Sunday, February 27, 2011

Food Waste Friday on Sunday and our Garbage

Every Friday we are going to join the “Food Waste Friday” Bloggers and post what food is inedible from the week.  I feel frustrated when food goes bad.  We work really hard to pay for food; we have a combustion engine transportation system that gets it to our stores, and wonderful grocers who work hard on supplying the food.  It takes a lot of energy to get food from the ground to our plates, and it bothers me that at the last link on the chain of command that I have failed to get it to our family.  

The Frugal Girl invites us to share our waste, so we will be motivated not to waste it.  Please share your gripes, so that you will be motivated to eat those leftovers, cook appropriate sized meals, and not let those veggies get ignored in the bottom drawer.

This past week ended with ¼ of a container of egg salad for sandwiches, and a container of butternut squash soup that I had made with too much onion.  I didn’t realize that it had gone bad and added a ½ butternut squash and a sweet potato to it to take reduce the onion taste…oops.  It smelled so gross that I dumped it down the toilet before taking a picture.

It is incredible how little garbage you produce when you are conscious of your purchases.  We had an equal sized bag in the upstairs bathroom with diapers in it for the past 2 weeks and this is our kitchen garbage.

I have been collecting the silver packages to use for art, and a couple weeks ago used them at our local playgroup for the kids to make collage valentine’s day art.  I love simple toddler art!  Even though it is still garbage in the end, to reuse materials rather that buy new one’s at Micheals is more economical.  The kids don’t notice…it’s more about the process that the product.

Alas, since the internet is a great place where you get to display only the pictures and activities that you choose I decided to add a picture of the negative side of this project.  It is inspired by the Frugal Girl Kristin's quote "for those of you who think I am deceptively awesome"  where she showed pictures of her post vacation house with four children.  What a mess!  I loved it!  Here is a photo of our new kitchen that does not have a dishwasher that we so desperately miss from our old home in the Burn.  Since there is very little eating out, our litterless lunches, and batch cooking; if we don't keep up on the dishes it gets completely out of hand!  



  1. Oh boy, I know that feeling of full sink and what feels like dishes all over the place. And I live alone! Don't worry. Your kids will be tall enough in a couple of years to easily become the new dishwashers (my dad also used to tell people we didn't have an electric dishwasher because he didn't see the point when he already had six dishwashers - ones with expensive habits like eating no less!)

  2. Food wastes are very inevitable.
    Imagine the children getting hungry in some sorts of places around the world.

  3. I know exactly what you feel. We often experience this especially during hot season when foods are easily get spoiled.

  4. We must understand that every food we spoil or waste are a very valuable resource. We don't know when this will end.

  5. I am so disappointed every time I see left foods. There's a lot of people who don't afford to buy foods and we have to be thankful in every way we can.

  6. It is not new if we don't encounter this things. Garbage and other waste material in the end of the week. It used to our weekend hobby. To clean the entire house.

  7. Me and my mom cleans the house chores every day except for the laundry. My mom can't take it if she sees the house messy. Recycling is the most popular idea of saving our earth from destruction. I am surprised before when I've read blogs about recycling. People had come out with an idea of even building a mechanical robot out of tin cans.