Friday, 12 April 2013

Food Waste - The House Mate Dilemma

I skated through the week with no waste.  I do have a fair bit of leftovers in my fridge, and a well stocked freezer with pre-made meals that only need to be reheated and served.  However, none of the leftovers are foods that will waste particularly quickly so they should all get eaten over the next week.  That said I seem to have developed a 2 week cycle when it comes to groceries.  Most of the fruit and produce that I buy will last me two weeks simply because I buy in bulk anything that will last two weeks.  Same goes for milk as I frequently buy enough for two weeks when it is on sale, knowing that I'll get though it by the best before date.  That said I am toying with the idea of dropping my weekly shopping to bimonthly.  The main advantages being that it will save me time (it's a 20 min walk to my grocery store so min. an hour a week is spent procuring my groceries.)  It will also save me the pain of having to walk the distance every week, particularly if I have been standing a lot at work and my knee is bothering me.

Nonetheless that experiment will have to wait until July.  Why?  I currently have a colleague living with me (and paying rent which is going against my mortgage) and I am trying not to disrupt her life too much with my crazy experiments.   In particular I have given her free rein over the thermostat in my house and am moderating my insane curiosity of "I wonder if I can make that at home?"  (Though she did like my homemade crackers.)

At the end of the day though it is nice to have company in the house and I am resolute that this unknown variable will not lead to an increase in food waste.

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  1. Congratulations on no waste. That does look like a well stocked fridge and that you shouldn't have to cook for a while unless you want to--something that I'm going to strive for.

    1. Thanks! I don't mind eating leftovers so if I know I'm going to be busy the next week I'll cook en mass one week and then eat leftovers for part of the next week.