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Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to go pick up a special package.

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Free Food Week # 8 Reclaimed Food: Show and Tell

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Free  Food… Who wants it?

This past week I was able to pick up 3 boxes of “chicken scraps” from my local produce store.  There would have been even more delicious refuse to take home, but I had to call ahead and let my produce guy know I needed to pick my stuff up about 3 hours earlier than normal.

He was like “Hey Mavis, what’s going on?”

Then I told him about how I was going on a trip, and that I didn’t want to miss my pick up day so would it be okay if I came a little early this time?  And it was.

I figured it would be better to come early, pick up the loot, hurry back home and quickly process the scraps before I had to head to the airport, rather than cancel my pick up day. Was it convenient? No. But I think the key to this whole “I’ll come pick up your scraps” journey is sticking to your word.  Showing up when you say you are going to and not inconveniencing someone who is willing to give you something for free, just because he thinks you are a little soft in the head.

Because I only had about 30 minutes to process the food, I was not able to save everything that was edible.  But, I still think I was able to salvage quite a bit.

  • 2 plastic tubs of watermelon {1 day past their “sell by” date}
  • 2 gallons of strawberries {I froze them to use in smoothies later this winter}
  • 1.5 lbs mini sweet pepper {great for snacking}
  • 6 oz mushrooms {I think I’ll use them for stir fry}
  • 6 green onions {stir fry}
  • 1 lonely potato {The Girl will eat I’m sure}
  • 2 tomatoes {?}
  • A hand full of raspberries
  • 22 apples {snacking and dehydrating}

Everything else was divided up between our chickens and Girly Girl’s flock.

So there you have it.  Another week of free produce for Mavis.

It’s been 2 months now, what do YOU think?  Are you surprised at how much food I have been able to save from the trash?  Do YOU think it’s gross?  Have you tried talking to your local grocery store or produce stand to see if they are will to give you their scraps?

MAVIS WANTS TO KNOW!

Want to see what else I’ve brought home over the past 2 months? Check out the stories below.

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a Food Saver…

Amazon currently the Food Saver Starter Kit on sale for $71.98 shipped and I am so tempted to but it. I’ve been hesitating buying a Food Saver System for years now, because of the cost, but I think I might be finally ready to take the plunge. Three of my neighbors own Food Savers and just rave about them. Do you own one? Do you love it?

  • Starter kit includes Heat-Seal bags and FoodSaver rolls
  • Keeps your food fresh up to 5x longer
  • Large, easy to read control buttons for easy operation
  • Two sealing levels – great for moist or dry foods
  • Double-wide sealing strip for the strongest seal

Go HERE for more information on the Food Saver Starter Kit.

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