One Small Victory for This Family

Today is Friday, and you all know what that means:

Food Waste Friday.

Last week I had shared that it would be a challenge to really get through all of the fresh food in our fridge.  And it was.

But we did it!

We had about 4 lbs of cherries.  I made jam with 2 lbs of it, and Bitsy Girl and I ate the other 2 pounds.  I had to toss maybe 2 or 3 cherries out of the whole bunch.  (Beard has strange feelings about certain fruits, and cherries are one of them;  he’ll eat them, sometimes, but not often.  Bitsy Girl and I on the other hand, could eat our body weights in fruit if need be.)

There was also the watermelon.  Like a whole, large, seedless watermelon.  I received a few great suggestions from readers (like to make watermelon puree and freeze it, using the watermelon ice as a refreshing treat in drinks).  I will say, though, we didn’t need to use any of these suggestions.  I cut up all of the watermelon (per another reader suggestion) and kept it in a container in the fridge.  It was always easy to grab a few pieces here and there, and Bitsy Girl did her share by having watermelon for dessert for most of her meals.  I would give it to her with a meal, but she really would eat only watermelon and fill up on it; I’m trying to get something else besides fruit into this child somehow.  Next time I find myself with watermelon, though, I am definitely making watermelon cubes out of it.  This sounds like it would go well with lemonade, limeade, or iced tea. 🙂

Although we had some small victories this week, there were a few things that were tossed:

The obvious wastes this week were a few small squash.  We have friends that have a surplus of the stuff, and they know I love to eat it and have several recipes for it.  Unfortunately, these four were hanging out at the back of my fridge where I couldn’t see them to use them up.  We have since received a new batch from our generous squash donors, and I’ve already made some tasted squash muffins with them.  I’ll post some of the creative recipes I find to use up all of the summer squash and zucchini to keep myself in check. 😉

The bottom container is a very smal bit of leftover beef stir fry.  I made that the night my mother and sister arrived to help with Bitsy Girl’s birthday.  That was two weeks ago.  I’m going to assume it isn’t safe to eat.

Next we have some cream.  The milk we buy comes from a local-ish farm (about 2 hours away), and we have the option to buy homogenized or non-homogenized.  I prefer the former because I just can’t wrap my head around shaking milk, but sometimes the grocery store runs out of it.  That’s when I begrudgingly bring home my non-homo milk to be shaken at the breakfast table.  I had removed some of the cream from the top in hopes of using it for something but I never got around to it.

Finally, the small container on top is chopped jalapenos.  Let me just say that I hate cans of things you only use in very small amounts.  Tomato paste used to be like this for me until I discovered tubes of tomato paste (very similar to toothpaste).  Why can’t they make tubes of chopped jalapenos?  Anyway, these have been in the fridge for a while, and although they are sitting in some brine of sorts, they have been residents of my refrigerator too long for me to safely serve them to my family.

That’s all for this week.

Oh, and one more thing:

Our little people are currently 12 months (Bitsy Girl) and 20 weeks (Numero Dos).

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3 thoughts on “One Small Victory for This Family”

  1. Yes. Or at least I do. It’s usually a metal tube (similar to whatever food cans are made of). it bends well so you can squeeze every last bit of tomato paste-y goodness out.

  2. For your jalapenos, you could try freezing them. Put them on wax or parchment paper on a cookie sheet in blobs with the amount you usually use, let them freeze solid, and then transfer them to a bag or container. This should let you get many uses out of the container, and I don’t think freezing them would hurt any.

    For tomato paste, I buy the cans, then freeze what I don’t use in a plastic container. Then the next time I make chili or spaghetti sauce, I just add the whole thing. But if I just need a little, I open a new can so I don’t have to worry about thawing the container and only using part of it. Then if I have a container started in the freezer, I just add the rest to it.

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