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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Olivia Cashman

WR&R

"My goal in the stop food waste challenge is to assess my grocery shopping and meal prepping habits and implement realistic changes where gaps appear. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 190 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    7
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    pounds
    food waste prevented

Olivia's Actions

Storage

Learn About Food Storage

I will learn about food storage and store food based on best practices to keep it from spoiling before it is used.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Storage

Befriend My Freezer

I will freeze 2 leftover food items or meals for later. The freezer is my food-waste-reduction friend!

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Properly Store Avocados

I will allow green, unripe avocados to ripen on the counter then transfer them to the refrigerator. Once cut, I will keep the pit in and rub the avocado with lemon or oil to reduce browning. I will properly store 5 avocados.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cooking

Reimagine Leftovers

I will learn about how to repurpose my leftovers into new meals and then try it.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Storage

Properly Store Apples

I will properly store apples by keeping them on the counter for up to 7 days and then moving them to the refrigerator.I will keep them away from bananas and avocados, since those speed ripening. I will properly store 1 apples.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Organize My Refrigerator

I will organize my refrigerator to maximize shelf life based on the temperature and humidity of different spots.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style

I will explore different meal plan techniques and choose one that works for my household.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Watch a Documentary About Food

I will watch 1 videos or documentaries to learn about the scope and scale of food waste in this country.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Olivia Cashman 11/10/2021 10:20 AM
    I am going out of town this weekend and have a green pepper and an onion that need to be used up. I diced them up and have them stored in the freezer to use in a soup recipe once I return. 

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    Olivia Cashman 11/05/2021 9:39 AM
    This week I have been focusing on using up leftovers for new meals to extend their life. I used leftover onions and peppers from a sloppy joe recipe to add to black beans for tacos. Then I used the taco mixings to make a salad later in the week. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Watch a Documentary About Food
    Have you ever thought about food going to waste on this scale before?

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    Olivia Cashman 11/05/2021 9:29 AM
    I watched the John Oliver video on food waste and learned about the history of the HR 644 bill and challenges faced in the legislature. I liked how Oliver used the fast food commercials to depict the issues around food waste in the US. 
  • Reflection Question
    Storage Organize My Refrigerator
    Did you find that you were storing things in a spot that wasn't a good fit? Which items have you changed?

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    Olivia Cashman 10/28/2021 10:30 AM
    I rearranged my fridge to use up and clear out older items and make room in the front so that leftovers and veggies that need to be eaten soon are easily seen when I open the fridge. 
  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Reimagine Leftovers
    How have you modified what you do with leftovers to make sure nothing goes to waste?

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    Olivia Cashman 10/20/2021 7:34 AM
    I added leftover roasted vegetables and quinoa from a dinner as topping for a lunch salad to make sure they were used.