Friday, January 11, 2013

Food Waste Friday! Really, Very, Incredibly Not Good.


I just love The Frugal Girl blog. Really - just love!

Each week (well - most weeks) she blogs about her food waste, a kind of public declaration, aimed to reduce her own food waste. And she invites the rest of us to join her!

And ... well, the title of this post says it all really.

My only defense would be that we had house guests over the holiday period so there were lots of bits left over from meals (it's hard cooking for a large group and getting the portions just right every time!) and that we were busy-er than usual.

And now for food waste Hall of Shame ...

We have left over Chinese carry out sauce, macaroni and cheese, mushroom risotto, spicy pinto beans and (gulp) salmon.

And we're not done yet ...

Next we have a Pannetone, that had been opened and then left to go stale.

A wedge of pecan pie, bought because we all thought we would like pecan pie, only to find out that we didn't.

Asparagus that was left out on the counter overnight (which I'm usually so picky about, but this seemed distinctly slimy the next morning.

Fresh pineapple that was left to go fizzy and fermenty.

And a heel of (nice) bread that was left to go so stale, there was no use for it.

And the really, truly most awful thing about this? I started to clean out my refrigerator this morning, saw that there were more things that should really be added to the list, and decided to put off cleaning it out, so my list wouldn't have to be longer.

The title of this post says it all ... really, very, incredibly not good :-(

How was your food waste this week? Feel free to share; I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Ok brave you. Tomorrow is another day. I throw stale bread bits into a bag on the freezer and use them for breadcrumbs or bread pudding. And should you have leftover pecan pie again? For the love of God, CALL ME.

    But seriously.

    I have been much more aware of my food waste since following you. My biggest waste this week is refried beans. We need 2 cans to feed us, but always have about 1/2 cup remaining that nobody ever wants to eat.

    1. Next time, the pecan pie is all yours!
      Sounds like you had a pretty good week in terms of Food Waste (we always used to have the same issue with cans of refried beans too) - nicely done!

  2. Totally understand the leftover bits from having houseguests. What we usually do is toss everything together into a fried rice OR stir fry over rice or pasta OR soup/stew. The leftover pannetone, could you turn that into a bread pudding type dessert?