July 24, 2009

It's Friday...

... and our kitchen is still in a state of chaos due to our mini-remodel.

Which means the refrigerator and stove are in the dining room, cereal bowls are in the bathroom sink, and we're not cooking. Which has definitely led to some challenges in the area of avoiding food waste.

Do I sound like I'm complaining? Hardly. We got to eat out twice, and I didn't have to cook all week. Not that I ever actually HAVE to cook, but it's not very healthy to graze on Trader Joe's snacks for meals. Or to live on pasta and pizza, my husband's specialties. Plus we're getting a partially remodeled kitchen(!), which is a big improvement on the 60s-era model we moved into.

If you're new to this blog, every Friday I participate in the Waste-No-Food Challenge at The Frugal Girl. We try to limit our food waste by taking a photo of what gets thrown out that week. The idea is to FOCUS on the issue, and to sort of publicly commit to trying to waste less.

Not only are the many people involved in this challenge saving money by wasting less food, they're helping the environment by keeping it out of a landfill. You can read about the huge impact of all that food that gets tossed at Wasted Food.

I don't have a picture this week, but we did have a little bit of food waste. I just couldn't get in the kitchen to photograph it because I wasn't allowed to walk on the newly laid floor. My husband accidentally left out a partial pot of brown rice, and I found a rotten orange in a forgotten bowl in a corner of the reading room.

What I did right was PLAN before the madness. I shopped only for a few essentials, and I gave away a head of kale I knew would go bad before we could cook again. In my experience, the key to wasting less food has been: PLANNING, ORGANIZATION, and BUYING LESS FOOD.

Are you trying to waste less food? How'd you do this week? Please share your thoughts, tips, and ideas for wasting less in the Comments section.


Alea said...

Great job, especially under the circumstances. Both of those items can go into your new compost bin, which has to feel much better than just tossing them.

mrs green said...

Sounds like you are doing so well in amongst all the chaos. I think your food waste is tiny for all the upheaval you are doing with. Well done!

hiptobeme said...

Since we started menu planning and shopping from a list, we have a lot less food waste. I still am not going to photograph my fridge leavings weekly though, that's just way too strict for me! Good on ya for keeping up with the waste no food challenge! You inspire me :)

Joy2U said...

Great Job. Keep up the progress. Composting is the way to go for no food waste. Let the microbes and worms make rich soil for yur veggie and flower garden. Take a piece of 4 ft. high wire fencing and make a circle about 3 to 4 ft. in diameter in the corner of your yard. Line the bottom with fallen leaves or grass clippings. Then dump in your compost bucket when it gets full of kitchen scraps. Cover the raw garbage with another layer of dry leaves or grass clippings. Add in some squiggly worms after the pile builds up to a foot or so. Keep building as you generate food scraps. Do not put meat in the compost. It attracts unwanted rodents. If you want the compost to work faster you can turn the misture with a pitch fork, but that isn't necessary. Keeping it light with plenty of leafy fill between layers works fine. Somewhere around 6 to 9 months down the road, you can begin removing soil from the bottom. Just unhook the fence and open it, dig out what you want, and reclose it. Your flowers and veggies will love you for it. Remember, mother nature wastes NOTHING. Waste is not even a concept in her vocabulary! Thank you again for your beautiful efforts. Keep spreadin' the word! Hugs and Best Always,