Jon and the Bean Sprout

I like different food items from different grocery stores. But, in an effort to not have food consume all of my free time, I’ve reined myself in and only go to two stores a week. As a result, I’m occasionally asked to compromise on price, quality or quantity. Last week, it was the last of these.

the infamous sproutsBean sprouts were in order for the Cold Sesame Noodles I was making, but I knew I’d need just a handful. One store near me sells sprouts in bulk (or in my case, the opposite). Since I couldn’t bring myself to head to a third store, I bought an 8-ounce bag.

Knowing that I wouldn’t make anything else that used them that week, almost a half-pound of bean sprouts sat in my fridge, expiring (I’ve found that they don’t last that long). There had to be someone who’d use these things. My wife suggested I experiment by posting them in the “free” section on Craigslist, and I thought, ‘why not.’

Within two hours of listing the sprouts, I received two e-mails. One was a man suggesting I add the bean sprouts to a stir fry, sound advice if I hadn’t already planned the rest of the week’s meals.

The other e-mail was from a guy interested in taking them. He said he couldn’t pick up the sprouts for a few days and I never heard back from him.

Hmm. I’d guess the lack of follow-through and interest was probably because bean sprouts aren’t all that useful or tasty (just crunchy!), and they’re cheap ($1.50 for the bag).

Next time, I’d probably ask a friend if they could use the sprouts. Giving food to strangers sounds fine, but taking food from strangers less so.

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  1. Posted March 31, 2008 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I feel your pain! This happens to me really often(which is why I have a blog about my food-wasting..I’m trying to get better! LOL).

    Have you considered being more flexible with your meal plans? This has helped me to do a better job of using up my food.

  2. Jonathan
    Posted March 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for understanding and the suggestion. I would normally figure out another meal where I could use the sprouts in, but that particular week I had an unusual string of plans that involved dinner. It happens.

    I hope you’ll keep up your blog–I’m definitely an interested reader.

  3. Posted April 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I hear ya. Just yesterday I was feeling really discouraged over the fact that my fridge had a bunch of food that needed to be used up, even though I’ve been trying SO hard to plan better and buy more wisely. It’s hard.

    I guess I expected that I would begin this journey and arrive at my destination right away, but I guess that’s sort of silly. I’ve been in this wasteful pattern for a lot of years now, and it’ll take me more than a few weeks to learn how to live differently!

    I’m gonna do my best with the blog thing. I’m pretty busy, but I think that once I get this planning/not wasting thing down, it’ll actually save me time, and I’ll hopefully have time to keep up my blog!

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