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Week 1 Zero Waste

Friday, March 08, 2013

Here's the summary of my 'zero waste march' goal. It's not really zero, but I'm finding making a conscious effort to reduce waste to be eye opening.

What we consumed:

- 1lb of brussel sprouts
- 3 heads of romaine lettuce
- 1lb tomatoes
- 1/2 lb carrots
- 1/2 lb celery
- 6 mini cucumbers
- 3 large onions
- 1 head cabbage
- 1 lb steak
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 whole chicken (5lbs)
- 1 lb pork butt
- 1/2 dozen eggs
- 1/2 lb red potatoes

Taking inventory of my fridge, it looks like I'm buying too many vegetables.

Here's what we have left:

1/2 lb tomatoes
6 mini cukes
2 lbs snap peas
1 lb brussel sprouts
6 whole onions
1/2 lb carrots
1/2 lb celery

I don't have a cellar, unfortunately, so the onions will only be good for another week. The remaining cucumbers were turned into pickles. The remaining sprouts will get eaten this weekend most likely.

The immediate concern is I have to do something with the snap peas fast. They have a fairly high sugar content, and won't last much longer. I'll either have to blanch them for freezing, or pickle them. I might do a combo of both.

I'm pleased that we didn't throw away any meat this week. No, wait. There was one little chicken wing that got pushed to the back of the fridge and sat too long. I thought I had this in the bag, so I was mortified when I found it this morning. Darn you, chicken wing.

We had excess meat we purchased, but we sealed and froze what we didn't use.

What we threw out:
- 1 rotten onion (bruised during shipping)
- 1 chicken wing

We also threw out some refuse from removing cabbage or lettuce leaves, but that was expected. I'll feel better about it once we get a composter. Hubs and I are in a slight disagreement over it. He's concerned about bugs and decay, and wants an enclosed system; I want something more open and natural. My main objection to the enclosed system is they are ugly. I don't want a garbage can in my garden. So we're still working on the details. If we had a composter, I would have happily thrown my rotten onion in there, knowing it would be recycled in my garden rather than dying in a landfill over mounds of plastic Coke bottles and Huggies diapers.

Oh there's no guilt like treehugger guilt.

This weekend I'll be busy making plans for the excess veggies. Now that I have a rough inventory of what we use versus what we buy, I'll scale down slightly what we buy for next week.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUJUNIOR 3/11/2013 10:41PM

  I'm not much of a treehugger, but I hate wasting money! Thanks for inspiring me to be more careful about food waste.

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 3/9/2013 1:33AM


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MYLADY4 3/8/2013 9:48PM


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MYOWNHERO 3/8/2013 8:45PM

    Great goals! I love my composter. Even more, I love the lovely compost that I get as a result.

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GREENGENES 3/8/2013 8:40PM

    Well done!

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KAYOTIC 3/8/2013 8:14PM

    That is a thorough assessement! And a lot of veggies...

Maybe you could hide the composter behind a decorative fence or lattice?

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/8/2013 7:08PM


Don't forget about vermi-composting! Worms are such little work horses!! You get the castings for your garden and my vermicomposting pile has never smelled.

I take extra veggies, boil in a few cups of water and then blend with a hand blender adding a little salt and spices to taste. I then use it as a sauce on pasta or add broth and some protein and make soup. In the past, I have used onions, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, peas, mushrooms, garlic and celery. Never snap peas. It freezes well.

Consider making gaspacho with the cukes and tomatoes.

Comment edited on: 3/8/2013 7:11:17 PM

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CATLADY52 3/8/2013 6:55PM

    It does sound like you are doing pretty well with your plan. emoticon

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ZUMBAGIRL6 3/8/2013 6:51PM

  What a great plan!!!

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