Friday, 13 July 2012

No Food Waste this Friday!

Food Waste Friday, another food waste fiasco?  After last week's declaration that I really would aim for no food waste this week, I just about swung it by the skin of my teeth.  I'm not going to count the mouldy tinned pineapple I found mid-week, as that should have gone last Friday.  Or is that cheating?!

Thanks to blogging about Food Waste Friday I can see some patterns emerging in our food waste habits particularly when it comes to oranges and cabbage!  It appears that in this house no-one can be bothered with peeling oranges.  Our fruit bowl often dwindles to this (the photo makes that orange and satsuma look more appealing than they were in reality):


My family prefer their vitamin C to arrive like this:


Fairy cakes with icing made from orange juice!  I like the orange peel embellishment, but as I keep finding empty paper cake cases abandoned with orange peel in them, I take it that not everyone shares my enthusiasm.

As for the cabbage, I tried to disguise it in a stir fry this week but when I was clearing away the plates I found that Daughter had thoughtfully left some customer evaluation on the table (I should never have shown her the Neverseconds blog!):


Both the cabbage and oranges arrive in our veg and fruit box, and whilst we plough willingly through all the other contents, these two items tend to hang around.  I'm happy with the boxes otherwise, so I guess I just have to be more creative about using the less popular items up in a more timely fashion.

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

6 comments:

  1. Love the idea of food waste friday. Somehow my mum always manages to keep waste to a minimum but I am terrible at doing it. I always start the week meal planning with good intentions but somehow it all goes to pot and we end up wasting loads. It doesn't help that the kids are fussy about what they eat so its hard getting them to use up leftovers. Must try harder!

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    1. You're right - it is harder with younger children. At least with a 9 and 11 year old we can all pretty much eat the same stuff and they have much bigger appetites so we don't get many soggy fish fingers left on the plate any more!

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  2. The orange fairy cakes look great. I'm sure next time you could squeeze the orange into the icing, but I guess you'll have to leave out the peel.

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    1. The cakes disappeared very quickly...the juice did go in the icing, but yes, I shall leave off the peel next time and hide the orange zest in the cake mixture instead!

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  3. Cucumber is my food-waste nemesis. I'm not buying going forward. Love what your Daughter's done with the grading of the meal, interesting! May actually eb a way to get mine to try a few things!

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  4. Yes, I've seen your splodgy cukes! I'd swap your cucumbers for my cabbage any day! I'd love my daughter's grading of the meal too, if I'd got a higher score for the stir fry veg! :-)

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