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Me and Celery {Food Waste Friday 7/20/12}

Posted Jul 19 2012 10:03pm

FoodWasteFriday
One of my biggest pet peeves is throwing away food. I could kick myself every time I dump food down the drain or in the trash: it’s just a complete and total waste! And I hate waste. Which is why I am so thrilled to link up to   The Frugal Girl on her weekly feature where she posts a picture of all the food she had to throw away for the week, and invites other bloggers to do the same. The idea is to feel some accountability – who wants to admit they threw away all that money to the whole world? – to help you avoid throwing away food in the future.

So in the picture above, you see what I threw away this week:

  1. yucky yucky celery

That’s pretty much it, except for a small half-serving of a leftover chicken dish that just didn’t get eaten. Those poor little last bits of food; they are sadly forsaken far too often!

As for the celery, I do this to myself all the time. I buy my celery at Trader Joe’s because it’s organic and it’s cheap ($2.29 for 2 celery hearts). And while celery lasts a long time, it takes us a while to go through the package, especially this time of year, when I’m not making soups and casseroles as much. (And we are not big fans of raw celery. Yeah, I know, it’s healthy. But it’s yucky!) So I end up chucking at least part of every bag I buy; and every time I do, I say to myself: “next time, you need to freeze half of the bag before it goes to waste!”. And I never listen to myself.

See, the problem is that chopping up celery just takes up so much time. I would pretty much rather be doing anything else in the world than spending hours of my day chopping celery (except maybe chopping onions – if I had to choose between the two, I would definitely go with the celery over the onions), so that task just gets pushed to the back burner until it’s too late.

I’ve discovered the solution to my problem, though! I managed to rescue about a third of the original package of celery (the inner stalks were not nearly so putrid) … and I didn’t have to chop a single piece of celery! Curious? Find out how I managed that feat in this post here!

 

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