Anabel Tastes the Seasons: Dumpster Diving

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Adam Kovel

Anabel pursues the adventures of culinary creations in unexpected places. Plus, it’s easy on the budget!

Anabel Prince, Copy editor

Over the eight editions of Anabel Tastes the Seasons I have written, readers always ask me, “Anabel, why do you only eat holiday foods?” As I failed to come up with an answer, I thought about what other food themes I could touch on, and then it hit me: dumpster diving. The act of scavenging local dumpsters for food has become increasingly popular recently, with more and more regarding it as a viable meal source. I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

The items Anabel chose appeared in stellar condition.
Adam Kovel
The items Anabel chose appeared in stellar condition.

Rotten Banana Peel:

I didn’t even know you could eat banana peels! Who knew? While the peel’s texture felt a little too chewy to me, I might eat one of these again in the future. Sure, I’d much prefer eating the inside of a banana, but nobody would throw one of those out.

Anabel examines the strange texture of the banana peel, questions whether it will live up to her expectations.
Adam Kovel
Anabel examines the strange texture of the banana peel, questions whether it will live up to her expectations.

Lay’s Salt and Vinegar potato chips:

I love salt and vinegar chips, so I got super excited when I stumbled upon these during my scavenging. Sadly, when I looked inside the empty bag, I found no chips. How dare whoever threw these out not leave any for me? I began to get angry. Smelling the residue where the delicious chips once lied failed to fully satisfy me.

Salt and vinegar chips excited Anabel's tastebuds.
Adam Kovel
Salt and vinegar chips excited Anabel’s tastebuds.

Doritos:

Why am I even reviewing these? I hate Doritos. Thankfully all that was left in the bag were crumbs. 0/10.

Sour Patch Kids Bunnies:

I LIVE for the sour crystals on the outside of sour patch kids, so I felt absolutely ecstatic when I found these leftover easter wrappers sitting in the garbage can. Why do people even throw these away? Beats me.

Pop Secret Popcorn:

Whoever threw out a half eaten bag of popcorn absolutely made my day. Once I ate around the burnt pieces, I found a few buttery kernels sitting at the bottom. The bag smelled buttery too. 10/10, I would highly recommend.

 

From this experience I learned that people give dumpster diving a bad rep. Sure, it may not be the classiest way to eat, but it’s free, and you might get lucky and find tasty gold.

April Fool’s, you fool!

XOXO, The Chant