October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Sarah Mosley

Qeco

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,271 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    146
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    4
    food items
    properly stored
  • up to
    6
    pounds
    food waste recorded
  • up to
    70
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3,515
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Sarah's 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 46
DAILY ACTIONS

Cooking

Revive Limpy Produce

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

COMPLETED 38
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Watch John Oliver Food Waste Episode

Watch a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver episode on the topic of food waste and learn about the scope and scale of the issue.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Planning

Gleaning

I will glean backyard produce and create a recipe plan for full utilization, i.e. sharing with friends, canning, preserving, etc.

Completed
One-Time Action

Shopping

Skip the Cart

Bigger carts make us feel like we need to fill them! Use a hand basket to improve grocery store discipline and prevent over-purchasing.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Shopping

Shop More Often

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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 53
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Sarah Mosley 8/13/2020 7:47 PM
    Breakkie was cereal. Lucky Charms to be exact. :-D Also, I hate milk, so that's where most of my waste was today. I poured too much for my cereal, and couldn't finish it. Lunch was cherry tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and fresh basil (from my own kitchen herb planter!). Dinner was ground chicken and mirepoix with a teriyaki-like stir fry sauce. <-- I just throw together soy sauce, mirin, fresh ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and some hot chili sesame oil. Also, made a ton of sticky rice! Gonna use the leftovers of that for some rice pudding tomorrow, yum.

  • Sarah Mosley 8/12/2020 6:51 PM
    I realize I mostly mention dinner, but that's because I always have zero waste for my breakkies and lunches. Breakfast is an energy drink, and lunch is typically a sandwich, soup, or both, or leftovers from dinner the night previous. Today I splurged and had a strawberry (pre-cut) and fresh cream croissant; lunch was a 3-cheese grilled cheese sandwich on multigrain bread along with a small salad (mixed greens, shredded carrot, and a bit of cranberry vinaigrette). Neither of these meals produced any waste. Dinner was pan roasted chicken in a honey-garlic sauce with roasted new potatoes (skin on) and carrots with steamed sugar snap peas. Waste was a few bits of unhappy chicken and some bean strings.

  • Sarah Mosley 8/11/2020 3:37 PM
    Yesterday had to throw out some mouldy cheese. I try and buy the smallest blocks possible, but sometimes still can't get through it all before it goes bad. Tonight is grilled salmon with farro and butternut squash, along with some blistered asparagus. I buy a bag of frozen, peeled squash so no waste! And, I *love* salmon skin, so I leave it on and it gets nice and crispy. 

  • Sarah Mosley 8/07/2020 8:19 AM
    So close to having no waste today, but those darn banana peels! Made smoothies for breakkie, and already have everything prepped for dinner tonight - it's gonna be a stirFriday smorgasbord. Using up the last of the celery, carrots, and snow peas, found some already peeled frozen ginger, and ground chicken. I make my own teriyaki sauce (so easy and much tastier than the bottled stuff), but sadly I have no onions! :( 

    And before you ask, I don't peel my carrots, just scrub them well. The tops do add to the food waste, but barely. Out of curiosity, I did try part of a top, and nope, nope, nope - the little bit of stalk left was so bitter!!  > _ < 

  • Sarah Mosley 5/26/2020 3:49 PM
    Also, here's me and the scale casting judgement on that terrible bagel...

  • Sarah Mosley 5/26/2020 3:14 PM
    Oof, this weekend was not good! Never had to throw away more than a pound of food in a day, and do it more than once. We had some meat that spoiled, so that was a total loss. Then had to toss a bagel and several pieces of bread because of mold. I'm sure some folks are fine with cutting off the mold on breads/cheeses, but I have quite a severe penicillin allergy, so have to be extra careful. Anyway, we enjoyed homemade pizza (yep, from scratch sauce and crust!) Sunday and yesterday, and today was a no-fail halloumi and grape salad. Yum!

  • Sarah Mosley 5/19/2020 12:24 PM
    Leftovers today! Not a scrap left. :)

  • Sarah Mosley 5/12/2020 3:58 PM
    Ok, silly question - do apple cores count as food waste? My Dad will actually eat the whole apple, core and all, but that is too weird for me! So, should I weigh the cores and log as waste?

  • Sarah Mosley 5/12/2020 7:35 AM
    In light of covid-19, the daily 'Shop More Often' task is not really feasible, is it?

    • Sarah Feteih 5/12/2020 9:40 AM
      This is a great observation! Although grocery shopping more often is typically a great strategy for reducing food waste, current public health recommendations advise minimizing trips to the grocery store.

      In this case, food storage is going to be a critical food waste reduction strategy to make sure that the groceries we do pick up stay fresh and last longer. Be sure to check out the the storage actions on the EcoChallenge website!

  • Sarah Mosley 1/17/2020 1:30 PM
    Ugh, yesterday was a bad food waste day. Ordered in as a treat, and ended up wasting half of the meal as it was completely raw and not salvageable. So disappointing!