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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Elizabeth Hansen

APA Food waste Challenge

"Rethinking CostCo and food storage"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 165 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    23
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    9
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    2
    locally sourced meals
    consumed

Elizabeth's Actions

Planning

Plan to Use My Garden or CSA Produce

I will check to see what will be ready to eat in my garden or CSA box this week and plan recipes that use these ingredients.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 4 Focus: Storage

Create an Eat First Area

I will create an "Eat First" area in my fridge to prioritize food that needs to be used right away for my household of 3.

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One-Time Action

Week 4 Focus: Storage

Be Smart About Food Labels

I will learn about food labels and not throw food out just based on date on the package, but instead check the smell and color to see if it has gone bad.

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Week 3 Focus: Cooking

Cook From Root to Leaf

I will try 1 root-to-leaf recipes, which utilize all parts of the vegetable, such as beet greens, carrot tops, and herb stems.

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One-Time Action

Week 3 Focus: Cooking

Swap This for That

If I am missing an ingredient for a recipe I will find a substitute I have on hand and use that instead.

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Week 3 Focus: Cooking

Reimagine Leftovers

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Source Local Foods

I will buy locally grown food from my grocery store and make 2 meal(s).

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Scrutinize Deals

I will resist the suggestion to buy the quantity advertised on sale and only buy what I know I will eat.

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 10 apples.

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    Elizabeth Hansen 11/08/2021 9:15 PM
    Made an "ugly veggie" soup with wilting kale, a limp carrot, dried/brown fennel bulb, etc.  it was delicious!
  • Reflection Question
    Week 4 Focus: Storage Create an Eat First Area
    What kinds of food are on your Eat First shelf? Has creating an Eat First area helped you reduce food waste?

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    Elizabeth Hansen 11/08/2021 9:14 PM
    leftovers are in the eat first area and open yogurt containers.  Also, this challenge has helped me keep my fridge better organized in general so we don't get things pushed back and blocked only to spoil.  I also lined my veggie drawers with paper towels, which I think helps it cleaner and more user friendly

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    Elizabeth Hansen 11/08/2021 9:12 PM
    I have reevaluated the amount of groceries I buy--especially the deals.  I think my appreciation for sales has been contained now that I just see it as a money making venture stores use to entice the impulsive :-)

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    Elizabeth Hansen 10/15/2021 8:44 PM
    I'm learning about ways to prevent food waste even when they aren't my official challenges
  • Reflection Question
    Week 4 Focus: Storage Be Smart About Food Labels
    Did you know that not all food labeling means the same thing? How have you changed your habits to decide if food is still safe to eat?

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    Elizabeth Hansen 10/15/2021 8:42 PM
    It's confusing.  I'm a good sniffer of fridge items.  Again, goes back to my life in the Caribbean where food safety regulations weren't as strict (sometimes for the worse but often for the better) and I learned that we can be flexible and still safe with food storage.  I'm less confident with dry goods/pantry items because of the whole canning/preserving process.  And I wonder what happens to rice after a while (microscopic bugs?)
  • Reflection Question
    Week 3 Focus: Cooking Swap This for That
    How comfortable are you with making ingredient swaps? Where do you go to find substitutes if you don't have what you need?

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    Elizabeth Hansen 10/15/2021 8:39 PM
    The Joy of Cooking or other old-school cookbook or of course the internet if I can bear the pop-up ads.  I'm pretty comfortable with making ingredient swaps.  That's what makes it fun! 
  • Reflection Question
    Week 3 Focus: Cooking Cook From Root to Leaf
    Are you more likely to "hide the vegetable" in a dish or make it shine as the main ingredient? Why?

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    Elizabeth Hansen 10/15/2021 8:38 PM
    Shine.  I just watched the Great British Baking Show and David (season 7 I think?) made a carrot top pesto.  What a lovely idea!  And then I read the article and it discussed carrot top and beet green pesto.  I've always just sautéed beet greens, but now I'll make that carrot top pesto and see what happens!
  • Reflection Question
    Week 3 Focus: Cooking Reimagine Leftovers
    How have you modified what you do with leftovers to make sure nothing goes to waste?

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    Elizabeth Hansen 10/15/2021 8:37 PM
    More soups given that it's fall.  and i'm making more beans in the instant pot to add to them
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Scrutinize Deals
    Are you someone who typically chooses what you buy based on what is on sale? How can you make sure you don't buy more than what you need?

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    Elizabeth Hansen 10/15/2021 8:36 PM
    Yes.  This is something I am working on and need to get my husband on board with, too, since he's obsessed with CostCo.  (BTW We have have two large multipacks of Annie's MacnCheese in our pantry...and we barely ever ate the first "bale" of macNcheese he bought months ago)  It's hard to get yourself out of the mindset of "it was on sale, so I bought two!" and instead buy less, for comparatively more per unit, but less overall.  can i say that again? buy less, for comparatively more per unit, but less overall.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Source Local Foods
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest food item for you to give up?

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    Elizabeth Hansen 10/15/2021 8:33 PM
    Mangoes.  I lived in the Caribbean for a year and developed a major crush on the fruit I otherwise had little exposure to while growing up.  I appreciate the pulpiness, the rich juice, the sticky fingers after you peel.  I would also be somewhat helpless without fresh avocados.