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December 08, 2009

What A Waste

It didn't take hubby long to understand the way of the food distribution in our house when we first moved in together. We buy what we need, we use all of it. Simple.

In our house there is no waste. When we cook chicken or turkey, the bones are in the crock pot immediately for broth. Small amounts of leftovers are packaged and placed in the freezer for a later homemade soup or fried rice or rice pilaf. You get the picture.

It must come from my childhood uncertainty of the source of the next meal. My brother has the same need to fill cupboards and freezer although I don't think he is as obsessed with not wasting like I am.

This article is probably more disturbing to someone with my background than to lots of readers.

14 comments:

cinner said...

I find it disturbing enough. I am usually pretty good about it, I find prices are expensive enough already that's why I will make soup and freeze food etc. This was an interesting post. Take care.

Shadow said...

with the cost of food being what it is, one has to buy it and eat it and repeat the process. but, i must admit, i could definately be less wasteful at times.

janeywan said...

We're much like you, we rarely waste anything. What we don't eat our birds or dogs do. The dogs even lick the plates and bowls.

jozien said...

Yes! Although it is kind of an issue in our house. I like an empty fridge, my husband always trying to fill it up, and i always the one ending up eating the leftovers and black bananas.., as i too, i can't stand anything going to waste.

Brian Miller said...

how resourceful...we try not to waste...and any scraps we do not eat, we feed to the animals that live int eh back yard or use it fertizer...

Julie said...

This one hit a big chord in my soul. I am so terrified of running out of food, and I can't understand how anyone can waste even a bite of it. My big thing is flour. I must have flour in my cupboards at all time. There's just something in the back of my mind that tells me if I have flour, lard, and some greens or beans, I won't starve. Yes, it is because of background. People who have never lived the fear have no idea what it's like. Love Food/Hate Waste is an awesome slogan. Thank you for this post. It is very important!

Ronda Laveen said...

What a great post! I'm not much on some foods that are frozen but I always try to fix only what we can consume in a couple of days and plan to use it all.

otin said...

I had some tough years coming up. I never forget those years.

Far Side of Fifty said...

We try to use everything..we regularly have a clean out the fridge night.. for leftover that are not consumed as a lunch. I do believe that Americans are more wasteful than some other cultures:(

Spencer L Casey said...

Great way to live... Me, I just eat everything in the house all at once, so waste is impossible. Well, I used to anyway. :)

Big Dave T said...

Bravo! I don't really like wasting food either. Personally, I believe much of that is based on the behavior of boomer parents who rarely let anything go to waste. We've become too much of a throwaway society.

Of course, forcing yourself to eat food before it spoils can have consequences too (I'm thinking waistline).

terri said...

I need to work harder at utilizing all of the food we have. It seems like when there are leftovers, no one eats them. They sit in the refrigerator until it seems questionable whether or not they're safe to eat, and into the trash they go. You've inspired me to be more conscious of making use of all of it.

Sarah said...

Me too!! I hate it when things get wasted..and I grew up with money. I think it is the last 12 year of so little..makes me frugal to the extreme!!
Thank you for the comment this morning..I am tired..LOL...trying to figure out a break. Hugs, Sarah

A Free Man said...

My family was always very frugal about food, so in revolt I was always wasteful. Coming around full circle back to frugality lately.