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Not so long ago, in a house pretty close by….
The Saga Doth Persist
Waste happens when food spends too much time in one place. For me there are three locations: the fridge, the freezer, and the counter or pantry. While there are only three locations, I still manage to mismanage my food by leaving it in one location for too long.
Case in point – Today I went to make some tasty homemade corn tortilla chips for my daughter, when I discovered the tortillas were green. Grrrr. The tortillas spent too much time on my counter. I think the Seattle tortilla algorithm is something like this:
IF Counter.Tortillas.Age > 5 days THEN MoveTo Fridge
IF Fridge.Tortillas.Age > 20 days THEN MoveTo Freezer
IF Freezer.Tortillas.Age = Unknown THEN MoveTo Compost
It all boils down to: Food. Store correctly. Not too long.
(and yes, this is loosely based on Michael Pollan’s quote: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants).
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.
Bean sprouts – Went bad early: Despite being far before the sell by date, these tasted funny. Note to self: find non pre-packaged sprouts.
Corn – Laziness: I didn’t want to get out the big ol’ pot to boil this single ear. Now that I think about it, there are other ways to cook corn. Time for me to think outside the box.
Cauliflower – Limited demand: My CSA was cauliflower crazy for a few weeks, creating a backup in my fridge. I need more cauliflower recipes (please share if you have one).
Corn tortillas – Poor storage: I left these on the counter, which in moist Seattle is a recipe for mold.
IF Tortillas.Age > 5 days THEN
Tortillas.MoveTo = Fridge
Tortillas.Color = Green
Alright that’s all the food waste algorithms I have for today. Please post a Comment about food waste, algorithms, or food waste algorithms.
Have a terrific waste free day!