Day 266: Ration

There’s no denying it: we waste food.

I enjoy cooking, and I enjoy family meals. But I am guilty of cooking more than my family will eat in one sitting. Maybe it’s because I’m afraid of not having enough at the table. Or maybe I’m motivated by some fantasy involving midnight snacks. Whatever the impetus, I’m always left with too many leftovers, which eventually end up in the trash (or at best, in the dog dish).

Today, I stared down those piles of parcels and storage tubs that we have stuffed in every corner of the fridge, and I cleaned house. But unlike other de-cluttering activities, this one brings me no joy, because everything I end up throwing away is something that could have been a meal.

I’ve done this before, of course, and I’m sure I will have to do it again. But today, the cycle really started to get to me. It’s time to stop–or at least, do what I can to cut down on the rate at which I accumulate excess.

So the fridge is cleared out. Now let’s see what I can do to ration out meals in keeping with my family’s appetite. And let’s see how long we can go waste-free in the kitchen.

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4 Responses to Day 266: Ration

  1. This is also a problem at our house. We do bring leftovers to work but there are still too much being thrown away, mostly because we don’t have time too use it before it goes bad. We’ve discussed this a lot this week and will try to clean out by cooking on what we have and not buy anything new until we’ve used what we have. Which should be the norm, I’m not sure why we can’t manage doing that…..

  2. kellie@writingmoment says:

    I find this at my house too, just this evening I threw out some old soup from the fridge! I also feel wasteful.

    Not sure what to do, I think I remember the mother on Malcolm in the middle having a “left overs” night? Hmmmm

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