Food Waste In America – A Week’s Worth of Produce for Free

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This week we received 4 boxes of “chicken scraps” from Mr. Produce Guy.

Picking up produce that has been deemed “unsaleable” each week has been quite the adventure. Mostly because it’s totally hit and miss. Some weeks we find ourselves swimming in strawberries and other weeks all the reclaimed produce nearly all goes to the chickens. You just never know what you are going to get. And I think that’s what makes it so much fun.

So this week when I saw the boxes I immediately knew the chickens would be getting oodles of lettuce. But I wasn’t expecting them to get nearly a case of corn.

What? A case of corn? How can that be? Well, under the husks we found:

corn with mold

Moldy Corn.

dried corn

Dried corn.

mutant corn

Mutant corn.

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But hey, it wasn’t all bad. Check out all this fruitalicious goodness! Free bananas, free avocados, free tomatoes, free apples and yes, even a few ears of free corn. Life it good when you are eating scraps!

I’m thinking this is about $20 worth of free produce. Not to shabby if you ask me.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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dole orange Juice

This week was pretty slow around here. I didn’t buy much because I’ve been home baking cookies and putting a few meals away for later in the week when I’m gone on our Epic Road Trip to St. Jude. We’ve also been eating from our garden and using items we purchased last week so I really didn’t need to buy much.

Here are the things I picked up:

Albertsons $11.99

Note to self: Never go shopping when you are craving sugar because you might just come home with a giant tub of licorice and eat 25 pieces on the way home from the store. ;) Ha!

Bob's Red Mill coconut

Fred Meyer – $5.43

I needed some unsweetened coconut and sliced almonds for my homemade Honey and Almond Granola recipe. I’ve been in love with Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened coconut for awhile now and it’s the only stuff I’ll buy.

gallon milk

Fred Meyer $5.18

Moooooo!

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And last but not least, here’s what I picked up from Mr. Produce Guy last week for free. :)

~Mavis

How about YOU? How did you do this week? Any cool deals in your area?

Total Spent This Week $22.60

Total Spent This Year $1,431.95 - It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $893.99 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Banana Mania!

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Wowie Zowie it was a great week in the free food department! Lot’s of peaches, apricots and pears for our spoiled chickens and oodles of bananas for us. I’m not sure what to make of all the bananas we’ve been getting in the produce boxes lately, but we’ll take them, that’s for sure.

spotted bananas

Do you think people purchase fewer bananas in the summer because there is a better selection of fruit to choose from? Do spotted bananas just not sell? Even if marked down? Inquiring minds want to know.

broccoli

Poor little broccoli head. He was tossed because one of his florets got smashed. :( But you know what they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

white nectarine

This white nectarine was deemed unfit for sale because it had a small nick near it’s stem.

banana chips

And these banana chips? Who knows why they were tossed, but I’ll take them!food waste in america

Here is all the food we were able to reclaim from the boxes of “scrap produce” we picked up this week from Mr. Produce Guy. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been collecting these scrap boxes for over almost a year and a half now and without fail, each week we are able to not only pull fruits and veggies for our family to eat, but plenty more for our flock of backyard chickens.

Free, nutritious food is out there, you just have to look {and ask} for it. Pretty stinkin’ cool if you ask me.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.

~Mavis

 banana slicer

Amazon has the Hultzer Banana Slicer back in stock! Please, I’m begging you, go read the reviews on the Banana Slicer. It will make your day! :)

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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fresh peaches

Wowie Zowie this was an expensive week! We stocked on foods that we love up and went waaaaay over budget. I’m excited to share some new recipes with you as soon as I can get them typed up. Saving money is a little trickier when you aren’t coupon obsessed and buying filler food {junk food} to feed your family all the time. Real food costs money, and that’s okay with me.

Albertsons $22.74

Albertsons had 2-pound baskets of peaches on sale for $.99 each so I stocked up. Mangos were also $.69 each too. Yee-Haw. This was an in store special so I’m not sure if this will be available in your store.

Zaycon ground beef event

Zaycon Foods $120.19

On Saturday the HH and I processed 40 pounds of Zaycon beef. We made over 30 freezer meals {I’ll be sharing the recipes soon} and I think this is how I’m going to stock up on meat from now on. Spending a couple of hours preparing freezer meals ahead of time is SUCH A TIMESAVER down the road. And I’m all about saving time!

If you are interested, Zaycon is taking pre-orders for 40 pound cases of boneless, skinless chicken breasts right now.

small oranges

Fred Meyer $4.99

The Girl was craving oranges so we grabbed a sack.

costco shopping trip

Costco $42.86

I’m headed out of town next week for our road trip to St. Jude and decided to stock up on supplies for the HH and Monkey Boy. We needed butter and chocolate chips for cookies and I splurged and picked up the HH’s favorite yogurt too.

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And last but not least, here’s what I picked up from Mr. Produce Guy last week for free. :)

~Mavis

How about YOU? How did you do this week? Any cool deals in your area?

Total Spent This Week $190.78

Total Spent This Year $1,409.35 - It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $893.99 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Turning Food Waste into Gold

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This past week there were quite a few strawberries, melons and grapes to sort through. Unfortunately, the melons were a little past their prime to feed to my family but our flock of backyard chickens sure loved them.

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Out of the 3 boxes of produce scraps Mr. Produce Guy gave us, this is what we kept. If I had to guess this is probably a weeks worth of fruit for most families. Lucky for us, we didn’t have to pay a dime for it.

dehydrated apples

In case you are wondering what we did with all the produce, I took all the apples and made 2 batches of dehydrated apple chips. With the reclaimed stuff from the grocery department and the produce we have growing in the backyard I thought it would be nice to make a few batches and tuck them away for my kids lunches this fall. And when I say tuck them away I mean HIDE them. ;) Shhh. Don’t tell my teens or they’ll go looking for them.

strawberries

The strawberries were washed, trimmed and tossed into the freezer to use later in the year in smoothies.

grapes

And the grapes? Well most of them went in a glass refrigerator container for easy snacking, but I did put a few in zip baggies for the HH’s lunch.

stir fry vegetables

And last but not least, I chopped up the broccoli, red pepper and lone carrot for an easy stir fry dinner.

Waste not, want not.

I thought it was a great week for free produce, don’t you?

Have you tried talking to your local grocery, CSA or favorite farmer yet about getting a deal or possibly picking up FREE discarded produce yet? Well you should. After all, the worst someone can do is tell you know.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to go water the garden.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $13.49

Albertsons has a sweet deal on canned beans this week – only $0.50 a can. Yee-Haw, those will come in handy this winter in pasta salads and chili. Ricotta cheese was $2.99 and sour cream $0.50 and the carrots, well they were for the horse down the street {The Girl likes to feed him} so I’m not adding those in.
fred meyer milk

Fred Meyer $14.88

Milk was $0.99 a half gallon and cherries were on sale for $1.99 a pound so we stocked up! We made a delicious cherry cobbler, ate some fresh and froze the rest to enjoy this winter.

Bob's Red Mill Wheat Germ

Fred Meyer $3.79

Wheat germ! Holy cow man, this stuff is expensive. I looked for it in the bulk section but couldn’t find it so I had to pop for a whole bags. Wait until you see what I made with it though, because it was totally worth it. {I’ll post the recipe later today}.

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Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Each week we collect a few boxes of “scraps” from our local grocery store. It’s pretty much a crap shoot as to what we get, but last week we hit the jackpot and had a nice mix of fruits and vegetable. You can read how we got started on this food scrap journey HERE.

raspberries in wooden baskets

Backyard Goodness 

We have been picking about 4 containers of raspberries each night for the past week and a half. If you are knee deep in raspberries too, take a look at my collection of raspberry recipes below, I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like. ;)

That’s it for this week, and YES, it’s true, I have gone over for the year! Yikes! What do you think? Should I keep blogging about what groceries I buy for my family, or throw in the towel?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $32.16

Total Spent This Year $1,218.57 - It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $893.99 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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raspberry recipesRaspberry Sorbet
Raspberry Freezer Jam
Raspberry Buckle
Raspberry Quinoa Salad

 

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Food Waste In America – Feed Your Family for Free

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Wowie Zowie!  Take a look at all that free food! As you would imagine, summer is one of the best times of year to score free produce because there is such an abundance of food flowing into grocery stores.

avocado

Before I could take my final picture, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird snagged 2 avocados and whipped up a batch of guacamole and had herself a little fiesta!

strawberries

Fresh strawberries? Have you been to the stores lately? Deals on berries are everywhere!

ear of corn

Fresh corn? Heck ya, I’ll take it. The way I see it, I’d rather be able to take all this corn and turn it into side dishes like corn and black bean salad, roasted corn with bacon {yum!} or summer corn with zucchini and onions than see it go throw in the dumpster to rot.

Earthbound Farm organic baby lettuce

This Earthbound Farm organic salad was thrown out because the expiration date stamped on the front. According the the package, it was one day past it’s prime. Remember when food never even came with an expiration date? Am I getting old? Geez.

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Here is a picture of all the food we kept {the rest was either composted or given to our flock of pet chickens}. Does this food still look edible to you? Would you have thrown it away? Or would you have bought this right off the shelf and fed your family with it?

Mavis wants to know!

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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oroweat bakery outlet

Oroweat Bakery Outlet $10

A great way to save on bread {other than baking your own} is to stop by your local bakery outlet every once in a while and stock up on bread that has been pulled from the grocery store shelves.

This time I picked up 6 loaves of whole wheat bread, 3 bags of whole wheat bagels and 1 box of chocolate doughnuts {for Monkey Boy}. Everything was $1.00 each and you know what? I think that’s a heck of a deal.

smores

Bartering with the Hillbillies $0

Mrs. HB brought her kiddos over last week to do some bartering. While they were visiting her mama in Mississippi her son collected fresh eggs daily and since returning home, has turned into an egg snob.

I ended up bartering a weeks worth of eggs for some chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows and 2 cups of sugar. Word on the street is the HB’s will be getting chickens as soon as their son saves up enough money for a coop.

organic fruits

Homegrown goodness from the backyard garden. This is just a bit of what we collected last week.

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Reclaimed Produce – FREE

Thanks to Mr. Produce Guy for another week of imperfect fruits and vegetables. Because we didn’t want to eat peppers for breakfast lunch and dinner, we froze them.

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons Shopping Trip $8.58

I was planning on getting Darigold butter for $1.79 a pound {limit 1, but my daughter was with me so we each got one} but my store was out. They were kind enough to substitute Albertsons butter so I could still get the deal. Tillamook yogurt was on sale for $0.50 each but I had a bunch of B1G1 free coupons so we got them for $0.25 each.

How about YOU? How did you do this past week with your grocery budget?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $18.58

Total Spent This Year $1,186.41

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $893.99 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Would You Throw This Away?

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Well it was another awesome possum week in the reclaimed food department. We were able to pick up 4 boxes for fruits and vegetables from Mr. Produce Guy. All of which was headed for the dumpster.

spotted bananas

Spotted bananas, heck yeah I’ll take those. I can turn them in to Banana Bread, Banana Fudgesicles, Banana Cake, or Banana Pudding, thank you very much! ;)

bag of baby carrots

Free carrots? Yup, we’ll eat those too. Do you think people really choose The Biggest Loser carrots over different brands?

bad asparagus

Asparagus with wilted, slimy tops? No thanks, but the chickens like to peck at them.

orange peppers

Hmmm. Peppers with a wee be of decay on the bottom, what do you think?

I’m keeping them! Why? Because I have this handy thing called a knife and I know how to cut out the bad parts! Weeeeeee, snagging reclaimed food to stretch my grocery dollars is fun!

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So what do you think? Am I crazy, or would you have thrown all this away too?

Mavis wants to know!

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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fred meyer blueberries

Well this is going to be a boring update. ;)

We were out of town last week on a family vacation to Washington D.C. and since all food consumed on vacation comes out of our vacation fund, there really isn’t much to report.

The Girl and I did make a quick trip into out local Fred Meyer Grocery Store to pick up 25 pounds of blueberries and a gallon of milk though. Blueberries are on sale this week for $2.39 a pound when you buy them in 5 pound boxes so we stocked up.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but we we are kind of smoothie freaks around here. When there is a good deal on fruit we buy as much as we think we’ll eat in  a 9 month period and freeze it so we can enjoy it during the winter months when produce is overpriced and out of season.

At this point in the game I seriously doubt I’ll come in at one hundred dollars a month for the year but the reasons behind that are a whole other post entirely.

How about YOU? Do you stock up on fruit and vegetables when they are in season too? Or are you happy shopping in the produce and freezer section all year round?

Mavis wants to know. :)

Total Spent This Week $62.59

Total Spent This Year $1,167.83

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $893.99 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables

How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables

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