As the Christmas return to work (for some) is in full swing I’m just looking back on the festive season with a rather smug feeling. What about I can imagine you (dear reader) wondering?
Well for the first time in many years the amount of wasted food scraped into the bin or worse just thrown away without even being nibbled has been negligible. I put this success down to a few factors which I’ll list below.
We got a right-sized 9lb organic turkey sourced from a local Raglan based farm which was well big enough for the five of us on Christmas dinner and allowed for considerable top ups in the evening when our Alex and Emily arrived. With two dogs liking a fresh bit of meat to go with their kibbles and me stripping the carcass for a Boxing Day curry there was nothing thrown away and I even kept to the family tradition of eating the giblets on Christmas Eve all on my lonesome.
“What about your avowed vegetarianism Mr Shores?” – I can hear your accusing voices ringing in my ears! Well my original post was all about “eating fewer animals” and largely I’ve stuck to that but the Christmas turkey was always going to be an exception and so it proved.
Now there were a couple of additional aberrations during this period like the smoked bacon on the bird, the baked ham that Debbie bought that I admit to having a couple of slices of, plus the Caesar salad dressing which contains anchovies I believe, but on the whole I was pretty good!
Anyway relaxing my diet a little helped avoid waste on animal products that otherwise would have been wasted so that’s my thinking on that score. However, on it’s own that doesn’t translate to the outcome we achieved as a family so there are other factors in play here.
Firstly, Josh is a human equivalent of an industrial incinerator which helped offset James reduced appetite due to his recent man flu.
Second, I have really restricted the amount of supermarket shops by car before Christmas (1 trip to Aldi, 1 to Asda and a final top up in Waitrose) and those after up to New Year by foot across the road to Waitrose. By restricting purchases to what I can carry back in two arms that helped enormously on impulse buys that would have festered in the fridge before being chucked!
By reducing the amount of spend this way it encouraged us to eat what was already there rather than start afresh and as a result our freezer has been somewhat depleted with nearly all the chocolates, sweets and biscuits purchased actually eaten!
Now there have been some casualties on the way, sadly a stalk of sprouts and an additional bag of that fantastic vegetable languish in the garage never having made it into the pot, similarly a bag of carrots, but that ain’t bad at all when I look back on previous years food waste.
Yes, all in all a pretty successful outcome methinks and yes before you ask, I’m back to eating no more animal flesh!