A month of variety!

My refrigerator and freezer are full, I’m getting pickier about what i take, i just don’t have room for it all!

3/11 Sat Early PM
Someone’s tossed out a bag w/ 3 carryout cartons, all asian (chinese?) food.
• Bok Choy, with a bit of beef
• Orange beef, w/ a nice sauce
• Fried breaded shrimp

Along w/ some rice (i have also found numerous bags of *nice* rice – basmati brown, & a ‘mixed medley’ (medium grain haiga, white basmati, red & wild rice) – this is dinner for days. Thanks, neighbor 🙂

Later in the day:
• a bag of cinnamon-raisin bagels, 5 of ’em!
• and 1 ‘everything’ bagel – every seed short of cannabis on this one!

3/13 Mon

• An interesting bread thing – the bread (nice!, tasty, lots of seeds on it) is wrapped around a filling, mostly meat, a few onions/whatever tossed in. I think the meat is chicken, but that’s the problem with this – it’s just not tasty, it’s bland as hell. Cheese and salsa to the rescue!
What’s the matter w/ people, they don’t know how to improvise?

• Three 9oz containers of Hillshire Farms honey ham slices. All plastic bags are broken into, never finished, All still perfectly good. Coincidentally, a pack of swiss cheese, one slice left, with all this ham, guess i will be buying a pack of swiss?/gouda?/havarti? cheese slices soon.

• cottage cheese, 1/2 a 16 oz.container.

• Oh! and a small lump of gruyere cheese, hardened around the edges, but who the fuck doesn’t have a knife to remedy this? Hello??

Where/ & why… does our waste come from?

1 – Stupid people (no, make that ‘unfortunate’ people) who buy something, and then discover it is really bland. And they don’t have the brains to add to/or improvise with it.
OR… people who buy something carryout, and find it is blazing, searingly HOT.

2 – Anyone who takes ‘best by’, ‘sell by’ dates seriously.

3/26

The last week or so has been mildly successful, nothing big, no windfalls, but it’s the small things that brighten me up.
• small bag of cashews, 12 oz, half finished. Organic, no salt.
• a 24 count plastic container of brown eggs, 8 left, not dated, all pass the ‘sink or swim test’.
• cherry tomatoes, beets, cranberries, Chobani ‘flip’ yogurt, celery – a big bunch, & some soft taco/burrito wraps.
• what’s left of a bag of Mexican style cheese, still perfectly good.

• One big clove of elephant garlic – it’s not as tasty/tangy as the usual/regular garlic. I’ll take it for free, but won’t ever buy it.
 

But why does the cheese get thrown out??

 

3/29
A box of condiments!


Some i don’t like but that still leaves me with:

• Classic Yellow mustard
• A-1 “bold and spicy”
• Hawaiian BBQ sauce – the only things i see listed that make it any different than regular BBQ sauce are tamarind and tumeric.
• Newman’s own Caesar salad dressing
• Herdez traditional chipotle cooking sauce
• cute little squeeze bottle of all natural lemon juice

4/2
All in one bag:

• 1 1/2 sausage, looks like italian style, lots of green (herb) bits in it
• Most of a jar of chipotle black bean dip
• 4 sourdough english muffins
• 1/2 a bottle of chocolate non-dairy protein drink
• most of a white onion
• 3/4 full bottle of ‘desi ghee’ (east indian, made in of all places, Vancouver BC!) = clarified butter – only ingredient – milkfat, good for cooking

4/9

Some people get it, some don’t.
I regularly see trash bags *full of beer cans and bottles* – these belong in recycling, NOT in the trash.
Some people DO get it – this AM there were 2 shopping bags in front of the recycling containers full of perfectly good stuff, as if to say ‘FREE! help yo’self!’

• a 2oz tin of anchovies in olive oil
• most of a loaf of marbled rye bread
• a waterproof vinyl poncho – fits in a carry bag easily, perfect for that unexpected shower
• 2 salad dressings – catalina and blue cheese, pretty much full
• 16 oz jar, 2/3 full, of mixed nuts
• one lonely orange
• a rather nice runner rug – works perfectly to pave a more comfortable barefoot walk from living area to kitchen.

Once again, all in one bag:

• Almond butter
• Coconut oil
• Coconut strips
• Something called ‘coconut coffee’ – a powder, just add to hot water
• 8 Individual. bags of trail mix – cranberry, almonds, cashews
• Annie’s horseradish mustard
• (not pictured) a 5 lb bag of Thai Jasmine rice, about 2 lbs left

At the left:
• ‘Cheese pairs’ – cracker type things, 2.5 oz. Healthy stuff, just natural ingredients
• ‘Smore’s and more’ most of a 16 oz jar. Mostly peanuts, w/ some almods and choc. chips tossed in. maltodextrin and thioman mononitrate, ammonium and sodium bicarbonate, mono calcium phosphate.
WTF are these?
I’ve begun reading labels, though to read the ingredients in 3 pt type requires a magnifying glass.

4/12

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, one whole roasted chicken, minus only one leg. ‘Sell by’ dated 4/8/17. Price $14.99 at Whole Foods @ $8.50/lb.. ‘Global animal enhanced out door access’ on the label.

4/15
Besides 1/2 lb of a 1 lb pack of Oscar Meyer cotto salami slices and some dried roasted seaweed, a most curious item – a wooden puzzle block.

Sometimes a ‘door’ of sorts opens – walk through it – things might get interesting 🙂

Wooden Games

 

And now for some appropriate links:


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-greenberg/reducing-food-waste-in-am_b_9874248.html

“We’ve successfully made wearing seat belts, stopping smoking, ending littering, and recycling household products a part of the American ethos. How do we do the same with food waste?”

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https://news.osu.edu/news/2016/07/21/food-waste/

“Generally, we found that people consider three things regarding food waste,” said doctoral student Danyi Qi, who co-authored the study. “They perceive there are practical benefits, such as a reduced risk of foodborne illness, but at the same time they feel guilty about wasting food. They also know that their behaviors and how they manage their household influences how much food they waste.”
In particular, the survey revealed patterns in how Americans think about food waste…

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http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/04/how-to-stop-american-waste-of-food.html

“Our whole food system is based on maximizing profit.
It’s not based on maximizing food use.”

Dana Gunders, scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council

Why have we become so focused on profit? On *Money*?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money

“The use of barter-like methods may date back to at least 100,000 years ago, though there is no evidence of a society or economy that relied primarily on barter.. Instead, non-monetary societies operated largely along the principles of gift economy and debt. When barter did in fact occur, it was usually between either complete strangers or potential enemies.

Many cultures around the world eventually developed the use of commodity money. The Mesopotamian shekel was a unit of weight, and relied on the mass of something like 160 grains of barley. The first usage of the term came from Mesopotamia circa 3000 BC. Societies in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia used shell money – often, the shells of the cowry (Cypraea moneta L. or C. annulus L.). According to Herodotus, the Lydians were the first people to introduce the use of gold and silver coins. It is thought by modern scholars that these first stamped coins were minted around 650–600 BC.

The largest part of the world’s money exists only as accounting numbers which are transferred between financial computers. Various plastic cards and other devices give individual consumers the power to electronically transfer such money to and from their bank accounts, without the use of currency.”

What started as barter is now computerized ‘value’.
“You have beaver pelts or buffalo hides? we have knives and beads, other items you don’t have – let’s make a deal, whaddaya say?”
I use three cards constantly – my Citibank acct debit card for all purchases, a Golden Gate Bus service value card – you swipe it on a reader on entrance, sign out by swiping as you leave, …and a key card that opens entrance doors at my apt complex. Without these, i am broke, homeless, and can’t get to work.

How many songs are there about money?
Probably countless….

Pink Floyd recorded a good one.

Then there’s the rock ‘n’ roll garage band classic:
“They say the best things in life are free,
but you can give ’em to the birds and bees,
just give me money”
(the chorus sings “yeah, that’s what i want…”)

Randy Newman –
“it’s money that matters in the USA…”

And then there’s a Yardbirds track from a long time ago “mister you’re a better man than I” –
“can you judge a man if for wealth he does not strive?”

And what about barter in today’s world?… or tomorrow’s world? When the grid goes down??
Well, i have stored a LOT of rice, lentils, chickpeas, dried cereals….and many canned goods.
I’ll be wheelin’ and dealin’.. and surviving.

Oh, and i also have these: