We are entering the third week of the #FoodSavvy challenge, so it’s as good a time as any to have a look back and see how the first two weeks went. If this is your first time reading about it and want to know more about what the challenge involves then this post has you covered.
When I was originally approached about the #FoodSavvy challenge I honestly thought it would be a breeze, and believed that our food waste wouldn’t be very high at all.
But after the first week, where we had to carry on as normal and then weigh our ‘avoidable’ food waste at the end of each day, I was rather shocked at just how much we were throwing away.
I was also surprised to discover who was causing the most waste. I initially thought it would be our daughter, as she is super fussy when it comes to food and will turn her nose up at anything that isn’t beige or meat (she is a massive carnivore and will eat everything aside from beef).
Our son, however, is not much of a meat eater and is happiest when presented with a plate of salad or veggies (he is a 7-year old that adores Brussel sprouts!). I thought he would be the one who would waste the least amount of food every day, after me.
But no, from breakfast onwards it was mainly his wasted food that was going in the caddy to be measured at the end of the day. He never seems to finish all his cereal in the morning, and always leaves a few good-sized spoonfuls in his bowl.
I thought I might be giving him too much so I reduced the amount slightly – but he still leaves the same amount in the bowl.
I noticed then that he is the same with his dinner. Every night he leaves a little bit. He is just a boy that doesn’t like to eat the last little bit of food on his plate. This is something we are going to be working on over the next few weeks.
Week 2 of the #FoodSavvy Challenge
If week one was all about measuring our avoidable food waste then week two was about trialling new ways to reduce it.
The team at Hubub (the environmental charity running the #FoodSavvy challenge) sent me a really nifty piece of kit from FoodSaver. The Compact Vacuum Sealing System is fab. Rob did a big bulk cook of his chilli recipe and it was with this that I tried the system out for the first time.
It was surprisingly easy to use and within minutes we had 8 good sized portions vacuum packed and stored away in the freezer.
I was also sent a pack of reusable FoodSaver zipper bags. These too can be vacuum packed – there is an attachment on the sealing system which can be used for this.
I tried the zipper bags by vacuum packing half an avocado that I had leftover from breakfast. Normally leftover avocado goes brown pretty quickly so it’s not something I generally save. But by vacuum packing them in the reusable zipper bag, it retained its freshness really well.
Week 3 of the #FoodSavvy Challenge
This week is all about storage – be it how it is stored in the cupboard, the fridge or the freezer.
I am going to be doing more bulk cooking as the week goes on, and also using up the bits of veg in the fridge that are coming close to their use by date. Normally I make a massive pot of soup with these veggies and quite often freeze individual portions for Rob to take to work for his lunch.
I will be back with a final #FoodSavvy Challenge in a couple of weeks time – where we will find out if we have managed to reduce our avoidable food waste over the course of the month. But in the meantime, if you want to see how I’m getting on with the challenge then head over to my Instagram Stories as I will be posting regular updates there.