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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?
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BEECHNUT13 3/6/2013 6:44PM

    We save our old vegetables and bones in a bag in the freezer, and when we get a bunch we make stock. It's delicious and all-natural. We pour the stock into sandwich bags (2 cups each) and stick them in the freezer.

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FITGIRL15 3/6/2013 5:02PM

    I can't wait to try these refridgerator pickles! They sound delicious! Any recipe that you prefer?

My BF and I were just talking about food waste today and how much food gets thrown out at the grocery store due to being past the best before date! Oy!

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VHALKYRIE 3/6/2013 3:13PM

    Glad to hear that you aren't guilting your children into eating more than they want to! That is how many of us got into our bad relationships with food and overeating. Especially since your kids are so young, it's hard to estimate how much they want, and you definitely want to give them enough.

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MAESTROMAGRO 3/6/2013 3:02PM

    Nice job! We make those refrigerator pickles too...yum! We have done OK...I only have tossed three mushy cherry tomatoes. If I had caught them a day or two earlier I could have put them on my grilled sandwich but they really were past it. With the kids we have some waste because they may not choose to eat all of what is in their "mat boks" (lunch boxes) but there is not too much I can do about that. I don't want to guilt them into eating food they are not hungry for...we all know that is not a good thing but I have to put enough in there incase they are hungry...their appetites really vary from day to day...sometimes they are hungry on the walk home and polish off what ever is left in there but if not I toss it unless it is grapes or something like that.

All in all we are doing pretty good. Thanks for the inspiration...you really do have me thinking about it.

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