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Blog Action Day; Stop wasting the food! — 6 Comments

  1. Well, rats!! I had no idea that today was Blog Action Day!! I’d have put a note on my post about using a covered casserole instead of aluminum foil as a lid.
    In fact, I’d add that to your wonderful list. I’d love it if we’d all stop using aluminum foil and plastic wrap as if they’re going out of style. There’s absolutely no reason to use aluminum foil as a covering for cooking food. A casserole lid or a cookie sheet for a larger dish will do exactly the same thing that foil does and all the lid requires is washing before being re-used. And there’s really no reason to use plastic wrap in the humungous quantities that it’s used now. An inverted plate over a bowl, a recycled yoghurt container, or jam jar will work just as well to keep things from getting dried out.
    I like your point saying to make only what you’ll eat. but we often make more than we can eat on that particular night BUT it’s with the idea that we will use any of the leftovers in subsequent nights’ dinner – roast chicken one night, chicken pie the next night, risotto or soup the next – made with stock from the carcass.
    And if we make too much rice, the leftovers become part of breakfast or lunch the next day.
    Like you, I cannot stand waste!!

  2. I admit to being guilty of cooking too much at times, guess it comes from downsizing of the family. It takes a while to get used to going from cooking for 5-8 people down to 2, but I am getting there. I do make every effort to use the leftovers though, being a product of the depressions years I learned from my grandmother very early on ‘waste not, want not’. These are great tips ladies, thank you. I had a laugh over the rabbit, we have just moved to the country and the other night we went out and shot a rabbit which my husband skinned and I cooked up in a casserole. The skin did go into the compost bin so I don’t look on that as waste 🙂

  3. I’m not sure I would put these points in the climate change category, but they are excellent common sense attitudes everyone should adopt regardless. Thanks for reminding us.
    I personally deliberately cook at least twice as much rice for our family of two so I can freeze the rest. Rice freezes so nicely and saves energy the next time. Left in the fridge, tho, it would most likely spoil before I remembered it.
    I’ve never been able to deal with wasting saran or foil in cooking. I now have a couple of silicon covers that can cover either in the microwave or oven (don’t use the oven much either, too much energy waste, lol) for my baking dishes with no covers. Wonderful.

  4. Tracy, you’re welcome!
    Elizabeth, I often cook ahead, too – but that’s planned. As to plastic wrap – the stuff is so awful here I quit using it when we moved (mostly) And foil can be reused….. but, you’re right, lids are better!
    Baking Soda, and it’s all so simple!
    Wanda, good for you with the bunny! It was really hard to get the portion control right after the kids left….
    Azurienne, they fall into the post on climate change because stopping the waste can reduce production which can reduce the fertilizer, chemicals, and so on which can keep the environment cleaner. Change is inevitable.