One of my top New Year’s resolutions is to reduce waste by 75% in 2010. When you’re as frugal as I am, it’s painful to throw things in the garbage that could’ve been put to good use.
To the extent possible, I try to ensure my possessions find a proper home before making their way to the landfill. However, food is a tough one. Even when I carefully plan my meals, sometimes I’m not in the mood for the meals I planned. Sometimes I’m too lazy or too busy to cook. Unfortunately, when food is no use to you, it’s usually no use to anyone else.
Unlike other frivolous purchases, food has a way of forcing you to acknowledge your faults sooner rather than later. You can’t hide it in the garage and carry on about your life as if you’ve got it all put together. Nope. With food, the day of reckoning is nigh.
Earlier today, I threw out two tangerines that went bad before I got around to eating them. It felt like a little piece of me died as I tossed them in the trash. No more! Uh, actually, I can’t commit to zero waste. But 75% less waste I can do.
This year will be different.
- I will be diligent about portioning meats before mindlessly slinging them into the freezer.
- I will stop preparing meals suitable for a family of four when I am a fabulously frugal and single entity of one.
- I will learn how to freeze prepared meals.
This won’t be easy. In order to reduce waste, I must cook the food I’ve purchased. I’ve thawed meat too many times only to let it fester and spoil in the refrigerator because I wasn’t up for cooking it. *Sigh*
I have to do better. I will do better.
Here’s what I’m responsible for cooking this week. I’ll report back with results.
Monday - Curried Rice with Shrimp
Tuesday - Black Bean Soup with Sausage (slow cooker recipe)
Wednesday – Leftovers
Sunday – Beef & Broccoli over Jasmine Rice