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I'm making homemade doner kebabs on the weekend and need some salad as an accompaniment.

I need some iceburg lettuce. They have 2 products at Tesco, one being a whole iceburg lettuce for 43p and a ready prepared bag (which contains around half a lettuce) for 79p.

Now I know that if I buy a whole one, I will use half at the most and the rest will be wasted, which really gives me the hump. But I resent having to pay nearly double for the pre-prepared stuff.

So where do you stand when it comes to food wastage v the costs?

(With your answer, please assume that you will bin the rest of the whole lettuce πŸ˜‰)

TheChimp
9 months ago
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SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer9 months ago

I hate food waste but if its going to be wasted its going to be the 43p lettuce.

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago

Getsome There's all this moaning about people wasting food and then you get a situation like this. It doesn't really help matters to be honest.

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SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer9 months ago

TheChimp Yep but unfortunately if people keep buying it then they will keep making it.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig9 months ago

I hate food wastage too. I always try to use everything that we buy and like you I hate paying extra for the pre packaged stuff. I would buy the 43p one and put the rest in the food waste caddy if you have one.

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sunny101
sunny1019 months ago

Go with the lettuce every time. The bag option never stays fresh enough, long enough and if one rogue leaf goes bad........ For this reason I always have a pack of flour tortillas (about 70p) in stock and make up quesadillas using shredded leftover lettuce.

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago

sunny101 Ooo! I do like a quesadilla!

I can see a trend here with people going for the cheaper option. I mean, it does make sense moneywise and you are quite right about the salad bags going bad.

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Ann1984
Ann19849 months ago

You could always regrow the lettuce but I go with the aldi price match and kept wrapped will last at least 10 days

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago

Ann1984 The last one I bought went a bit red after a few days 😲

Maybe I just got a dodgy one.

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Ann1984
Ann19849 months ago

TheChimp I wrap mine in a carrier bag and last ages leave notes for picker for fresh not dated ones

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nina090976
nina0909769 months ago

Can you not use the rest in sandwiches,just a thought,or even in a baguette with your usual filling,lettuce normally keeps fresh for a few days x

Oh just reread ;) if you are not going to eat it all then buy the more expensive one

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago

nina090976 Hmmmmmm πŸ€” What to do? πŸ€”

sunny101 made a very good point about the more expensive option.

We get our shopping delivered and as we haven't picked or seen the bags in-store, we don't know what we're going to get.

I have had to send a couple back where there were black rotting leaves.

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nina090976
nina0909769 months ago

TheChimp if you can save a penny&still have fresh produce then go with the cheaper option,..its nice to know that you care so much,enjoy your food x

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G0501
G05019 months ago

TheChimp keep some of the iceberg lettuce leaves and you can cook larb gai or other type of asian mince recipe and wrap in the leaves. That's what i did last time I bought a full iceberg (to do homemade doner kebabs funnily enough)😁

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blacklabrador
blacklabrador9 months ago

In the case of half a leftover lettuce, I'd tend to stick it in my sandwiches for lunch to use it up.

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago

Thank you for your replies nina090976 and G0501

I did say that you had to assume that you'd throw the half lettuce away.

Your comments are great, but you have gone rogue πŸ˜‰

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G0501
G05019 months ago

I didn't see the bits in brackets. In that case I'd still buy the cheaper one. You might not use the full amount in the prepared bag anyway

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Lynibis
Lynibis9 months ago

I find it very hard to be bothered cooking just for me and even washing, spinning and chopping a lettuce does not appeal, so I generally opt for the prepared dearer bag, usually 'trio of leaves'.

Having said that I have a portion each day until it is gone as I also do not like food wastage.

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hspexy
hspexy9 months ago

I usually go for the cheaper option, but that’s mainly as it never goes to waste - even if it means I eat lettuce 3 days straight, I will do that

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BlueOrchid
BlueOrchid9 months ago

The pre packed bag is easier option....but. they do wash it with some chemicals to keep it fresh. So to me it never taste the same as fresh thing... I dont like food waste either. But if you know that you wont use it up you can put it on OLIO - it's a free sharing app. You can share food and non food items and someone will come and pick it up. During lockdown I shared plenty things on there- gardening stuff, books etc. You can also offer portions of your cooked food if you made too much... once I bought large bag of cereal, tried it and didnt like it all so instead of putting it in the bin etc I put it on OLIO and shortly someone came to pick it up😁

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago

BlueOrchid Thanks for that.

I just installed the app, but the nearest 'deal' is over 13 miles away.

I can't see anyone travelling that far to pick up half a lettuce.

Thanks for your advice though. The village (nearly a town now ☹️) is getting a lot bigger, so I'll keep an eye on Olio and see if I can help someone when more people join πŸ™‚

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig9 months ago

I have posted loads of stuff on Olio, even though there are lots of people near by, no one has ever come to pick anything up. Whenever I have posted on fb marketplace people have always come to get stuff. I'm a bit disillusioned with Olio.

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BlueOrchid
BlueOrchid9 months ago

TheChimp I don't do miles so i had to Google itπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ well its getting more popular now.. I tried it about a year ago and it was rather far away and barely anything on. Now during lockdown it got quite popular I think. For me theres quite often something on offer within mile or two. Also you could sign up to be a volunteer if there's any opportunities close by to go and collect some surplus food from shops or some cafes etc. I think we definitely need more apps like this to stop things going to landfill😁

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sarahgreen15
sarahgreen159 months ago

I would be buying the cheaper option and trying to use it up, although I have bought more expensive but smaller options before to avoid waste.. I have two dogs who love lettuce so I know they will always finish whatever we don’t.. it is ridiculous that supermarkets work this way though!

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago

sarahgreen15

You have dogs that like lettuce?

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sarahgreen15
sarahgreen159 months ago

TheChimp my younger dog is very strange.. we think she identifies as a vegetarian, as she LOVES lettuce, cucumber, carrots, melon... she will come running from a mile away when she hears the first chop of a cucumber πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago
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sarahgreen15
sarahgreen159 months ago

TheChimp and my older dog is just very food driven and doesn’t want to be missing out on anything her sister is getting πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ think they like the crunch of veg, and it’s low calorie and good for them so I’m happy to accommodate!

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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9 months ago

sarahgreen15 My doggo is not allowed anything expect for his normal food because he goes badly ☹️

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Pjran
Pjran9 months ago

I would buy the whole one instead of the prepackaged as once it’s cut it does go brown at the edges. Carefully wrap the unused lettuce and it keeps for ages in the fridge,

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap9 months ago

With most things id get the bigger and freeze the rest but lettuce can't be frozen i dont like the pre- prepared stuff myself doesn't taste the same

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi9 months ago

I also would get the 43p lettuce but I think Sainsbury`s have a 75p bag which is a mix of carrots and lettuce and I prefer that one. I usually make mixed salad and we eat it till it finish.

I do have a lots of food waste. Kids do not eat everything..or they do not finish the food.

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SweetCinnamon
SweetCinnamon9 months ago

I use OLIO, an app where you can share food and items with people locally which would otherwise go to waste. Once I made too much cake - listed the rest on OLIO, and a lovely family came to collect it and enjoyed it more than I would have if I had tried to eat the rest myself!

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