Following on with the ideas to not have any waste I have been looking at how to eliminate food waste.
As a family we do pretty well anyway not to have food waste, any that would normally go in the bin is given to the dogs at Dave's work.
But things can still be improved.
I had a couple of things in the veg box from last week which were getting past their best and needed using as the new box is delivered each Wednesday, these would have ended up in the compost bin.
There was half a cabbage, a small cauliflower and a small leek.
I had some chicken stock from boiling up the carcass from Sunday's lunch, so all veggies were shredded/diced fried off in a bit of butter, then added to the stock, simmer until nearly cooked, whizz up to a chunky puree, add in a handful of pearl barley(last bit in packet) and a handful of orange lentils, and some leftover mashed potato for thickner.
Serve with hm bread and a sprinkling of grated mature cheddar.
Lovely lunch for me for the next couple of days and a couple of portions for the freezer as well.
This consisted of: the usual twisted and knotted crisp packets (14), (David is still not eating crisps); a waxed cheese wrapper, a butter foil paper, a sliced ham packet (boys wanted wraps for snacks this last week), 3 plastic bags which can't be recycled, 3 meat wrapper from the PO butchers which again can't be recycled. a bag from the basmati rice ( I do bulk buy this but do have a bag every so often) a spagetti wrapper a yeast wrapper (dove farm - can't give me full info for recycling this)
The compostable bin was approx half full, and the recycling bin is also half full .
I have today received a parcel from Ethical Superstore, this was a cardboard box into which they had put my goodies and then had used brown paper as the filler.
On the box was a label asking that all be recycled once finished with.
The best part about this type of packaging is that the brown paper was left in a large piece, which means I can just iron it and then reuse as wrapping paper myself, and if I send it to the right person they in turn can probably reuse also.
The only blip was the parcel tape which they had to use to seal the box.
I always bulk purchase my mince from the butchers in 5lb bags; and then usually bag up into meal size potions.
This then creates the main bag plus the individual bags as they are used.
I have been thinking about this for a while and then hit on the idea "Why not use my margarine tubs".
So instead of individual meal portions in bags they are now frozen in the margarine tubs, which although can be recycled at the HWRC, are better being reused as much as possible first; and a 500g margarine tub just hold the right amount we need for a meal.
This also means that they can be stacked neatly in the freezer.
And the best thing only one bag to put into the bin rather than lots of little ones.
I have today collected all therecycling and landfill rubbish ready for the bins going out on Monday.
Although the recycling bin is overflowing so extras will have to be put into a box as well, the landfill bin is approx three quarters full, which considering this includes all the Christmas rubbish, is good as it also has 3 bags of fire clinker.
The bins will both be emptied on Monday and then we will begin again in earnest at reducing the amount to go to landfill.
I'm a 45 year old SAHM,although I do now work parttime as a dinner lady; partner to Dave for over 20 years who is the love of my life. Mother to 2 wonderful boys Thomas and David.We live in the UK in a small village (pub, village school and church - no shops) approx 15 miles from nearest town.
I enjoy cooking, card making and reading, and trying to do my bit for the environment and organic living.
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