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Shopping more to waste less

It is Friday – Food Waste Friday – so time to check in about my food waste over the last fortnight.

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My food waste – 7 August 2015

Not too bad, two mandarins and a lime. Why is there always one (or two) in a bag that goes bad?

I read an article in Slate this week suggesting that meal planning isn’t the answer to reducing food waste, but rather we should shop for food more frequently.

I definitely see the sense in this proposition – a lot can change in a week, whether it is a spontaneous meal out with friends (I wish) or, as was the case in our house this week, a sick child. We don’t write our meal plans with the aid of a crystal ball.

Back in my commuting days, I did more “little and often” shopping. I passed a supermarket twice a day at the train station or close by – it was easy to pop in and get what I needed as I needed it.  My patterns at home in the suburbs are different. I don’t pass a supermarket on foot on a daily basis. On the routes I do walk regularly, I sometimes pass a corner shop. Unfortunately, the local butcher has recently closed down. So instead, the supermarket is a weekly destination by car. I can’t see that changing in the near future.

How do you shop for food – little and often? In bulk every week or two? Or something different altogether?

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  • Clare
    August 8, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I have gone back to buying frozen vegetables. We’ve had so many disruptions over the last couple of months that my food waste has been less than acceptable! (parent’s moving, me helping/project managing the move), sick kid, sick me, sick husband, unexpectedly late evenings, forgetting to turn on the oven, burning the casserole because I was helping my daughter with her Taylor Swift powerpoint and it was more fun than watching dinner…) I generally shop once a week, but pop into the supermarket for extra bread and milk during the week, or to pick up the things I have forgotten 😉 We are really lucky that a New World opened up last December just around the corner from my house so I drive past it every day 🙂 You are so right about the crystal ball thing – if only! Some of my best meal plans have been scuppered by unexpected stomach bugs!

    • Amy
      August 10, 2015 at 1:54 am

      Yep, life happens! Good work on the frozen vegetables – I use them a lot too. They just fit with my lifestyle at the moment.

  • the bespectacled mother
    August 8, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Yes we buy weekly and in bulk. And this week I chopped all the vegetables the day we bought them so that laziness does not come in the way of cutting them later to cook. It has been no wastage week and I managed to cook all the vegetables barring 2 which I think I will dump in the boiling pulses soup. Hooray!!
    I am going to follow your friday wastage space and share with you my losses. Hopefully this way I can minimize the losses.

  • Amy
    August 10, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Well done. I am definitely keen for buddies to keep me motivated – so pleased to have you join in.
    I’ve heard of others that prep their vegetables in advance – I have yet to try it but it does sound like a good strategy.

  • lifeasiinterpret
    September 5, 2015 at 2:14 am

    I shop as required; sometimes twice a week to reduce waste. (It is possible because the store is 5 min away from my house)


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