AND THE LEFTOVERS LEFT
of curiosity, how long do y’all keep leftover food? Me, I have a strict three day statute of
limitations for most things. Sweets get
a little extra time. Seafood goes out
sooner. This means, of course, that
after dinner this evening the remaining turkey, etc. went in the trash.
reminded me of an article I read recently about “freegans.” These are people who do not buy food. They scavenge it from the trash of
restaurants and grocery stores.
that they can’t afford food. It’s a
matter of principle. Freegans argue that
vast amounts of food gets wasted in the U.S., and I’m sure they are
right. Did I not just throw away edible
turkey and stuffing? If only I knew some
freegans, I would’ve called them up and told them to come and get it.
I’m a little paranoid about food safety.
I won’t eat anything past its expiration date. Just the slightest hint of imperfection will
cause me to apply the food safety mantra: when in doubt, throw it out.
In my defense,
my family has been eating Thanksgiving leftovers morning, noon, and night since T day. When I offered Little Bit a grilled cheese
sandwich instead, she nearly wept with gratitude. I know there are hungry people in the
community, but it’s not like I could drive downtown and hand out plates of
four-day-old food. I’d probably get
arrested by the FDA.
next year we’ll just eat out on Thanksgiving.
Then it will be someone else’s responsibility to throw away the
remains. And that’s worth a big tip. Besides, it might provide a meal for a
freegan. Anything I can do for the