Friday, April 11, 2014

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions--Apr. 11, 2014

It's time for Food Waste Friday, when the Frugalgirl encourages us to post pictures from the previous week of wasted food from our household. This accountability hopefully will help us to be more careful with our food and maybe save some money. Also, I am using this public forum to encourage us to eat out less which includes better meal planning. You can follow how we are doing in this endeavor by reading True Food Confessions

This Week's Food Waste

We actually had spoiled milk this week. This is the first time I remember spoiled milk happening since I did a science fair project about it in high school. You see the carnivores of the family have always been big milk drinkers--several gallons a week. However, with two of the Carnivores buying their own now, I guess I have to adjust the amount of milk I buy even more.

 Note: more stories about milk coming soon.

This Week's True Food Confessions

Nothing exciting here on the eating front. We ate out for Wally's birthday and ate in with Subway sandwiches. We cooked a few other things at home, but we did not have lasagna. Which brings me to today's silly poem by Kenn Nesbitt.

When Larry Made Lasagna

When Larry made lasagna
all his neighbors stopped and stared.
His lasagna was the largest
that had ever been prepared.

He used ninety yards of pasta
and a half a ton of cheese,
and the sauce, he spread with spatulas
that looked a lot like skis.

With a hundred pounds of vegetables
and wagon-loads of meat
plus a tiny sprig of parsley
his lasagna was complete.

So he lifted that lasagna
with a forklift and a crane
and he placed it in an oven
that was longer than a train.

For a week, while it was baking,
its aroma filled the town,
till he took it from the oven
piping hot and golden brown.

All the neighbors came and tasted it
but frowned at him, and then
they complained, "It needs a bit more salt.
You'll have to start again."


  1. I DID make lasagna this past week. It's a lazy version, in the crockpot, doesn't require boiling noodles--and no one complained about the salt. Cute poem.

    I thought you were going to do The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson today in honor of your spoiled milk. :)

    1. I did lasagna in the crock pot once carefully following the American Test Kitchen instructions and I didn't think it was that much easier. How do you make yours?

    2. Oh, I'm a lazy cook. I brown my meat/onion first and add a jar of spaghetti sauce. Meanwhile, I mix a carton of cottage cheese with a raw egg. Then I layer the sauce mixture in the crockpot, layer the noodles, layer the cottage cheese mixture, layer mozzarella cheese, repeat, cook on low about 5 hours, and eat. Lasagna falls into the "treat" dinner category for us so I don't do it very often and I find it's helpful sometimes to have the fix-and-forget meals if I have a busy afternoon. We do a similar version in the Dutch oven when we camp. It's one of those meals that make me fall into the "wonderful mom" category and sometimes my ego needs a boost. :)

      While I really like ATK, some of their recipes are more work than I want to go to--their version of peanut butter cookies has you chopping raw peanuts, for instance--I generally like to get in and out of the kitchen fast, unless it's a snowy day and I'm doodling around making stew and homemade bread.

    3. Sounds like my kind of cooking, so I will have to try it soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I have a REALLY hard time using milk before it goes bad. I'm thinking of trying Lili's method of freezing it. Of course, the simple solution is to just not buy it in the first place. The only place I really use it is in coffee, and green tea is probably a lot healthier.

    1. For someone like you who doesn't use much milkl, I think freezing it would work well. As Lili said, the more fat you have in your milk, the more likely it is to separate. Skim milk works well, but I don't think that would be your first choice. :) Here, I don't think I need to buy it two gallons at a time any more. While my husband is a good milk drinker and I drink a little, we can't quite keep up with more than a gallon a week.

  3. We never had a spoiled milk in our household because we have two little girls plus my husband. I think you can freeze some of it.

    1. I should check the milk sooner next time and maybe then I could freeze some. It sounds as if you like milk at your house so you don't have a need for freezing.


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