I’ve learned from Mrs. Green at My Zero Waste about the shocking pounds of food we waste annually. By her bringing it to my attention, I attempt to clean out my fridge more often—because that’s really where my waste originates.
I cook large amounts of food at once in the crock pot and we eat on it for days. Sometimes I freeze half of it and pull it back out in two weeks for a “new” meal. But it’s those pesky left overs that sneak up on me. I have to check the fridge almost daily to see what it is we really need to use up. And I think that’s the trick.
We did well over the holidays, but I’ve found it’s when we have company that we waste the most. Many people enjoy a meal and then chuck the left overs because they grow tired of them. In trying to appease company by making different things, we end up with more left overs than usual. Then I find them shoved in the back of the fridge, forgotten and not looking so hot.
But on a regular schedule, we don’t do that really. We eat it all. Until it’s gone. It doesn’t matter if we get tired of the left overs. It doesn’t even matter if we like them. I’ve not going to make more food until what we already have is gone.
Good thing I don’t own a restaurant.
But I’ve gotten no complaints thus far.
And if I do, they’re behind my back.
Those are the best kind, I think.
Because you don’t have to hear about them.
P.S. I promise to teach her some manners……next week. She just enjoyed that food so much, I couldn’t help myself.
How have you done with food waste this year? Any goals for the new year?