Food Waste Friday

I'm bringing back something I did on the old WordPress version of this blog, Food Waste Fridays. Every Friday I'm going to share with you the foods that I found in my fridge or pantry that have gone bad and I've had to throw away. It's really a double hit because this is not only once-good food that is being wasted but money as well.

Here's what I tossed out:

  • Rotten romain lettuce
  • Not spoiled but doesn't taste good and will end up going bad leftover chicken and potatoes
  • Below that, doesn't smell but is multiple weeks old pot roast and potatoes.
  • Also, not bad but no one wants to eat it leftover meat sauce

I know there are things in my pantry and in my freezer that need to be tossed, but I didn't get around to doing that this week.

I feel bad for throwing out food that is still good but Mr. LL and I were just honest with ourselves and admitted that we weren't going to finish these leftovers in a timely fashion. The chicken + potatoes were a failed food experiment of mine and the meat sauce was left over because we ran out of noodles. Hopefully this won't happen again.

Food waste?

A bit of a casual conversation/asking for your thoughts post today. While I'm re-working the Lazy Cooking part of the blog, I've been thinking about bringing back some old things I used to do on the OG Lazy Lady blog.

One segment that I stopped doing but I feel would be totally in line with the way I'm going with LL again, and it is food related, albeit not directly cooking related (but super close), is Food Waste Friday. I don't know that I would necessarily do it on Fridays, or all the scheduling bits, but I wanted to get your feedback.

If you aren't familiar, FWF was started by one of my favorite bloggers, Frugal Girl, and was used as a way to discourage wasting food (and for her, wasting money). She'd do a big link-up every Friday so other bloggers who were participating could share their FWF posts. Then she started to alternate hosting the link-up with another blogger that I didn't know or follow really. Eventually, Frugal Girl stopped doing it all together, for the most part and I kind of lost interest in it.

I don't think I'd do it weekly, but monthly would be how I'd go about it this time around. The idea is to use up all your food stuffs before they go bad and you have to throw away food that could have just as easily been used and eaten when it was still good. It makes you more thoughtful about what you already have so you don't spend money on things you don't need and it also encourages you to get creative (like how do I use ONE potato to feed two of us?).

I've been noticing some food items going to waste in this house as of late, and the thought of shaming myself on my blog so I'll eat the damn salads–instead of going to get McDonald's and then I waste money twice because the lettuce goes bad–appeals to me. 

So I put it to you, would this be something you'd be interested in reading about? Would you want to do it with me? I'd entertain the idea of doing a link-up once a month hosted on my blog. Also, just a note, it is totally encouraged to post about FW-wins; by that I mean, you realize that the milk is about to bad so you bake muffins with it so you don't have to waste it. I love sharing those successes even more than pictures of moldy food in a container that will be forever tainted in my memory.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think?