Hubby came across this in the online news and as you all know I am very food (and money) conscious so I thought it worthy of a post.
Bearing in mind the writer works full time, but from home as does her husband, there were a few things that rankled with me, though this is my personal observations and opinion. One was the fruit thing. The kids took fruit to school every day where it sat in lunch boxes all day getting bashed and bruised and was inedible by the time they got home. OK………. why take it in the first place? How about a fruit crumble for dessert??
On day 4, the BIG CULPRIT raises its head. The American Fridge.
Throughout the article, she says leftover food is found at the back of the fridge. From what I’ve seen of them, these things are huge, so I’m not surprised. Sunday is fridge clean out day, however, after Sunday she mentions items from over a week ago, yogurt recently bought and mouldy (I’d have written to the supplier if it was still in date), and left over takeaways.
Day 7: wasting garlic bread after everyone’s had a slice. OK, prepare one slice each. You can buy it frozen, so can cook as needed.
Crisps……….. why put them out in a bowl, especially as two half bags got thrown away.
I’d buy a multi bag of six small packets and the kids could have one if they fancied it.
And I am still trying to work out how she could spill salad dressing INSIDE a bottle of wine.
It is surprising how much food waste can build up, and I am hoping that by doing her diary, she has learned a few things.
From where I’m sitting on my comfy settee, and remembering the days when I brought up a family of 5, sometimes 6 (and two dogs) on a limited budget as well as hold down a job, I can understand time pressures and making sure nobody went hungry.
Today, most of our food waste is vegetable peelings, but there are only the two of us and I keep a food purchase diary. We eat well and sensibly, have treats (more than we should probably) and very little is thrown out unless it’s gone bad.
Everyone is entitled to treats, but if you buy them, have them on the day, unless they are frozen or have a long shelf life. I was fortunate in being able to buy boxes of 54 packs of crisps or 48 chocolate bars at a discount, both of which were OK for sandwich boxes, provided of course it wasn’t blazing heat of the summer in which case it was biscuit packs, not chocolate.
Excess cooked veg from the Sunday roast was made into bubble and squeak the following day with the left over meat. This included any roast potatoes (rare in my house actually) which were sliced and added to the mix.
I could get three meals out of a chicken, the roast, curry, and sandwiches.
Cook only what you need. If anyone is still peckish, there is always the fruit bowl.
Smoothies are great made with soft fruit. I have a smoothie maker and it takes seconds to rinse the container under the tap. Chopping the fruit doesn’t take much longer.
Crumbles are easy and as long as the fruit isn’t bad, a little bruising won’t notice.
In her defence though, it might not be her fault that so much fruit is being wasted as the produce available may not be the best quality. I have bought slightly green bananas so that they will keep for several days, but in three days, the skins are going blotchy, and sometimes so is the fruit inside. I have bought beautiful apples only to cut them in half and find them rotten at the core. I have seen soft fruit such as grapes, peaches, raspberries and strawberries in sealed punnets with mouldy fruit inside. Tomatoes and onions are the same, so when I buy a bag, they are tipped out and any suspect ones binned immediately.
I would however suggest she DOES NOT shop on a daily basis. Not just because of the time factor involved, but she will find herself buying more than she needs, buying things on a whim and having more treats that won’t get eaten. Also, make a list and stick to it.