The stimulating story of food waste continues this week. Spurred by The Frugal Girl, I’ve been working to become conscious of my food waste by meticulously documenting my wasted food each week.
Last week I got a little carried away. I peeled a slimy cucumber and ate it with a ChimiChurri sauce from the farmer’s market. The cucumber was not super crisp, but was completely edible and I don’t recall a single burp (maybe cucumbers mellow with age?).
This week I disconnected from the ‘Net in SLOw (San Louis Obispo), but I still managed to waste something.
Chicken– Cooking mishap: Some overcooked chicken thighs that my kids wouldn’t eat (smart kids).
Peach– Yucky: This peach was firm and tasteless. I saved it for a smoothie and the smoothie never happened.
Crisco– Too much: I made two pies with Crisco this year and the rest expired. Anyone have a pie crust recipe that doesn’t use Crisco?
There are many eye-opening statistics on the cost of wasting food. This one is from LoveFoodHateWaste.com:
If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.
Wow, that’s a big impact. You can do your part by buying less and eating all that you buy.
How do you reduce your food waste? Share your wisdom in a Comment.