Food Waste Friday

by Elizabeth on February 10, 2012 · 3 comments

in Food Waste Friday

Did you know that popcorn goes bad?  Yeah, me neither.  I always thought it was one of those products that the “best by” date was really just a suggestion.  Maybe it is, but it’s certainly not okay 6 months past the “best by” date.

Which is how I ended up with this:

Yes, a full box of popcorn.  I had been thinking for the past few months that I was really just a popcorn popping failure because every time I popped a bag (from another box with the same date), I burned it.  Half the kernels wouldn’t have even opened, and it was burned.  I tried everything; lower power, less time, putting it on a raised surface, and nothing worked.  Until I checked the date, realized the popcorn expired SIX MONTHS ago.  No wonder it hadn’t been popping correcting.

So out when 10 (including one very burnt bag) bags of popcorn.  I also tossed a bit of pasta from a few weeks ago that got shoved to the back of the fridge.  I did save two bananas by throwing them in the freezer.  I see a loaf of banana bread in my near future.

What did you waste this week?


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1 Live and Learn-Toss and Turn February 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

I finally figured that out about popcorn in the bag also. I thought it was our new microwave causing the problem until I got some new popcorn and it started popping well. I no longer buy the big boxes from Costco for that reason. However, my father grew our popcorn when I was a kid and we could keep it for a long time (a year or more) and it was still good.


2 Reese February 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

So I’ve got a TON of bananas in my freezer once again. On the menu are banana waffles, and thinking of making a banana curry. I might be able to squeeze in a banana bread, but I want to do something non-traditional with them. Like a banana brownie. Or banana ice cream (I have an ice cream maker. REALLY I DO! and still haven’t used it). ;x Any other suggestions for me?


3 Elizabeth February 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I don’t typically like banana-flavored things, so none of that sounds appealing at all. 🙂

The best I can do is banana bread and my banana chocolate chip muffins.


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