Food Waste Friday!

Not only have I been a lazy blogger, I've been lazy with food, too - even on vacation. 

Eric left some chicken wings in the car, forgetting to grab them when the valet took the car (forced valet parking threw us for a loop more than once). We lost some food to excess water in the cooler when we were at Mammoth Cave, and then some mice were very happy to find our bread, so we lost a little of that, too. Also, we overcooked a few potatoes while grilling. 

We didn't have much spoilage at home when we returned, because I'd cleaned up pretty well before leaving, but over the next couple weeks, I wasted quite a bit of food, mostly because I was too busy to take care of everything. 

Yuck! You can blame me partially for the avocados, but I don't even eat mangoes, so that's all on Eric. 

Yuck! You can blame me partially for the avocados, but I don't even eat mangoes, so that's all on Eric. 

Not one, not two, but three entire pineapples went to waste. I threw out a bag of liquefied red potatoes this morning, but on the bright side, solved the mystery of where that awful smell was coming from. One dry bagel went into the compost. A container of moldy strawberries. Two avocados and two mangoes. A container of grapes. I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting. 

The lettuce I planted outside bolted, but then a friend took it for her bunnies when I pulled it, so it didn't go to waste. 

It's never too late to start over, right? Hopefully I won't have any waste next week. I'm realizing a lot of this is planning well - don't buy fresh produce if you're not going to be home to eat it, and take extra care on vacation and while travelling.