how much food do you waste....

Sal - posted on 06/23/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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i was thinking about this earlier today when i was reading the do you kids know where your food comes from thread, and now again the in GM food debate, and we as a group waste far far too much food, so how about your family, how much do you waste, and what do you consider waste, just in the bin in general, or is it feeding it to the pets too, i feel as a family we waste practically no food, was have a compost for the garden we have ducks and cooks for the vegi scrapes and dogs for the table scrapes, i feel that this is not waste as we are feeding them the scrapes instead of food when we have enough for a meal not as well as buying dog food, or chook food, so how does your family go?

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Tammy - posted on 03/26/2015

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I love to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, but it was always so difficult to predict which fruit my kids would be in the mood for that week, so I ended up wasting. Buying a Vitamix totally remedied that situation. Now I just make a smoothie out of overly ripened fruit or wilted greens. Some fruit I can just throw into the freezer to use in smoothies later. Love it.

Charlie - posted on 06/24/2011

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I have chooks , compost and a worm farm all scraps are used constructively ....I think anything that goes in the bin is a waste.

Rosie - posted on 06/24/2011

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we do waste a lot of food. it makes me upset that we do. just today i threw out some old cheap salmon and some buns out of the freezer. the salmon i have decided was disgusting compared to the kind i recently bought, and the buns were just old and freezer burnt.
i do leftovers, but if they don't get eaten in 2 days i get skeeved and throw them out. luckily my husband is a human garbage disposal so he eats pretty much anything within a few days, lol.
i really do hate how alot of my veggies and fruit don't get used as fast as i think they should and go to waste. i am trying actively to work on that. :)
oh and the dog doesn't get table food. he's too damn fat, lol.

Becky - posted on 06/24/2011

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We try to catch our bread before it goes moldy, we dry it out and then make bread crumbs out of it.

Becky - posted on 06/24/2011

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We waste far too much. :( It's something I really need to become more concientious about. I wouldn't consider feeding scraps to your animals as waste, they are still being eaten, and like you said, it saves on buying them food!

Kacie - posted on 06/24/2011

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ALOT! I take after my grandmaw (who taught me how to cook) in not knowing how to cook small meals! hubby is bad about not wanting to eat leftovers (ugh!) after eating somthing for dinner then for lunch the next day, he doesnt want it anymore! BUT, next door is a house with 3 bachelors! They love a homecooked meal and arent picky about it being our leftovers!!

Tara - posted on 06/24/2011

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With a house full of 7 people, we have some waste, but not as much as some homes with 4 people.
We compost what we can,
We feed table scraps to the dogs. (just meat and veggies no starches)
And we eat our leftovers or freeze them.
On weekends it's just Steve, me and Riley who is only 18 months, so during the week we freeze any leftovers and we eat them on weekends when the girls are gone so that we don't really have to cook and all the leftovers get eaten.
We also grow a lot of our own veggies and some of our fruit.
We try to shop bulk when we can to avoid excessive packaging, we don't buy pre-made foods or frozen entrees etc.
The majority of our waste is diapers from Riley. The rest is made up of food packaging that can't be recycled. (which sucks).
and food scraps that can't be composted or fed to the dogs.
I use the heel of bread and left over bread products to make bread crumbs. It's easy, let them dry out, throw them in the food grinder or processor etc and grind to a fine powder, store in an air tight container and you have crumbs to bread chicken fingers, fish, veggies etc.
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Lucky i have 3 bins here and the general rubbish bin for me now it's just the kids and i only goes out once a fortnight (truck comes weekly). The other 2 bins are cardboard and tin, glass and plastics they go out once a month (Truck come alternating weeks. 1 week it yellow lid and the next it's blue lid) and i always always make sure everything goes in it's correct bin.
Having 2 dogs helps with the table scraps. My kids usually eat everything but since they have been sick they eat half of whats on their plate which is half of what they normally eat.
Majority of my waste is nappies which i hate but with 3 kids i just don't have time for cloth nappies.

Stifler's - posted on 06/23/2011

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I make quiche or ham and eggs out of deli meat that no one has been eating.

Sal - posted on 06/23/2011

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i freeze any strawberries or banana for cooking or jam or smothies, and 1 thing that has saves heaps of bread and deli meat is i make loads of sandwiches when i bring the shopping home and freeze themseperatly and my teenage son and husband make toasted sandwiches out of them, when they are comming and ging from work sport or school, i wouldn''t make them eat them raw/ fresh/ not toasted but toasted they are fine, and i never throw out cold meat or cheese or bread, (and they then leave very little mess too, all they do is microwave for a couple of mins then toast....too easy,)

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My kid gets tired of eating banana muffins. That's what I make with ripe bananas. If the strawberries are about to go bad I through those in the batter too. And my new favorite is whole wheat zucchini chocolate chip cookies. My husband's co-workers love getting the home-baked goodies (that we are sick of eating) that come as a result of overripe veggies and fruit.

Stifler's - posted on 06/23/2011

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I throw the crusts out because no one likes them. I started buying frozen veggies for that reason Sharon, the broccoli and other stuff always went bad before I could use it. Lettuce always goes bad because I make salad once or burritos and we don't eat anything with lettuce again for 3 weeks so I have to buy a new one and the cycle continues.

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Oh I have to admit we are so horrible in the wasting food catgeory :-( Leftovers get shoved to the back of the fridge and aren;t eaten in time, veggies, fruit, deli meat goes bad, bread, etc. I am sad to say we waste a ton of money in spoiled food.

Stifler's - posted on 06/23/2011

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We don't have a dog so i throw Logan's uneaten food out plus uneaten food I don't eat. I usually use up the leftovers though and make fritters or another meal.

Jayce - posted on 06/23/2011

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I try not to waste food. Like Sara I make a menu and shopping list so that we only buy what we need and I know it will get eaten. Leftovers are saved and eaten for lunch the next day. It's usually fruit that's wasted around here and that bugs me because it's so expensive. I don't know why, I've tried everything but fruit seems to go bad quickly on me. I wish I had a compost but I live in an apartment building, there's no composting.

When I worked in retail, it used to annoy me to no end the amount of food that was wasted (I worked for a big box store). I remember one year a whole shipment of Cadbury Creame Eggs came in without bar codes, they were thrown in the dumpster. It damn near made me sick.

My neighbour just gave me some loaves of bread she'd gotten from a local bakery. She picks up what they don't use and takes them to a soup kitchen where she volunteers. These particular loaves were a little too brown on top so they couldn't be sold, they couldn't be used in the soup kitchen so she bought them home to freeze and offered me some. I don't mind if they're a little too brown and now I don't have to buy bread this week.

As a whole I think we waste entirely too much food. I shudder to think about how much food is wasted somewhere like a restaurant.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/23/2011

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If I had that bread problem I would make bread pudding all the time and get really obese. HA.

Right now I waste too much. Pregnancy is the worst for my eating. So I will make a big meal and just be able to eat anything. It's irritating. Normally we don't waste much of anything. We eat leftovers for meals the next day always. We haven't started our compost yet (husband was convinced you can't do it when it gets this cold...right), but that's this summer's project. So once I pop this kid out and get the compost going there shouldn't be any waste at all unless a random error occurs.

Johnny - posted on 06/23/2011

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That is a lovely idea Samantha. My daughter loves to feed the ducks. Unfortunately, bread is bad for birds and ducks. http://liveducks.com/bread.html

I do sometimes make casserole or croutons withs it, but often it is just a slice or two left that isn't enough for much.

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Johnny, a suggestion for you and your bread. If you know you aren't going to use the whole loaf, take your kids to a pond, park, or out to the woods and feed the birds/ ducks/ deer = ] Just make sure you get to the extra bread before it gets moldy, because I'm fairly certain the mold is harmful to animals.

Johnny - posted on 06/23/2011

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We do not waste much. I am very careful with how much we buy so we can get through it all. The one thing that we occasionally end up throwing out is bread becaise we can't always get through a whole loaf before it goes moldy. I make my own so that it is always fresh and the loaves are smaller,but hubby and my daughter won't eat it out of the freezer. You can't compost it so it goes in the trash :-( Otherwise not much goes to waste. We compost as well so that helps.

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I make it a goal not to waste anything. It's a hard one to keep. When we have leftovers, I don't cook again until the leftovers are gone...or I incorporate them into whatever dish I'm cooking that night. We don't have pets to feed our leftovers to. I make a detailed menu and grocery list every week and stick to it as closely as possible to eliminate waste. We aren't perfect, but we are aware that it's a problem and we are trying our best to be part of the solution.

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