Food Waste Friday- Sneaky Rosemary


Its time for….


This week I did alright!
Only a few things were wasted.

Ethan spilled a whole bowl of granola all over the floor….poor guy.
He was taking a bite and the bowl just slid off the table.
(Not a big deal. But it was waste, so I took a picture.)

I found out that the rosemary I had in my spice cabinet expired in April of 2008….oops. No wonder it wasn’t tasting like much anymore! Sneaky Rosemary.

I got some fresh rosemary recently- hubby brought it home from work. I had so much I didn’t know what to do with it.

Then my friend gave me a food dehydrator, and I dried that rosemary out and now I have half a quart sized jar full of fragrant, beautiful rosemary to use for Rosemary Tea when I get a headache (which is pretty often) or for cooking.
Half of the rosemary I had hanging got all brown and moldy looking, so I had to throw it out.
 I should’ve dried it in the dehydrator as well, but I just never got around to it. I wish I had!

That’s all the waste I had this week though. Not bad, huh??
My fridge is filled to the gills from my grocery trip this week.
(I buy food for the entire month in one trip-minus one smaller trip midway through the month for more milk and produce)
Hopefully, nothing will go bad this week.

I’ve already thrown some suspect bananas in the dehydrator to make banana chips; I’m excited to see how they will turn out!

Do you have a food dehydrator? What are some of your favorite things to dry? I’m new at this, so I’d love to get some ideas from you all. 🙂

This post was shared at The Frugal Girl, who is the brains behind all of this food waste documentation. I’m so grateful for her, since I’ve joined in with Food Waste Friday, our waste has dramatically decreased, saving us money in the process!


6 thoughts on “Food Waste Friday- Sneaky Rosemary

  1. Jess, we usually make an extra trip around the second half of the month for fruit. I buy the HUGE baking potatoes at Costco (like 25 lbs of them) and big 10lb bags of carrots, onions so I always have those. And then for greens and veggies that spoil more quickly, we usually just eat meals with those at the beginning of the month and save the soups, roasts, etc that you use root veggies for the second half of the month since those veggies keep much better. 🙂

  2. Thanks! I make a menu plan every month, and then stick to it as best I can..although last month I kinda failed at it and we ended up eating out a few times because I was lazy. But usually, we shop at Costco so we get huge quantities of dry goods that last us all month, and I freeze a lot of meat/bake our own bread and granola so we really only have to do a small grocery shop mid-month for the essentials like milk and produce, maybe eggs and oats.

  3. We have some deer meat in the freezer that I need to defrost to make into jerky- I LOVE venison jerky!! And I can't wait til strawberry season is here and I can get a bunch of them for really cheap. Dried strawberries are like candy. 🙂

  4. You had a good waste week. I hate to waste spices too, they can be so expensive. Now you have some free spices, which is even better. We dehydrate bananas, apples, strawberries, and deer jerky. My kids love all of it. Oh yeah, we did tomaotes once and they were very good too.

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