Friday, 10 August 2012

Food Waste Friday - The Canine Edition

You might have thought we would return from a camping trip with all sorts of odd food waste.  But that's not the case.  We had considerable help in achieving zero waste camping leftovers from a furry creature rather like this one:

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My new top tip for campers is to make sure that your food storage is dog-proof!  I returned to our tent on Wednesday evening to find a guilty looking, black labrador in our 'kitchen' area. Whilst we had been chatting to his owner elsewhere on the campsite, he had been enjoying a tasty snack of an entire pack of cheese, half a packet of ham and a whole pat of butter...

Unfortunately the zero waste holiday leftovers situation was short lived.  On our return home, possibly due to the lack of black labradors in our house, I found a few pre-camping minor food waste fails.  The most surprising of which was the end of a white loaf of bread. Stored in its paper bag, it was dry as a bone (I did warn you this was the canine edition!) but had not a single speck of mould on it. I started harrumphing about the ingredients of shop-bought loaves.  In this warm weather, what on earth could have been put in it that it would last this long?  Husband, however, reckons it is all in the storage.  And this WikiHow on bread storage might support his argument.  What do you reckon?

(And don't worry, I may have overstepped the mark with the mouldy carrots last week but I really won't be feeding 10 day old stale bread to the family!)


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



8 comments:

  1. I can't believe a dog ate your food! As for the rest of your food waste, I find that its very hard going on vacation. There's always something you can't finish or forget to finish before you leave and spoils by the time you get home (at least in my experience).

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  2. Yes, we couldn't quite believe it ate all our food either! At first I thought he had just rifled through the rubbish bag - it was only later when we kept looking for stuff and finding empty wrappers with dog slather on them, that we realised what had happened!

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  3. Unfortunately I can't open that link to read it, however I've noticed that cheap rubbishy bread goes mouldy, whereas my homemade bread or good quality shop bought just dries out.
    In this weather we keep bread tightly wrapped and air tight in the fridge where it lasts for a long time without drying (the secret to it not drying out in the fridge is being meticulous about it being wrapped tightly and not letting the fridge air get to it).
    To be honest, I WOULD use 10 day old stale bread! I'd chuck it in the blender to make breadcrumbs ;)

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    1. Maybe I should have been braver! Bread usually gets eaten before it has time to go mouldy or stale in this house, so the whole situation was rather novel.

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  4. That lab must have been in 7th heaven when he found your food. Too bad for you, but you made one dog very happy that day.

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  5. I hope we made him happy not sick! I certainly wouldn't want to eat a whole pat of butter in one go...

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  6. So funny about the dog! Dogs will get into anything they can find. My son works in an office where employees can bring in their dogs. Chris has lost more than one sandwich to a clever canine. And while at a picnic on Saturday, a dog of a friend of ours got one entire hot dog (relish, catsup included) and half of a hamburger, before anyone noticed him.

    The very stale bread must've been a surprise. Probably the paper bag. I was cleaning a couple of shelves in the pantry yesterday afternoon, and found a loaf of homemade whole wheat bread, about a month old, starting to mold. It had been knocked off the shelf and was lodged between the shelves and the wall. I hated to lose an entire loaf of bread. I probably put the worms in the compost bin into a carb-induced coma.

    Welcome home!

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    1. Thanks Lili! Shame about your loaf of bread! :-(

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