Friday, 20 July 2012

Food Waste Friday results in a clean sink!

It's Food Waste Friday again.  Time to reflect on the week's food waste with the aim of minimising food thrown away, in the hope that our household won't be making a large contribution to the 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink that it is estimated UK homes dispose of every year.

It wasn't a bad week here.  Just the usual suspects, although it was a different citrus fruit that was the culprit this week:


A half lemon had to be used as a cleaning product rather than food, but I didn't mind too much because now I have a nice, shiny sink.


The ubiquitous cabbage is hanging around, along with some beetroot. 


                                                                        

But fear not, some Borscht is planned and I like this Moldovan recipe which should use up the cabbage and the beetroot in one fell swoop!  I'm going to take a leaf out of Simply Being Mum's book and stick the beetroot Borscht in the slow cooker.  (Oddly enough Jo at Simply Being Mum's Food Waste Friday post this week, also involved cleaning with her food waste!)





This week we were even more thankful for the food that we have, and even more determined not to waste anything, as we heard a lot about the West African Food Crisis.  Despite the Aid agencies intervening earlier than they did in last year's Somalian crisis, there is still a major emergency due to drought and families not having enough funds to buy food.  One million children are categorised as malnourished and are at risk of dying and a further 3 million are at risk of becoming malnourished.  The Guardian's monthly Global Development podcast looks at the West African situation and what solutions there are for preventing this type of crisis in the future.


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Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by thefrugalgirl.com, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it.



11 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah,
    You just gave me an idea. My daughter has been sick this week and left a half can of cola in the fridge. No one wants it. But I remember reading that the acids in cola will clean a toilet bowl (just one of the reasons I won't drink soda). Gonna pour this can in, leave it and see. Thanks for the idea.
    And yes, we should all be thankful for the blessings of enough food to have any left over at the end of a week.

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  2. Ah ha - that was precisely what Jo at Simply Being Mum did with some left over coca cola!

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  3. That's one fine looking box of bicarb! Much more impressive than my teeny tiny pot! Where'd you get it from?

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  4. We've got a great old fashioned independent hardware shop in our town, and it came from there - £1.99 for that box (500g). I've only just discovered the soda there though on a shelf right at the back; up until now I've always used the little pots you get for baking. They've got borax, white vinegar and all sorts so I'm planning to get started on some frugal home-made cleaning products soon! Maybe even laundry powder, which I have always thought was a step too far!

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  5. I think cleaning with food is definitely not a waste! Good job!

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  6. Hi Anne, yes using a mouldy lemon for cleaning is a food save really! I checked out your blog earlier for a beetroot soup recipe just in case there was one to link to but I couldn't find one!

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  7. Hi if your looking for a laundry liquid recipe try Rhonda's on her Down to earth blog, really easy, works well and is really cheap to make. Although it took my family sometime to get use to the washing smelling of nothing! I found a liquid much easier and longer lasting than a home made powder. Rhonda has a recipe for both. If your using bicarb on a regular basis a good website for getting supplies is www.summernaturals.co.uk. They sell all sorts of " green" products for cleaning as well as bulk supplies of bicarb ( upto 25kg) not sure I'll ever do that much cleaning! Lol. Fran x

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  8. I love beets and borscht, but no one else in my family does. I'm going to have to cook some just for me soon.

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    1. Yes, that's a problem here too. I snuck some beetroot into a pasta sauce this week, and it got past my daughter without comment, but my son rejected it straight away! The borscht won't be popular, but all the more for me!

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  9. I have a lemon going manky in my fridge - thanks for the reminder that I can clean my sink with it!

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    1. Glad to be of help Sally! Thanks for visiting. I've been over to your blog and will definitely revisit...I like writing as much as (if not more than) I like being green!

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