On Sundays I usually spend some time cleaning out the fridge ahead of the weekly online grocery delivery. I know – my exciting life. If I don’t do this before the next batch of shopping comes in though I’ll only regret it and I figure the fridge can only take so much abuse.
So, yesterday’s fridge findings:
- two punnets of strawberries that were way past even smoothie-status
- a half-open bag of now wilted salad
- two suspiciously soft looking courgettes
- a bag of old hard carrots
- three mystery foil-covered bowls, which when the foil was peeled back revealed the same thing: leftover pasta. To be precise, leftover fusilli pasta – in all of them.
- some baked beans in a tupperware container that I don’t dare open. I’m considering just tossing the whole thing.
- a small bowl of sliced spring onions (when I try to remember when I last used these I realise they are leftovers from the Crispy Baked Spring Roll recipe – first weekend of May!)
- some badly-wrapped leftover pizza
- three shrivelled onions
- a bag of yellowing kale
Three bags of thrown-out food later, I felt duly chastened and told myself that this week will be different. I decided to set myself some goals – some good food intentions, if you like.
Here they are in no particular order:
- I will not buy kale Who am I kidding? I won’t make green juice this week, no matter how many times I say I will. Just like last week. And the week before.
- I will not bulk buy strawberries I’m going to ignore all those “buy one get one free” or similar offers on strawberries and other soft fruit because my fridge has been telling me for quite some time now, that we will never get round to eating that many strawberries before they all go mushy.
- I will be a dab hand at food salvage If the strawberries do go mushy I will notice immediately and convert them into something delicious and healthy like a BananaBerry Breakfast Smoothie or even something a little bit deliciously naughty like Rachel’s Easy Strawberry Ice Cream or I’ll take notes from Epicurious.com and get some ideas from 7 Tasty Ways to Save Mushy Strawberries.
4. I will go cold turkey on biscuits, cakes, chocolate, in fact surgary treats in general – if they aren’t in the house, my kids can’t eat them. Who knows, this may even help with points 2 and 3 above, and they’ll end up eating more strawberries. This is part of my new/latest health kick where we as a family are going to cut down on sugar. The family don’t know this yet.
- I will buy the appropriate amount of vegetables When I was a kid my mum used to buy these humungous sacks of potatoes, the size of a small child. These days we just don’t eat that many – mainly because we eat a lot of pasta and rice instead. But that doesn’t stop me buying industrial-sized quantities of potatoes as well as broccoli, courgettes, spinach and whatever else. Buying anything more than 5 baking size potatoes a week and I know I’m going to be seeing green sprouts by Sunday, no matter how dark the cupboard. Buy less, Dawn.
I’m going to treat them right When I buy this week’s vegetables I’m going to make sure I store them correctly. Who knew cucumbers don’t like being cold, or that carrots need to be stored in an open bag or that tomatoes prefer to sit on a counter Thanks to this article I do now. I will not, however, be storing onions in my tights.
I will get to grips with portion control In an attempt to reduce the number of foil-covered bowls of pasta populating my fridge. I’ve found the starch spoon from Waitrose’s Prep & Portion range particularly helpful recently in helping scoop out the right amount of rice and pasta from the packets. The upside of these utensils is there’s not a set of scales in sight. This I’m sure will help me cut down on food waste in future.
We will love leftovers! If I buy less and cook less I’m hoping there will be less in the way of leftovers. But this week I’m going to make sure that any leftovers I do stick in the fridge, get used up and eaten, and that the fridge doesn’t just become a waiting room for food destined for the bin.
Don’t let me do this on my own, come and keep me company. What are your food intentions this week? Please share in the comments box or on Twitter #foodintentions