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05-09-2010, 03:25 PM
I have to manage my purchases better! I end up throwing out too much. It's my fault, I know this, but I keep meaning for "today" to be the day it is 100% and I am good until dinnertime and then break and have something else. I think this last hour of cleaning out the fridge decided it for me. I am too poor to buy good stuff and waste it.
Now, I am going to wake up a half hour earlier and make some kind of plan instead of rushing. I have all the supplies for a good green drink adn just never have time in the AM. I think if I schedule things it will work out better. I only have 2 weeks of school left and then summer vacation, so I can modify a plan then.
One day I will get it right! My mind and I know the benefits but my will needs some convincing to just do it. I certainly hope I am not alone because I would feel bad. Gotta fix it!!!
05-09-2010, 03:43 PM
If you have too much produce then you can save it in some way.
Peel and chop it and put it in the freezer to add to smoothies.
Blend it and dehydrate it to make fruit leathers.
Blend it and add some crushed flax seeds to make sweet or savoury crackers.
Having said all of that I realise that your plan is better. Just buy what you need.
05-09-2010, 04:03 PM
Aside from longterm storage of extra food, a compost pile is also a good solution to your extra food going bad. Once you build a compost pile, you figure out theres no such thing as food going to waste.
The same thing happens to me with produce I buy with the intention of juicing! But like sport suggested - there's always a way to preserve it - don't toss it - just freeze it before it goes bad.
Which reminds me...there are some beets lurking at the bottom of my food bin that need to get chopped and frozen! *Ü*
05-09-2010, 10:43 PM
Yeah, I have been freezing what I can. But, some of the stuff I can't freeze. My ginger and bananas and other fruits are in there. I am not sure if I can freeze fresh vegetables without them being cooked first. Like, cauliflower, for example, I would think that should be cooked then frozen.
Starting tomorrow and for the week, I am finishing up whatever I have left. Thereafter, I will only buy what I am going to use. I have lots of nuts in the freezer, too. Gonna start looking onto recipes again. Main problem is that I buy/eat non-raw foods, so the good stuff goes to the wayside....my fault. I have to stop doing that.
I understand sidrah ~ but it's soooo easy to do that... I still have a problem with that too. And with me - it's not like the store is 20 miles away and I make 1 trip per week - haha! It's literally right around the corner.
Makes me wonder if I didn't starve to death in a previous life and so I feel the need to have a fridge full now ~ wheeeee! *Ü*
05-10-2010, 11:30 AM
I have the same problem. I just tossed a container of mushrooms, a half container of strawberries, a bowl of mixed salad, and a pear. It's not a total waste as it all goes to my pet chickens, but still.
I find that if I don't clean, chop and portion up stuff or make a recipe * immediately* I lose a lot to waste. Plus, I simply buy too much.
05-11-2010, 01:07 AM
I think we have the best of intentions and see all these cool things and make plans that we just don't have the time to memory to remember to do! For me summer will be the time for that...
05-12-2010, 11:55 AM
I'm right there with you too! I haven't been going to the "bad" food exactly, but I haven't been eating all the salads I should, I haven't been doing my juicing or smoothies, basically all the stuff I bought with recipes in mind is all going to waste right now because when it comes time to eat I've been feeling too lazy to do anything so I just cut an avocado in half and grab a spoon. Although I strangely always have the time and energy to make raw chocolate pudding everday. Weird.
I'm actually on the forums right now as a way of avoiding cleaning out the fridge. I guess there's no getting around it though!
05-12-2010, 12:09 PM
This can be a downside of grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Eyes bigger than our stomach.
Juicing is a good way to quickly use up excess produce.
Try freezing and dehydrating. YOu can dehydrate most anything or make a dehydrated raw dish. Freeze fruits for smoothies. Dry greens and make green powders. Or share with friends and family. I have even seen people give away extra food on freecycle. Freecycle.com.:)
05-13-2010, 10:31 AM
I freeze..I get in the same situation. I will make something that I usually don't. Make some weird smoothie that ends up tasting good but who remembers the combo!! I get most of my things on the discount rack so I do buy too much at times. Green bags and containers help so much. I bought 6 containers of strawberries bc they were 1.00 and has them for 3 weeks in the container! just check every 2 days & take out the soft to use.
05-13-2010, 08:49 PM
another idea to get you motivated is to have a raw potluck once a week this would be a good way to encourage you to eat more raw and also a way to use up some of the produce you have soo much of right now.
I usually go to the store nearly every other day, that way I don't have sooo much produce in the fridge that doesn't get used. I told my husband," You know we don't really do one major trip once a week anymore" At least the grocery store is only one block away. We do have an awesome health food store one hour away, it's been called the best on the planet in some magazine once, people drive from out of state to get there. They only sell organic produce, and have a cold bulk room with bins of organic seeds and nuts, they now even have a big bin of chia seeds, they used to only have a smallish container of them, but I guess more people are realizing the benifits of chia seeds and using them more, I love chia pudding. We try to go there once a month and stock up, especially on sesame seeds because I love sesame seed milk.
05-14-2010, 11:15 AM
I really don't like wasting food either. My Best Friend spent the weekend with me a couple of weeks ago and said: "Geez, Jen You're Fridge looks like a produce dept. LOL! Hehehehehe Green bags work great to keep it fresh.
05-14-2010, 12:03 PM
I use the green bags and freeze some things like Spinach that I plan on using in green smoothies. I have to admit some things have gone to the compost pile because they didn't get eaten in time..
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