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How much food do we waste?

VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
Today's article in the Guardian made me think how much food we buy ends up in the bin. I own up to not checking a use-by or a best-before date regularly enough and dumping some of my dairy products when the expiry date has been passed. What about you? Are you more vigilant when it comes to not wasting food?


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    I have to say that unless the food is obvious off, I still will eat it if it is a bit after its sell by date. And canned food, sometimes I have eaten when it was way out of date with no ill effects. I think they always play safe @Vok and things usually last a lot longer than they suggest.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    You're right that you can eat some products after the expiry date without running the risk of getting food poisoning @mheredge . Although I'm aware of that, I can't bring myself to eat most of the expired food. I mean I wouldn't derive any pleasure from eating as the thought that something might be wrong with the food would loom large. In that respect I admire my grandma who doesn't seem to waste any food at all, but she went through the WWII.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    I did throw away some fish paste that was a week past it's use by date. I don't mess with fish @Vok as this can be nasty if it is off.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge the odour of stale fish is really disgusting.
    Would you fancy buying food past its 'best bedore' at a reduced price of course if such a store was available in your area?
    Co-op to sell food past its 'best before' date in bid to cut waste

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    Carrefour sell meat products half price when they reach the last day they are supposed to be used, meaning that they need to be eaten on that day @Vok. I thought it was illegal for them to sell things like this past it's best by date, but for things like biscuits or pasta, I'm sure there's no harm in it at all.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    If you can't think of anything better than just throwing your leftovers away, there is an app that can come in handy.

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    The app sounds like a brilliant idea @Vok, if only to get people helping eachother.

    Unfortunately no one would get much from me as I have a zero waste policy and eat almost everything edible! I tried making soup from broccoli stalks but this is a bit bitter. (The idea in the article about freezing Parmesan cheese rind to put in soup sounds a good one). I'm in the process of eating everything I have in my fridge and freezer before going away.

    Waste not, want not!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2018
    We had most of our provisions to last a few weeks without need for shopping, other than bread (which our skipper only eats) and fresh fruit and vegetables (after about a week they have run out). We aren't wasting any food on board our boat.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge You hardly waste any food at home. Nothing really could make me think you'd be different out and about. I think, though, it's easier to keep a tally of the amount of food on board as you always have to think rationally and eke it out until the next stop.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    We had to throw a lemon out today that had started to go mouldy at one end @Vok. If it had been up to me, I'd have cut off the bad half and used the side that was fine!
  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge so you couldn't put your foot down and salvage the lemon, could you?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    It might have been seen as mutiny @Vok!
  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge oh, I see. Then it wasn't worth it.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    And in any case, he's the only one using lemons as he likes lemon tea @Vok.
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