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Thou Shalt Not Waste

October 10th, 2017 at 08:33 pm

I think there should be an eleventh commandment: "Thou shalt not waste." I try not to waste anything.

I spent a big part of today working with sage and oregano -- cutting, cleaning, and preparing to dry them for the winter. I still have thyme, rosemary, and basil to do. Fortunately we are having a later frost so I should have plenty of time to get them dried.

DH's bell peppers ares till going strong. I am making a tomato sauce with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes for spaghetti tonight. I still have a few quarts of tomatoes I canned last fall so I want to use them up. I picked the second to last onion in the garden.

One thing that really bothers me is the waste I see. The other day I made banana bread and I used a spatula to make sure I got all the batter out of the mixing bowl. Have you ever watched some of the cooking shows and they don't scrape the batter and there's a bunch on the bottom? It drives me crazy. Eating at many of the restaurants, there is a lot of waste. We eat at a chain Italian place often and I have asked the server if I can have smaller portions. Since we usually have the same server, he can usually ask the manager if I can do a lunch portion for whatever it is, even if they don't normally have a lunch portion. I don't want to take the food home -- so much of it doesn't taste very good after it has been reheated. It is sad how much food is thrown away at these restaurants. I'd like to beg them to make the portions smaller and charge a little less. It's not about the money so much as it is the waste.

5 Responses to “Thou Shalt Not Waste”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Yes! "Waste Not, Want Not" is one of my favorite sayings.

  2. Bluebird Says:

    Agreed! I don't know about the school at which you worked, but when I did lunch duty at my boys' school when they were in elementary school, it drove me insane! The amount of food waste was atrocious! Kids would throw away food they didn't even try or they took one bite and threw it way. I went hungry as a kid/teenager, so it really made me upset.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    My waste is not food related but I have over 100 pencils, pens and highlighters that I've picked up from the floors in school in the 22 days of school we've had so far. I plan to send them to third world countries where children will treasure something as simple as a pencil.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    It is shocking how much food is thrown away in school cafeterias. One of the leads at the school I worked at said there was no choice in the matter...they had to put everything on a plate and they couldn't force the kids to eat it so it was thrown away.

    NJDebbie, I am appalled at how kids today will throw pencils, crayons, markers on the floor and leave them. Of course these are the same kids who don't bring anything to school with them and it is given to them so they don't appreciate them apparently.

    MonkeyMama...good words to live by!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    One more word about "kids today." We were at the apple orchard on Sunday, and I watched in horror as kids picked apples off the trees, sometimes took one bite, and proceeded to throw them at their friends and siblings. All while the parents did nothing. Some of them just picked and pitched without even a bite. But this is the parents' fault, yes?

    There's a new film with Anthony Bourdain called, Wasted" which seems worth a view. https://www.eater.com/2017/8/24/16194108/wasted-documentary-anthony-bourdain-food-waste

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