Another good month

Posted 4/25

So here’s the take from the last month:


By the dumpster, a dozen mandarin oranges, just lying on the cement floor. A few have some mold on the outside, easy to wash off, says nothing about the inside, it’s still perfectly good.

And a perfectly good apple.

Also a paperback copy of a Stephen King book – ‘Different Seasons’. I’ve never read much of his stuff, though i have seen the movie ‘Carrie’, and the Stanley Kubrick movie ‘The Shining’.

Since i am from Maine, and so is SK, I’ll dry off the somewhat wet pages at the back, and give this a read.

Slim pickings for a week or so, and then…


I was reminded of being made to recite the Lord’s Prayer every night before bedtime as a child, mom led us. There’s a phrase in there:

“Give us this day our daily bread…” and today i got my share.

In the dumpster a 20 oz bag of corn tortillas, the large size, 3 left. And a bag of Naan indian flatbread, 18 oz, 2 left, dated 3/13. There’s a a few spots of mold on ’em, but that’s pretty easy to fix – just pick ’em off. Everyone has fingernails.. don’t they?

Americans are by and large spoiled, they throw out the baby w/ the bath water.


And then on my evening trip to Safeway, right beside the trash can at the front door, a 24 oz loaf of sprouted wheat bread, it looks like only the heel at one end was eaten. I’d happened to buy some extra sharp cheddar cheese, so i could make a breakfast burrito w/ the tortillas… so this will be a good combination too. And healthy to boot! *Lotsa fiber* and some calcium for my old bones!

Read this one, an interesting twist on what to do with garbage

A New York Restaurant Is Trying to Shame Home Cooks by Turning Food Scraps Into Fine Cuisine

There is something satisfying about watching well-to-do Greenwich Villagers plop down a tidy sum to dine on what is, essentially, garbage,” Gothamist’s Scott Lynch writes in his review of wastED, a pop-up temporarily occupying Blue Hill, Dan Barber’s upscale-sustainable Manhattan restaurant.


Living Off America’s Food Waste

By Claire Mitchell | November 12, 2010

Living Off America’s Food Waste

“Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food. That’s 263 million pounds a day. Eleven million pounds an hour. Three thousand pounds a second.”

Those staggering statistics open Jeremy Seifert’s recent documentary “DIVE!,” a film featuring a group of individuals, including Seifert himself, who live off the food most would consider trash.


And this is what happens to our trash:

Our consumption is truly poisonous. But as long as we don’t see it, deal with it, we continue on, don’t we?

4/5 Sunday

Always check out pizza boxes – people usually toss out parmesan cheese packets, and red peppers.

Also check any fast food take out bags – i found most of a hash brown potato patty in one. I ‘ll fry it up a bit mo’, it will be fine.

Also – a 16 oz box of strawberries, 1/3 full. Some have a bit of mold on em. BFD! if you think can handle a knife without killing yourself?…slice off the bad parts. How hard is that? DUH!

4/6 Monday

A 10 oz box of Ritz crackers – not even opened.

A 1 lb container of macaroni salad, about 1/3rd full. Dated April 2. Looks fine to me.

A ream of copy paper, 8.5×11″. It’s three hole punched which doesn’t do anything for me but price is right.

4/8 Wednesday

When i went out to dump my glass/plastic/metal recycling in the AM on the way to work, i noticed a whole lot of coat hangers on the cement floor – a sure sign someone is moving, and will be tossing out who knows what.

When i returned after work, The list got long:

Cheese breadsticks, 16 oz, most of ’em left. Goes good w/ any soup.

Frozen waffles – 2 – i got some honey sauce scavenged from take out bags, it’ll work out fine 🙂

Ball Park franks: smoke house BBQ flavor, unopened, 16 oz, 5 ‘dawgs’. Can you say ‘woof,woof’?

And a few things called ‘coconut flaun’. I love coconut, *sold*, here 🙂 (the spelling differs – ‘flaun’ on the package, ‘flan’ in searches/wikipedia.)

‘Flan’ is an open pastry or sponge cake containing a sweet or savoury filling. A typical flan (of this sort’ is round, with shortcrust pastry. It is similar to a custard tart or a South African melktert.

British savoury flans may have diverged from the Spanish and French custard flans (also known as crème caramel) in the Middle Ages.


Cool whip, an 8 oz unopened package – yeah, i know this is a totally artificial product, but for once, i succumb. It just tastes so good w/ AM coffee.


Adell’s sausage – portobello swiss cheese & and mushroom sausage. 16 oz, unopened, still cold to the touch,  Yummy!

Shrimp – 1 lb bag,frozen, all cleaned up, cooked,  but ‘farm raised’, and i have questions about that, and you should too:

RE farm raised shrimp:

Not all shrimp are equal: wild shrimp vs. farmed shrimp

Sound Consumer | August 2008

by Eli Penberthy

The Unsavory Aspects of Farmed Shrimp

August 14, 2013

I’ll try ’em anyway. But when i have any questions about seafood? I always give it a strong salt water bath for a good long time before cooking/eating.

Kikkoman sauce for noodles. 10 fl. oz, half full.

‘Sea tangle’ noodles, 16 oz bag.

“sea tangle noodles” – what a great name. They are made from kelp (seaweed).

“Kelp Noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of an easy to eat raw noodle. Made of only kelp (a sea vegetable), sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed), and water, Kelp Noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. Their noodle form and neutral taste allow for a variety of uses including salads, stir-fries, hot broths, and casseroles, while their healthful content provides a rich source of trace minerals including iodine, which kelp is well known for. Their unique texture completes the package, making Kelp Noodles a one-of-a-kind healthful and tasty alternative to pasta and rice noodles. Best of all, no cooking is required. Just rinse and add the noodles to any dish and they are ready to eat!”

“Our Mixed Sea Vegetables package contains a combination of nine different sea vegetables. Some are commonly known such as kelp (kombu), wakame, and hiziki while others are not widely available, such as seaweed stems and montagne. Sea vegetables are a tasty and great source of fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and iodine.”

These go well w/ a wide variety of additions, everything from avocados, to buckwheat to cucumbers, carrots and apples. They are kinda bland, guess that’s why they go well with so many things.

And to ice the cake!?:

A canned 8 oz coffee/cappucino w/ cocoa (“DO NOT SHAKE”!? Hunh? i couldn’t figure out…. why not!?)


The dumpsters are full of “i am moving, i don’t need/want this anymo’ ‘ stuff”.

Like lots of clothes. I’ve gathered many good shirts from trash. There are plenty of things here, and there is a goodwill store, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen, all within a few blocks walk.

The real problem w/ waste in america? is people’s attitude, and actions.. or lack of them.

One last item, something I’ve never seen, a *sweet* picture frame, takes a standard 4×6″ piece of whatever.


What? Where’s the picture you ask? Well, open the thing by the two handles, and voila!


 I’ll be back in a month, I’m sure my neighbors will be feeding me regularly. 



Posted: 4/25


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