The Food Network has a special show called The Big Waste. It takes food from restaurants, grocery stores and produce farms that is on its way to the trash to make it into meals for a crowd of people. I was surprised at how much is actually just thrown own. Several things went through my head, like WHY CAN’T YOU DONATE THIS FOOD!
I’m sure regulations keep some of it from being donated, but what about the rest? We toss out too much food. There are people starving and we can’t give it away for a fear of a lawsuit.
But this show got me thinking. I had always shunned the reduced produce cart at the grocery store as it was ‘rotten food’. My husband had started picking up limes for some concoction of limeade he makes himself on a weekly basis, and getting a bag of limes for $1 seemed smart to him and he spends time squeezing them and freezing in snack cups.
You can find the reduced produce bin found somewhere in your produce section. It will contain fruits and veggies that need to be eaten soon. You can find a reduced rack also in your bakery as well. This is a great way to get food inexpensively for the week.
I checked it out and looked for food I thought was acceptable for my family to eat. I bought potatoes for .39 a pound, apples for .59 a pound. Pineapple cored (40%).
Many different recipes can be made with food that is on the rack to go out the door.
Don’t overlook the hidden gems on the reduced rack
1. Take only what you can use in the upcoming week, unless you are going to freeze or can with it.
2. Items purchased will be ready to use ASAP and cannot wait for a few weeks.
3. Have a list of recipes you like to make handy or in your memory (I would have to write them down).
4. You will have to think on your feet for possible recipes you can make with the ingredient.
5. When you bring the food home, open and review and sort out any spoiled or rotten food.
What food gems have you found in the reduced produce bin?