I’ve had a lot on my plate lately (figuratively speaking), and so I took a little time today to just read a few new blogs here and there that I’ve discovered recently, but haven’t yet made the time to explore.
On several comments on various food related/homesteading/cooking/prepper blogs, I noticed a distinct trend. The women were often talking about throwing away ‘leftovers’, and how they’d remind the kids and DH to eat the leftovers, they invariably wouldn’t, and in the trash it went. Wash, rinse, repeat.
A lot of this food discarded was home grown and/or home butchered. Talk about a waste! It wasn’t even fed to pets or livestock. Just in the trash it went.
They were talking about how they were either throwing away food after every single meal, OR, how it would just sit in the fridge for eons until it went bad, and then be thrown out..
And I’m just thinking to myself… ye gods. What very different worlds we live in.
Oh for my family to be so arrogant and spoiled and wasteful that we had the luxury of throwing away perfectly good food at every meal.
But, if it sounds like I’m jealous… I’m not. It’s an absolute abomination. And such over-consumption and waste is the reason why people have to spend so much for food. Think how much less shopping they’d have to do if they didn’t throw away 25% of their meals every day!
If folks want to seriously slash their food costs by 25%, then they can stop throwing away 25% of their food, because they are too fricking lazy and/or spoiled to eat their perfectly good leftovers! DUH!
I know, I know… some people just balk at the thought of eating *shudder* leftovers. Like it’s something only poor people do. If you can cook worth a damn, leftovers are a joy, I can tell you that. Not only are some things better on the second day (like soup), but it’s a treat not having to make a meal from scratch because you have enough leftovers that you don’t have to. Double win!
We are certainly not food-poor in this household.
We always have plenty of nutritious and delicious food to eat. We make sure of that.
However, the concept of waste, is so utterly foreign to us that to even THINK to throw something away that was still good, or to let it sit in the fridge so long that it became bad in the first place, is totally alien to our mindsets.
Waste is the only cardinal sin in this house. If it is good, it SHALL NOT be thrown away. Period.
But these folks that throw food away 3x a day? Oh, they’re in for a treat once their wasteful little lifestyles come to a crashing halt.
BTW, these are also people who think life is ‘so hard’, and that they ‘just barely get by’.
It’s so cute and quaint, it’s almost humorous.
If they think that their excessively wasteful little modern lifestyles are ‘so hard’… well Martha, ye ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.