1/6/09

Food: don't waste it

A text illustration from Foods That Will Win the War and How to Cook Them (1918).

Although this was written with World War I in mind, I think it definitely still applies today.

My favorite is number 3, "Serve just enough." I have noticed, for example, that if I make four hamburgers for Mr. Mordecai and me, we will eat them all and sit around groaning later, but if I make just two, we each eat one and we are both perfectly satisfied.

I usually make enough dinner to feed us for lunch the next day, but we often eat all or most of it. I am going to start taking out our lunches beforehand so we don't eat them, and serving more vegetables instead.

17 comments:

  1. That's an excellent idea, to take out lunches beforehand. I also usually make enough dinner to be lunch the next day, and though we usually bear in mind that if we have seconds at dinner there won't be lunch for tomorrow, it's always very tempting to have a bit more and plan a sandwich. I'm sure it would be a lot less appetizing to go back for seconds if they're already packed in their lunch containers and have been sitting in the fridge!

    My sister always says that it's just as wasteful to eat food you don't really need as it is to just throw it away.

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  2. I have a Sunset Magazine cookbook that has a spread from WWII that has some more waste not tips. I love them.

    One thing that I like to do is dish everyone up on our medium size sandwich plates. This gives the effect of eating more, without actually doing so. Then, if anyone is still hungry they can have seconds. And I'm learning that 5 is the new 15 in terms of food consumption!

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  3. Yes, definitely a great idea; we tend to do the same thing, too. I'm going to try separating my husband's lunch and something for myself before we sit down to eat tonight. Maybe that will let me cook a little less often each week! :o)

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  4. I always cringe when I find something in the fridge that needs to be thrown out, thanks for reminding me to use it up.

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  5. Sounds like a good plan.

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  6. I'm going to have to print that out! Good words!

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  7. Great food philosophies to live by!

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  8. I should frame this for my kitchen. Great reminder. I too, tend to serve too much. Even if we cut back just a little, it will make a big difference. Thank you.

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  9. Great idea. If you fill your plate with vegetables, at least you won't be filling up on too many calories.

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  10. That is fantastic. I need to print it out, frame it and hang it up in my kitchen!

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  11. "Serve Just Enough" is something I have to get used to. I have raised 4 kids, and the youngest is now
    18. The oldest moved out about a year ago, my daughter cooks for herself via her Weight Watchers diet, and the younger boys are usually out someplace--at work or with friends. Most nights, it's just me and Mike, and sometimes one kid. Downsizing from six to 2 or 3 is hard, but I'll tell you one thing...it sure has helped with the food budget, LOL!

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  12. I am still trying to figure out what is just enough. When my kids were little, I could make a 4 serving meal and stretch it out amongst the 6 of us. Now that the boys are older and there is another mouth in the family, it seems like I either make too much and have to freeze it, or I make too little and my hubby ends up asking "what else is there to eat?" Just when I figure it all out, I will have to adjust again!!

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  13. Now that idea about taking out the left-overs BEFORE you serve dinner is the best I have read all week! I too cook for extra meals, and sure enough we do overeat. We both want to lose weight and also save money this year...what a simple way to begin!!

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  14. I love these rules from 1918! Great stuff.

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  15. I agree with you about serving just enough. I think we all over-cater these days.

    I often think about the Little House books where they had to make their food supplies last all winter. If they ate too much they would starve.

    We usually have leftovers too, and while we do eat them, I think perhaps I should make less in the first place.

    Kate

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  16. My husband always takes leftovers for lunch. In fact, he is usually pretty disappointed if I don't make a meal that has leftovers.
    We've started serving bread and salad first, like at a restaurant, before the main course. It keeps our portion sizes down and leaves plenty of leftovers.

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