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Old 01-21-2016, 10:59 AM
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Does it piss you off? It sure does me. I forgot a good pound of my pulled pork I made over a week age. It got pushed back in the frig and then it slipped my mind. I found it this morning all green and hairy and nasty looking.

Damn, that was good pulled pork too with my homemade BBQ sauce to add insult to injury.

Damn, I hate throwing away food.
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Yep, pisses me off as well.
I have a teenage son so it hasn't happened in quite awhile. That boy eats about 6 full meals each day. Breakfast + he buys 2 full lunches at the school + a full meal after school + dinner + whatever he can find at about 8PM.

If there is leftovers, my daughter actually puts her name on them (to call "dibs!") if she wants a chance of eating them herself.
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This is a continuing problem at our house. We're both 68-years old and really don't eat that much anymore. Added to that is the fact that my wife is a great cook but never has learned to cook for two people. If you want someone to cook for 50 or a 100 or more, which she does quite often, she's your girl.

Compounding the problem is the fact that we have so many freezers and fridge/freezers (3 of each). It's a nightmare rotating stuff in and out of them. And .... during a power outage of any length, I have to dedicate one generator to do nothing else but keep them all working. I so need a whole house generator but every time I get ready to bite the bullet, something else happens. Ah well!!!!! (sigh)
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1Compounding the problem is the fact that we have so many freezers and fridge/freezers (3 of each). It's a nightmare rotating stuff in and out of them.
Hey, I resemble that!!!

4 deep freezers, 2 fridge/freezers and 2 fridges.

I have had to go to a "his and hers" setup on the freezers. I can't find crap in hers.
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Yep just this morning I had some eggs slid off a plate. Pizzed me off royal.
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Was at a Scout camp in Oregon a couple of times. For each meal, they brought out fresh cartons of milk. If the cartons were opened, even for 1/4 cup of milk, they had to dump them. I never saw such waster. It was same with some other items. Great camp, food was good, but the waster in that dining hall was amazing.
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It is hard to cook for one or two. Most recipes are for more than two servings. Even buying meat etc, things are packaged for more servings.

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This is a continuing problem at our house. We're both 68-years old and really don't eat that much anymore. Added to that is the fact that my wife is a great cook but never has learned to cook for two people. If you want someone to cook for 50 or a 100 or more, which she does quite often, she's your girl.
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Was at a Scout camp in Oregon a couple of times. For each meal, they brought out fresh cartons of milk. If the cartons were opened, even for 1/4 cup of milk, they had to dump them. I never saw such waster. It was same with some other items. Great camp, food was good, but the waster in that dining hall was amazing.
I was raised by two depression era parents who both had to pretty much eat dirt most of the time growing up. It wasn't until WW2 when my dad joined the Navy and my mom worked in a defense plant did they get three squares a day.

Needless to say, food was NOT wasted in our household. You finished what you put on your plate or you did not take it. None of this bullshit about not liking the bread crust or not liking the vegetable of the day.

My son growing up got to enjoy the same mindset.
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I too was born poor to depression era parents. No food was ever wasted.

Grandpa put it this way, Something died so you could eat. Have respect for that life and consume it all, waste nothing.

Today I see folks dumping food at a restaurant or at home, it really irritates my senses. Even the garnish decorations. I never, and I mean NEVER bring a dirty plate back to the kitchen.

As for the stuff in the frig/ freezer, that is a problem to keep rotated. And try as I might it sometimes goes off before I can use it. That's where the compost comes in. I know they say not to but I even put meats and dairy into the compost. I just cannot see it wasted.

As for portions,,, I find it almost impossible lately to find a one pound or less package of ground burger. With just me and the missis I have to divide what I buy I half. Sometimes I just grind my own from prime cuts. But that's a lot of work with the extra cleaning.
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As for portions,,, I find it almost impossible lately to find a one pound or less package of ground burger. With just me and the missis I have to divide what I buy I half. Sometimes I just grind my own from prime cuts. But that's a lot of work with the extra cleaning.
Have you talked to the guy at the grocery butcher shop (or any other butcher shop)? That shouldn't be a problem. We'll buy a pork loin out of the counter then ask them to cut it into chops and they seem more than happy to do it.

We put over 10# of roasts/stew meat in the slow cooker last weekend. It was gone by Tuesday.
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I was raised by two depression era parents who both had to pretty much eat dirt most of the time growing up. It wasn't until WW2 when my dad joined the Navy and my mom worked in a defense plant did they get three squares a day.

Needless to say, food was NOT wasted in our household. You finished what you put on your plate or you did not take it. None of this bullshit about not liking the bread crust or not liking the vegetable of the day.

My son growing up got to enjoy the same mindset.
That was my parents, got through the depression in the UK and 5-years of WW11 and the poverty and shortages that came with it and after it. I was born in '47 and growing up was just as you said. You wasted nothing!!!! In many ways, I still have that same mentality. To a large extent it's shared by my wife. I usually say that she's more Scottish than I am. :)
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Hey, I resemble that!!!

4 deep freezers, 2 fridge/freezers and 2 fridges.

I have had to go to a "his and hers" setup on the freezers. I can't find crap in hers.

Darn, you're worse than I am. Never mind, come TEOTWAWKI we should both be in good shape, at least for a while.
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We aim to do a leftover night once a week. Seems that over the week we always end up with leftovers. So rather than waste either we do that or my wife will take stuff for her lunch at work the next day.
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I have teens and a 10 year old I'm the only one eating left overs we throw nothing out if the kids don't want the left overs they go hungry. if shit sits in the fridge too long we have 4 dogs that will fight to eat it rather than have gravy train. the cool part about the dogs the veggie of the day docent bother them they even eat asparagus
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I was very disappointed in the waste. Camp staff said it was Or state law; they could not re-serve the milk opened at lunch, at dinner because it had been opened.

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I was raised by two depression era parents who both had to pretty much eat dirt most of the time growing up. It wasn't until WW2 when my dad joined the Navy and my mom worked in a defense plant did they get three squares a day.

Needless to say, food was NOT wasted in our household. You finished what you put on your plate or you did not take it. None of this bullshit about not liking the bread crust or not liking the vegetable of the day.

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I do most of the cooking, and make enough food for two meals. We eat the leftovers the following day. I, too, grew up with depression era parents. We ate everything on the animal but it's squeak, grunt, or whatever noise it made.

Most days I eat some sort of leftover for my lunch...not much goes to waste.i had a taste for chicken salad today, so I popped four chicken thighs in the pressure cooker. When they were done and cooling, I turned the remaining stock and turned it into six cups of soup with some celery and carrots that we're getting soft. Even used up a couple partial bags of pasta shapes to add some bulk. Had the soup with chicken salad sandwiches for dinner. DW was pleased to have the bonus soup.
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Waste not, want not - My Grandma
Oh my, we don't want to talk about my grandma. She was all of 4' 10" and the meanest woman that ever lived. My father used to joke that she was the only person thrown out of the Gestapo during WW11 for excessive cruelty.
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You wanna talk about wasting food, the government is the worse at it.

I volunteer for the local meals on wheels program. The apartment complex that I live in is one of the centers that will prepare the meals in our kitchen that go out to seniors. And, since this is a seniors apartment we also have a senior nutritional program where seniors can get the same lunch for a $3.00 charge. It is the same lunch prepared for meals on wheels.

We have a regular group in our complex that comes for lunch, about 25 people. The program always has left over food, sometimes quite a bit, but the leftovers will not be given to anyone, it is all thrown out. I have seen gallons of soup go down the drain, and piles of spaghetti get tossed in the garbage. It's sickening to see so much wasted.

I have talked to the woman who works in our kitchen and she now lets anyone who wants leftovers take it. I have two gallons of spaghetti sauce in my freezer along with a gallon of soup. If the county supervisor would get wind of this she would be fired, but she agrees with me that wasting so much food is s sin.

I think all food programs are like this across the country so I can imagine that tons of food is thrown in the garbage everyday. I really think that if the state governments would give the left over food to a soup kitchen nit would help many people not go hungry.
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We also hate to waste food. We always try to cook enough of the meat course to last for two days (sides are usually limited to one day) that way we only have to come up with side dishes for the second day, or if we have a roast its samaches the next day and if it's fried chicken (one of my favorites) I get to eat it two days in a row, and we don't use as much power in cooking the second day.
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