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Fresh Start

It’s the night before trash day.  That means it’s time to go through the fridge.

I love this task.  It’s my own version of food rescue.  Not because I typically find unidentifiable objects – but more because I find leftovers that got pushed to the back and will narrowly miss the garbage can.

There is usually the squishy peach or the nearly moldy strawberries.  Both of these items can be salvaged.  Cut off the bad (if moldy) and keep all the squishy. Throw in a container into the freezer and I’m going to save on next week’s smoothie ingredients.

Saving almost gone fruits

Fruit Smoothie

There is typically a leftover protein – anything from a random pork chop (less than 5 days old – health rule!) or even boiled eggs – that I can turn into tomorrow’s lunch.

And my favorite part is quite possibly throwing out last week’s mistakes.  Those leftover cheese tortellini that no one liked – trash.  The end of the loaves of bread – now moldy – feed the ducks out back.  The two leftover pancakes that no one ever ate – garbage.

It’s a fresh start.  It’s making right the past week’s wrongs.  It’s the impetous to start a grocery list for the following week.  A chance to reward the kid who complained the least this week about meals – ‘hey, what would you like next week for dinner one night’.

Here’s what I’ve learned: Every week brings a fresh start.

 

 

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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Wasted

I’m not one to waste – I try not to waste time (mine or others), I try not to waste experiences (I watch kids games rather than video tape them) and I try not to waste money (consuming for the sake of consumption).

But perhaps the place I try to be least wasteful is with food.  I think this is ingrained in my psyche.  My grandmother owned a grocery store (The West End Grocery in Raymond, IL) and used every morsel she had.  I remember her telling me the story about how people RAVED about her ham salad at the deli.  Her secret was that she used all the bits of the leftover meats to grind for ham salad – not just the ham.  

Maybe you followed The Great Purge earlier this year.  On my personal Facebook page, I shared my exercise at the beginning of the calendar year.  I was going to use all the pantry items and frozen items on hand until they were gone; the only food I could buy was perishables.  I went almost 30 meals (seven weeks) without buying any dry food items.  I was amazed at the accumulation of food items here within my own home.

But, today was trash day.  So, it was also clean out the fridge day.  It almost physical PAINS me to throw food in the trash.  And today was a bad day for food waste.  You may remember my post about coloring Easter Eggs.  We dyed four dozen eggs – today I threw out 1 and 1/2 dozen.  ACK!  And, we cut out and decorated Easter cookies both here and at my parents’ house.  And today a large portion of those went in the trash.  Also, a few fish fillets that were leftovers from dinner a couple of nights ago.  And, a few slices of a few different types of bread that were growing some green stuff.

Last week I went on a field trip with my son’s third grade class.  His class had conducted a service project at his school – collecting rice and pasta for donation to a local not-for-profit.  We were able to visit the business and learn what they do.  And what they do – it’s amazing! 

Second Helpings describes itself as follows:

“we are transforming lives through the power of food. We rescue prepared and perishable food, prepare it into nutritious meals and distribute those meals to over 60 social services organizations that feed hungry people. We also use rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source.

In 2012, we collected our 16 millionth pound of food and delivered our 6 millionth meal to our partner agencies. Over 480 adults have graduated from our Culinary Job Training Program.”

Here is what I learned:  Let’s Rescue Food, not Waste It

 

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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