It’s Wednesday and time to review how I did with the food waste challenge from last week. I had 3 food items that had to be disposed of. The first was the peelings and cores from the box of apples I cooked down into applesauce. The second was a small amount of black beans I didn’t realize hadn’t been eaten the day the little ones harvested their lettuce, and the third was some potato peelings.
All these scraps went directly into our compost plot in the field, so nothing went in the trash. Actually, I had another zero waste week in that nothing from my home or coming into my home ended up in the garbage.
So what does Small Footprints have in store for this week’s challenge? Here’s the latest challenge, you can read the entire post at Reduce Footprints.
Our challenge is twofold:
- Check out the fruit bowl and come up with an idea for using bananas (which is the 3rd most wasted food according to Mrs. Green’s “Zero Heroes”).
- Clean out your fridge and check the temperature (to ensure proper food storage). When cleaning the refrigerator, move items around so that the oldest (and still usable) foods are front and center … and make plans to use those things up this week.
This challenge is easier than it would have been last week. Bananas are a versatile fruit, even when the banana is mushy and dark there is no part of the banana that is harmful to eat. I used to do one of 2 things with old bananas, make banana bread or peel and freeze for smoothies or ice cream. I don’t have an oven so the bread isn’t an option and without a freezer I couldn’t save them for smoothies. But now that I finally found a freezer I can again freeze them. The peels will always go into the compost, they decompose quickly, but if you want to speed up the process just take a pair of scissors and cut them up into smaller pieces.
One of my favorite meals during the summer months is to blend bananas and oranges together. If it’s a chilly day I use fresh (unfrozen) bananas. 2 bananas and an orange can make either a pudding (using unfrozen bananas) or ice cream with one large orange. The two flavors go well together.
Another meal I enjoy I found in a raw food recipe book. It’s called Peaches and Cream. Slice fresh peaches, and top with a banana or 2 mashed with just a bit of water and cinnamon. You would be surprised by how delicious this is.
Now cleaning out the fridge, I’ve got that down as I have no fridge, but for me the challenge is to make sure the fruit/vegetable bowls are checked daily and any showing signs of age are eaten first.
Speaking of food, tonight the little ones spotted a bee caught in a spider’s web. While I have explained this is how spiders trap their food, I was told bees are too important and the spider could eat the centipedes it caught. Sure enough I had to save the bee from the web. Poor spider didn’t get his juicy meal. I was a little concerned one of us would get stung and moved the children back a bit, but he seemed so thankful he decided to sit and visit afterwards. Yes, I have shown them the movie of Charlotte’s Web, but teaching them how important bees are seemed to have outweighed the right of the spider to a meal.