Saturday, July 11, 2015

Waste Not, Want Not?

As previous posts can attest, I have plenty of boards and pins on Pinterest. It was not that long ago when I was surprised to see I had reached 4,000(!) pins. As of this writing, I have 6,795, and that would be more if I had not cleaned up some of my boards.

Among the suggested pins that arrived in my email was one that led me to's article: "Change your shopping habits to reduce food waste," by Katherine Martinko. I found it interesting, because most sites that I have seen talk about buying food in bulk to save money; this one suggests it is better to go to the store more often to reduce the amount of food we throw away.
What caught my eye about it was that it showed up one hour after I emptied my refrigerator of produce that I either had not finished or had not touched. It was garbage pickup day, so I needed to do it that day. While I was throwing the food away, I was thinking that I should go shopping more often, maybe every few days, instead of for a week or so at one time.

This advice does not apply to produce only. All food goes bad at some point. If baking bread, yeast should be proofed first to make sure it is still active. If it is not, the bread will not rise. Of course, shelf stable food does last longer than fresh.

The home economics lesson is now over. Although I am going to shop for fresh foods more often, I still need to create a menu plan and a grocery list to stay within budget and to ensure the necessary ingredients are purchased. (Follow the links to previous blog posts with free printables.)

Tomorrow is the farmer's market in my town where I know the food for sale is local. This particular farmer's market sells fresh meats and dairy products in addition to produce. Check out a local sale to support the local economy, taste samples, and for the unique opportunity to ask the growers questions about their food.