|Barked: Mon Oct 15, '12 3:52pm PST |
|Hey Milton! My fiance an I dumpster dive for food at our local Trader Joe's. We usually go once a week and come back with quite a bit of good produce, bread, and some baked goods.
We had been very busy planning a wedding up until recently, so we had not gone again since the summer months. In the summer, meat went rancid VERY fast, but we are very excited to get good meat, milk and eggs in the cold months! During the summer we once found two whole garbage bags full of organic beef, chicken, haddock and scallops... two bad it was all stinky in the sun!
As a general rule, we carefully inspect everything we choose at the dumpster, and then a second time when we bring it home and rinse and package it. We will not eat anything that appears tampered with, or looks or smells funny. I have never once gotten sick from all the dumpster produce I have eaten.
EDIT: Another note.. if you live in the USA and your state does not have a specific anti-dumpster diving law, then it is 100% legal to take from an open dumpster. Dumpsters are considered public property unless locked. You cannot by law take from a locked dumpster. You also cannot take anything outside of the dumpster, as it may be for donation and could be considered stealing.
Edited by author Mon Oct 15, '12 3:55pm PST
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