Friday, 19 April 2013

Food Waste Friday - Old and crusty, like me?

I'm a year older tomorrow and the bread crusts have come out in sympathy.



It might look like nice fresh homemade bread but it's old and rock hard.

There is an excuse; Daughter had 6 teeth out last week in preparation for orthodontic work, so that was one person less eating crusts, and the food waste shows it. I was so busy warming up soup, serving yogurt, mixing salty mouthwash and administering pain relief, that I forgot to do anything useful with them so they're currently soaking ready for the chickens. The Food Waste Friday blog post here and the comments following it have lots of useful ideas about what to do with leftover bread.



When Daughter  tired of eating soft white rolls, there were even some of those getting drier and older, but by then my nursing role had eased off and I was able to turn them into a bread and butter pudding. The chickens are not laying very reliably at the moment so it was a bread and butter pudding without eggs. I found a vegan recipe to base mine on, which used good old Bird's custard instead. It wasn't quite as light and crispy as an eggy bread and butter pudding but it was palatable.




The other surprise entry into the food waste charts was an orange and some satsumas. They have featured before but since I've been using these (another Christmas present)...




...there hasn't been much fruit waste. 'Fruit and veg savers' are round paper sachets, filled with something compostable that discourages the production of ethylene, thus slowing down the rate at which fruit ripens and then rots. When I checked what was going on with the three mouldy fruits, I found that the sachet currently in use was 10 days past the date when it should have been replaced by a new one. Either that accounts for the withered up fruit, or they have joined the bread crusts in a symbolic representation of old age for my birthday.

The big orange was salvageable and was squeezed and frozen ready for a birthday cheesecake this weekend. I'm hoping that may be metaphorical too; there's life in this old fruit yet!


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Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by thefrugalgirl.com, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. This week you can find Food Waste Friday hosted by 
Simply Being Mum.

15 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah,
    Have a happy birthday tomorrow! I hope your daughter's mouth is healing. That cannot have been fun for her!
    You just reminded me that I need to check on the oranges out in the garage fridge! Have a great birthday!

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    1. Great birthday thanks, with the best day's weather we've had all year...The mouth is healing and the diet is getting more varied by the day!

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  2. Happy birthday to you! Hoping the stale bread and withered oranges are not really a symbol of how you are feeling! I do sympathise with your harried housekeeping this week. I have had four out of four children needing orthodontic work, and spent a number of weeks over that time trying to provide an interesting liquid diet. Aaaargh. I think the No 1 frugal tip for your last post - if you plan to have children, become an orthodontist first, or marry one!

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    1. Thanks! Fortunately our National Health Service takes care of the orthodontic costs as any potential orthondontist suitors would have probably run a mile when they saw my crooked teeth, so no chance I'd ever have married one!

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    2. Oh my goodness, that NHS is a star! We have all our medical needs taken care of here in Oz, but for teeth, we are on our own..

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  3. Happy Birthday.

    My waste was an apple and a pear.

    Have a great day.

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  4. I'm salivating now thinking about your orange cheesecake. Happy Birthday!

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    1. I love cheese cake too. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

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  5. LOL - a very happy birthday to you and many happy returns. (formerly known as Mrs. Armstrong - recipient of the Fry's candy, which was delicious by the way)

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    1. So glad you got the Fry's Chocolate Cream and that you're still out there in blog land MS Frugal formerly Mrs Armstrong!

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  6. Happy birthday :) Hope you had a lovely day (that cheesecake sounds delicious!).

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    1. I had such an exciting birthday that I didn't get round to making the cheesecake...but it would have been delicious!

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  7. Happy Birthday just gone! Still got your washing up loofah on my to do list! :)

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