick of it. Next time, I’ll freeze some or buy a tiny bird.
Not too bad. The chicken and dough are new this week and the other two items are from weeks and weeks ago. So I see improvement.
I found this cool refrigerator photo project over at Good Magazine. I must admit that I enjoy peeking into people’s refrigerators to see what they eat and how it’s organized. Here take a look. More? Here are a few less professional fridge images without commentary (Elmo suggests using your imagination for such things).
You can tell a lot about a person by what they have in their refrigerator (or don’t have). What does your fridge say about you? Please leave a Comment.