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Every summer, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) holds a conference where various companies and scientists in the food industry can mingle and talk about the hot topics. I love going to this conference because, as someone who is adjacent to food science, I mostly get to sample food and collect goodies. This year, the conference occurred over the last week (June 26-28) in Las Vegas, NV. And, as I have been paying more attention to the food waste and sustainability aspects of the conference, that is what I want to discuss here.
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This week, I had little time to go diving, so only on 1 day did I actually get things. Thankfully the things are got were useful and enjoyed.


Sponges aren't found in the dumpster often, but I always enjoy finding items to clean up my dishes after I cook all the yummy food from the dumpster. I enjoy these types of sponges I found as they are gentle on pans that can be easily scratched, but offer a little abrasion to get the stuck on junk off the pots.


The stop had some yummy veggies I enjoy eating. I found an organic cauliflower in the dumpster which is one of my favorite veggies. This was one veggie that got cooked immediately upon bringing it home. It served as part of my veggies for dinner and lunch the next day.

I also found a bag of kale. Kale is one of the healthy green veggies I try to eat, but don't eat nearly as often. My favorite thing to do with it is fry it up with some onions and eat with some sort of meat. Sometimes I cook it with the meat, sometimes without. This week, I cooked some up with onions in bacon grease to give a little added bacon flavor.

I also collected some spinach and peppers while looking at what was available. These are great food items for my omelets.

Cookies for Dessert

Although I don't eat cookies, I did find some yummy healthy looking cookies to be had for dessert after all the veggies. These will be given to others who think no meal is complete without something a little bit sweet.

Other items

The dumpster included some instant oatmeal which is useful to keep around when you need a quick breakfast option.

There were also organic veggie chips. Nothing says healthy like organic and vegetables. The chips were mostly made out of root veggies like carrots and

beets, so the sugar content was high, but much better than just unhealthy grain.

Recently I got some feedback from a reader who said to be careful about eating lots of meat from the dumpster. The reason being that old meat collects histamines and this caused him to have histamine poisoning. ...continue reading "Histamine Poisoning: What it is and Where it comes from"

hummus recallHouse of Thaller, a Knoxville Tennessee company, is voluntarily recalling selected 10 ounce packages of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping, because an ingredient supplier notified us that their ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. These products were distributed nationwide through various grocery retailers from April 18, 2017 to June 13, 2017, and in Canada on April 20, 2017. The products come in 10 ounce, clear, round plastic cups with a clear or colored plastic lid:

  • Fresh Foods Market Artisan Hummus, Pine Nuts – clear lid edge
  • Lantana White Bean Hummus with Pine Nut & Herb Topping – white or beige striped lid edge
  • Marketside Classic Hummus with Pine Nuts – solid black lid edge

For more information, check here. This looks like another product that should be left alone.

This week has been hit of miss at the dumpsters. With all the heat, I had to be careful about what I got.

There were a lot of open Quaker oats in the dumpster, but one of the containers didn't actually get opened when it got crushed so I grabbed that. There were also bottles of coffee in the dumpster that day so I decided those could be grabbed.


Since veggies are usually hot while growing in the garden, a little heat isn't going to ruin the veggies, just shorten how long they will last. Due to this I grabbed a little bit of corn and some broccoli and cauliflower. I also found some zucchini, hot peppers, and a cantaloupe.


Amazingly enough, I managed to get to the dumpster while some eggs that I could reach were still cold to the touch. This meant I got myself another 12 dozen eggs for my fridge. Now I just need to figure out how to use them all up.

Chips and Bread

I found a bunch of chips in the dumpster. They might be a little old or crushed, but it's something to give to those who enjoy chips. I also found a lemon pound cake and a little bread.

macrobar recallGoMacro, of Viola, Wis., is recalling a limited number of MacroBars and Thrive Bars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled MacroBars and Thrive Bars were distributed across the country and internationally via retail stores, mail orders and direct delivery. The following products have been recalled:

  • Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips MacroBar
  • Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips Mini MacroBar
  • Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt Thrive Bar
  • Caramel Coconut Thrive Bar

For more information, check here. These don't seem edible, so I wouldn't take them if I found them.

bulletproof collagen protein bar recallBulletproof 360, Inc. (“Bulletproof”) of Bellevue, Washington is recalling five Collagen Protein Bar and Bite products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected products were distributed between April 7, 2017 and June 12, 2017 in retail stores nationally and on to customers nationally and internationally in the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands (USA). The following products have been recalled:

  • Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bar
  • Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bite
  • Lemon Cookie Collagen Protein Bar
  • Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bar
  • Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bite

For more information, check here. I do not suggest taking these recalled products. Listeria is everywhere.

grain-free granola recallWildway LLC is voluntarily recalling certain grain-free granola codes, because the Company has been notified by an ingredient supplier that an ingredient used in these products has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Most of the recalled products have been distributed nationwide, though the Trader Joe's Granola is only in a few states. The recalled products are:

  • Wildway Apple Cinnamon Grain-free Granola
  • Wildway Banana Nut Grain-free Granola
  • Wildway Coconut Cashew Grain-free Granola
  • Wildway Vanilla Bean Espresso Grain-free Granola
  • Trader Joe's Grainless Granola

For more information, check here. And to be safe, I do not suggest collecting any of these products.

I recently wrote a post about making the death of a loved one better for the environment. After writing this post, I sat down to talk about what I learned with my sister. We talked about how we treat the death of a human so differently to the death of a pet. So let's talk about what we do when a pet dies and how that impacts the environment. ...continue reading "When a Pet Dies: It’s the Circle of Life"

beef ravioli recallJoseph Seviroli Foods, a Garden City, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 114,409 pounds of beef ravioli products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The items were shipped to distribution locations in Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, and Rhode Island. The recalled products potentially contain undeclared milk. The following products have been recalled:

  • 25-oz. bag of “LOWES foods beef ravioli square shaped,” with lot code 7040 and a sell by date of 2/9/2018.
  • 30-oz. bag of “Big Y SQUARE Beef Ravioli,” with lot code 7009 and 7130, and sell by dates of 1/9/18 and 5/10/2018.
  • 13-oz. bag of “Seviroli Beef Ravioli,” with lot codes 7041, 7042, 7107, 7109, 7118, 7130, and 7079, and sell by dates of 2/10/18, 2/11/18, 4/17/18, 4/19/18, 4/28/17, 5/10/18, and 3/20/18.
  • 24-oz. bag of “BEST YET beef ravioli,” with lot code 7065 and a sell by date of 3/6/18.
  • 20-lb bulk bag of “SEV MINI HEX BEEF RAVIOLI PAR-COOKED,” with lot codes 7034, 7065 and 7100 and package codes of 7034, 7065, and 7100
  • 20-oz bag of “V’s PRE-COOKED SQUARE BEEF RAVIOLI,” with lot codes 7034, 7040, 7065 and 7100 and sell by dates of 2/3/18, 2/9/18, 3/6/18, and 4/10/18.

For more information, check here. So long as you do not suffer from a milk allergy, feel free to grab this item if you find it.