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I always check dates and throw away anything that's on or past the date. 2 1.37%
I check dates and make sure to use everything within the date. 10 6.85%
I keep an eye on dates and use nose, eyes and brain to determine what's still good to eat 101 69.18%
I only buy enough food to last a couple of days, so this never happens. 12 8.22%
I just eat stuff without really looking at the dates. 13 8.90%
What's a best before date? 4 2.74%
What's a fridge? 4 2.74%
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Same here...never heard of anybody else who does this until now!
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Did the "try-again-every-few-yearrs" lately and still don't like Broccoli in general.
You have to add lots of butter and some spices. Honestly, the best broccoli I've ever had is from the Migros restaurant (the buffet style). I wish I could make mine they way they make theirs.

Thank you to whoever gave the tip here about cutting up veggies that are starting to go bad and freezing them. Would be great to use in minestrone, etc. I wonder if I could do that with red peppers? And how about potatoes?
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You have to add lots of butter and some spices. Honestly, the best broccoli I've ever had is from the Migros restaurant (the buffet style). I wish I could make mine they way they make theirs.

Thank you to whoever gave the tip here about cutting up veggies that are starting to go bad and freezing them. Would be great to use in minestrone, etc. I wonder if I could do that with red peppers? And how about potatoes?
I got this friend called google and as I thought your question was interesting ....
Potatoes can be frozen BUT only cooked (otherwise they change their taste).

Red peppers - do you mean what we call Peperoni here? Also knows as bell pepper? Those can also be frozen but UNcooked. You're supposed to wash them, get rid of the seeds and cut them in little pieces. They won't be crisp anymore after but for cooking they're apparently good and you don't need to defrost them before use.

I'll try the bell pepper thing. It's also a good way to have all kinds of colours mixed, which if I don't need all that much I can't have. As potatoes are not really difficult to store, I guess it would be more about left-overs for them .... and I eat those simply the next day.

later: Just cut my pascal celery, which I would not be able to use up in time in tiny pieces and froze it. That stuff is absolutely great in almost anything, more like a spice than a veggie.
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Saw a report on how much "second-class" veggies are binned or turned into biogas (crippled carrots, tomatoes with little fissures etc.). And learnt something: You can cook/eat the dark green part of leek.

Now I guess most will shake their head and say "yeah, stating the obvious" but I was stunned how one (me in this case) can learn something and just pull it through because I never ran into someone who told me otherwise.
I sure wonder what else I cut off and bin which would be eatable.
(I don't peel most stuff - except the things you must - and I do eat the core of apples, pears)

And I also wondered if the green part of the spring-onions is eatable too? Most likely, huh?
You know of other parts of veggies getting thrown out for no good reason except upbringing? Enlighten me, I'm eager to know.
You are not the only one, it drives me crazy when I see people throwing the green bits of a leek away and yes you can eat the green parts of spring onions without a second thought.
just donīt do what I did once in a restaurant kitchen...
Old Mrs. "Cheffn" kept her stupid wretched PRIZED flowerbulbs in the big walk in fridge, you know the bulbs I mean, they look like onions...


Just like onions.



Slammer needed onions.
Slammer went and got onions.
Slammer cut up the onions

Slammer poisioned an entire evening sitting.
Slammer got fired.
In that order.
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Old Mrs. "Cheffn" kept her stupid wretched PRIZED flowerbulbs in the big walk in fridge, you know the bulbs I mean, they look like onions...


Just like onions.



Slammer needed onions.
Slammer went and got onions.
Slammer cut up the onions
You absolute tool. And you didn't even notice the lack of onion smell or the layers?
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You absolute tool. And you didn't even notice the lack of onion smell or the layers?
I was very young in them long gone days and in my defense when a place is heaving and everybody ordering you donīt look too closely.
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You are not the only one, it drives me crazy when I see people throwing the green bits of a leek away and yes you can eat the green parts of spring onions without a second thought.
just donīt do what I did once in a restaurant kitchen...
Old Mrs. "Cheffn" kept her stupid wretched PRIZED flowerbulbs in the big walk in fridge, you know the bulbs I mean, they look like onions...
Just like onions.......
Now a days you could start a discussion about when does an edible flower become edible?

Yeah, well, I learnt my lesson about the green bits (EF gotta be good for something). Now if they keep going berserk in the shops, maybe I can share the spring onions - they take the white bit, I take the green bit?
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I got this friend called google and as I thought your question was interesting ....
Potatoes can be frozen BUT only cooked (otherwise they change their taste).

Red peppers - do you mean what we call Peperoni here? Also knows as bell pepper? Those can also be frozen but UNcooked. You're supposed to wash them, get rid of the seeds and cut them in little pieces. They won't be crisp anymore after but for cooking they're apparently good and you don't need to defrost them before use.

I'll try the bell pepper thing. It's also a good way to have all kinds of colours mixed, which if I don't need all that much I can't have. As potatoes are not really difficult to store, I guess it would be more about left-overs for them .... and I eat those simply the next day.

later: Just cut my pascal celery, which I would not be able to use up in time in tiny pieces and froze it. That stuff is absolutely great in almost anything, more like a spice than a veggie.
Thank you so much. And yes, by "red pepper," I did mean what they call peperoni here, or bell pepper. Also, thank you for the tip about (what you call) pascal celery. That's another thing that I seem to end up throwing away sometimes, and it is so expensive here. Thanks again.
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Thank you so much. And yes, by "red pepper," I did mean what they call peperoni here, or bell pepper. Also, thank you for the tip about (what you call) pascal celery. That's another thing that I seem to end up throwing away sometimes, and it is so expensive here. Thanks again.
Well, to be honest, I just call it "Stangensellerie" and never talked about it to English friends, so I had to use the dictionary.
So what do you guys call it in real life?
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Well, to be honest, I just call it "Stangensellerie" and never talked about it to English friends, so I had to use the dictionary.
So what do you guys call it in real life?
I had to google pascal celery as Iíd never heard of it and Iím a native Brit.

We just call it celery.
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Well, to be honest, I just call it "Stangensellerie" and never talked about it to English friends, so I had to use the dictionary.
So what do you guys call it in real life?
Yes, just celery. The root stuff that's normally called Sellerie in German is called celeriac in English, celerie rave in French.
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You are not the only one, it drives me crazy when I see people throwing the green bits of a leek away
Even when they're harvested they've already cut off about half of what is edible. It's insane.
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I had to google pascal celery as Iíd never heard of it and Iím a native Brit.

We just call it celery.
Yeah but you see, there is a difference between "Stangensellerie" and "Knollensellerie".
I can tell, I like the first and not really like the latter.

Although I'd say, they just give one plant two names and sell it separately, looking at the picture.

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Yeah but you see, there is a difference between "Stangensellerie" and "Knollensellerie".
I can tell, I like the first and not really like the latter.

Although I'd say, they just give one plant two names and sell it separately, looking at the picture.

Thatís celeriac in English, or at least it is where I come from.
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Thatís celeriac in English, or at least it is where I come from.
Which part - the "Knolle" or the "Stange".

We buy them separately here and kind of put them back together.
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Which part - the "Knolle" or the "Stange".

We buy them separately here and kind of put them back together.
They are not actually the same vegetable.

https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/fro...55494-Mar2019/
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They are not actually the same vegetable.

https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/fro...55494-Mar2019/
They are cultivars of the same plant. One grown to have long stalks -celery. The other to have a big root, at the expense of the stalks- celariac.

Of course you can also eat the leaves, chopped finely or in a salad.
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They are not actually the same vegetable.

https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/fro...55494-Mar2019/
Thanks, that was good. So I was talking about celery (and celeriac is not so much my thing except in soups). Which I would like to plant this year as well - so thanks for the article.
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Growing up in India, it was a whole different story. Women (it was always women in the home kitchens) competed with one another to see how creative they can get with throwaway food. Cauliflower stalks, potato skin, summer squah peels, random bits from vegetables were turned in to stir fries and fritters; fish heads and fish carcasses (the bony bits) were turned into curries with vegetables; big bones from goats/cows were hacked smaller and cooked with chickpeas/lentils to go a long way and feed a crowd. They usually taste so amazing, they can hold their own against the expensive parts and for some people (like me) these are more delicous.
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Hmmmmm, celeriac: Slice raw celeriac and bake with vegetable broth. When half done, cover with blue cheese and walnuts, bake for another 20min. I usually also add some thyme...oregano or a bit of summer savory, but it is not needed.
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