In April of 2012 I started collecting weekly boxes of food scraps from my local grocery store, and over the past year and a half I’ve noticed there is a seasonal roller coaster effect as to what gets but in those scrap boxes.
Fresh corn for instance. There is always plenty of it during the summer months. Corn is cheap, easy to ship and stores probably sell a lot of it. But the thing is, corn breaks down pretty fast. It get’s moldy, and when refrigerated too long, it starts to get slimey and gross.
Now I’m all for salvaging what I can from the free produce boxes, but I’m certainly not going to feed my family slimey corn. If this were the depression, I might cut out the 25% of the corn that was still good, but it’s not. And I’m thankful for the luxury.
Luckily we have a compost bin and chickens to feed our food scraps too.
Chickens eat bugs, so a little corn slim isn’t going to bother them.
Even the fancy smancy chickens will eat it.
So is reclaiming food the grocery stores won’t sell really worth it?
Well for me it is because it cuts down on my feed bill. And anything else I can salvage, is just a bonus.
Life is good.
Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?
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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