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"Can't afford high Gas prices? Then... STOP throwing away your FOOD!"


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#31 metaphysicalstyles

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:55 PM

I have a box of week old pizza crusts in the trunk of my car. Anyone?
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#32 irideabike

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:30 PM

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#33 Jodou

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:44 PM

Yeah, the bread crust ends are too thin and make me feel like I'm wasting the meat inside. Whenever I make an effort to eat them, I just end up feeling unsatisfied.

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#34 pitfallharry219

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:53 PM

Oh, you're talking about heels, or at least that's what they're called around here. I don't think I've ever heard them referred to as "bread crust ends". :lol:

#35 Jodou

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:24 PM

Man, I don't know what to call them. How about nasty?

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#36 n8rockerasu

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:48 PM

French Fries have plague my entire life


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#37 dmaul1114

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:51 PM

Yeah, heels of bread suck, I do toss those.

I don't mind crust though. On good whole wheat/multigrain bread it's not as bad as on white bread IMO.

#38 Spokker

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:23 PM

Currently, the UN estimates that one billion people—an historical record—are going hungry worldwide. This means that the US alone can essentially feed one-fifth of the world's entire hunger population.

This has nothing to do with Americans wasting food. Not wasting that food would do nothing to help hungry people. At best, the state of world hunger can make someone who wastes food (like a child) feel guilty about it, but there is no direct connection.

Famine has been eradicated in every single place where humanitarian aid is allowed. Where famine still exists, it is deliberate and an act of war by a government on its own citizens. A good article on the subject: http://www.npr.org/2...r-by-starvation

Money tight in this economy?

Did you know that Americans eat out an average of 4-5 times a week? The study shows that a family of four usually wastes $2,500 worth of food a year, which equates to Americans just throwing away $10 a day.

Because the article is looking at the impact on the US economy of wasting food, we must also look at the impact to the economy of not eating out as much. We have an economy that is very much dependent on consumer spending, and an effort to stop wasting food by not eating out as much would have an adverse effect on the restaurant industry. This also assumes that one cannot waste food at home. People go to Costco and buys lots of food, increasing the risk that some of it will go bad. I don't know why the focus is on eating out.

Next time you want to buy a Video Game that you're just not sure you could afford, then save your food, spend less on it, and since Americans throws away $10 per day on wasted food, you can have that video game in a week!

I'm more concerned about wasted video games than wasted food. Look at some of those backlogs people have.

#39 lokizz

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:41 PM

why not send all unfinished foods to hungry countries? problem solved.

#40 Duo_Maxwell

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:58 PM

Do some people waste too much food? Probably. Should people try to appropriately pair how much food they purchase with what they actually use. Most assuredly because it is common financial sense. Does all that affect ones being able to argue against the cost of something else like gas? Not really. Last I checked OPEC doesn't stand for Organization of the Peanut Exporting Countries. There aren't a lot of speculators looking to control the price of bread.

Portions when eating out is a problem, but also when purchasing groceries for some people too I'm sure. I always thought it would be interesting to create a smaller grocery store that catered toward single people or couples without kids, etc. I know sometimes have the problem of getting more than I really when I go to the store. I don't want to buy an entire head of lettuce to make a salad for just me. For example, someone used the example of making a $15 meal at home for $5. Last week for $15 I had a meal consisting of an 8oz steak, a salad, & 2 sides + dessert. There's no way I could've made all that for $5 a head and only 2 people eating dinner.

#41 shrike4242

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:30 PM

Yeah, heels of bread suck, I do toss those.

I don't mind crust though. On good whole wheat/multigrain bread it's not as bad as on white bread IMO.

Grind up the bread heels and make them into bread crumbs, or you can use them to make your own croutons.

There's uses for them, though they all require work. :D

#42 Spokker

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:52 AM

why not send all unfinished foods to hungry countries? problem solved.

Food is sent to hungry countries and the problem of famine was solved where ever it is accepted and distributed to those in need. The problem isn't that efforts are being made, the problem is conflict and hostile regimes.

#43 Sarang01

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:10 PM

Spokker and how much of that food is being provided by the Gates Foundation which gives out GMO-ridden crap for food(i.e. poison) to those peoples?
I mean I seriously wonder how much food aid is given to these countries that doesn't involve GMO food.

Heck I'd like to start up an organization feeding the homeless here that only gives them Organic food. I think not having food processed with all those chemicals, GMO's, etc. would cause their minds to function better and make them more able to find a job. Same goes with people who are not homeless.
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#44 Kerig

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:05 AM

Want to really reduce wasted food? Freeze almost everything and ignore expiration dates. Eggs can even be frozen if you keep them in an ice cube tray, otherwise they're good for at least a month past the freshness date.

Unopened cereal can last for years past the expiry date and still be 90% as fresh as the day you bought it.

Milk can be frozen, but be sure to give it at least 3 days in the fridge to let it thaw out slowly. It also seems to keep much longer if it's been frozen/thawed than if I bought it fresh started using it.

Unopened yogurt is always good for at least a month past due.

Bread should definitely be kept in the freezer. It doesn't truly freeze, so letting it sit on the table for 5 minutes to thaw brings them back to life, or you can pop the slices in the microwave for 15 seconds for added freshness. The loaf ends, after serving their sole purpose of "bread-shields", make for rather tasty hot dog buns.

Final note: freezer time limits are complete rubbish. I just grilled up a few pounds of chicken breasts today that's been hiding in my freezer for well over two years. They're as juicy as ever. After grilling, I cut them up, throw them in portion baggies and back in the freezer they go, cooked and ready re-heating for the next few months.

The only one that really stumps me still is lettuce. Not only can it not be frozen, but it even starts goes bad in an unopened bag (shredded lettuce) before the expiry date in my fridge.

TL;DR: Just about anything you can buy as a frozen dinner pre-made meal can be frozen fresh. Take a long slow walk in your grocery store freezer aisle one day noting all of the different types of food that are frozen.

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#45 blindinglights

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:07 PM

Eggs can even be frozen if you keep them in an ice cube tray, otherwise they're good for at least a month past the freshness date.



According to the crazy people on Doomsday Preppers, you can rub the egg shells with mineral oil to create an oxygen barrier and store them in a cool dark place (refrigeration isn't necessary) for like 8+ months.

Since it sounds like you freeze everything, you can get them out of there and make room for something else ;).
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