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My September goal

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Someone's probably going to ask why I only have one goal. The truth is, this is a very large goal.



Studies show that approximately 40% of all food purchased in this country goes to waste. That would be a shocking number on its own, but coupled with the massive problem of hunger in this country, it's horrifying.

I'm as guilty of this as anybody else, and I don't want to do it any more. So my goal for September is to minimize my food waste as far as possible. I know that 100% isn't possible. We've all had stuff turn bad unexpectedly, long before its "expiration date." But I know I've wasted an inexcusable amount of food.

There's a lot I can do differently. The veggies are getting a little soft and wilted? Fine for soup. The milk sours? Pancakes or biscuits (sour milk subs just fine for buttermilk and doesn't require another purchase). Stale bread? Bread crumbs and croutons.

I know this will save me money. It will also make at least a tiny contribution to the hunger problem by not taking up extra food someone else truly needs, and will force me to be a more creative cook, which has been a dream of mine for a long time.

Before anyone wonders, I have no intention of letting the taste and quality of my food suffer. A recent episode of Chopped featured chefs having to make restaurant-quality dishes from things other chefs would normally waste (such as herb stems, wilted carrots and heel ends of bread).

I'm actually looking forward to the challenge!
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MRS_TOAD 9/4/2013 6:54AM

    What a great goal! Not only are you saving food, but a whole lot of money also!
These are one of our great downfalls the past couple weeks. emoticon

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MARGARITTM 9/3/2013 10:40AM

    What a great and worthwhile challenge - please keep us posted.

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ALLYALLYT 9/3/2013 1:46AM

    great goal! I need to do this as well. sometimes the amount of food i let go bad shocks me. enough to feed a family several meals each month.

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BECKYSRN 9/2/2013 8:53PM

    Now if someone would convince the restaurants that a 16 ounce steak is not a single serving....

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GRANPATTIE 9/2/2013 4:58PM

    This is great...we should all take such measures. I saw that chopped and heard that 40% statistic. I was Horrified!!!!

I say good for you, Irish!

I'll be working on it.

Pattie

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/2/2013 3:24PM

    That is an awesome goal to have.

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LIS193 9/2/2013 1:30PM

    Great goal!

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GLORYB2014 9/2/2013 9:49AM

    This is a great challenge, one we could all learn from! Thanks for sharing!
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CIROHIO 9/2/2013 5:04AM

    THIS IS AN emoticon GOAL!

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WINDSONG~ 9/2/2013 4:16AM

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NEW-CAZ 9/2/2013 2:37AM

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/1/2013 10:01PM

    You will be surprised at just how much you can save when you are being aware of not letting food go to waste. emoticon

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NASFKAB 9/1/2013 9:29PM

  great goal just do it

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2013 9:08PM

    I saw that episode and thought it was awesome! Spurred me, too, to make better use of what I have.

I agree -- there are times when food is just beyond salvage, but making an effort to do just those few things you suggested -- that's a great step!

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MONETRUBY 9/1/2013 9:05PM

    What a wonderful goal! This is one that I really need to take on for myself. I am horrible about letting things spoil, especially fruits and veggie. Think I'll go eat that not so pretty but still perfectly edible apple now...

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CIRANDELLA 9/1/2013 8:38PM

    I hope you can hear the wild applause from where I'm sitting right now :) That's a most admirable goal...and don't you find it to be the case that one large, momentous goal usually has more long-term significance than a basketful of smaller ones? This is an outstanding one! Once upon a time, I used to be guilty of wasting produce. I don't do that anymore; I consume more of it, fresh, and use the trimmings for soups and stews (those celery tops freeze beautifully for me). Some time ago, I took to using powdered skim milk, too, because otherwise, I'd waste it. Although it was an acquired taste, it's one that worked out well for me.

I salute you with this goal! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 9/1/2013 8:24PM

    What an admirable goal! It is a big challenge with very real benefits! You're an inspiration to me.

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NANASUEDEE 9/1/2013 7:29PM

    I'm with you. I find myself throwing away food that I should have used for something, like soup or pancakes ( actually, I never thought of that one - thanks ).

If more of us did what you're doing, there would be so much less waste in our world.

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JUNEBUG4967 9/1/2013 7:11PM

    I know I need to do a better job on this too. I will be more vigilant on this.

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/1/2013 6:34PM

    I am totally with you. I know I throw far to much out because I plan my meals and then plans change, but that doesn't excuse what I am doing. You are right on target. I also saw that Chopped episode.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 9/1/2013 6:30PM

    I saw that show, I love watching it, gives me ideas on what new things I can make for hubby and me. You are right about not wasting food I have mac and cheese in the frig I should put in portion size containers and freeze right now. No need to waste good food.
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