One of the blogs I read regularly is The Frugal Girl, where Kristen writes about "living cheerfully on less". She has something called "Food Waste Friday", which I thought I'd try out in the attempt not to waste food.
Our transition to a small fridge means we know what's in the fridge. We keep most of our crazy supply of fruit and vegetables in buckets or boxes, and I use up most foods during the course of the week. I try to get the fridge as close to empty as possible before going shopping again. Here's the fridge on Thursday before we went shopping:
The glass bottle is Brody, our sourdough starter.
Next to it is my avocado face mask. Talking about using avocado for beauty (Particularly to those in the midst of N. hemisphere winter) might be like saying one eats kittens, but this avocado was very nearly food waste. Noah stepped on it when it was super ripe. Don't ask. Anyway, I used half of the salvageable bits for my hair (Some Avocado + egg yolk, leave on hair for 20 minutes, wash out) and half for face masks (Some Avocado + 1 egg white, leave on face for 20 minutes, wash out- the face mask has enough in there for 2 or 3 masks). I consider it a triumph, because the avocados are not quite in season yet- they'll be at their best later in the month.
And, the leftover bagged salad froze. I'm struggling to find the right setting for the fridge, and the top shelf is currently too cold. Getting bagged salad is a source of shame in the first place, so I'm not sure I'll do it again. It's not quite the right amount for Eug and I (Noah isn't big into leaves yet)- there's always a little left and it's unlikely either of us will voluntarily bust out a solo salad. So it's probably fruit (lots of fruit) and cooked vegetables for us, until our home-grown greens come in.
And here's the fridge after shopping! All our other foods are either in buckets (fruit and veg) or in the freezer (rice, flour, sourdough bread, sugar, lentils)