I had some one time that someone else had killed, plucked, and cooked. The cubed the breast meat, shook it in fish fry and fried it. It was good but indistinguishable as anything. Coulda been tough chicken nuggets.
I have done small butterballs (12#ers) like a beer can chicken on the smoker using one of those larger foster beers. It was very good. I also like them (butterballs) fried. I also like them cooked in the oven... I pretty much like them any way they can be cooked. I will spend the extra money on peanut oil though. It seems to taste better and for whatever reasons, does not seem to soak into or stay on the meat like other oils do. I use it on all my deep frying (which becomes less and less with each passing year).
Dad had a wild turkey a couple years ago. I think they put it in to roast low and slow forever, but it was good and quite edible. Maybe their texture has to do with what they eat in the wild? Here it's corn. GMO corn no doubt.
I had to chuckle about the Oxi Clean container. I had a friend who was into prepping and stored dry goods in buckets. I was helping her do some painting and she fixed beans and cornbread for lunch. I could tell something wasn't right with the beans on my first bite. By the second bite, I figured out it was soap that I was tasting. She had stored them in a plastic detergent bucket that she had washed out with bleach water, but the soap taste was still there. Needless to say we poured that bucket of beans out.
So I do have a pet peeve that was hit upon last week. The school system here has been providing box lunches to the kids since the pandemic began. They were delivered by bus in the beginning, but after several drivers tested positive for COVID it became a weekly pickup only. We usually don’t pick one up as my daughter won’t eat the majority of it, but she does enjoy the fruit, milk and juice. Lately we’ve been picking up extra for our neighbor who was widowed last year and has temporary custody of three grandchildren. She works during the day and since the pickup day is the same day as my daughter’s therapy, we get extra for her and drop them off when she gets home. Last week the boxes could only be picked up in town and since we had physical therapy that day, we went early so we could get through the line. We passed a pickup truck on the way to town loaded with food boxes, yet when we arrived at the school to pick them up, we were told they had run out though they advertised them as being available for another 1 1/2 hours. The line was massive and I kept thinking of all the kids who may not get enough to eat.
Fast forward several hours and we see headlights coming up the driveway. It was the produce guy with twelve school food boxes that he could not handle. He gets them from an organization who gets the remainder of the food boxes after distribution and he passes them out to families in the area. He told my husband that he started with 75 boxes as that’s all he could handle, but there were hundreds more. So the good news is that my neighbor’s grandchildren now have extra food, but I’m still peeved that the school board evidently donated these boxes prior to the end of distribution. I questioned this on the board’s Facebook page, but my comment as well as several others were deleted.
Post by gardendmpls on Nov 29, 2020 22:58:55 GMT -5
That's why we have newspapers. Hopefully they will appreciate your tipping them off to a good story, if they aren't in the pockets of the school board already. My Mom used to get action when she threatened to go to the newspapers and reporters would watch her when she asked questions at meetings so they could ask the follow-ups that made for great news.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
Post by SpringRain on Nov 30, 2020 12:13:39 GMT -5
emmsmommy, that's disgraceful that lunches are being "diverted" to other than the children. Unfortunately, there are people who will take advantage of situations, and I doubt this is the first or last time.
Is the School board having any meetings now, or have they been cancelled, or closed to the public?
You might consider notifying other parents so that any action you take is supported by others; it's harder to ignore many complaints than it is to ignore one.
gardendmpls, SpringRain, The ball is rolling. Other parents have complained and have been told that these were last week's food boxes. The thing is the food changes a bit from week to week and these boxes weren't the same as the week before. Also the fresh fruit was still fresh, which it won't be if it sits for a week. My neighbor works for the local grocery store and has spread the word as well. It is supposed to be addressed at the next board meeting.
The good news is that we've started a distribution chain among families here. If my neighbor doesn't need it, she calls another until all the food is where it is needed. Unfortunately people do take advantage of charities too much. My neighbor, whose husband wasn't able to work for two years before he died, is too young for SS and their savings went quick after her husband got sick. She's in the process of getting some extra help for the grandkids, but there's so much red tape involved. On the other hand I have an aunt and uncle who take advantage of every food handout in the area and have for years. Their kids are grown, married and have homes of their own. While I don't begrudge anyone from accepting food if they need it, I do question why two people would need to go to 3-4 distributions a week when I know they aren't sharing what they get.
Donating the food boxes before time probably was not a school board decision. It was likely a food service decision, and as it turned out, a bad one. Someone will receive a severe wrist slap and be told not to do that any more.
School districts know how many students they serve. There is really no reason why they should EVER run out of lunches. I think it's federal money anyway, and we all know that is in un-limited supply!
There are always going to be those who take advantage of any opportunity. Every year the public library purges some books. They have a sale. $5 for as many books as you can fit in a big paper grocery bag. A bargain I'd say. There was this one guy (there always is) who would fill the bag to the point of ripping then stack more books on top. He could barely get it to the counter without a meltdown. Then he's complaining the whole time about how HE's already paid for these books once with his county taxes, blah, blah, blah, ad nauseam... But he drives away in a new car....
Then there's the food bank... The feed store is right across the street and I see lots of people who I know don't need to be picking up stuff at the food bank...
but, I have also stood in the school cafeteria and watched plate after plate of perfectly good food being dumped in the trash because the children "didn't like it". What? You don't like apples and oranges? Or milk!? Each child was required to take a carton of milk. Fully half of them went in the trash because they didn't like 2% milk.
But then there's the kid who eats anything on his plate and anything anyone else doesn't want... He/She knows it's going to be a long time form lunch till breakfast.
armjr and I see lots of people who I know don't need to be picking up stuff at the food bank... Even though she can afford food, I have a friend who gets boxes of food from an organization of a religion that she abandoned. I asked her why and she said she does it to give to her neighbors.
My sis distributes food boxes to shut ins in her tiny town. She helps her friend who is the volunteer coordinator the food trucks/food bank. If there is something the person doesn't need or like, she will take it along for the next stops. Helps to cut down on waste and those people are so grateful to have someone bring it to their door. She will even take home apples and can up applesauce for people who are unable to do it. Apples seem to be plentiful in the food boxes.
Alan, I grew up out on the farm. Dad had milk cows, there was a chicken coop and he kept some chickens for the eggs. He always had a garden spot for corn, beans, squash etc. We lived by the river so there was hunting and fishing opportunities. Some food was dried, pickled or bottled. Taters and carrots were kept in a pit. We never went hungry, nor did we waste food, and yes we were blessed with the opportunity to share with others at times.