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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Amy Maas

WR&R

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Amy's Actions

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.

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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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Cooking

Use the Edible Portion

I will learn about what food is still safe to eat if portions have gone bad and make sure to utilize the edible portions if I can.

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Cooking

Make Soup Broth

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

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Shopping

Support Imperfection

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

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Planning

Keep 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.

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  • Amy Maas's avatar
    Amy Maas 11/05/2021 6:48 AM
    This is an official Stop Food Waste Challenge weekly reflection question! Responding to this question by Nov. 10 will enter you in the raffle to win a prize.

    What are your favorite food storage hacks? Do they match what you learned about best practices?



    • Evonne Dennis's avatar
      Evonne Dennis 11/10/2021 8:52 AM
      I have containers in the freezer of beef and chicken stock. Every time I prepare meat and have leftover stock I add it to them for soups later. 

  • Amy Maas's avatar
    Amy Maas 10/28/2021 8:16 PM
    This is an official Stop Food Waste Challenge weekly reflection question! Responding to this question by Nov. 5 will enter you to win a prize.

    Share your favorite or most creative way to use and repurpose leftovers (e.g. using leftover cauliflower to make cauliflower rice, turning old French fries into a breakfast hash, making leftovers into burrito fillings). Share the recipe if you have a link!




    • Evonne Dennis's avatar
      Evonne Dennis 11/03/2021 10:31 AM
      I usually make a dump soup of some sort. Chili is good to incorporate a lot of leftovers, especially veggies, but meats, rice, beans and potatoes can all be incorporated into chili.

    • Alisa Reckinger's avatar
      Alisa Reckinger 10/29/2021 7:10 AM
      I love adding eggs and making leftovers into breakfast scrambles. I've found it to be an especially good way to use up leftover veggies and french fries or tater tots.

  • Amy Maas's avatar
    Amy Maas 10/21/2021 10:33 PM
    This is an official Stop Food Waste Challenge weekly reflection question! Responding to this question by Oct 29 will enter you to win a prize.

    How could you adjust your shopping habits to buy smaller amounts of produce more often? Do you have the option to go to another store to buy loose produce?  

    • Abby Harthorn's avatar
      Abby Harthorn 10/27/2021 10:53 AM
      The Downtown Target in Minneapolis has limited produce options, most are wrapped in plastic. I will go to a different grocery store, such as Lunds or a farmer's market, to buy produce that is MN grown, plastic free, or smaller sizes. Even though other grocery stores are a little bit farther of a walk, I'm grateful I have multiple options!

    • Alisa Reckinger's avatar
      Alisa Reckinger 10/27/2021 7:02 AM
      My grocery store offers a lot of options for buying loose produce, which is great! I need to be better about thinking ahead of time about how much produce we realistically need for our week's meal plan. I could also be better about buying more items from the bulk goods section.

    • Evonne Dennis's avatar
      Evonne Dennis 10/26/2021 7:11 AM
      I will break up my produce shopping into twice weekly trips using a local CSA and the local Farmer's Market rather than one big shopping trip where I "stock up" for the week and get too much. 

  • Amy Maas's avatar
    Amy Maas 10/13/2021 11:53 AM
    This is an official Stop Food Waste Challenge weekly reflection question! Responding to this question will enter you to win a prize.

    After tracking your food, what food most commonly goes to waste in your household and why? What planning strategies can you use to address this wasted food?

    • Evelyn Quast's avatar
      Evelyn Quast 10/21/2021 6:41 AM
      I think it might be bread! We don't eat a lot of it, so we can't seem to use it up before it goes bad. I think I will start freezing half the loaf or something. I wish they sold smaller loafs! Second is probably produce. Especially lettuce. I also noticed a never opened tub of feta cheese in the back of the fridge that had gone bad! Urg! I think keeping a fridge inventory is really going to help avoid this type of thing.

    • Katie Williams's avatar
      Katie Williams 10/20/2021 12:51 PM
      I tend to throw vegetables and meat out more than anything else. Every week I have lofty goals of being healthy, buy all the healthy things, and then don't eat healthy. I'm also nervous about food safety and throw things the moment they get a wrinkle or are a day past a 'sell by' date. I switched over to having my groceries delivered by Shipt to eliminate the impulsive buying and that has lowered my costs and waste but I still have PLENTY of room to grow on safety and storage guidelines.

    • elif cingi's avatar
      elif cingi 10/19/2021 5:27 PM
      My fridge is not as full of unused foods as it was after I carefully started watching what I buy. That included planning out what I plan on cooking during the week. For example, right now there is a bag of organic lettuce, about to expire. I hate it if it goes wasted. So I will make sure the lettuce will be used by tomorrow. I try to involve all family in regard to checking the fridge before we cook or shop. It's a team effort, and we're working hard trying to keep everyone informed about what's in the fridge. 

    • Alisa Reckinger's avatar
      Alisa Reckinger 10/18/2021 7:25 AM
      Some of the food that most commonly goes to waste in my household includes produce that we bought too much of, such as extra lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, etc. When doing a fridge cleanout, I also tend to find leftovers that were forgotten, the ends of bread or the last few tortillas remaining in the package, and half jars of sauce that I don't trust anymore. 

      A few strategies that would mean less food waste for us: making sure to only buy the amount of produce we need (luckily my grocery store has lot of options for loose produce!), making sure to use up the ends of bread or the rest of the tortillas before moving on to the next package (incorporating these into lunches would be a good idea), and working in to our meal plan meals that use up the extra sauces we tend to have left over.