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Eliminating Food Waste

I’ve really been enjoying Katy Wolk-Stanley’s blog “The Non-Consumer Advocate’s Blog.” I especially appreciate her motto: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Her musings find their way into my inbox on a daily basis and her writing style is perfectly fit for my busy life – short, sweet and to the point.

Some of her recent posts have been concerned with eliminating food waste. And instead of hiding my head in shame because I recently pitched some wilting celery (seriously … celery is my refrigerator Waterloo), I’m interested to see how I can reduce my own food waste.

Here’s a couple of posts from Ms. Katy’s “Waste No Food Challenge.”

Time to Come Clean

Makin’ a meal out of “dirt and buttons.” No, it’s not what it sounds like.

A link of all of Katy’s no waste challenge can be found here.

This issue is particularly interesting to me because I love to cook and I love cooking different dishes. My refrigerator and pantry are individual wastelands of weird ingredients I’ve amassed over the past few months – buckwheat flour, for instance. I try very hard to make sure that the things I buy are either non-perishable or can be used later in another dish, but there are times when I am pitching stuff into my garbage. Or else, if it’s easily frozen, items get stored to elongate their shelf life.

But at the end of the day – this whole issue has made me curious to know how much I’d save on my grocery bill if I was more mindful and undertook my own No Waste Challenge.

Thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Eliminating Food Waste

  1. One thing comes to mind. If you find that you need some buckwheat flour, for example, but don’t know if you will be using a lot of it, you could buy it at a store that sells stuff like that in bulk. Regular grocery stores don’t really do that, but I used to live in St. Louis and the Wild Oats store sold all kind of grains, nuts, flours, and snack type foods in bulk form. I was able to buy organic oatmeal there cheaper than if I bought Quaker Oats. If you can’t buy it in bulk, buy the absolutely smallest bag or container that you can. Just a thought.

  2. Thanks for the nice words. Avoiding food waste is certainly one of the things that has the potential to save you money, decrease your garbage output and is better for the planet. Plus it’s simply the ethical way to go!

    Katy Wolk-Stanley
    “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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