A Week In the Life of A Dumpster Diving Family

Since blogging is apparently how you tell the world things you don’t even tell your neighbors…here goes. In our home, we are scavengers. We frequent thrift stores, we nab stuff that’s sitting on the curb, and we eat food that is discarded. Most people have a hard time imagining the variety of food we get from grocery store dumpsters, so for a week, we took some photos. Micah wanted me to wait to do this post because he said, “It wasn’t a very good week!” but here you go, anyway, here is an average week.

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Day 1: This was the best day of the week. Most of it is self-explanatory. You might not be able to discern the Kombucha, the 11 beers (one busted open in the case, so we had to wash broken glass and beer off the other 11),  and parsnips.

 

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A few smashed up, moldy, rotten clementines spoil the whole bag?

 

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One spoiled clementine doesn’t spoil the rest, but sorting and washing just takes a little bit of time.

 

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The next day…brussel sprouts, broccoli, and strawberries. The chicken salads we ended up tossing because on closer examination the lettuce was slimy.

 

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Roasted parsnips and brussel sprouts for dinner.

 

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With chicken (the chicken was still half-frozen when we found it). Not too pretty, but tasty. We used the carcass to make stock in the crock pot the next day.

 

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Much of the work in dumpster diving is in the sorting. The strawberries in the colander were the only ones worth saving, about 1/4 of the find.

 

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A few more treats later in the week…honey greek yogurt (we love that stuff, enough that sometimes we even buy it), eggs, squash, kiwis, and the ever-present springtime clementines. And one of our favorite things- the mystery can.

 

This week was also a week when college students we're moving out of dorms in our town...which meant dumpster diving over there...and lots of snack food (and other treasures, too, which aren't pictured here)

This week was also a week when college students we’re moving out of dorms in our town…which meant dumpster diving over there…and lots of snack food, tea, and cocoa (and other treasures, too, which aren’t pictured here- like an i-phone speaker dock, metal safety gloves, a book of stamps, a mag lite, and more)

 

College kids also left behind these bottles, which is like leaving money! Turn them in at the grocery store and you get $1.50 each. We are now $6 richer.

College kids also left behind these bottles from a local dairy, which is like leaving money! Turn them in at the grocery store and you get $1.50 each. We are now $6 richer.

 

One more find this week (which is about to be posted on craigslist)...Made in Italy leather ottoman...on the curb

One more find this week (which is about to be posted on craigslist)…Made in Italy leather ottoman…this was left on the curb.

 

Want to know more? Stay tuned next week for Micah’s post on Dumpster Diving 101. 

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