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.

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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.
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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.

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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 $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.

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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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Food Waste in America Round Up

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It still blowS my mind that all of this food I collect every week for my chickens and my family would otherwise be headed for the dumpster. We’ve been picking up free “scraps” from Mr. Produce Guy for over a year now and week after week I am shocked at what’s headed for the trash.  So much of it is completely edible, but just not as pretty as we’re used to seeing in the produce aisles. I am really grateful for it, but it’s also frustrating to know so many people go hungry when perfectly good food is going to waste.

Check out some pictures of my biggest “free food” hauls over the past year. I bet I’ve rescued over $1,000 worth of produce since I started. It was really one of the most profitable and beneficial questions I’ve ever asked. Have you asked your local grocer if you can take their throwaways home? Has it worked? What have you been doing with your haul? Anyone tried asking bakeries, restaurants, etc. for their day old, bound-for-the-trash leftovers? I wonder what you’d see in their dumpsters?dumpster-diving-free-produce

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And that was just a fraction of what I’ve brought home. Does it frustrate you just as much as it frustrates me that we waste SO MUCH in this country? Or do you think they are justified in getting rid of produce that’s a little wilty & a little moldy? Do you think I’m crazy for feeding my family produce bound for the trash? Or do you feel like I do that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?!

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.

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

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

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Peaches sold by the case

Fred Meyer $ 49.88

This past week The Girl and I picked up 2 cases of peaches from Fred Meyer. Freezing Peaches is an awesome way to make summer fruit last a wee bit longer.Peaches were $1.28 a pound, a found B1G1 Free coupons for the Tillamook yogurt in the dairy case and I used up the rest of our baking soda so I needed more.

Money Saving Tip: When you buy a case of fruit, be sure and ask if the store offers a “case discount.”  My store gave me 10% off. I have found that the decision it’s pretty much up to the store manager, so be sure and ask. :)

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Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Thanks to Mr. Produce Guy we had plenty of fresh fruit for smoothies, salads and snacking this past week.

We didn’t need much this week, but we sure did make a dent in the budget. Oh well, I’d rather stock up on fresh produce when it’s in season and preserve it then have to pay some sort of ridiculous price for it when it’s out of season.

How about YOU? Did you stock up on anything good this past week? Have you been buying lot’s of fruit lately too?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $49.88

Total Spent This Year $1,104.73

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 – Wait! Don’t Throw That Out!

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This week we picked up four boxes of discard fruits and vegetables from Mr. Produce Guy.

organic bananas

How do you eat your banana’s? Do you prefer them green? Totally yellow, or with a few spots?

My grandfather would wait until a banana was practically black before he ate it. As a kid I thought it was gross, but as an adult I now know that each one of those brown spots on a banana means the banana is ripening and the more spots, the sweeter the banana.

But it makes we wonder, what are people thinking when they will only BUY a totally yellow {or yellowish green} banana at the grocery store? Are they actually eating them that way? If they bring the bananas home and don’t eat them before the brown spots appear, do they toss them out?

Have we become banana snobs?

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I don’t know, maybe I’m losing it. Maybe after bringing home so many boxes of free produce over the past year I’ve turned into some sort of pro ripe fruit crazy person and soon I’ll be chanting “Save the fruit… it’s still good!” up and down the grocery aisles.

Yep, that’s where you are going to find me. In the produce section, comforting the ripe fruit. If you see me there, stop and say hello. ;)

~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.

Yonanas 901 Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker

Yonanas Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker – Perfect if you have a lot of extra fruit!

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

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tropicana juice

Albertsons $13.17 

Albertsons had a juice deal last week where if you bought one bottle of orange juice at $4.99 you got 2 additional for free so I loaded up. Oh yes I did! The juice doesn’t expire until around mid August so I’m pretty excited.

bobs steel cut oats

Amazon Grocery – FREE

I redeemed some of my Swagbucks for an Amazon gift card and went shopping in Amazon’s Grocery Department. If you want to learn about Swagbucks, head on over HERE.

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Free Produce – Thanks Mr. Produce Guy!

fresh vegetables

Fresh vegetables from the garden. See how many pounds I’ve harvested so far this year.

sugar snap peas

Give peas a chance! We have so many peas right now, it’s crazy!!

fresh strawberries in hand

Strawberries, yep. We’ve got those too. Last week I made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and another 2 batches of homemade strawberry shortcake.

how to harvest rhubarb mavis

Rhubarb!  Do you even know how incredibly cool it is to be able to walk out your back door and dig for your dinner? Seriously, I feel like such a pilgrim sometimes it makes me weepy.

fresh eggs

And last but not least, fresh eggs! Imagine a basket of these babies everyday. Kind of makes going to the grocery store a chore when everything you need is right out your backyard huh?

Life is good. Not perfect, but good.

How about YOU? Are you seeing your grocery bill decline now that the vegetables are starting to roll in?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $13.17

Total Spent This Year $1,054.85

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.

Read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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