Not Quite Zero
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
It's midweek, and my goal of zero waste March isn't quite zero. I had to throw away an onion that became rotten. But it was in a brand new bag that I just bought, so it wasn't due to neglect! I didn't inspect the bag well enough when I bought it, or it became bruised during the trip home. Some vegetables can be saved by just cutting off the bad part, but I didn't like the look of it when I cut into it, so I threw it out.
Other than that, my plan is going well. I've done the following:
- Cut up chunks of meat that we bought in bulk and placed them in Food Saver bags for freezing.
- Week old tomatoes were pureed with onions and a bell pepper for a delicious tomato sauce over meatballs.
- Bought a large package of fresh basil, and made pesto. I portioned the pesto out into ice cube trays for freezing. Now whenever I want to add basil to a dish, I just throw in one of the frozen pesto cubes.
- Mini cucumbers cut into snack portions for dipping in hummus. The rest were put into a pickle jar with a simple boiling vinegar/water and dill weed solution. I put them in the refrigerator when cool. Homemade refrigerator pickles really can be as simple as that. Unlike store bought pickles which have been cooked to death, my pickles retain their cucumber-y flavor.
Looking what's in the fridge today, it looks like I'll be making a Thai pork stir-fry because I have pork, bell peppers, and onions that need cooking. I'll be making an asian cabbage slaw because I also have half a cabbage. I'll serve that in place of rice tonight. Extra veggies are always a win.
Mid week is looking good. Unless we have a surprise power outtage, I think this week will come out a win against unnecessary, preventable food waste.
For those of you trying this goal with me, how are things going for you?