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September 14 - October 11, 2020
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Sheila Koenig

"To learn and put into practice actions that can reduce household food waste. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 724 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    24
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    11
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    12
    locally sourced meals
    consumed

Sheila's Actions

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 1
DAILY ACTION

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Shopping

Buy From A Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat directly from a local farmers market and make 2 meals.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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 2.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Properly Store Food

I will store food and organize my fridge based on best practices to prevent food from spoiling before it is used.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Shopping

Support Imperfection

I will intentionally buy ugly produce at the grocery store, farmers market, or sign up for an ugly produce CSA box.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cooking

Cook From Root to Leaf

I will try 2 root-to-leaf recipes, which utilize all parts of the vegetable, such as beet greens, carrot tops, and herb stems.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Cooking

Veggie Scrap Stock

I will store vegetable scraps in my freezer and use them to make veggie stock. I will make 2 batches.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Planning

Take a Food Inventory

I will take a fridge and pantry inventory to stay up to date with what I have at home before I go grocery shopping.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Shopping Support Imperfection
    Would you be more willing to buy produce with a few imperfections at your grocery store? Why or why not?

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    Sheila Koenig 10/07/2020 7:27 AM
    Yes, I would. I actually just signed up with Misfit Market, an imperfect produce subscription that will be delivered to my home every other week. I get to "build" my first box tomorrow and am excited about this new adventure!
  • 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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    Sheila Koenig 10/04/2020 4:45 PM
    This was the first time I tried reviving limp produce and am excited to have this technique on hand if needed in the future. We had some parsley from a csa and put it in ice water for about 5 minutes. It was really crisp and fresh! We do use green bags to help produce live longer in our fridge, and we put other limp produce in juices.  Especially for herbs, this is a great trick to know! 
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Take a Food Inventory
    Are there food items you have been better about using up and not wasting since you started keeping an inventory of what's in your fridge?

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    Sheila Koenig 10/03/2020 4:08 PM
    We do not waste much, but I did notice that little condiments (like salad dressing) that come from restaurants tend to go to waste. Knowing this, I will leave special instructions to "hold" those items so we don't receive them. 
  • 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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    Sheila Koenig 9/22/2020 10:04 AM
    I have made chicken stock but not vegetable. We've been saving vegetable scraps for almost two weeks and made a big batch today. It has made the house smell incredible, and it is absolutely delicious! I can't believe how easy it is to make! We used a variety of vegetables,(including their greens) and today I sauteed the last bit of celery and leeks from our csa. We didn't have bay leaves but used thyme instead.
    Does anyone have favorite soups/meal using veggie stock. We have a lot on hand now! :) 

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    Sheila Koenig 9/21/2020 5:13 PM
    We are looking into an imperfect produce subscription and welcome recommendations.

    • Sarah Lockwood's avatar
      Sarah Lockwood 9/23/2020 8:03 AM
      Hello! I currently use Imperfect and really enjoy it. The website is easy to use and you are able to choose everything that goes in it as well as easily skip boxes if you need to. It doesn't replace my need to go to the store but is helpful to bring down my overall grocery bill and I am happy that it keeps food out of the waste. It also really opened my eyes to how picky grocery stores can be when selecting produce to sell in-store.

      I'm happy to share more info if you are interested. You can also use my referral link  $10 off. http://imprfct.us/v/sarah_16376 

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    Sheila Koenig 9/16/2020 5:06 PM
    This is really motivating! I love reading the feed to see how others are making change. One person wrote about calling this "wasted food" rather than "food waste" because it puts the responsibility in our hands.  I've been saving veggie scraps all week and will soon make my first batch of stock. I love the resources in each action item  to help me learn more about each of the actions, too.
  • Reflection Question
    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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    Sheila Koenig 9/14/2020 2:11 PM
    We're looking forward to seeing how this helps us to eat things first. Right ow, there is some veggie dip, yogurt, and milk on the shelf we created in our fridge. 

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      Kyle Samejima 9/16/2020 11:09 AM
      I almost always bits of onion, pepper, lemon or lime in my Eat Me First bin and it is one of the BEST techniques I have found for not finding rotten bits of those things in the back of the produce bin. That said, I noticed yesterday I have a lemon starting to mold and I have to get to it!