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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Anne Scheible

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Week 3 Focus: Cooking

Refrigerator Cleanout Day

Choose a block of time (1-2 hours) a day or two before doing the weekly grocery shopping. Clean out the refrigerator and create meals and dishes using the leftovers and the produce that is starting to deteriorate.

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Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Buy Loose Produce and Shop the Bulk Bins

I will buy loose produce or food from the bulk section to get the exact quantity I need.

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Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Stick to Your Grocery List

I will only purchase the items on my grocery list and avoid impulse purchases.

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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.

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Week 1 Focus: Planning

Track My Wasted Food

I will track the food that my household of 2 throws out so I can learn what we're wasting and why.

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    Anne Scheible 11/10/2021 1:30 PM
    I tried to do this the day before I went to the grocery store.  Managed to make my soup for lunch out of bits of wilted vegetables and scraps in the refrigerator.  However,  I had more ambitious plans.  It could mean that I'm buying too much at the grocery store.  I lose track of my inventory in the refrigerator.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Stick to Your Grocery List
    What are some of the things you typically buy that you weren't on your list? How do you think you might limit some of those purchases?

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    Anne Scheible 11/06/2021 6:34 AM
    I sometimes buy produce that’s not on my list so that we have a variety of choices at meal time.  But then things get “lost” in the refrigerator and the produce starts to deteriorate.  It’s most likely to happen with vegetables.  Greens, hard squash and green beans are the ones I seem to have the most trouble with.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style
    What meal plan method works for you and why? Have you tried some in the past that didn't work?

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    Anne Scheible 10/27/2021 6:11 PM
    My husband and I were told we needed to make some dietary changes so I ordered several meal plan books with those changes in mind.  I've chosen the one that makes the most sense for us and I'll be starting that plan with my next trip to the grocery store.  I have tried meal plans before.  I made one of my own that I used for several years.   I also tried one I had found online that wasn't very successful.    I'm hoping this new one will work better because there will be double motivation - improved health and less waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Track My Wasted Food
    What did you find you are tossing the most? How can you change your habits to avoid wasting this food?

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    Anne Scheible 10/27/2021 6:03 PM
    Vegetables are what I toss the most.  I tend to overestimate how long they will last in the refrigerator.  For example I had to throw out some green beans this week because they don't have a very long "shelf life" in the refrigerator.  
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Buy Loose Produce and Shop the Bulk Bins
    How has buying bulk impacted the amount of food you waste?

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    Anne Scheible 10/27/2021 6:01 PM
    I've been buying bulk primarily to decrease packaging.  So looking at it from a food waste perspective will be new for me.

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    Anne Scheible 10/19/2021 2:41 PM
    Last night we had cauliflower.  It always seems like I throw a lot away - leaves and the stem core.  Are any of those parts edible.  I save the stems from broccoli and make broccoli soup.  Can I do that with any of the cauliflower parts?

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      Evelyn Quast 10/21/2021 7:23 AM
      Hi there -- I have the same problem. I saw in the workshop last night that they mentioned keeping the various parts of the veggies that you don't use in the freezer and then when you have enough make a veggie stock from it.

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    Anne Scheible 10/13/2021 9:52 PM
    Being part of this challenge makes me more aware of things that get thrown into the compost bin that could have been used for other meals.  Will need to be a bit creative with the scraps and leftovers.