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Week 1: Feeling fresh week

posted Jan 8, 2013, 12:13 PM by Dinner Lady   [ updated Jan 15, 2013, 12:09 PM ]
For our first week of Waste Watchers, the
Four and a half bellies will be feeling fresh. We will try our best not to throw out any fruit or vegetables. To this we will:
  • keep an eye on the fruit and vegetable bowl and try to eat things as fresh as possible before they start getting too mouldy or soft
  • try to buy our fruit and vegetable "little and often" so there is less chance of things going rotten
  • if anything is looking too soft, bruised or limp we will try to turn them into smoothies, soups, casseroles or something even more imaginative before they are beyond redemption.  
  • store some of the fresh fruit and vegetable in the fridge, keeping small amounts in the fruit bowl to prolong it's life
  • remember that eating a carrot that is looking a little floppy is unlikely to make us sick! 
  • cut our little bruises or overly soft bits out of our fruit and veg rather than throwing the whole thing away
  • share any BOG OFFS with our friends and family rather than letting them go to waste
How we're doing:
  • Using up celery to make a "not Waldorf Salad"
  • Eating up a "not Waldorf Salad" even when it was not looking it's best
  • Checked the fruit bowl and everything looked fresh
  • I looked in the fridge to do an inventory of all the fruit and veg and found there were two packs of celery. I used some up to make a "Not Waldorf Salad" and looked up celery recipes on the internet, making an adapted version of celery gratin. Not the most tasty of meals, but nice enough and tasted better than raw celery which I hate. 
  • Looked in the fruit bowl and found loads of kiwi. Persuaded TNK to join me in eating a kiwi to try to get through them.
  • Lost 10p when Mrs Doubtfire threw out 5 cooked chestnuts because "didn't think they'd be as nice in bubble and squeak" - he is now Mr Unpopular with the children.
  • Saved an orange that was rather soft in one area.  Avoided eating that area but the rest was yummy. 
  • Ate a very soft and squidgy (overripe) pear. I felt virtuous and am still well.  But it was certainly not delicious and I wondered how many nutrients were still there. Made me think it would be better to buy fewer pears in the first place than nobly eat semi-rotten ones up.
  • Finished off a spoonful of salad Mrs Doubtfire had saved from night before following cries of "Mum!  We could save that salad and make 10p!"  (meaning Mum could be the mug to finish it up and the boys could be the lucky souls who would have more money to spend on fairground rides).  It was limp, less tasty and frankly unappetising. I haven't died from the experience, but it made me think it would be better to cook/ prepare slightly less or eat slightly more rather than finish off soggy spoonfuls of left over salad. 
Total money save so far: 80p.

Eating fruit and vegetables that are a bit "past it" is not so tasty - unless they are cooked up in a stew or disguised. But I wonder about the nutrition that is left in an overripe piece of produce.  Maybe it is better to just buy less in the first place and top up when needed.