Food waste grocery shopping autistic trigger

One of the things that intimidates me about cooking and buying groceries to cook is excessive ingredients. If I don't use all of the ingredients I buy it triggers my tism. Any Culinaly advice for buying so you actually use all of what you buy? My autistic dream would be an app where you put in your exact budget per shopping week and it picks recipes for you for your 3 meals 7 days a week and tells you exactly what to buy so you use all of it. Whenever I want to try a few new recipes its like "Okay, your grocery bill went up 50% this week and buy the way you're gonna throw out most of that new stuff you bought for those new recipes".

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I usually buy a few days worth of protein and other ingredients that centre around those. Like some chicken, beef and then alongside that potatoes, green onions, cream, etc that can work in recipes with those proteins. My food wastage is basically the trimming of vegetables and the odd half onion I forget to use in my fridge. I also make my own chicken stock so I use up old carrots, celery and things like about twice a month.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just eat eggs on toast for every meal with an orange for a snack in between. Three ingredients, zero stress. You can now focus on your autistic obsession without having to worry overly about feeding yourself.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you kidding me? What do you buy that you cannot use or freeze in a timely matter? Stop expecting an app to answer your questions and use you're fricking brain. Fricking ChatGPT will tell you how you can use those "thrown away" ingredients you actual moron.

    , Onion, Celery, Leeks, Mushroom
    Make a stock, use or freeze.

    any other vegetable
    Make a frittata, soup, anything.

    Portion and use/freeze.

    >>Milk
    Bake something or make it into cheese

    I can't begin to describe how useful a freezer is. I made a huge batch of kimchi paste, garlic paste, pesto, stock, and other ingredients. All frozen, all ready to use when I need. Stop being autistic and use what's available to you.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Lettuce.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        lettuce lasts ages. literally just eat a salad once.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Stock up on essentials, and learn how to process and store stuff properly.
    I'm usually just cooking for myself, and having leftovers for meals isnt a big deal since obviously its pre-made and portioned for later use, but amassing the ingredients is kind of a pain since i'll usually have like 3 onions left, or whatever. For some shit like eggs or yogurt, its easy since it can be eaten on its own with minimal prep.
    Id suggest you load up on the shelf stable crap(Stock cubes, seasoning and dry herbs, dry pasta, etc...) and use those as the starting points for recipes. Tomato paste that comes in a tube is like 5x more convenient than the shit in cans, since the tube should last a couple weeks once opened.

    You should also look at processing and portioning the ingredients for easy use too. Like, buy 10lbs of onions and caramelize them. Instead of 10lbs sitting in your cupboards, you now have a condensed paste almost, that can be frozen(use ice trays, then put the cubes in a ziplock bag, knowing that each cube is about 2 small onions worth). Next time you need onions in something, just throw in one of those cubes near the end.
    Is it as good as fresh caramelized onions? no, but its 1000x more convenient.
    Same shit with garlic(though this has an even bigger drop in results, since so much of garlics taste and essence is lost ~30 minutes after you cook it): Run it through a food processor with some olive oil and freeze it in ice trays, knowing that each ice cube is about 1tbsp of olive oil and 3 cloves.
    Best part? This shit should last MONTHS/years if kept frozen. so do it when theres a sale, and load up on it.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    First of all, do small shops for only a couple days worth at a time (at least for fresh ingredients, shelf stable pantry items you should be buying long term). Then, just get comfortable using ingredients over multiple dishes. So think a couple meals ahead and try to buy ingredients that you can reuse. Finally, if you find yourself at the end of the week with a bunch of scraps and you can't figure out a dish, chances are you could throw together a soup, stew, or rice dish, or even just stock. All cultures have those kinds of dishes that are just "throw everything left in the fridge into a big pot".

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    seriously any app that does this though? good idea anon

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ChatGPT

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >gives you a 6 paragraph treatise when you just want a couple of dinner tips
        thanks for nothing anon

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          skill issue.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe channel that energy into getting a job...? I'd estimate I throw out about ~1/5 the stuff I buy, literally who cares. About to throw out a bag of potatoes that sprouted before I got a chance to open it.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on the ingredient. For dry/non perishable goods, it really doesn't matter, that is truly just your autism. For bread, meat and dairy, just freeze what you can't use before it goes off. Produce is the only thing that can be hard to save, if you don't want to start home canning/pickling buy the smallest quantities possible and don't buy salad unless you're consuming it every day.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeh it's a sign of mental illness. Like people with OCD or spazz out over the thought of getting old/dying.
    It's all just tears in the rain homie.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Whenever I want to try a few new recipes its like "Okay, your grocery bill went up 50% this week and buy the way you're gonna throw out most of that new stuff you bought for those new recipes".
    or you can just simply not be a choad and use those additional ingredients. There seems to be this weird block in people's heads keeping them from just throwing shit in to use it up. Yeah, you don't do it with things that'll definitely be terrible, but frick, just use that shit up. There's a ton of peasant recipes that are explicitly for just using up whatever you have left. See most stews. Veggie soup works with most anything you could imagine. Got meat and some kind of root veggie? Chop that shit up and put it in a pot with some stock and seasoning, bam! soup. Throw corn in it, why not? Unless you're saving it to trigger some "there's no tomatoes in chili" throw that in too. Don't feel like a soup? Cook it all down in a frying pan, deglaze the pan with some fricking wine/stock/water/whatever, then serve it over rice or noodles. meat and root veggies? fricking roast it. like just put whatever you have in shit. It'll work out more often than you think.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I hate having to buy an entire bunch of parsley when you can realistically use only little bits at a time.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Autism doesn't exist. The word is just used as a fashion statement by attention seeking zoomers.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Portion and freeze.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    just eat frozen pizza a day
    forget 3 meals

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ferment everything that is left over ez don't even know why you made this thread

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >would be an app where you put in your exact budget per shopping week and it picks recipes for you for your 3 meals 7 days a week and tells you exactly what to buy so you use all of it.

    There are subscription services that send you the exact amount of ingredient for 1 meal. So they only send you like..1/4 of an onion, 1 potato, whatever. You just cook it. But i don't know if they are good or worth it.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the SORTEDfood YouTube channel made an app called Sidekick which I think does what you want. never used it though.

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