Tread lightly

When sickness strikes….

It’s Food Waste Friday and I have some bad news to report.

For the last month our household has been plagued by illness. My son has recently started kindy (preschool) and has brought home all manner of winter bugs along with his very cute paintings. Needless to say our house is a bit of a disaster zone, as we limp through waiting for this to pass.

food waste friday

Food wasted in the three weeks to 28 August 2015

The disaster extends to our food waste. Over the last three weeks I’ve thrown away:

  • 3/4 cup of leftover vindaloo (usually I’d say “yum, breakfast” but not with a tummy bug!)
  • a cup of tinned tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups of quinoa
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 mandarins
  • 2 kiwifruit
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 egg

I am still suffering with a head cold, so I will keep it short for today.

I have one tip to pass along – don’t take the “best before” date on your egg carton as gospel. Often eggs are good for many days beyond this.

How do you know? The simple sink or float test. Put the egg into a glass of water – if it sinks it is good. If it floats to the top, it has gone bad. Sometimes the egg kind of hovers in the middle, bobbing like it wants to float, but with it’s nose still touching the bottom – it is still good, but not for long!

Egg test food waste friday

Floating to the top of the glass – this egg has gone bad

I hope this finds you in good health!


  • Clare
    August 28, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Oh no! Not the Kindy bugs! I remember how my food waste used to fluctuate wildly when my kids were at Kindy. So. Many. Germs!!!!!!! This too shall pass 🙂

  • MrsKirstyHoll
    August 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Doesn’t sound fun 🙁 Hope you are all on the mend! Thanks for sharing the egg test 🙂 That will be really useful!


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