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August 1 - August 31, 2022
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Becky Wardell Gaertner

Sierra Zero Waste

"Shopping in bulk, managing meals and food to reduce waste"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 95 This Week
  • 490 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5.9
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    9.0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    12
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Becky's Actions

Storage

Properly Store Berries

To keep berries fresh, place them on top of a paper towel in a sealed container to absorb excess moisture and reduce chances of molding. I will properly store 4 packs of berries.

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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 6 leafy greens.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Storage

Properly Store Veggie Snacks

I will put carrots and celery in jars filled with water to keep them fresh, crisp, and easy to grab for up to a week. I will properly store 4 veggie snacks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cooking

Use what I have

Create meals around the ingredients I have on hand

Completed
One-Time Action

Shopping

Buy Loose Produce and Shop the Bulk Bins

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Planning

New Look Menu

Create a menu from an earlier meal

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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 1 meals using leftovers.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 8/15/2022 9:39 AM
    Congratulations to Betsy for winning the first raffle!
    Congratulations to the first raffle winners, Krina Damien and Betsy Allis! These two were entered into our drawing for reaching 100 points. Winners should email zwc@hennepin.us for more information about their prize.

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 8/10/2022 12:28 PM
    Tonight, I'm making fried rice from left over stir-fry and rice.
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Plan a Leftovers Day
    What kinds of foods do you like to eat as leftovers? If you or your household members don't like eating leftovers, are there any foods you would be more willing to try than others?

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 8/07/2022 3:58 PM
    Last night I made tostados from quinoa leftovers, it was not a hit! Tonight, I am turning a dud pasta salad into a hot casserole. Hoping for better results!

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 8/01/2022 11:53 AM
    Yikes, I found food in my freezer I had forgotten about!

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 7/28/2022 1:01 PM
    Last night we made zero waste rice bowls from our week's leftovers: rice, quinoa, stir-fry, garbanzo beans, potatoes, kale, a deviled egg, onions and mushrooms. One of my favorite meals!

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 7/27/2022 12:35 PM
    If food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd highest emitter of greenhouse gases after the U.S. and China! Hennepin County 

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 7/06/2022 6:13 PM
    It is ridiculous that 40% of food in America is wasted. What a waste of time, energy money and water. We can do better!