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Old 10-02-2013, 06:29 PM   #11
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I think this is a great idea too. There was a feature on the news lately, stating that we throw out way too much perfectly good food, due to too much reliance on Best By, Use By dates. The consensus was if it smells, looks, and tastes OK, and the can isn't poofed up, by all means use it.

I made some excellent chili the other day that included 2 cans of well-expired Rotel. I used to pitch any expired stuff, but haven't done that for awhile.
This isn't true. One of the most dangerous food poisoning organisms, Clostridium botulinum, responsible for botulism poisoning, is both tasteless and odourless. Ok if you are looking at a "blown" can but a bit worrying if it's a sandwich.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:33 PM   #12
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Anyway, does it matter if the quality or the flavour of the food have deteriorated, it'll only be bought by the poor and who in big business cares about them.

(Sarcasm off)
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:40 PM   #13
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I think of "use by", "sell by", and "best before" dates as guidelines. Once my stuff hits that date it becomes a "musgo" (must go) and gets used up soon.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #14
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The one food I am leery of in cans is tomatoes or any tomato based food. I can't tell you how many times in my 50+ years of homemaking that I have picked up a can of tomato products from the store shelf that were swollen with botulism. Needless to say I would have the manager paged and hand him the can. Most of them had all cans removed from the shelf. Because if there was a failure of one can on the production line, then more than likely there were others.

I am sure that this gentleman will make sure that none of the products being sold are compromised. And as far as produce goes? Peel off the outer leaves on a head of lettuce and you have a smaller product that is still perfectly fit to eat.

The section of Dorchester where he is planning to put this store is located in one of the poorest sections of Boston. Good luck to him. I doubt he is going to be "Dumpster Diving" for his wares. He sees a big problem of hunger in this city and in his own way is trying to do something about it. Every month I take $10 from my food stamps to buy food for our local food bank. Now with the Federal Govt. shutdown there is concern about money coming in from the Federal Govt. to replenish our major food bank that supplies all of the small ones throughout eastern Massachusetts. More than ever, private citizens will be needed for their contribution. And for those who can't get to those food banks, there is the store in Dorchester that will be selling can goods at a reduced price. Kudos to him!
Addie. ... Where is the store going to be?

Dorchester is Boston's largest neighborhood and its most diverse.

It's home to million dollar houses and poverty, although probably not as abject as other neighborhoods.

I live in a very Irish working class neighborhood which is not in need of this but I am totally supportive of it.

Little Martin Richard, killed by the marathon bombers, was my neighbor. :-(
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:32 PM   #15
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This isn't true. One of the most dangerous food poisoning organisms, Clostridium botulinum, responsible for botulism poisoning, is both tasteless and odourless. Ok if you are looking at a "blown" can but a bit worrying if it's a sandwich.
Has there ever been a case of botulism caused by a sandwich ?
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:05 PM   #16
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Not much different than my local Dead Bread store or the marked down meat in my local grocery store, I would give it a try.

I agree with Zagut, I too have done quite nicely grazing on the fringe of society.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:03 PM   #17
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"Anyway, does it matter if the quality or the flavour of the food have deteriorated, it'll only be bought by the poor and who in big business cares about them.

(Sarcasm off)"


Big Business???

Another dissertation not food related.


Not only the poor would buy it because I assure you if the price is right I'd happily buy it.













"I think of "use by", "sell by", and "best before" dates as guidelines."


And that's how it should be because that's what they are. A Guidline. There are no magic numbers.





To each his/her own.












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Old 10-02-2013, 09:10 PM   #18
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Anyway, does it matter if the quality or the flavour of the food have deteriorated, it'll only be bought by the poor and who in big business cares about them.

(Sarcasm off)
This statement makes me uncomfortable, MC. It's not about big business, it's about saving perfectly good food that's about to go to waste. Anyone can buy it.

Aunt B, "Dead Bread store"
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:31 PM   #19
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Addie. ... Where is the store going to be?

Dorchester is Boston's largest neighborhood and its most diverse.

It's home to million dollar houses and poverty, although probably not as abject as other neighborhoods.

I live in a very Irish working class neighborhood which is not in need of this but I am totally supportive of it.

Little Martin Richard, killed by the marathon bombers, was my neighbor. :-(
I don't know yet Jenny, but I think he will be smart enough to have it where it will do the most good. It certainly will be best served on a bus line. And I hope he gets approval for accepting EBT cards. And if it becomes a big success like I think it will, we may see more of these stores out in Springfield, Chelsea, and other towns in need of such a place.

Marilyn, the woman who runs our local food bank has told me some very funny stories about some of the customers who show up every month. One comes with her grocery list. Wants only certain brands. No house brands. Goes home with half of what she is entitled to for her family. Another checks every item in her bags for "sell by" dates. No expirations dates for her. And then there is the family that has a large number of children. Thinking they wouldn't receive enough food for their whole family, decided to break up the family. The wife used her maiden name and claimed five of the kids. The father used his real name and claimed the other four kids. Both at the same address, but supposedly different apartments. Marilyn got wind of it and got the two of them together and explained how the banks works and how much food each family is entitled to. Had they claimed all of the children together as a family with two parents, they would have received more food. One old man didn't use all the food he was given and at the end of the month returned it. Wanted to know if he could get credit for it.

I am rooting for this venture. It is sorely needed in a lot of communities.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:31 PM   #20
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Anyway, does it matter if the quality or the flavour of the food have deteriorated, it'll only be bought by the poor and who in big business cares about them.

(Sarcasm off)
I'm not sure I even understand your point ?

Offering cheap groceries in a food desert isn't a good thing?
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