Food Waste In America – Chickens Scraps? No Way!

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Another week, another couple of boxes of ugly discarded produce we hauled home because nobody wanted to pay full price for them at the supermarket. This week Mr. Produce Guy stuffed our reclaimed boxes full of all sorts of goodies for our backyard flock of chickens. There were practically 2 boxes filled with just greens! Which was totally awesome because chickens love lettuce, cabbage and pretty much anything else with a crunch.

brown bananas

Do chickens love bananas? Not so much. And to tell you the truth, I’m running out of ideas on how to use up all the bruised bananas we get for free each week from Mr. Produce Guy. A girl can only drink so many smoothies you know. ;)

food waste in America

Those radishes and sweet potatoes will come in handy this Thanksgiving.

food waste in America

Here’s the final tally:

  • 10 million pounds of bananas
  • 4 bunches of radishes
  • 4 jalapeno peppers
  • 3 yams
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1 pound mushrooms
  • 3-pack of Romaine lettuce
  • 2 bunches of cilantro

Not bad for free if you ask me. :)

Do you have any good banana recipes? I think I could use a few more ideas on how to use up all those ripe bananas this week.

Have a great day everyone,

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

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If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Costco Shopping Trip $42.14

Oops, I did it again.  Let me explain! ;) Butter? Hello, it’s the holidays and there is baking to be done. Meyer lemons? Well in case you didn’t know, Costco has Meyer lemons in stock and ready to consume and let me tell you Bob, I can’t wait to bust open that container and start whipping up some delicious Meyer lemon recipes.

Milk, chocolate chips and bacon. Yep, those are were all necessities too. :)

albertsons $20 off coupon

Albertsons - Holy Smokes I LOVE this deal!!

For those of you who live in the Pacific Northwest, Albertsons is running a gift card special right now. Buy $100 in gift cards {Amazon, American Eagle, Applebees, Bass Pro Shops, Kohl’s, iTunes and MasterCard Gift Cards} and get a $20 Albertsons coupon good on your next purchase.

One $20 coupon will print per transaction. So if you plan on stocking up, you will need to do each $100 gift purchase separately. The Albertsons gift card deal expires 12/3/13 so you have plenty of time to do this deal.

Albertsons $20 Gift Card Promotion

So did I buy any gift cards? YES!!

Typically this deal comes around twice a year. The holidays, and tax time. So I plan ahead and save up so I can do this awesome deal. I think it’s pretty well known that I am an Amazon.com freak. So since I would be purchasing goods off Amazon anyway, this deal makes total sense for me. I also picked up some iTunes gift cards to give as Christmas gifts as well. Once each for Monkey Boy, The Girl and my niece. If there is one thing you can always count one, it’s that teens love music.

I haven’t had the chance to use my $20 grocery coupons yet, but I’ll tell you one thing. Our Thanksgiving turkey will be from Albertsons this year. ;) You can count on it.

Do you have a store in your area that offers these types of promos as well?

If so, I’d love to know what stores.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $42.14
Total Spent This Year $1997.91
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Can You Say Free Fruit?

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Well there was a heck of a lot of variety this week in the reclaimed food boxes we picked up from Mr. Produce Guy. Lot’s of melons, lettuce and miscellany for the chickens, and plenty of good stuff for us.

bananas

Bananas. I don’t think a week has gone by in the last few months where there hasn’t been a boatload of rips bananas waiting for us. It’s a good thing we like making smoothies and baking banana bread around here. ;)

lemons

And lemons? Heck ya I’ll take them. I have a lemon cookie recipe I’ve been wanting to try.

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Here’s what I ended up keeping for my family this week. Do you see all those apples and oranges? Guess who’s making an apple pie for Thanksgiving? And cinnamon apple chips are on the menu this week too.

So much fruit, so little time. :)

Have you tried asking your local grocer for their “expired” fruits and vegetables yet?

Mavis wants to know.

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

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If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Costco $47.53

Repeat after me… Costco is evil. ;)

Would someone PLEASE take away my Costco card until after the holidays? Please? I’m begging you. I wish I had an excuse this time, like my kids were with me, or the HH made me put that yummy Dubliner cheese in my cart. But that would be a lie. I did it all myself.

I totally blame the salami, cheese and Pretzel chips on my friend MamaJJ. We were sitting around her kitchen counter talking late one night and there was cheese and hard pretzels on the counter. I wasn’t craving it then, but as soon as I got home I was. Gahhhh.

local produce stand

Local Produce Stand $2.00

How does the store even make any money? Imported peppers 4 for $1 and avocados 2 for $1.

qfc shopping trip

QFC $13.48

Pasta $0.69 a box, Cranberry Sauce $0.99, Tillamook Yogurt $0.40 each and Cottage Cheese $0.99 each because it was reduced for a quick sale.

Let’s hope next week is better. But then again, I still need to buy a Thanksgiving Turkey.

How did you do this past week? Do you have everything you need for your Thanksgiving dinner?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $63.01
Total Spent This Year $1955.77
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Oroweat Bakery Outlet $8.00

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE buying bread at our local bakery outlet. Not only is bread usually $1 a bag {sometimes even less} but they also give you a punch card. This past week I was able to pick up 6 bags of bagels and 3 bags of potato rolls for just 8 bucks! {One was free}.

The retail value on a bag of bagels these days is about $3 so I think it’s totally worth it to buy in bulk and them toss the extra bags in the freezer, don’t you?

amazon deals

Amazon Grocery – $4.96

I placed an order for Tollhouse Cocoa Powder last week and decided to toss a couple of other things in my cart as well. So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the Lasko Personal Heater {I keep it in my office}. I turn it on full blast and within 5 minutes the room is super cozy. Since I spend most of my mornings in one room, it’s been kind of nice to just heat a small area in the house.

I also picked up The Weekend Homesteader and We Took to the WoodsUnfortunately Lucy the Trouble Puggle got a hold of it. :(

vitacost shopping trip

Vitacost $4.44

I had some Vitacost credit so I ordered some snacks for Monkey Boy and some dog treats for Lucy. My order came to $6.08 after my credit and I was able to earn $1.64 cash back through Ebates for a final total of $4.44.

gallon milk

Milk $5

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Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

And last buy not least, free produce. Gotta love that!

How did you do this past week? Did you do any shopping online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $22.40
Total Spent This Year $1,892.46    It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Free Fruit, Yes Please!

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This past week was a great one in the free food department.

I know I’ve said it a hundred million times, but isn’t it amazing how much food gets thrown out by grocery stores each week? The picture you see above is just what one store tossed in about 3 hours. Imagine what a weeks worth of discarded produce would look like.

chicken scraps

Our flock of backyard chickens were over the moon after I tossed an entire box of bok choy and cabbage leaves into the chicken run for them to munch on.
granny smith green apple slices

Our favorite thing this week was two bowls of granny smith apple slices. According to the date on the sticker, the apples were “expired” so the store could not sell them.

Umm, I’m not rocket scientist but they looked and tasted fine to me. :)

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This weeks free food tally:

  • 3 heads of Lettuce
  • 1 bag of Romaine Hearts
  • 1 tub Watermelon Chunks {The Girl ate the whole tub}
  • 2 tubs of Granny Smith apples
  • 6 Stuffed Mushrooms
  • 15 Spotted Bananas
  • 4 Apples, 1 Pomegranate and 1 Grapefruit.

Life is good! :)

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Trader Joes $12.73

I was near a Trader Joe’s Market on Saturday and had some extra time on my hands so I popped in to see if I could find anything interesting. I like Trader Joes, I really do, and the deals are pretty good too. If I lived closer to one I’d probably shop there more often because they kind of have some funky products.

I was able to pick up a stalk of Brussels Sprouts for $2.99, a butternut squash for $1.79, baby cucumbers $1.99, limes $0.29 each and some yummy rice and soy sauce crackers for $2.69 each {a splurge, but they are delicious!}.

costco coupon shopping trip

Costco $29.27

And then I went to Costco.

After spending all day at one of my kids sporting events and knowing the power was out at home, I caved in and did the easy thing. I picked up 3 cases of soup on the way home. ;)

We have an electric stove and a propane stove top so I knew couldn’t bake anything, and since the power had been out all day and I didn’t know when it would come on again, I wasn’t about to open the fridge or freezer and root around for something to eat.  I wanted to keep all our refrigerated/frozen items cold in case the power would be out for a day or two so I just picked up dinner on the way home instead.

Hopefully this week I’ll do a little better budget wise. :)

How about you, did you splurge on anything this past week?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $40.00
Total Spent This Year $1,870.06    It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Why Don’t People Buy Spotted Bananas?

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It’s a good thing our backyard pet chickens will eat just about anything, because this week there was a total hodge podge of discarded fruits and vegetables from Mr. Produce Guy.

Where else in the world are you going to find totally edible papaya, avocados, grapes,  lettuce, heirloom tomatoes and apples tossed to the curb {so to speak} at the end of October?

The typical grocery store in America, that’s where.

earthbound farms organic lettuce kale half and half

The Girl and I picked through this entire container of Earthbound Farms Organic lettuce mix and couldn’t find 1 single leaf that was not acceptable to eat. So why was it thrown out? The expiration date of course. Now we all know that expiration dates are only a guideline, but when it comes to grocery stores, the clock is always ticking, and they cannot {or won’t} sell food beyond the sell by date.

When I was a kid, they didn’t even have sell by dates. You actually had to look at the food to see if it was still good. Now days we trust the stamp on the package. Hmmm.

spotted bananas

Regular vs Organic Bananas? Apparently monkeys from neither group will buy spotted bananas. Which is sad, because real monkeys know the fruit is better when it has spots.
small apples

I’m guessing these apples were to small and therefore nobody wanted to buy them. So they got trashed. How sad is that?

lucy the puggle dog

Even inspector Lucy the Puggle Dog knows good food when she sees it.

food waste in America

Here’s what I ended up keep from this weeks free produce boxes. Everything else was either composted or fed to the chickens. Is this crazy or what?

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to go make some homemade applesauce.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

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If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Local Produce Market $8.00

This week was kind of a snooze fest as far as groceries go. Our local produce market had milk on sale for $2.50 a gallon, sweet peppers 3 for $1 {they were kind of small} and kiwi fruit for $0.50 each.

costco butter

Costco $7.69

Butter. Why does it seem like I’m always buying butter? Sheesh, you’d think I was related to Paula Dean or something with the amount of butter I buy. Anywho, let’s talk about Costco ribbon. Isn’t it AWESOME? Seriously, you can get 50 yards of ribbon for less than $7. It’s one of my favorite deals there. {I don’t eat ribbon so I did not include it in m grocery total}. ;)

albertsons everyday essential

Albertsons $7.28

Albertsons. I think I’ve bought 3 giant tubs of cottage cheese in the last month all with the intention of making some lasagna freezer meals. But every time I went to make the lasagna, the cottage cheese was gone. It took me a few times to realize the HH was eating it all.

Apparently I need to buy cottage cheese a little more often. Ha!

How about you? Did you get any killer deals at the grocery store this past week? I noticed Fred Meyer has satsumas on sale so I know I’ll be stopping there to pick up a bag or too.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $22.97
Total Spent This Year $1,830.06    It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste

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#SaveItSunday

I recently teamed up with Glad Food Protection to take the #SaveItSunday pledge to not only help eliminate food waste in my own kitchen, but to show you some cool and creative ways you can reduce food waste in yours.

What is the #SaveItSunday pledge?

Well basically it’s about loving food more and wasting it less, one day at a time.

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And guess who else took the pledge? Alex Guarnaschelli. How cool is that?

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know how I feel about food waste.  I. Can’t. Stand. It.  In days of refrigeration, freezers, dehydrators, canning, etc. it seems senseless to have food waste {not to mention, having already used up natural resources to ship food to the grocery stores in the first place}.

Even though most Americans think they are taking steps to preserve their food, we are typically throwing away totally edible food on a regular basis.

#SaveItSunday

Among the food Americans toss, fruits and vegetables are trashed most frequently {38%}, followed by dairy products 29%, and bread 29%.  That tells me that, one, we have plenty of food to feed everybody on this planet, and two, maybe if we got a little smarter about our food waste, we wouldn’t need to rely on factory farmed food so heavily {meaning we could withstand slower/smaller production methods}?

With the right preparation and protection on shopping day, the food we love could stay fresher, longer. I know that sometimes, life happens, and there is just nothing you can do to avoid food waste.  But, there are tons of simple ways to ensure that most of your food ends up on your plate, instead of landfills.

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Here are a couple of my favorite ways to reduce food waste:

  1. Meal plan.  Creating a meal plan means you’ll only buy what you need, instead of haphazardly throwing food into the cart with no real plan.
  2. Track your waste.  Write down everything you throw away.  If you have to throw out milk because you couldn’t drink it before it went bad, you are probably buying too much milk.  Buy a smaller carton.  It may look like you are spending more ounce for ounce, but if you calculated the money you have to pour down the drain, the numbers will look different.
  3. Organize your pantry like a grocery store.  Make sure to put newer items in back, so you can use up the older items first.  It helps make sure that you don’t have to throw an item away due to expiration because you grabbed a newer version of the same thing.
  4. Freeze leftovers/surplus.  I am a HUGE fan of GLAD freezer bags and GladWare.  I can toss in surplus fruits and veggies from Mr. Produce Guy or leftovers and freeze them for another day.  It really doesn’t get much easier. compost bin
  5. When you can’t eat it, compost it.  Food carries valuable nutrients, even when it truly is past the point of human consumption.  At the very least, throw it in the composter and “feed” your soil.
  6. Think about usage.  Just because fruit is mushy or veggies are getting soft, doesn’t mean they are inedible.  Use them a different way.  Get out the blender and make smoothies {smoothies freeze well for later too} or make soup with the veggies.
  7. Expiration dates are merely suggestions.  Use common sense–and all of your 5 senses.  If it smells, looks, tastes off, then of course, it’s probably no good.  Beyond that, be flexible.
  8. Use smaller plates.  This isn’t just for weight loss.  Less food on the plate means that you will be less likely to have uneaten waste.  You can always get more, but even I don’t scrape people uneaten food on their plates into GLAD bags. :)
  9. Grocery lists.  Even if you don’t meal plan down to every last detail, make a grocery list and stick to it.  Impulse buys can lead to more food than you can reasonably consume before some of it goes bad.organic vegetables
  10. Prioritize.  Eat what goes bad the fastest first {say that 10 times fast}.  For example, if salads are on the menu, plan to have them fairly soon after you grocery shop.  That way, it won’t have a chance to spoil before you get around to eating it.
  11. Don’t over prepare food.  Yes, leftovers are awesome, but at a certain point, you can only eat so much leftover potato salad before you are DONE eating potato salad.  Make enough to feed the crowd and be reasonable about how much you will eat in leftover form.
  12. Split it.  Can’t eat a whole watermelon before it goes bad?  Ask a neighbor if they want to split it.  The same goes for milk or a loaf of bread.  You can also apply the same principle when eating out–splitting a meal saves on food waste and cost.  It’s win-win.#SaveItSunday
  13. Donate food to your food bank.  Maybe you were starving when you bought a can of chicken with stars soup 3 months ago, and now you can’t imagine eating it.  Don’t let it expire, be realistic and donate it so someone can eat it.
  14. Before you go to the grocery store, take stock.  If you have items that are about to expire, you can plan your menu around those items.
  15. Store smarter.  Crackers, cookies, cereal, etc. tend to go stale rapidly in their original containers.  Invest in some simple airtight containers and keep the food fresher waaaay longer.

I know you all have more tips on food waste, and I would LOVE to know them so make sure to leave them in the comments below!

Mavis

#SaveItSundayFor more information about the #SaveItSunday Pledge and how you can enter to win a gourmet chef prepared meal in your home, head on over to SaveItSunday.com

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