I forget sometimes how out of the mainstream my family is, until I start to count the things we eat that other people throw away, or that are completely unknown to most – they don’t even realize such an item exists!
When I count the things that other people eat that I barely if at all count as food, the distance between the Kimballs and your average American eater gets far greater.
In today’s Life Your Way post, I’m sharing a super quick "how-to" on saving three different food items – and eating them – that most people would just throw away.
Just don’t eat them out of the garbage for real if someone has already tossed it. Even that is a little too far for me!
From the post:
I’m always very proud of the small amount of trash our family produces in a week and wish we could have even less recycling, but packaging continues to come into our house, grrr…
I’ve written often here on the subjects of reusing, recycling, and avoiding disposables…so I’ve already covered the fact that your school can sign up to reclaim strange items like cheese wrappers, foil drink pouches, and even personal product waste like makeup tubes via Terracycle, which my son loved helping with. And we’ve discussed how to save things like orange peels and potato skins from the garbage and put them to good use instead. (My kids can never decide if they like our homemade potato salad better or the “potato crispies” we get from the skins!)
You’d think I’d be out of ideas.
But when I was asked what to do with bacon grease and some other things that people felt guilty about throwing away (you can’t compost meat products), I knew I had to share just a few more ideas.
See if you can guess why strawberries are the top photo in today’s post – and then click over to see if you’re right! Hit me with questions in the comments there if you have any or share ideas of your own to reclaim food that other people don’t eat…
I get asked all the time how I remember to use things like half a can of tomato sauce, the rest of the green onions that I bought for one recipe, or even leftovers that have already been used at two meals.
Two answers: My freezer and meal planning. One of KS’s July sponsors, Plan to Eat, definitely deserves a shoutout anytime we’re talking about saving money on groceries, great meal planning, and avoiding waste.
Meal planning in general is simple with PTE’s online interface, and if you need to "use something up" before it goes bad, you can always search the KS group over there for recipes to plan from a field of over 100,000 strong, all added by KS readers – which means you’re far more likely to find a dish with real food ingredients than when you run a regular Google search or check major recipe sites.
Huge thanks to Plan to Eat for continuing to help support the content here at Kitchen Stewardship