A woman named Elizabeth Gibson found a similar treasure, a million dollar painting appeared in her NYC dumpster. THE DUMPSTER PAINTING! Read up on it, the thing is famous! I get great antique paintings at garage sales but not in dumpsters. Not yet, but I’m always hoping! What I get most regularly out of the 99c store Treasure box is superb food. And not a bit dirty. Not even dirt cheap--- Free. Reason it’s fresh and succulent is that it comes in plastic packages, cello wrapped and also, I go daily, as soon as the produce man puts it out there, I’m on it! Try twenty pounds of bananas for BANANA BREAD. (Walnuts are costly but NOW you can afford them!) Try a bag of grapefruit. Get it home, wash it off, dry it. Maybe a spot on an edge somewhere; that comes off. The rest gets juiced immediately, put in the JUICY JUICE plastic 64 oz jug. I maybe put half grape juice in there because that mix is a total WOW!
Oprah did a segment on dumpster divers:
Here are a couple links to the episode...
The trash tour: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Trash-Tour
A slide show and article: http://www.oprah.com/world/How-Far-Would-You-Go/1
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Frugal inspiration for a weekend of TRADER JOES DUMPSTERS. Everything is wrapped still iced, cold. The berries can be rotten as we PLANT THEM! But 75% are fine. Float them in water to tell what’s good. Big markets now lock their dumpsters, but if you wait for the produce man to exit, maybe you can tip him for access. If not, just get in his face grabbing, saying ‘I have four kids who haven’t eaten in twenty four hours, please! ANYTHING.” Better a white lie that hurts no one than a black one that hurts millions.. like Afghanis did 911 so 3 weeks later, OCT 7 2001, we have to Invade AFGHANISTAN and kill a million people….alleging OSAMA is there, another lie.
tell the produce manager or employees inside the market, “why do you waste food
like this? In that bag, 15 oranges were perfect, only one was soft. ”Ditto the
potatoes. Ditto the tomatoes. Why don’t you lazy fools re-bag it, just removing
the one bad fruit??”
Are you crazy? HUNGRY people won’t find anything there if you do that! Markets do not rebag. FORGETABOUT teaching the help! Just be grateful the stuff is there when you visit that parking lot. Or alley.
NEXT RULE: Don’t tell the men you date that the food you serve them came from a dumpster. Don’t tell girlfriends that you do this either, unless you think they NEED this art form and you could possibly teach them the art of procuring cheap food without their scorning you forever. One in ten wants to try. The other nine hear you have a head cold and immediately think it was your garbage diet! And with the SILENT MODALITY, When I get a hundred grapefruits, I can show up with a huge bag of grapefruit and say ‘my neighbor’s tree.’ And give it to them.
POPULAR SITES ON THE SUBJECT – THE FREEGANS and their maps of great stores/ dumpsters
Google ‘freegans’ & you’ll find fascinating Newsweek, New York Times articles on them.
http://urbandumpsterdiver.wordpress.com/ GREAT BLOG
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR BOOTY WHEN YOU GET IT HOME!
DUMPSTER ROMAINE- Slice off
neck, soak in sink l hr, root down; neck inhales water! Then, pick off leaves
too fried by heat. Shake crispy leaves, dry in colander, bag up,
but don't tie neck of bag. Just put in
fridge. Same treatment for carrots. Soak in sink much longer, try
overnight. If they’re spotted,
I cut them up, simmer, drain, toss in the
fried chicken iron skillet AFTER I DO CHICKEN, which has remnants of
today’s chicken (for my cats,)
and that oil keeps them from getting freezer burn as I squash ‘em in
and freeze them. Every day when I make cat meat, I’ll take out a YOGURT
CUP or about a half cup of
carrots, cook them with the cat’s meat. And I give them as is to possums
woodpile who get fed nightly. I like these stupid animals as they have
every snail and slug in my entire garden. I used to fill a bag with a
pound of snails a
night, during a chilly flashlight walk! Wouldn't DENT the population and
they ate flowers/ vegies. Who needs that misery? Possums do the snail
me, now. So every night they get PAID they get carrots or apples or the
bones from cat’s
chicken which they demolish with their little shark teeth.
ICEBERG! I take iceberg lettuce for another reason. It is a soporific. Make salad at bedtime you sleep as if you’d had poppy bolux, dreaming in Chinese all night long. See INSOMNIA.
DRESSING: the brands you find in dumpsters are not so hot but I extend them with olive oil, homemade seasoned salt, lemon juice, onion slices, garlic squeezed in of course and best of all anchovy paste. Mayo, chopped cukes. To make dressing taste Oriental, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and even whizzed up tofu, soft kind. Makes creamy dressing. BOTTLE MUST BE COLD if it has MAYO in it.
BLACK BING CHERRIES: Float them, spot bad ones, cut off spots, take rest, soft simmer with sugar, lemon, lemon peel for 5 min. PULL SEEDS out of bad cherries, put in wet peat moss in fridge for two months, then sow them to get trees. THE GOOD CHERRIES you simmer with sugar, throw into jars, keep frozen or near freezing. They will rot in fridge unless you turn them into highly sugared jam as cherries have HIT VIT C. Those things require JAM procedures. Sugar is a preservative, so is HONEY. NOTE: My mistake in this recipe was only taking five pounds of cherries when there were fifty pounds in the dumpster. Most every cherry was perfect. The stewed cherries were about three glass jars worth. BUT THIS FRUIT is so unusually tasty and useful! ON TOP OF YOGURT. And it’s the superb blood builder of all time, for vital health. The cherry juice goes into my freshly made GRAPEFRUIT juice. EVEN though I get dead ripe grapefruits that in fact fell on the ground all around this HOT, California interior valley, with the tree owner’s blessings, THIS FRUIT needs a little sweetening but the incredible cherry flavour is sooooo wow! Try it with RED WINE, as a cherry sangria!
BANANAS have shot to 69c an lb so I can’t buy them any more. Dumpster Bananas become banana bread. I cut them into cereal, if it has started to get mushy, we all have cinnamon, nutmeg, milk in blender, a banana to sweeten, WOW! WOW! BANANA SHAKES ROCK! Throw walnuts in there when you make ‘em, good flavor. Nutmeg too. Cinnamon. Rum flavoring or real rum/brandy.
PEACHES/ NECTARINES / BERRIES and KIWIS become JAM. MIX LEMON PEEL and LEMON JUICE with the fruit. Add the sugar you THINK you need. Simmer 5 min, throw into old peanutbutter jars, well washed, lid when cool, keep in fridge. I don’t sterilize. It’s gone too quick! All the softer not so perfect berries which you can’t eat or make into jam, rub into a quart of water to free the seeds, plant them in flats. Baby berry plants get set in garden when five inches high.
BERRY/LEMON – Pluck out dented berries, simmer rest
wi equal amt sugar and lemon zest and juice ALL DENTED BERRIES get
planted in acidic soil, kept moist. Vines result.
CANNOT FIND MULBERRIES AT ANY MARKET but if you find a tree, add LEMON and RIND as it make good jam. MULBERRIES
have no citric note so they really need lemon/ zest.
You will note that Lemon peel, zest and juice are required for most fruit & adding it is the secret of tasty jam.
Nectarine/peaches- Float them. Really rotten fruit sinks. Pick thru the rest, cut off rotten spots, peel, chop. ADD lemon peels, lemon juice, sugar, simmer five min. Jar up, freeze or near freezing. In fridge they mold after five weeks but not in freezer.
POMEGRANATE – Juice on electric citrus juicer. Simmer with sugar til syrupy. Store in glass jars. TO USE add to GINGER ALE for SHIRLEY TEMPLES. Add to water for an unusual drink. Throw in red wine you have Sangria Anti-oxidant rich so makes us young. Plant plenty of the seeds in a flat. Little pomegranate trees identical to mom.
BELL PEPPERS and CHILE PEPPERS are the most often found items. They lie in little coffins of plastic, with film over them, and none are corpses. All are perfectly delicious and fresh. MAYBE ONE has a spot. The store saw that spot and threw away the whole package. Sheer lunacy! These bells LIVED for us, and someone interrupted the process? I find thousands of them, wrapped neatly, inside of a big black trash bag, which when ripped open with a fingernail reveals a field of plenty! Heat olive oil, slice, eviscerate, (saving seed for the garden next spring,) fry with onion, garlic, then the meat goes in, served all in a delicious melange. Let’s hear it for PEPPERS!
CrookNeck yellow squash. Simmer in water with onion pieces, cilantro. In separate pan, fry olive oil wi. Onion, garlic, throw vegies in it, use your homemade seasoning salt, melt a few week old garlic jack cheese cheese pieces on top.It melts and freshens up,so keep old cheese around. Hey, in FRANCE, they keep cheese in a cellar for years, you think six months in your fridge is a deal breaker?
Cut off bruises and throw ‘em thru a JUICER. Pith goes to possums. I feed
possums nightly as they have eaten every snail in both gardens, so I forgive
their making nests in the sealed garage that they had the wits to break into.
These little guys love apples. They go to their little dish in the middle of
the woodpile (50 feet of antique redwood plank fencing with all kinds of livable
spaces, covies in the middle….and they eat well. If I have left over foods of
any sort, it goes to them as they’re omnivores. I didn’t think they’d go for
eggplant in porky-sauce. THEY LOVED it. Hey, if there’s ever a recession, I’d
eat the possums before I ate the mice and rats! Guatemalans swear by them. Last night, my big tomcat Salty
had a big fat rat in his mouth. I couldn’t stop him, it grieved me, but hey.
Meat is meat. He’s tired of the chickens that I boil up, peel and debone. Giving him the real chicken, possums get bones and skin delivered to their tiny garage door crack so cats won't go near it.
WWIII hits, I'll
be making possum stew in tarts and tacos. My favorite tart recipe
however is apples
cooked with honey, butter, spices, rum or brandy flavoring, walnuts.
WHole wheat crusts are unfortunate. Frisbe time. Make em white or no one
will bite. I do like BLACK though. I
have an English black walnut tree 40 feet high. If you want a baby
tree, come to me. squirrels planted an orchard of 'em here.
Late summer I'm soaking nuts, peeling. Drying.
BACK TO APPLES. Keep a pint of stewed cinnamon, nutmeg flavored apples in the FRIDGE full time for dosing yogurt. Fig time, it's stewed figs with lemon rind and juice and plenty of sugar. Use either in pies. Bake oats and butter, sugar as crust, first, then cool a bit, add that apple stuff and some whipped cream.
REMEMBER apples make juice. HONEY CRISP is the best but there’s no controlling what Dumpster’s spittin at ya. I save all 64 oz jugs of plastic so the kids don’t know their JUICE was made while they were at school, made with real, healthy fruit. (WASH LABEL CAREFULLY so no wax on fruit. Then .001% bleach in sink of water for bacteria, ten minutes. ) Kids only trust store bottled pasteurized crap with lots of fructose corn syrup in it. But they soon lose the addiction to sugar.
Green apples turn into baked goods with cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, sugar. If you have 15 lbs of apples, make ten tarts, freeze 5, sell five to chums. Always do a real butter /oats crust. EVER FIND WHIPPED CREAM IN A DUMPSTER? Good for days. SOURS NATURALLY and still whips! But that's for DUMPSTER DOCTOR PH.D's.
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