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Old 06-11-2005, 08:57 AM   #11
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Another handy hint if you have a fresh fish market near you - sometimes the fish is packed in VERY nifty shallow white plastic containers, with lids - like rubbermaid. They're about 18 inches wide, maybe 24 (?!) inches long, and about 3 inches deep. They are food safe, can be washed out; are great for storing Christmas cookies, marinating lots of meat/fish for BBQ, or even carrying a load of tater salad for a party!

Get friendly with your fish guys - they get so many of these in, they usually just dump 'em. For those of your who have Whole Foods nearby, especially ask them!

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Old 06-11-2005, 10:54 AM   #12
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If you put a little clorox in your dishwater when you wash them, you won't have to worry.
With a few holes poked in the bottom, the shallow stryofoam ones (2" or so deep) make great trays to start seeds in.
I often send "care packages" of food home with my kids and friends, and the disposable containers and trays are great for that.
I guess I'll be carrying home the Walmart trays from now on. The new Super Walmart has been open about a year and a half, and has run the two family owned grocery stores in our small town out of business. Now I have no butcher or green grocer to order special things for me...no more market made ground chuck or sausage...nobody to help me empty my cart or carry groceries to my car...I hate it.

We get by with a little help from our friends
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Old 06-17-2005, 06:29 AM   #13
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How funny. I never thought of reusing them. I often freeze any meat I buy, and find that the trays WalMart packages their meat in to really add way too much space in my freezer. So I turn them upside down, freeze for 24 hours, then take and and baggie/wrap the meat (sometimes those trays are way too big to store) and toss the trays. But I can see re-using them and may try it some day! I repackage meat a lot (there are two of us) and never thought of a use for those WalMart ones (the town I live in only recently got a WalMart and it isn't my favorite place to shop). If you don't buy meat at WalMart, you haven't a clue what we're talking about. They aren't the shallow styrofoam trays that most grocery store meat is placed ON, they are deep, harder plastic ... gee, something between a tray and a bowl.

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