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August 1 - August 31, 2022
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Penelope Jones

Team Eden Prairie

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 195 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5.0
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    4.0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    12
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Penelope's Actions

Planning

Create a Weekly Meal Plan

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu of meals and ingredients for my household of 2.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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.

COMPLETED 0
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 5 apples.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Rotate My Foods

When I restock my fridge or pantry, I will put new items in the back and bring older items to the front to be used first.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Plan a Leftovers Day

I will plan an Eat the Leftovers night by creating a tasty “smorgasbord" or using a recipe that repurposes leftovers. I will eat 2 meals using leftovers.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Storage

Properly Store Leafy Greens

I will roll unwashed lettuce in a dry towel, then store it in a sealed bag in the refrigerator. I will properly store 3 leafy greens.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Properly Store Herbs

I will store fresh herbs just like cut flowers in a jar with 1 to 2 inches of water and cover with a plastic bag to maintain moisture. For woody or hardy herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage and chives, I will arrange them lengthwise on a damp paper towel, rolled up, then sealed in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator. I will properly store 4 herbs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cooking

Reimagine Leftovers

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Planning Create a Weekly Meal Plan
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money? How has meal planning helped you avoid waste?

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    Penelope Jones 8/10/2022 8:58 AM
    Busy schedules seem to often get in the way of meal planning and the subsequent shopping. This will not work for everyone, but since I am retired, shopping more than once a week works for not planning too far ahead ... especially for perishables.

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    Penelope Jones 8/01/2022 5:57 AM
    "Bowls" are popular right now and a great way to use leftover meat. Beef roast from family dinner became a "burrito" bowl main with rice, black beans, corn, avocado and salsa. My husband will eat those leftovers for lunch!