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I always check dates and throw away anything that's on or past the date. 2 1.37%
I check dates and make sure to use everything within the date. 10 6.85%
I keep an eye on dates and use nose, eyes and brain to determine what's still good to eat 101 69.18%
I only buy enough food to last a couple of days, so this never happens. 12 8.22%
I just eat stuff without really looking at the dates. 13 8.90%
What's a best before date? 4 2.74%
What's a fridge? 4 2.74%
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

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If you don't buy as much, not as much needs to be produced, shipped, stored and managed, so there's a significant environmental impact from just that side, coupled with the additional impact of disposing of all the extra waste. Plus you have more money in your pocket, which you could, if you wanted, then donate to charities helping those self-same starving Africans.
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

These polls would be a lot more interesting if we could make bets on who chose which answer, and at some point (say, a week) the truth was revealed.

It might even stop DodgyKen from ticking "What's a fridge?"
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It's an ongoing argument in our house. I wait till the OH goes out then chuck stuff out, hiding it in the bin under other stuff if it weeks or often months past the date. As you get older though you need to remember to put your glasses on more often. I took a bite into a cheese sandwich I had just made yesterday & discovered the bread was mouldy right next to where I had bitten.
Himself will ignore dates for months. He even told our son the other day he was fine to eat a chicken leg which he hadn't cooked properly as it had been frozen & there was blood dripping out. I beg to differ! Luckily the child had more sense & decided he was no longer hungry.
I try to check everything in the cupboard at New Year to have a good clear out.
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

In case this hasn't been mentioned yet (I only skimmed over the thread) there is a new app out in Switzerland which lets you find restaurants which offer meals from same-day leftover food for cheap - it's called Too good to go.

Meal offers are published after closing of the lunch buffet or before store closing times.


Article here - includes link to app.
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

This is a great discussion. I think it's pretty much my only pet peeve, food wasting, due to carelessness. That and smaking lips when eating, slurping. I don't know why. I am a hedonist and loud eaters are usually too fast and wreck it for me

I know too many ostentatiously environmental folks who will toss half of their once a month organic basket/box (to support local organic farmers), just because they didn't bother checking. Waste is the biggest environmental problem, I think. People buy too much and toss too much, it is unappealing no matter how organic and community oriented they buy their food.

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I try to check everything in the cupboard at New Year to have a good clear out.
That made me chuckle..once a year is better than nothing!

Anyways, I try to use all. I like being creative and figure out good meals with what one got at the moment, so it doesn't get tossed. It pushes one's cooking skills. I unwind cooking every day.

I just read, too, that back home supermarket chains started selling non-standard vegetables/fruits (non standard shape that is: cucumbers that slightly curve, a few apples that are a bit smaller, mellons that aren't perectfly round), to not have so much waste in society. I like that. The criteria of "perfect produce" might be artificially imposed based on customer's expectation and not on real life. Those vegetables/fruits are a little cheaper.

I think we grew up not liking wasting and not liking much having services done for us, not out of pride, but because it wasn't so possible. It is a challenge to learn and do a lot oneself sometimes but it is fun and seems sensible. I try to get that message of independence tranfered to my kid, too. Maybe it is too...old school and ridiculous, dunno. I am not too hung up on it, but would feel a little bad for farmers and all that effort and cash put in food rotting in one's fridge.

A household with a young one is a challenge sometimes, too, when they are little. To nip pickininess right at the start, so kids know that being picky sometimes directly means wasting, food and cash. Maybe we should have another poll about picky eaters.
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To nip pickininess right at the start, so kids know that being picky sometimes directly means wasting, food and cash. Maybe we should have another poll about picky eaters.
When I meet picky eaters, the true picky eaters (who are NOT the people avoiding certain foods for health reasons) I wish they had grown up with my grandma.

Liking, or at least tolerating, 99% of the stuff that's on my plate + willingness to try everything at least once has been a huge advantage for me.
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When I meet picky eaters, the true picky eaters (who are NOT the people avoiding certain foods for health reasons) I wish they had grown up with my grandma.

Liking, or at least tolerating, 99% of the stuff that's on my plate + willingness to try everything at least once has been a huge advantage for me.
She was a great cook! Lol. I know. I love food, love trying new things...love the journey from a seed or whatever beginning right up to my plate. Esp when somebody cooks for me. Or bufet, don't you love the variety and craziness. It is a huge food waste, I know. Bacchanalian.

I think I like simple but excellent recipes because there is a low chance of wasting even if one decides to not cook.

Gawd, this thread is making me hungry...the only stuff around are frustrated students and books.

Anyways - I have a question. Does one waste less in expensive country or with expensive groceries? It seems like that to me.
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I unwind cooking every day.
Not a sentence I understand as cooking winds me up enormously. You spend hours cooking something & it disappears within minutes.
Vegwise I grow my own. The kids will eat anything & even if they don't, it will still be on the plate the next meal. Since I have been growing my own, I have learned that veg from supermarkets is floppy, either unripe or will go off within a day of you getting it home, that they throw away a lot of what is edible (stalks of brassica, for instance). I am now a lot more careful.
It bugs me a lot that your average joe is not taught how to grow stuff. There are many plants that are so easy, even from seed. People are taught to go through uni, get Phds & other so-called markers of levels of intelligence yet they don't know how to grow even the most basic of plants. We're all brainwashed by marketing & readymade crap.
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She was a great cook! Lol. I know. I love food, love trying new things...love the journey from a seed or whatever beginning right up to my plate. Esp when somebody cooks for me. Or bufet, don't you love the variety and craziness. It is a huge food waste, I know. Bacchanalian.

I think I like simple but excellent recipes because there is a low chance of wasting even if one decides to not cook.

Gawd, this thread is making me hungry...the only stuff around are frustrated students and books.

Anyways - I have a question. Does one waste less in expensive country or with expensive groceries? It seems like that to me.
Word. Not only that, she was also deaf and blind to "But I don't like it". Don't like what's on your plate = you are not hungry enough, in her book.

As to your question, I think that people who are careful with their money tend to waste less, perhaps because every penny spent must/should be accounted for. I think it's a healthy attitude not to waste and to preserve.
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It bugs me a lot that your average joe is not taught how to grow stuff. There are many plants that are so easy, even from seed. People are taught to go through uni, get Phds & other so-called markers of levels of intelligence yet they don't know how to grow even the most basic of plants. We're all brainwashed by marketing & readymade crap.
True!

A lot of bread and lettuce gets tossed I think, anywhere. I read a great poem the other day about Iceberg lettuce. How unfancy it is...that nobody brags about eating it, people will share about crazy newly invented salads, with amazing stuff in it. I started getting only Iceberg since then, it deserves to be honored.

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In case this hasn't been mentioned yet (I only skimmed over the thread) there is a new app out in Switzerland which lets you find restaurants which offer meals from same-day leftover food for cheap - it's called Too good to go.

Meal offers are published after closing of the lunch buffet or before store closing times.


Article here - includes link to app.
In the 'states, with the large portions, its normal to ask for the leftovers to be wrapped up to go. We brown bag it to work the next day, or hand it to the next homeless person we find.

Not so customary to take leftovers home here. Does anyone else ask to take leftovers home in Switzerland?

Also, there are not a lot of hungry homeless people here either. At least not visibly.

I do know pig farmers pick up leftover scraps from restaurants for their pigs. So I'm not sure it totally goes to waste. I wonder if there are programs to for reusing all that waste.
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I think it's a healthy attitude not to waste and to preserve.
This is true. I believe there is a correlation between how people relate to food and how they deal with money. But as for health, I believe it is healthier to eat less. When it comes to health and throwing away food, I would rather throw it away than overeat.
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Not so customary to take leftovers home here. Does anyone else ask to take leftovers home in Switzerland?
Yes, especially at our local curry house in Engelberg where we always order three mains for two of us so there's always a good meal in the freezer. Also when having a self-cook meat dish, fondue chinoise, brassarade, pierrade etc. There's always far too much meat, and they can't re-use it once it's been sitting on the plate.
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Fusion!

(A word I don't like)

We need to learn how to fuse the old with the new so we don't waste.
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If it doesnt close the fridge door from the inside, its good enough
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Does anyone else ask to take leftovers home in Switzerland?
Not in Switzerland, but in France. We went to a fancy restaurant and at the end asked for the leftovers (half a duck) to be bagged. They threw it away and said they forgot. It was upsetting because it was super delicious, and we didn't even touch that piece! It could be that fancy places don't do paper bags.
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Yes, in Italy too.

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Not in Switzerland, but in France. We went to a fancy restaurant and at the end asked for the leftovers (half a duck) to be bagged. They threw it away and said they forgot. It was upsetting because it was super delicious, and we didn't even touch that piece! It could be that fancy places don't do paper bags.
I have in Alsace from a 3* Michelin place.

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To solve my leftover issues I mostly use frozen veg (except froz cauliflower ). I always thought it was a bit of a dirty secret. , hiding it all under the crisps and beer in the trolley... But it's easy and you don't waste anything because you just use what you need.

Then I discovered that frozen food is actually pretty healthy because it doesn't lose much goodness through the freezing process.

I know it's not flash or organic or trendy but for me it gets food on the table in a rush and I can go to bed at night happy that I've got at least a % of the 5 a day into the family.
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

We used to have a problem with quantities...always bought a bit too much than what we really needed, so of course some of it ended up in the bin.
I'm buying a lot less these days and keep an eye on what OH does too. No, I don't give in when they have discounts if it's not something we really like, or could stock up for a longer time - pasta, rice etc. My motto is "buy less, but better quality".
Plus we always have a lot of frozen pizza to overcome any possible situation when we might get caught with an empty fridge. Thing that never happened, of course..

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