Black People : Wasted food

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Right now I'm over at my parent's house helping my mother clean out her cabinets...

    First I will say this...I am very thankful that my parent's have the means to buy an abundance of food for their household...

    However, with the abundance of food and being there are only 2-3 people in the house to feed (especially when I come over to eat) there is a lot of food going to waste and becoming expired.

    I despise throwing away food that could have been eaten, knowing people are starving else where...

    My mom used to say things me when I was a kid, like, "You're just going to throw that away? You know there are starving kids out there."

    So I put that to my mind...I never buy more than I need and if I can and know I can't eat it I invite some friends over to finish whatever I have off...

    And I understand for my parents, especially my mom...she goes out grocery shopping and buys whatever she thinks the house will need so she won't have to make continuous stops to the grocery store every day to make dinner.

    But what is a family to do when they are in this predicament? :10500:
     
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    Buy some Tupperware, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or better yet one of those food vacuum sealers and freeze it. Frozen leftovers can remain good anywhere between 6 months to a year.
     
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    Ya know what is so funny...they do it and they don't ever eat it again...

    My family is not a leftover food eaters...

    My mom will put in the frig and the only time it gets eaten is if it's holiday leftovers...but all of it goes to waste
     
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    No canned stuff but dehydrated and dry things

    Most organic grains;
    rice, brown rice, millet, bulgar wheat,
    barley
    scotch oats

    all peas and beans,
    split peas,
    almonds in vacu sealed bags,

    Oriental markets have;

    dried greens , daikon, mushrooms and sea vegetables,
    shrimp, small fish and scallops that can last for years

    most big name, food co-ops sell dehydrated fruits, and
    dehydrated vegies
    and
    also TVP a soy portein that comes in meat flavors

    militay K rations now called MREs are sold on line, that last a long time, some years.

    Health food stores, have dry powdered vegetable and fruit nutrition, in cans, that lasts for years, called
    green stuff and red stuff, that can e made into beverages providing the basic requiremet of nutrients and phytonutrients
     
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    Are there any homeless people that you see on the street sometimes? Or maybe a shelter in your neighborhood? Maybe you could wrap up the food and give it to them. It's a little bit of an effort, but if throwing away good food really bothers you, then that may be a solution.
     
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    Well most of it is expired by the time she wants me to go in there and clean the frig or cabinets out

    I just threw away 1 and half garbage bags of expired food...

    about 7 cans are still good and going to the food bank....

    My mom's lame excuse is that she can't see what she has in her cabinets so she goes and gets it cause she is too lazy to move things aside to see if it's there LOL

    What I'm trying to figure out is...how can she go to the store and not over buy so it won't turn into wasted food
     
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    your mom and mine must be related..

    same deal.. growing up it was always confusing to hear my mother spouting
    my grandmother's values about "waste not, want not", but whenever we
    cleaned out the refrigerator, we were throwing away so much food.. my
    mother grew up poor.. and my grandmother had 9 children.. so she would
    cook in these great big pots.. everything she made was in a huge quanitity..
    and my mother cooks the same way.. always too much.. and we ended up
    throwing it out.. even today.. when I go visit her, she has a refrigerator full
    of stuff that will just spoil..

    anyway.. I have ended the cycle with my family.. no food hits the garbage
    can.. none. Nothing spoils.. "waste not, want not" is in full effect..
     
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