Throwing away food

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    Jul 24, 2008 6:47 AM GMT
    It's such a waste. I try to buy enough for my needs but this morning I've still thrown out orange juice which I've somehow never got round to drinking, some milk which has gone off cos I pushed the fridge dial to low.

    Then I turn on BBC News and hear about a famine in the Sudan, people who haven't eaten for months.

    How much food do you throw out? And why? Do you buy more than you need? Is it a case of supermarkets tempting you with 2 for 1 deals on quickly perishable goods?
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    Jul 24, 2008 7:20 AM GMT
    Your heart will break when you see how much food is wasted here in UAE. I just cannot begin to articulate it. "Takaw-mata" is how we say it in Filipino (note the spelling, please!). It translates to English as "Gluttoned-Eyes" --meaning your eyes will overestimate how much food your stomach can actually take to make you full. Hence, you end up putting so much on your plate than what you actually need! Leaving a huge portion of it only going to be disposed of.
    And Dubai breeds and encourages that kind of culture here. icon_rolleyes.gif
    I am not embarassed to say I eat my mates' leftovers --be it in restaurants or in their homes. At mine, I'd rather sleep than eat.
    Also the thing I hate about my workplace is they consume a lot of paper --due to unnecessary printing! Yeah, the company support environmental causes but hardly observed from the inside! icon_mad.gif
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    Jul 24, 2008 1:51 PM GMT
    Like Zim, waste is one of the worst sins you could ever commit, as taught by our parents. Sometimes, yeah, I take more food than I can actually eat... but it's okay, coz it goes to the dogs. ^-^
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    Jul 24, 2008 2:23 PM GMT
    Scene: Dinner party at a friend's house

    ZiM: "Hey, can you put all the leftovers in a doggie bag? I'll take 'em home."

    All (in chorus): "But you DON'T have a dog!!!"


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    Jul 24, 2008 2:37 PM GMT
    I'm definitely guilty of food wastage - and feel really terrible every time!

    I travel a lot for work, which proves particularly challenging when it comes to planning meals and grocery shopping. I tend to experience one of two extremes:

    1) No food in the fridge (due to being away)
    2) Off food in the fridge/throwing out food before leaving (due to not being able to eat it all before going away)

    That said, I think I'm improving - I've been trying to cook more things that can be frozen and reheated later. And like Zim + Sedative, I'm always taking leftovers home if I eat out...
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    Jul 24, 2008 2:46 PM GMT
    I waste almost no food because I buy expensive food and hate throwing money away. A few weeks ago, I spaced out on checking the ripeness of some avocados and had to throw a couple of them out. They were $1.45 a piece!
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    Jul 24, 2008 2:50 PM GMT
    I buy extra food here in Virginia for fear that it would otherwise be shipped to Sudan. ... WTF? ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 24, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    My mom always told us to eat all our food cause there were starving kids in other countries, she quit saying it when I told her to box up the left over and send it to them.
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    Jul 24, 2008 3:23 PM GMT
    I eat six times a day. Four of those six meals each day are prepared on Sunday. For years now, I've been buying eights pounds of chicken, and five pounds of lean ground beef. The carb is brown rice or potato, or sweet potato. I cook all of it on Sunday. Each portion is weighed and measured to be exactly the same.

    I can't remember the last time I had to throw anything out. I hate to waste anything... and sometimes, I'll eat one my meals, even a week old, because I don't want to throw it out.

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    Jul 24, 2008 3:34 PM GMT
    I don't abide waste at all.

    Most of our food comes from the garden, and I won't waste that.

    We shop everyday and we cook everyday (well I don't but someone does). We don't buy from supermarkets at all, and we buy from farmers whenever we can.

    Furthermore, I try (and often fail) not to eat out. Eat out and gain weight, stay home and stay fit - or at least so it seems in my life so far.

    Terry
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    Jul 24, 2008 3:46 PM GMT
    My partner and I make a conscious effort not to throw out food. But one of the good things about Seattle is that food waste is composted by the city along with your yard waste. Me and one of my good friends led the fight for this last year and convinced the city council and the mayor to make this the law of the land....at least in Seattle that is. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 24, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    Common problem. I am personally more guilty than I like to admit, but one of the ways I deal with it is to spend more on prepackaged smaller containers. (e.g. I buy the small, individual-sized Tropicana OJ that keeps alot longer.) It really does help with waste, although not with landfills...but that's a different discussion.
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    Jul 24, 2008 4:04 PM GMT
    I throw away fast food. Every now and then I have to break down and go through a drive-through, but by the time I get home the calorie count on that bacon double cheeseburger has overridden my hunger and I throw it away after a bite or two, or sometimes without even opening the bag. It's wasteful, but it also keeps me from doing it very often. Other than that, I don't waste much, save for the occasional vegetable that's gone soggy in the back of the refrigerator.
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    Jul 24, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    Yes Red you are right but look at Cruise Ship's and see what is chucked overboard also????

    But remember Billions and Billions of dollars and other currencies have poured into Africa but where did it all go Arms and Pockets ok!

    I feel sorry also for Poor People everywhere but the Rich do not help but themselves most of the time?


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    Jul 24, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    We used to waste quite a bit of food - and when I tracked how much money was being wasted I was shocked! icon_eek.gif

    I've changed our meal plans to include left-overs, have stopped buying impulse food (especially produce) that you think looks good at the time - but never prepare, and best of all - bought a "Seal-A-Meal". The "Seal-A-Meal" is fantastic and has enabled us to buy in bulk and freeze the food without having to worry about freezer burn.

    These simple steps have reduced our food waste tremendously (as well as the food budget), and we are eating better since more meals are planned.
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    Jul 24, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    We've been trying to do better with this as well. I mean, I should say I have been trying since I do all the food shopping and cooking.

    For one, I've started to pay more attention to the size of the item at the store. They don't always sell in quantities appropriate for a two person household. Like shredded cheese only seems to come in a two cup size and I just need a half cup for a taco salad. I'll either plan another meal to use it up or buy a block, shred what I need and use the rest for sandwiches or something.

    Also have to just watch where I put leftovers in the fridge. I had some leftover marinaded, grilled vegetables from a dinner party we had that I TOTALLY would have eaten if they hadn't gotten shoved to the back where I couldn't see them.

    I buy all of our produce at the farmers' market every Sunday. It's taken me a while to get the hang of just how much we need so nothing goes to waste. Also started freezing what I can if it looks like it's on the turn -- like strawberries I can use later in a smoothie or something.
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    Jul 25, 2008 2:42 AM GMT
    My appetite is too voracious to have spare food left over. My close friends, when dining out offer me their leftovers as well. No shame here.
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    Jul 25, 2008 2:59 AM GMT
    redheadguy, feed the zombies with your spoiled food. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 25, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
    Atlazeia saidredheadguy, feed the zombies with your spoiled food. icon_biggrin.gif


    *burp*
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    Jul 25, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    lol sometimes throwing away food is good, like when it's two weeks passed it's date.

    Two weeks ago a grabbed a yogurt out of the fridge. Three hours later I had a fever; the food poisoning lasted for four days, I then developed an infection in my throat, four days after developing the infection I started having hives for the first time in my life.
    I'm taking antibiotics, steroids, and histamine 1 & 2 blockers right now. Doctor is clueless, of course. She said to spray myself head to toe with deet. Pfft, fuck that.

    Joy and rapture!
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    Jul 25, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    Well, Buckwheat, that's what you get for being disrespectful to your elders and betters!
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    Jul 25, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    Chuckle -

    No.

    The staff have to eat too, and there are damned few leftovers after the housekeeper and the cook are done taking them home to their families.

    How is that for an pretentious and elitist answer? icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 25, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    You rock the snobbery, ITJock! icon_wink.gif