Happy New Year to all! Hope you had a wonderful end to 2017. Today I want to talk a little about my food waste new year resolution. But first, a few pics from the holidays.
We had a really lovely holiday. Then an equally lovely lazy week between Christmas and New Years with Michael off work and some slow mornings that felt just right.
The last week of the year is one of my favorites. As soon as the Christmas rush is over we turn our attention to organizing, purging and cleaning the house for the new year. It feels so good after the excess of the holidays and appeals to the Capricorn in me.
Out with the Christmas decorations, the boxes and paper (so many paper products). Paring down Noe’s books, organizing her toys and sorting unwanted clothes for selling and donation. Then taking a very serious look at our kitchen.
We hosted both brunch and dinner on Christmas and ended up with quite a bit of excess food, which really wasn’t the issue. We managed to eat our way through almost all the contents of our fridge and only hit up the grocery store once for a few staples. A huge win for us grocery store loving folks.
No, the issue hasn’t really been the contents of our fridge, except for the random leftovers, which I wrote more about here, since we started minding our food waste. The past six months have been great for considerably cutting down on our perishable food waste.
However, our pantry is a whole different beast. (This is after the organizing and purging for the record.)
I still have a hard time regulating the amount of pantry food that comes in. Then feel so guilty about throwing anything out that we suddenly find ourselves with 7 (yes, 7!) open bags of chips that each have about an 1/8th left.
So my food waste new year resolution revolves around our pantry and getting a handle on the waste there.
I have a few ideas that might help:
- Better documenting the waste so I can better manage the saving
- Buying more from the bulk bins but in smaller quantities
- Forcing ourselves to finish a bag of chips before opening a new one
But if you have tips for how you manage your pantries I’m all ears.
Like all my food waste adventures, I’ll be sure to share any learnings with you as I go.
For now, have a wonderful start to 2018. May your resolutions bring you a sense of accomplishment and peace throughout the year.