Do you recycle food?
I was watching a new show The Waste on Food Network, where two teams of chefs were pitted against each other in a challenge to feed 100 guests with nothing but food that was destined for the trash. They gave some staggering figures of how much imperfect produce ends up in compost heaps across the country, simply because they were not the biggest, prettiest, perfect fruit or vegetable. I knew there was a problem (and I’m not going to lie and say I don’t pick nice produce) and this little show shed some light on it for me.
I’m not ready for dumpster dive lessons just yet. However, I have been recycling food for a while without realizing it. I guess it’s all about perspectives.
At work I’m one of the youngest employees, and one who has a family of four. When there is left over food catered in for various events, the staff get a complimentary lunch using the leftovers. Then, when everyone is in a carb-coma, any additional leftovers are saved and tossed in the fridge. I take these leftovers, which otherwise would have been thrown out, and use it as part of a meal at home. Sometimes there’s so much to take home that the entire dinner is reheated and enjoyed as is.
Today the big leftover was a pasta salad. It was lacking enough fresh tomatoes to be appealing to everyone else, but I had a plan conjured up the moment I saw the nearly full bowl of pasta. Since we’re watching our carbs (and I already had lunch with this salad) I added some other fresh ingredients at home. More tomato, capers, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, parsley, lime juice, chicken breast, and spinach!