Friday Buffet

How can we use carrot stems, radish greens, broccoli stems? Wise Bread has some tips for the hardcore frugals out there.

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Notre Dame students are giving waste reduction the old college try, thanks to Waste-Free Wednesdays. The whole thing is part of the eND Hunger campaign (nice use of caps, there), and we’ll see if they can cut down on their average waste of 6 ounces per person per meal.

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A Professor at Northern Colorado has started a neat program diverting dining hall leftovers to those in need.

Its pretty simple: “The idea is that we throw out a lot of food and a lot of families could use the food,” Thompson said. “It’s hard to watch a child go hungry.”

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The Society of St. Andrew keeps doing its thing, this time getting potatoes to, where else, the Shalom Zone.

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Not that it’s a huge surprise, but…one New York Times article sure has a ripple effect! See exhibit A, exhibit B, exhibit C and exhibit D

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  1. Posted November 5, 2010 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Cabbage and broccoli stems are the base of my family’s southern italian minestrone – that any whatever else needs to be used up. My grandmother doesn’t waste anything.

    I still am leery of carrot tops because I grew up thinking them poison. Some day. I didn’t know many of those things were edible, cool. One word of caution I’d give to people is do a bit of research before chowing down on things you haven’t seen eaten. Some parts of some plants are poisonous while other parts are edible. For example, rhubarb leaves are poisonous and wild carrots and nightshades (tomatoes’ family) are generally poisonous. In most cases you’re probably fine but remember you can eat anything once.

  2. Lindsay
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jonathan, I’m reading your book and I’m really enjoying it. It made me feel particularly good when I rescued my neighbor’s old bag of baby carrots from her refrigerator – she’d forgotten that she already had this bag and bought a new one, and admitted she wasn’t going to be able to eat them all. One point in the food waste battle for me.

  3. Posted November 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Good things to keep in mind, Christopher. Thanks for that advice.

    Lindsay, it all adds up, so nice work!

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