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Waste Case Project: Day 3

March 28, 2012

Last night, I was a careful shopper and chef, using what I had to enhance what I bought. Some wanted tacos, and I used the shredded mozzarella cheese and arugula that I already had on hand, instead of purchasing regular lettuce and jack cheese, and having all 4 items go to waste. There is still some left, and the arugula is looking a little sadder than I’d like it to. One more day and it’s going to be history. I cut the avocado in half, and wrapped the unused portion with the seed left in, to prevent it from going brown.
I had salmon, cut to a single serving, and literally bought 5 small mushrooms and a handful of ¬†shredded kale from the”prepped and ready to cook” section at Whole Foods. While it might have cost more per pound than buying a full bunch of kale, I purchased only what I could eat in one serving, so it ended up being a better choice.

Lesson of the day: Bigger is not always better! Buying in quantity often seems like a bargain, but spending more per oz. for a smaller amount and not wasting the rest is a better deal in the long run for your wallet, your waistline and the environment. Being conscious of food waste is helping me think through grocery shopping, and causing me to be more selective about what will actually get consumed in it’s entirety.

Stay tuned: it’s only Wednesday!

photo: Glasshouse Images

Waste Case Project: Day 1

March 26, 2012

It’s 9:00 a.m. and I have already tossed a few slices of turkey which had been hanging around since early last week, an opened and never resealed bag of granola lurking in the cupboard, and a partially consumed container of fat free ricotta cheese. I re-wrapped and tucked a piece of fresh ginger into the produce drawer of the fridge, hopefully extending it’s life, while not attracting fruit flies. Not an auspicious start to a new week,and a new goal. The refrigerator is almost empty, and I boldly used some full fat milk and low fat vanilla yogurt, when I prefer skim milk and fat free plain Greek yogurt. Will I end up giving up my own standards of eating just to save on waste? I certainly hope not!

Clearly, food shopping is on tonight’s agenda, so hopefully,I will buy what we can use quickly, and in it’s entirety.

Stay tuned….

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