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September 14 - October 11, 2020
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Laurel Bieschke

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    44
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    19
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    17
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Laurel's Actions

Shopping

Eat Before Shopping

I will resist impulse buys by eating a snack or meal before going grocery shopping.Those who grocery shop on an empty stomach spend 64% more than not-hungry shoppers.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Cooking

Fresh Herbs/Teas

I will use all parts of the herbs I harvest and feed my used tea leaves the herb garden.

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Shopping

Local Meat

I will chose locally-sourced meat and/or question whether or I can use an alternative to meat in order to reduce overall consumption.

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Cooking

Revive Limp Produce

I will rescue limp produce like leafy greens or carrots by soaking them in cold water or using them in recipes where appearance doesn't matter.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Use a Portion Planner

I will use a portion size guide to ensure appropriate portions when cooking. I will cook 1 portion-appropriate meals.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Track My Wasted Food

I will keep notes on all the food that my household of 2 throws out so I can learn how what we're wasting, how much, and why it goes to waste.

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Cooking

Veggie Scrap Stock

I will store vegetable scraps in my freezer and use them to make veggie stock. I will make 1 batches.

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Community

Volunteer to Rescue Food

I will volunteer 4 hours to support existing community food waste reduction and recovery efforts like gleaning or for a food bank.

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Community

Train Like a Chef

I will watch 1 online classes on "Creating a Full Use Kitchen" through the James Beard Foundation.

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Cooking

Save the Peels

When life gives me lemons (or other citrus peels), I will use the rinds to make a nontoxic cleaner.

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  • Reflection Question
    Community Train Like a Chef
    How can you set up your kitchen differently to optimize the time you spend there?

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    Laurel Bieschke 10/11/2020 11:17 AM
    I have added a space for freezer containers so I can collect veggie scraps to save for stock vs. just tossing them in the compost bin. I will also keep a corner free for hanging herbs to dry, especially now that we will have frost soon and my plants need to be cut back for the season. 
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Track My Wasted Food
    What did you learn by tracking your wasted food? Was there anything that surprised you?

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    Laurel Bieschke 10/03/2020 2:51 PM
    I learned that I am too much of a sucker for good deals, which unfortunately leads to waste at times. I wasted an onion due to purchasing a bag of them and not using them fast enough. I also wasted ½ a container of strawberries. They were on sale, but unfortunately out of season and went bad within 1-2 days.
  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Save the Peels
    Which citrus do you have the most of and what kind of cleaning product will you make?

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    Laurel Bieschke 9/30/2020 8:58 PM
    Mandarin oranges. The non-toxic kitchen cleaner was a pretty easy project and will also save money on not buying Citra-Solv.
  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Veggie Scrap Stock
    Have you ever made soup broth from scratch before? What kinds of vegetables do you have on hand to put in?

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    Laurel Bieschke 9/26/2020 2:06 PM
    I have made broth from whole herbs and veggies before (onions, carrots, mushrooms, celery, etc) but this is the first time I have added peels and other parts that I would have normally composted. I was surprised by how many clippings I had stored up in my freezer over these last couples of weeks.  
  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Revive Limp Produce
    What successes have you had in reviving limp produce? What can you do so that your produce doesn't go limp in the future?

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    Laurel Bieschke 9/15/2020 3:57 PM
    To keep green onions and herbs from going limp I stand them up in a small jar of water and cover the tops loosely with a bag. Ice water helps revive most everything. If produce is really beyond reviving I slice it up and stick it in the dehydrator. 
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Use a Portion Planner
    Have you noticed any trends in the types of food that you don't make in the right amount?

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    Laurel Bieschke 9/14/2020 3:21 PM
    I often make larger portions in order to have leftovers during the week, which helps me reduce overall waste since fresh items don't linger in the fridge past their prime. However, I was surprised today to learn that a regular serving of peanut butter is only 2 tbsp. Oof! That was hard to stick to because I eat it out of jar every chance I get :)
  • Reflection Question
    Shopping Eat Before Shopping
    What can you do to make sure you never shop hungry?

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    Laurel Bieschke 9/14/2020 3:15 PM
    Now that apple season is here I always travel with an extra 1-2 in case I'm hungry while driving home from work or on my way to/from the grocery story. This helps me avoid impulse buys at the grocery store and increase my daily fruit intake. I don't think I've ever had too many apples.