For almost 4 months we have been The Food Patrons and even if the time has flown by, we have learned an incredible amount – which we do not want to keep from you! Each of us has gone through his individual changes and experiences, which we would like to share with you here.
Our project has definitely helped me to become more aware of food and its waste. Before I throw away food scraps, I now always consider whether they can be used in other ways. For example, I recently baked really delicious and crispy bread chips out of dry bread. Trying out new recipes to process food scraps has been especially fun for me. And the good thing is, that most of those recipes can be prepared very easily and quickly at home.
I also found the topic of regrowing particularly interesting. I tried the whole thing myself with a celery stalk and was really surprised to see that after only one week leaves and stems started to grow back. This week I also tried to grow my own tree from an avocado pit. I’m really curious to see if it will become a big avocado tree one day!
Since I started informing myself about food waste, I became way more aware of the food in my fridge. Funnily enough, I even started cooking more often and became less afraid of experimenting in the kitchen. And I still really need to try out the recipe for potato chips out of potato skin. Fun fact: Since I read the article of Ronja about chickens and their fantastic leftover destruction-capabilities, I really wished I could hold some myself. Maybe one day!
When we decided on food waste as our topic for the blog, I was still a little unsure if we would be able to come up with enough interesting content. Now the semester is almost over and I have to say that we never had more topics to write about. Instead of our ideas running out, we don’t even know how to accommodate all the action we have had recently in our posts.
It wasn’t until I began to study this issue extensively that I realized how necessary it is to fight food waste as quickly as possible. I was most influenced by the facts. For example, that European throw away an average of 100 kg/year of food while South Asians waste “only” 10 kg/year. This regional difference showed me that we Europeans – including me – treat food very badly and are unfortunately not aware of our prosperity.
Accordingly, I am grateful to have learned about cooking and baking recipes with TheFoodPatrons, which help me to still be able to make something delicious out of food leftovers. In the past three months, I have been more conscious about shopping, eating more consciously, and putting my food away in the fridge in an organized way. Finally, I would like to continue this behavior in the future.
Do you know the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? When you deal with a topic very intensively, it suddenly pops up everywhere. That’s how I’ve felt since we started this blog. Of course, I knew about the issue of food waste before that, but I’ve never dealt with it as intensively as I have in the last few months. I, as a insatiable person, have never been able to understand how you can’t finish your plate, but by now I not only have my never-ending hunger in mind, but also the problem of food waste. When I’m in the supermarket, I consciously buy products that no longer look so perfect and which I now know could be thrown away after closing time.
I’ve also become much more experimental. A few months ago, I only cooked by recipe and also shopped accordingly. Today, I’m happy to use the leftovers from my fridge creatively. Sometimes it works better, sometimes worse, but I always come up with something new!
For almost three months now, I have been dealing more intensively with the topic of food waste and catch myself and my environment again and again wanting to throw away food that is still edible. Only for the reason that it is more convenient. The project has helped me a lot to create an awareness for this and to question my own actions.
In addition, the project has taught me a lot about digital marketing. It confirmed that I really enjoy writing blog posts and promoting them on social media.
Did you also experience great moments about food waste you would like to share with us? Let us know, we are curious to know about it!