October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Jesse Kuneff

County of San Diego

"To be the best me, I can be. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,877 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    555
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    146
    food items
    properly stored
  • up to
    5
    pounds
    food waste recorded
  • up to
    259
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    13,106
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    239
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    249
    zero waste recipes
    cooked

Jesse's 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

Stale Bread: 10 Ways

Don't throw out those few pieces of stale bread. Repurpose them to use as breadcrumbs, soup thickeners, or croutons. I will try 3 stale bread recipes.

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Storage

Herbs

Store fresh herbs just like cut flowers in a jar with 1-2 inches of water and covered with a plastic bag to maintain moisture. For woody or hardy herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, and chives, arrange lengthwise on a damp paper towel, rolled up, then sealed in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator. I will properly store 2 herbs.

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Shopping

Shop More Often

Grocery shop more often, and buy fresh foods in smaller quantities.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Shopping

Scrutinize Deals

Five bananas for $1 is a good deal only if you eat all five. Many stores offer the sale price even if you buy less than the stated quantity.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Planning

Portion Planning

Use a portion size guide to ensure appropriate portions when cooking. I will cook 5 portion-appropriate meals.

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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 3 food item(s).

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Planning

Meal Prep Mania

I will meal prep 6 meals.

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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 3 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 15 potatoes.

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Storage

Nuts

Without the shell, nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans can stay in the freezer for 2 years or more. Pack into tinted zip-top freezer bags and freeze. I will properly store 3 bags of nuts.

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Storage

Leafy Greens

Roll unwashed lettuce in a dry towel, then store in a sealed bag in the refrigerator. I will properly store 2 leafy greens.

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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 2 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

Fridge Demystified

Did you know that milk should never be stored in the side door of a fridge? Learn where to properly store food in your fridge by checking out the Resource. I will properly store 1 cartons of milk.

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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 8 avocados.

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Storage

Asparagus/Celery

Trim the ends of asparagus and place them in a jar or glass with 1-2 inches of water, just like fresh cut flowers. Keep them in the refrigerator. I will properly store 2 bunches of asparagus/celery.

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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 10 apples.

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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

Revive Limpy Produce

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

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Cooking

Fruit Smoothies

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

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Cooking

Cook From Root to Leaf

Utilize beet greens, carrot tops, and herb stems to make a delicious pesto, sauce, or dressing. I will try 2 root-to-leaf recipes.

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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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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 3 times.

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Cooking

Veggie Scrap Stock

Store vegetable scraps in your freezer and use them to make veggie stock. I will make this recipe 2 times.

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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Jesse Kuneff 2/26/2020 8:04 AM
    Happy Hump day to everyone, lets finish the week strong!

  • Jesse Kuneff 2/10/2020 8:31 AM
    Have a Marvelous Monday everyone!

  • Jesse Kuneff 2/05/2020 8:22 AM
    Happy Hump day to everyone, lets finish the week strong!

  • Jesse Kuneff 1/29/2020 10:00 AM
    I have completed many one time challenges but they are still showing on my challenge screen and cannot select any more, any suggestions how to clear them? Thanks.

    • Sarah Feteih 1/29/2020 10:35 AM
      Hi Jesse! Once you select an action, it will always display on your dashboard, even after you mark them as complete. I would encourage you to take a look at some of the daily challenges - you can continue to mark those each day that you complete them. 

      If you're having any issues with adding more actions to your dashboard, you can contact the EcoChallenge technical assistance at support@ecochallenge.org

  • Jesse Kuneff 1/24/2020 7:56 AM
    TGIF everyone- have a great weekend!

  • Jesse Kuneff 1/15/2020 7:56 AM
    Happy Hump day to everyone, keep up the great work!!
  • 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?

    Jesse Kuneff 1/15/2020 7:55 AM
    That as long as it doesn't look, smell or taste bad that it is still usable. 

  • Jesse Kuneff 1/13/2020 12:18 PM
    Let's get ready to rumble...