Because we love you, we've been cross-posting Amanda Park Taylor's new freegan/dumpster diving project The Repurpose-Driven Life (here and here) and today brings us to the heart of
the trash the matter: in a half-hour look through the trash at a local health-food deli, Ms. Taylor was able to salvage 34 pounds of usable food. Yup. All the gory evidence after the jump...
but tonight a first ‘jump’ into a commercial dumpster yielded this bounty:
7 packets vegan chili [$4.50 each]
3 boxes vegan bbq tofu [$4.99 each]
1/2 pound cooked shrimp [not pictured; for the dogs]
11 smallish yogurts, assorted flavors, plus one very slightly opened plain yogurt, which i elected not to eat myself, but instead fed to my dogs [probiotics are good for them too].
3 large bunches of parsley, which i can’t stand, but hoped to be able to get to someone who’d want it [failed]
2 bunches cilantro
11 apples, assorted varieties [gala, red delicious, granny smith, cripps pink, fuji] all organic
17 ripe pears, several varieties
1 small yellow squash
2 peppers, one red, one green
5 assorted oranges
1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 grapefruit
the protein was a pleasant surprise; in the past i’ve found bread and produce in abundance, and a shocking amount of meat, which i don’t eat, but relatively little vegetarian protein. a dozen organic eggs were the highlight of one night a few years ago- i live on mostly eggs, beans, soy products, and seitan i make myself.
the yogurts were getting close to, but hadn’t passed their sell-by dates. sealed yogurt lasts a very long time- much longer than the packages would lead you to believe. don’t get me started on sell-by dates [post to come, very soon].