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Sandra Brackman

County of San Diego - Winter

"Ready to make better choices and eat cleaner!"

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,029 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    22
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    7
    food items
    properly stored
  • up to
    3
    pounds
    food waste recorded
  • up to
    10
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    515
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    6
    zero waste recipes
    cooked

Sandra's Actions

Storage

Veggie Snacks

Place cut carrots and celery in jars filled with water to keep them fresh, crisp and easy to grab for up to a week. I will properly store 4 veggie snacks.

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Storage

Potatoes

Store potatoes with an apple to avoid early sprouting. Keep them away from onions and in a cool, dark place. I will properly store 10 potatoes.

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Storage

Berries

To keep berries fresh, place them on top of a paper towel in a sealed container to absorb excess moisture and reduce chances of molding. I will properly store 4 packs of berries.

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Storage

Bananas

To keep bananas from browning quickly, break up the bunch and separate. Don’t store bananas with apples, which speed up ripening. If the stems came covered in plastic wrap, do not remove the plastic until ready to eat as this will slow the release of ethylene gas. I will properly store 6 bananas.

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Storage

Avocados

Allow green, unripe avocados to ripen on the counter, then transfer to the refrigerator. Once cut, keep the pit in and rub with lemon or oil to reduce browning. I will properly store 5 avocados.

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Storage

Apples

Store apples up to 7 days on the counter, then move them to the refrigerator. Keep them away from bananas and avocados as they speed ripening. I will properly store 4 apples.

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Shopping

Support Imperfection

20 billion pounds of fruits and veggies go to waste on farms every year, often because they don't live up to the cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Buy ugly produce at the grocery store, farmers market, or sign up for an ugly produce CSA box.

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Planning

Eat the Leftovers

I will plan an Eat the Leftovers night by creating a tasty “smorgasbord" or using a recipe that repurposes leftovers. I will eat 3 meals using leftovers.

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Shopping

Shop with Recipes In Mind

Create a shopping list with specific recipes and meals in mind. Purchase only what's on the list when you do groceries.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Eat Me First

I will create an "Eat Me First" area in my fridge to prioritize food that needs to be used right away.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Date Labels Demystified

I will not toss food once it is past the best buy date. "Expiration" dates misleadingly refer to quality, not safety. Use your senses and best judgement.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Fridge Inventory

I will keep a fridge inventory to stay up to date with what I have in my fridge before I go grocery shopping.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Food Donation

I will donate extra food. If you or your work place are hosting a catered event and have trays of extra edible food, there is no need to toss it. With a little planning your celebratory feast can help feed others.

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Planning

Portion Planning

Use a portion size guide to ensure appropriate portions when cooking. I will cook 1 portion-appropriate meals.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Planning

Befriend the Freezer

The freezer is your friend! Store any leftover food in the freezer for a quick weekday meal or freeze fruits that are getting ripe to use for a delicious smoothie later. I will freeze 4 food item(s).

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Planning

Meal Prep Mania

I will meal prep 5 meals.

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Planning

Dinner Party Guest-imator

I will use the Guest-imator to plan how much food to make for my upcoming dinner party with 4 guests.

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Food Systems

Stay Connected

Sign up for the San Diego Food System Alliance Newsletter to stay up to date on what's happening in the region

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Food Systems

100-Mile Diet

I'm up for a serious challenge! I will only eat food that has been raised and cultivated within a hundred-mile radius of where I live.

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Food Systems

Locally Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Watch Save The Food San Diego Videos

I will watch 2 Save the Food San Diego videos.

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Community

Compost

I will compost my food scraps.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Dumpster Diving Discovery

Watch this video and get a glimpse of what is actually getting thrown away in our trash cans and dumpsters.

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Cooking

Revive Limpy Produce

Rescue limpy produce like leafy greens or carrots by soaking in an ice bath.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Cooking

Repurpose Leftovers

Give leftovers a new life! For example, use leftover rice to make fried rice. I will try a recipe that repurposes leftovers 2 times.

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Cooking

Save the Peels

When life gives you lemons (or any other citrus peels), use the rinds to make a nontoxic cleaner.

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Cooking

Fruit Smoothies

Freeze fruits nearing their end and use in smoothies. You can even try freezing avocados (see Resource)!

COMPLETED 3
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Cooking

Swap This for That

Missing an ingredient for a recipe? Check this list to find the best substitutes.

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Food Waste Tracking

Food Waste Tracking

Ready. Set. Record!

For each day during the food waste tracking week, record your food waste. This action accepts one entry per day, so be sure to enter one total for food waste across all of your meals, or weigh all of your food waste once at the end of each day. Please use ounces for unit of measurement.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Sandra Brackman's avatar
    Sandra Brackman 11/14/2020 11:36 AM
    My goal this weekend is to get as close to zero waste as possible! Are tea bags compostable??

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    Sandra Brackman 11/13/2020 1:47 PM
    Over the couple weeks, I am realizing my small family is actually not wasting as much as I would have thought! It also is helpful that we compost, although I'd like to be better about balancing my compost as I can see there is a lot more kitchen scraps than anything else :)
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Food Donation
    What are some of the barriers that prevent individuals, groups, or organizations from donating leftover food?

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    Sandra Brackman 11/11/2020 2:20 PM
    Its an extra step they may feel is time consuming, or they may not know where to donate
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Date Labels Demystified
    What is your first reaction when you see an item that is past its "Best By" date? Where do you think this reaction comes from?

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    Sandra Brackman 11/06/2020 12:03 PM
    First reaction is I wasted money & resources :(   Depending on what the product is and how long past the date, I will open and do the sniff test and see what the texture is like