It’s Food Waste Friday time! I was determined this week to have zero food waste because we all know that wasted food equals money down the drain. Last week, despite only having been home from vacation for less than a week, I already accrued some food waste.
This week, I’m happy so far to report less waste. My food waste consists of:
- 1/2 cup spoiled milk
- 3/4 package fresh parsely
- and 1/2 a kiwi- my 22 month old opened the fridge, took out a kiwi and smashed it with her hands. Normally I would have thrown it in the compost. But in the spirit of FWF, I decided to see what I could salvage. Here’s what she left me:
I got out my sharp knife and added what I could to a smoothie. Smashed doesn’t much matter in a smoothie, eh?
Today I’m putting a dollar amount on my food waste. Here goes:
- milk ~ .50 cents
- parsley ~ .75 cents
- 1/2 kiwi ~ .10 cents
Grand total cost of wasted food: $1.35
That’s not bad, but it SHOULD BE zero. If I only waste $1.35 each week, that adds up to $70.20 cents for the year. Normally, my food waste is more than $1.35 though.
$70 could buy me several nice chunks of gourmet cheese at Sam’s Club – things I don’t normally buy because there isn’t much wiggle room in my budget. Or, $70 could buy me TWENTY THREE pounds of Trader Joe’s rGBH free butter (at $3 a pound which is what it cost last time I checked)! Holy Cow! Do you see what I’m getting at? I have got to stop wasting food.
FOOD WASTE = BAD. WASTEFUL. WASTE OF MONEY. GOT TO END. I’m going to take steps to reduce my food waste to zero. How do you keep your food waste to a minimum? I’d love to hear!