Food Waste Friday 1/8/10
The Frugal Girl started posting weekly pictures of her food waste in an effort to use up the food she had. I thought I’d participate this week as it is a great way to wrap up my break of family-style cooking before I return to abnormal college food.
The bean soup was brought back from college and I never did use it up. The zuchinni (if you can even tell what it is) is from eons ago and I am embarassed to even show it.
As you can see, the food waste from “last week” is much older than that. I don’t know if that is good, because the groceries purchased in the last three weeks were used up, or disgusting because this stuff was living in my fridge. And, at this point, there were certainly some green fuzzies living with the zuchinni.
Overall I spent $70 on groceries for the two of us over three weeks. This is also considering that we visited family over the holidays. We also skipped some meals in favor of Christmas candy and coffee. Within this budget I was able to stock up on sale items like
- 10 pounds of chicken hindquarters on sale for 39 cents per pound
- 5 pounds of Spencer’s lunch meat for $2.99 per pound (not as cheap as peanut butter and jelly, but better than the meat he usually buys at $4.98)
- 8- 5 pound bags of flour at 99 cents each
- 2 pounds of carrots for 99 cents
- 5 pounds of potatoes for 99 cents
Spencer and I will gone next week, I’m going back to college and he’s headed to Apprenticeship Training in Des Moines. Yet to use up:
- 3 slices of bacon
- 2 onions
- 5 potatoes
- Leftover mashed potatoes
- Leftover baked chicken
- Leftover cheese sauce*
- 4 eggs
*More on that cheese sauce:
So I had all of the above ingredients to use up. So I melted 1/4 cup butter and added 1/4 cup flour. I stirred in 1 1/2 cups milk. When it started to bubble I added some processed cheese and stirred until it melted. Meanwhile I fried three slices of chopped bacon and added that into the sauce as well. I served this sauce over baked potatoes.
My 40-year-old self is going to hate my 21-year-old self for eating “meals” like this (not to mention the M&M and coffee) but it was delicious! At least it was a frugal splurge. Me-at-40 will like that.