Unconventional Gleaning

As I have a short break between trips to band class, I realize how long it has been since I posted to my blog.  So sad.  It is my job that is taking up all my time.

One pleasant side effect of this job though has been all the left-over food I have been bringing home.  This has been particularly helpful since I haven’t found much time to go grocery shopping.

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I know, left-over food does not sound that great.  Most of what I bring home is uncooked and unprepared, which is why no one else wants to bring it home.  It would be such a shame to waste all the food that goes uneaten.  Bananas are a staple.  Particularly if they are overripe, which is great for making muffins.  Apples past their prime have been wonderful for apple sauce and apple pies.

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All the raw vegetables get a quick blanche and then I freeze them.  We just got one of those sealer machines, too.  The money I didn’t spend on food this month paid for the machine.

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The vegetable selection has been wonderful, too.  Not the same old vegetables, although we get a lot of broccoli and carrots.

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This bag of dried fruit wasn’t a big hit but I just blend the fruit into smaller bits to add to oatmeal cookies.

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Gleaning is a concept that can be looked down on because of the lesser-quality or the hard work.  I love gleaning, especially in the unconventional sense.   Where ever there is an abundance, I look for ways to not waste.  Of course there are times when the food has to go.  No more frozen meatballs.

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