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I always check dates and throw away anything that's on or past the date. 2 1.38%
I check dates and make sure to use everything within the date. 10 6.90%
I keep an eye on dates and use nose, eyes and brain to determine what's still good to eat 100 68.97%
I only buy enough food to last a couple of days, so this never happens. 12 8.28%
I just eat stuff without really looking at the dates. 13 8.97%
What's a best before date? 4 2.76%
What's a fridge? 4 2.76%
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As salad or cooked?
Cooked!

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The green part of the spring onion is the best. That’s the whole point of spring onions.
Certainly a big part of it. Different flavour, I usually chop the white and cook it in early then add the green part later.

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Tops of root vegetables are often quite good. But most supermarkets already ditch them before we get them.
And don't forget the stalk and leaves of cauliflower and broccoli. Again, the cook differently, so the stalk is usually cut into strips and cooked longer, then the leaves can be added towards the end of cooking. Or save them both for soup.
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I also eat the apple core.
Yukk. Those hard bits around the seeds are not edible. I used to avoid apple puddings as a child because they were often not properly cored. Still hate it if you find those bits. Why would you choose to eat them?
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Old 01.03.2020, 20:50
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

As others have said, the green part of the shallots (spring onions) is the best part - brightens up fried rice, for example.

I don't eat my apple cores, though - they're food for worms ...

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We cleaned the fridge yesterday, and my daughter insisted that I toss anything that was more than 5 years past the date.

Tom
Some things are still good that long after use-by / best before dates! Legally they have to put a date on it, but some things just don't go off.

I like my grandfather's guide to dairy, for example - it never goes off!

- old milk turns into yoghurt

- old yoghurt turns into cottage cheese

- old cottage cheese turns into cheese

- old cheese turns into blue cheese

- blue cheese never gets old
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Old 01.03.2020, 20:51
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

I really don't like brussel sprouts but the leaves on the top are delicious hot or cold...
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Always eat the whole apple- bits and all, then chew the stalk too

And the stalk from broccoli I love too.
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Old 01.03.2020, 21:09
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I really don't like brussel sprouts but the leaves on the top are delicious hot or cold...
Yeah, me neither = never buy them = won't be able to try the leaves mentioned.

If I construe grumpy's post correctly: Anything that grows on a plant I can eat can be eaten?

This is great, folks, keep going!
I'm gonna be on a whole new diet.
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

When it comes to veg:
Any leftover fresh veg gets washed, peeled, chopped and stored in the freezer waiting for a soup or a casserole.
Cold meats:
My OH eats it even if it's 2 weeks past by date... I don't protest....
Grains, nuts, cereal stuff: when it's 2 years past by date, which is rare. Using my nose here. Often roasting them in the oven to check if they'd become edible or less smelly. Most of the time it works.
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

Great opportunity to remind everyone to try the TooGoodToGo app: https://toogoodtogo.ch/de-ch. They describe the app this way:

Through our app, we connect our users with delicious unsold food from a variety of shops and restaurants all over Europe. So come join the world's largest community of waste warriors!


In brief, it allows shops to sell leftover food (think bread still on shelves at the end of the day, near-expiration veggies in supermarkets, etc) shortly before the shop closes, at heavily discounted prices. There's a small catch: you don't know what you're gonna get in the bag. If you buy the package from a butcher, it'll be meat, but you don't know what kind. If you're buying from the bakery, you're likely to get bread, but you don't know for sure: it could be macaroons...if you're THAT lucky.

Give it a try. I love it.
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

Do any of you go to a Coop before closing hours and look for the orange 50% stickers? There are some great deals to be had
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Do any of you go to a Coop before closing hours and look for the orange 50% stickers? There are some great deals to be had
Pretty much SOP for me, be it in Swiss Lidl or Aldi, or French Intermarché. More usually 25% in the Swiss ones, but often pick up a tray of meat, or a whole free-range chicken, at half price at Intermarché and get to my favourite ub in Abondance just before 1900 in time to get a couple of pints of their home-brewed, hand-pumped real ale at thier half price happy hour prices.
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Great opportunity to remind everyone to try the TooGoodToGo app: https://toogoodtogo.ch/de-ch. They describe the app this way:

Through our app, we connect our users with delicious unsold food from a variety of shops and restaurants all over Europe. So come join the world's largest community of waste warriors!
An acquaintance who is a freelance photographer in London, regularly uses this app and posts photos of the results on his twitter feed. He's always on the go from one job to another and virtually lives on this stuff.
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That's good. But I'm keen on knowing what I can eat that I didn't know I can before.
Broccoli stalks? Love them.
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An acquaintance who is a freelance photographer in London, regularly uses this app and posts photos of the results on his twitter feed. He's always on the go from one job to another and virtually lives on this stuff.
Do you get a chance to know what's in the bag before buying it? I can only imagine that probably more than 50% would be stuff I would never use, so would end up throwing half of it away anyway.

Not that it makes any difference, since the onluy places doing it are miles away from us, and any savings certainly not worth the extra trip.
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Do you get a chance to know what's in the bag before buying it? I can only imagine that probably more than 50% would be stuff I would never use, so would end up throwing half of it away anyway.

Not that it makes any difference, since the only places doing it are miles away from us, and any savings certainly not worth the extra trip.

In Migros, if you go early enough, you get to choose the bag among the 5 options. I think you can also remove things you don't want (but you probably can't replace it with things from the other bag).
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Did the "try-again-every-few-yearrs" lately and still don't like Broccoli in general.
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Did the "try-again-every-few-yearrs" lately and still don't like Broccoli in general.
Fair enough. Great in a stirfry with loads of garlic and ginger.
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

Sadly, just had some half-price pizza dough turn out to be rancid ... it was bio, too, and only two days over its use-by date! Shocking, that ...
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Re: Poll: throwing food away.

Had artichokes today (the picture is not of mine, I don't cut the tops off) but it was simply too many.
What does one do with a left over (i.e. cold) one???

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You eat them cold with a vinegrette or other sauce, add to pizza, etc.

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When it comes to veg:
Any leftover fresh veg gets washed, peeled, chopped and stored in the freezer waiting for a soup or a casserole.
Cold meats:
My OH eats it even if it's 2 weeks past by date... I don't protest....
Grains, nuts, cereal stuff: when it's 2 years past by date, which is rare. Using my nose here. Often roasting them in the oven to check if they'd become edible or less smelly. Most of the time it works.
I picked up on that idea, thanks, and chopped quite some veggies small and pretty and put them in the freezer. Mixed. Makes veggies much more handy and I'm sure I'll add them where normally I would say I can't be bothered to deal with it, specially in this variety.

The rest of your post was not my thing . I'm also a bit of a "best before date" person. Except where it seriously does not make sense like sugar, honey, salt etc.
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