Happy Friday! It’s time for another edition of Food Waste Friday. Every Friday I link up with The Frugal Girl and/ or Simply Being Mum for Food Waste Friday. I’ve been environmentally conscious about food waste since I was in college and this is a great way for me to keep tabs on what we waste in our house.
Here is how we did this week:
Food Waste Successes
1. Repurposed a seafood feast
My good friend from college, Tiffany, came to visit and I bought all the fixings for a low country shrimp boil along with stone crab claws. As I was halfway finishing up the shrimp boil I received a call from Tiffany letting me know that she wouldn’t be in town until the next day.
Usually I would be livid! Especially with all these pregnancy hormones. Somehow I was able to keep my cool and figure out a way to repurpose our dinner for the next night. I think knowing that I could use the experience as blog material helped me stay sane. As you probably know, seafood doesn’t keep very long and cooked shrimp definitely doesn’t reheat well.
With some careful planning I was able to serve the shrimp cocktail style the next night and warm up the sausage, potatoes and corn as a side dish. The other half of the shrimp was fried and the stone crab kept well in the fridge because they hadn’t been cracked yet. I’ll share more details next week in a post dedicated to cheap and easy seafood dinners.
I’m so relieved I didn’t have to throw out $40 worth of seafood!
2. Ate a lot of bananas
We had a lot of bananas in the house this week. As in 25 bananas at one point.
I bought a bunch at Publix and then Tom’s uncle dropped off apple bananas from his yard. I love the Florida grown apple bananas and couldn’t refuse them. They are the best bananas ever. The only problem was I didn’t think we could get through them in a week without baking them or freezing them. I had to ask my Instagram followers for help!
Looks like I over estimated how many bananas we were going to eat this week. I’m assuming bananas will be the theme for the next Food Waste Friday. Any good banana recipes? I’ll take any and all suggestions! The #FoodWasteFriday post is up on my blog today and has the recipe for the roasted broccoli cheese soup I posted earlier this week. How did you do this week on food waste? #IValueFood #LoveFoodHateWaste #EatDrinkSave #bananas #foodwaste #blog #blogger
Somehow, we managed to eat most of them without having to bake more than 4. I used those four in a banana bread muffin recipe and the rest were eaten with the exception of the long lost banana mentioned below in my losses.
Food Waste Losses
3. Zucchini muffins
Seems as if Robert is over his “cupcakes” for breakfast phase. Now he wants oatmeal with “sprinkles” (chia seeds). I tried to eat the last two zucchini muffins only to find out that they did not taste good anymore. I guess they went bad? I don’t usually store them in the fridge but this makes me wonder if I should. What do you think?
4. Long lost banana
I found this guy hiding on the couch, under the pillows. Now clue how long it had been there. I keep fruit at Robert’s level so he can get bananas and apples without asking me for help. I always thought this was a good idea until now. I’m rethinking this because I don’t want to find half eaten fruit all over the house. It makes me wonder if there are other apples and bananas rotting away. I hope not!
5. 2 more moldy strawberries
Strawberries are finally $1.66 at Publix this week! This also means most containers have at least one spoiled strawberry. I found 2 in my cartons when I got home. I think that is the price of cheap strawberries!
How did you do this week?