of Americans throw out food prematurely, as TIME reported last week. Basically, consumers are confused by phrasing like use by and sell by and so, to be safe, they end up tossing perfectly good produce, snacks and more. In reality, food dating really just indicates when an item is at its peak freshness, not when it becomes inedible. All of this got Doug Rauch, the former president of the Trader Joes supermarket chain, thinking about a potential solution. And now, it seems he might have found one: a market that specializes in preparing and repackaging expired food and selling it at deeply discounted prices. He plans to launch this project, called the Daily Table, next year in Bostons working-class Dorchester neighborhood, NPR reports . (MORE: How Two German-Owned Sister Supermarket Brands Became Hot Trendsetters ) Its the idea about how to bring affordable nutrition to the underserved in our cities, Rauch told NPR. It basically tries to utilize this 40 percent of this food that is wasted.He explained that the Daily Tables setup will be kind ofa hybrid between a grocery store and a restaurant if you would, because primarily its going to take this food in, prep it, cook it [for] what I call speed-scratch cooking. The basic concept of repurposing expired food isnt new. Food banks, for example, have been doing it for years. But the idea here is to make this nutritional food an affordable, quick and easy option to people who might otherwise spend their lunch money at McDonalds. And of course, its about implementing a longer-term solution to the growing problem of wasted food across the U.S. This is about trying to tackle a very large social challenge we have, Rauch told NPR, that is going to create a health care tsunami in cost if we dont do something about it.
(Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Also The Reply: Opinion writers respond to reader comments and letters September 21, 2013 In some political circles, food stamp recipients are portrayed as prone to fraud, too entitled to work or living too comfortably at taxpayers’ expense. Some Times readers couldn’t disagree more. Those who sent us letters to the editor this week were almost unanimous in their opposition to the Republican-controlled House’s vote to pass a spending cut that would remove nearly 4 million Americans from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which provides aid to families and individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have significant trouble paying for food. Many said this action amounted to an attack on those who could least afford it; others called it immoral and unprecedented. Here is a selection of those letters. — Paul Thornton, letters editor Altadena resident J.H. Benson questions the GOP ‘s morality: “House Republicans are badly in need of a moral compass. Their hypocrisy is only surpassed by their cruelty. “The GOP says that the 4 million Americans who will be kicked off SNAP are capable of helping themselves. I hope that our very capable farmers aren’t being subsidized while this assistance to the poor is deemed too expensive.” Long Beach resident Matthew Black points out more pressing spending concerns: “The GOP has truly hit a new low. After increasing annual defense spending by more than $300 billion since 2001, spending $2 trillion on unnecessary wars and passing $1.7 trillion in tax cuts between 2001 and 2003 that primarily went to the wealthiest Americans, Republicans need to save $40 billion on food stamps. “Way to go. Why do I feel I’m reading a Charles Dickens novel?
That’s why often lemon juice is added to hummus, a combination of pureed sesame seeds with garbanzo beans/chickpeas. Lemon although tart, is actually alkaline in the body. On the other hand, oil-fried ground raw or soaked garbanzo beans or garbanzo bean flour mixed with ground split peas, as in a falafel patty, can bring on the flatulence in some people who combine it with animal protein such as ground meat or seafood on a dinner plate. Instead, you can wrap resistant starches such as legumes in grape vine leaves (cooked) instead of serving grape vine leaves or cabbage rolls stuffed with starchy rice mixed with ground meat. Serve one or the other rather than combining the two at the same meal. Although beans and rice make a more complete protein, eat them at separate meals or eat the rice by itself or with vegetables rather than with a high protein and fat food such as ground meat. Scientists are studying the reasons why people in different parts of the world prefer specific food pairings Why do American kids and families love shared flavors on their menus more than in other countries not influenced by USA cuisine? One or two centuries ago, those 12 course meals were followed by the ‘vapors.’ If someone gets the ‘vapors,’ you leave the room, even though some Victorian-era books say the person with the ‘vapors’ should leave the area of company. Pairing food by flavors People have been pairing foods for centuries based on flavor pairings such as chocolate and mint, carrot juice and hot cocoa mixed, or a salad dressing of lime juice instead of oils over chopped apples mixed with mashed avocado. It’s a mix of different flavors such as tart vegetable combined with cheese. In Asia, kids don’t get too many mixed ingredients. There are fewer mixes of shared flavors. Scientists found in this latest study that there were also ingredients in East Asian cuisine — beef, ginger, pork, cayenne, chicken and onion — that were the top contributors to an overall negative shared compound effect on food pairing.