Sunday, September 4, 2016

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday!!!!

I don't know about this one, Sonya said as she backed away slowly. The Penny Hoarder has an article up about a food waste documentary called, "How to Send Only $200 on Groceries in 6 Months(It's a Little Extreme)." I don't think I could do this, well maybe. Could we dive at the liquor store?
But I did go gleaning for wasted crops when I was young. My Aunt took us out to fields to pick corn that was on the ground. It was orville redenbacher popcorn. It was every kids dream come true!!!!! As much popcorn kernels as a kid could carry and trust me, we weren't alone. There were many happy popcorn lovers out that day.
In the end, I think that grocery stores need to be held accountable for their waste. I would rather see food given away then pitched.
Have you ever gleaned? Have you ever dumpster dived?
Not a diver,
Sonya Ann


kate steeper said...

As a child we were sent out by my gran to glean field crops , following the pea viners and the onion and potato harvesters , I don't think she ever bought potatoes or onions , we heaved huge sacks home . It was just things that we expected to do every year , I'm just as bad now . Sadly all we have around us at all the moment is corn for bio fuel, it's not nice to've tried

Elephant's Child said...

I would definitely rather see food give away than thrown away. And our grocery stores lock the bins they use. Which is wrong. Afraid to whittle into their precious profits...
This ugly fruit is perfectly happy to eat other ugly fruit and veg.

Practical Parsimony said...

I have gleaned. Tomorrow, I am going to get all the grapes I can reach with a coat hanger! I have gone to corn fields and gotten corn for my hens. They love an ear of corn. Yes, I have dumpster dived for years. Now, I cannot because of disabilities. One guy at the market gives me stuff. I picked five gallons of pears from a guy's tree in the city.

WM and Publix give food to food banks. But, WM throws away tons each month--bananas too ripe, all sorts of good food.

When I got things from the dumpster, I brought home from $75 to $150 worth of good food each week.

We are: Clamco said...

We throw out a lot of leftover food at school I'm sorry to say. We're not allowed to give it away or take it home (unless we buy it). The kids throw away a lot of uneaten food (especially fruit) and unopened milk. It's very sad especially when you know there are a lot of hungry kids in the world.

Treaders said...

As I kid I remember scrumping (stealing) apples and of course you HAD to eat them - no matter that they weren't ripe - because you had stolen them right? The gut-rot we got after that certainly paid us back, I can tell you. And the blackberries of course, but naturally all the best ones were just that bit too high and I have fallen in the bloody river more than once trying to reach them. Until my brother retired he worked in the kitchens at a military barracks in the UK and they fed the troops wonderfully, as you can imagine. But if the chef over-estimated his dishes the leftovers all had to be thrown out, which I think is a crying shame. You could check out the wonderful Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall's documentaries on food waste (youtube). It relates to the UK of course but is valid anywhere (he showed how one parsnip farmer went out of business because the parsnips weren't perfect enough for the big stores). He also went dumpster diving with a soup kitchen. Now in France any store having a surface area of over 400 square metres has until Christmas to find a beneficiary to take their leftovers and they are NOT allowed to pour bleach over it to destroy it. As it should be of course - too bloody right. Oops, I see I have ranted, sorry. And guess who's off to Greece this afternoon. Yipee!