Food Waste Friday

One of my goals for 2012 is to reduce our household waste.  I think we already do *pretty* well (compared to years past) but there is still significant room for improvement.

In the last couple months, I have been keeping a more watchful eye on leftovers and if something looks like it’s teetering on the edge, I throw it in the freezer.  And forget about it.  But at least it didn’t go bad.  And I get a really awesome surprise when I go digging in the freezer for chicken carcasses and end up not having to cook dinner.

But unfortunately I’m still struggling to plan meals around ingredients that need to be used up.  Like the shredded carrots.  I made too much for a recipe and just couldn’t find a purpose for the rest of them.  Same with the beans leftover from making chicken fajitas.

But the winner for this week’s worst food waste fail are the pomegranates.  Aldi had pomegranates for $0.79 each and I was so excited by the deal that I. had. to. buy. four.  They didn’t get neglected because we don’t love pomegranates, because we very much do.  But it takes about 10 minutes to harvest those cute little arils from inside the tough exterior of ONE pomegranate.  And I just kept putting it off.

And when I went to see if they were any good the other night, I almost sliced my finger off because the outside of a overripe pomegranate is like leather.  That’s when I decided my finger was worth more than two $0.79 pomegranates even though I felt a little like taking another stab at them out of revenge.

The good news is that the last several times I’ve been to Aldi, pomegranates are still $0.79 each, so I don’t have to risk losing a digit to enjoy one of Winter’s best fruit offerings at a discount. 

Did you lose any digits trying to salvage produce waste anything this week?

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7 Responses to Food Waste Friday

  1. Jennifer says:

    I happened to just clear out a few minutes ago: Half of a box of taco shells, a loaf of rye bead, half a bag of hot dog buns, a slice of swiss cheese, and most of a bag of gingerbread cookies (and they must have been terrible–I couldn’t even get my kids to eat them.)

    • Jen says:

      I think you either love or hate gingerbread. I made a gingerbread cheesecake and even if it hadn’t been raw in the middle, I still wouldn’t have liked it. Idk why I thought it would be different. I’ve never been a fan of gingerbread cookies.

  2. I’m going to check out Aldi’s for pomegranates tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Holly says:

    I agree with you about pomegranates. I always think they’re going to be so super awesome and tasty…but they’re just SO much work!

    • Jen says:

      Most of the time, it’s totally worth it. Especially because my picky 2yo loves them. And I would really mind it less if they weren’t so tedious.

  4. Jill says:

    I also agree with the pomegranates. I bought two from Aldis and keep secretly hoping my husband cuts the other one up. :-)
    I’m sporting a digit injury due to celery….