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Old 07-30-2008, 09:51 PM
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Food Bank

A number of us from the North Shore volunteered at a food bank yesterday and today. It was quite interesting. Our neighbor's sister is visiting from Boston and she had the kindness to help us out.

Some things I never knew about food collection:

1. They can't accept food if ingredients aren't listed on the packaging. This means no home canned products. This also means that some individual packets of things like Easy Mac and sometimes oatmeal can't be accepted unless the box..which lists the ingredients is attached.

2. No jarred baby food. Not Even the sealed kind. They were concerned with contaminants getting up under the lid.

3. Despite what the expiration date says... undamaged canned goods will last 20-30 years, or so they say.

4. People donate a lot of tunafish and mac&cheese, I'm not sure why these items are so popular.

5. People donate some terribly old items. I won the prize for unpacking oldest and most unusual food item. The oldest was a box of jello pudding mix that was dated '1981'. Their record for oldest item was 1979, and the most unusual item was a can of grass jelly.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:59 PM
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Your a swell person Trakehner.

I just googled grass jelly and found out these interesting tidbits:

Grass jelly drinks are very popular amongst Vietnamese women; they are believed to enhance fertility, this is caused by the high levels of estrogen contained in the grass's root.
Plain grass jelly is mixed in various kinds of desserts, such as ice kacang and cendol. It is also mixed with soy milk to produce a milky white liquid with black strands in it, a drink known as Michael Jackson in South-East Asia.
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Kraft Foods reported higher than expected 2nd Q earnings . . . signs that consumers are increasing their pantry holdings "Kraft Dinner" in these economic times. Oreos and DiGornio pizza might mean folks are hunkering down.
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