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Are there Paleos who go dumpster diving?

Answered on December 17, 2010
Created December 16, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Hey...I wanna know--do you find in dumpsters paleo-friendly stuff? Sometimes organic dumpsters still have quite fresh vegetables and fruits, sometimes seeds and nuts.

I'm not sure if it's good to eat meat from the dumpster. This seems very dangerous. Who wants to have worms and parasites?

In some places they eat rotten food, maybe in combination with strong powerful herbs and greens, and strong community power.

Do u have paleo experience with dumpster diving?

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on December 17, 2010
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That's true--it is way easier to pick up putrefaction (which isn't necessarily a bad thing as shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL6YNOa2w08&feature=fvw) through the senses than contamination, so maybe the answer would be to more thoroughly cook dumpstered meat than you might with sources that you feel better about, maybe? In the end I guess it all comes down to personal comfort and beliefs about hygiene and safety with anything we ingest regardless of the source.

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on December 17, 2010
at 12:04 AM

I thought that spoilage bacteria (those that cause meat to deteriorate in appearance and smell) are usually not harmful to consume and the harmful bacteria are generally tasteless/odorless. If this is true, smell might not be such a useful indicator.

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I know some people who get mostly all their meat from roadkill and they are also of the opinion that the nose and eyes don't lie about this stuff if you are open enough to trust them.

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on December 17, 2010
at 05:53 AM

Whenever you see "aged meat" mentioned at steak shops, pretty much it's controlled "rot" (in particular dry aging). The meat's left out for weeks in controlled temperatures. It dries a bit, enzymes break down the protein and cartilage, and mold grows on the outside. Looks a bit disgusting actually.

Doesn't mean that it's safe out of a dumpster though. Personally, I prefer to not be in the situation where I need to dumpster dive...

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on December 17, 2010
at 02:06 AM

I haven't dumpstered in many years, but I did hear a tale of an awesome "Hippie Christmas"--that's when all the students move out of the dorms and frats and sororities in June and throw lots of perfectly useful things away--meat score. Apparently the folks who ran the kitchen in the frat threw out the contents of the freezer and someone came across lots of meat--still frozen! I'm sure it wasn't grass fed, but if you're a diver, you're probably not in a position to be too choosy. I think that's the only time I would eat meat from a dumpster. Other than that, Hippie Christmas often yielded perfectly good unopened packaged food, though most of that wouldn't be paleo-friendly. Canned goods maybe.

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on December 16, 2010
at 08:37 PM

Almost everyone I know who dumpster dives is vegan so I am unsure about the full range of offerings in my area. I have heard of some people coming across meat, but I am unsure of what condition it is in or what kinds. I think I would feel more comfortable dumpstering meat in the winter versus the summer because of the refrigeration thing, so now may be the time to start actively scavenging.

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on December 16, 2010
at 06:39 PM

Seems like it would be tricky to get good meat that way because they would not throw it out until it is expired, but I guess if you timed it so you got at the meat right after they threw it out, that could work. Expiration dates are not as reliable as common sense and a good nose sniff when it comes to bad meat. Some of that stuff is bad before it officially expires and others would still be fine for another day or two or maybe even longer. The body is surprisingly able to tolerate old meat, even though from a psychological perspective, it sounds gross.

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

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on December 16, 2010
at 08:40 PM

I know some people who get mostly all their meat from roadkill and they are also of the opinion that the nose and eyes don't lie about this stuff if you are open enough to trust them.

9a19846adfae25b2e17c32d9af386f02

(151)

on December 17, 2010
at 12:04 AM

I thought that spoilage bacteria (those that cause meat to deteriorate in appearance and smell) are usually not harmful to consume and the harmful bacteria are generally tasteless/odorless. If this is true, smell might not be such a useful indicator.

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on December 17, 2010
at 02:43 AM

That's true--it is way easier to pick up putrefaction (which isn't necessarily a bad thing as shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL6YNOa2w08&feature=fvw) through the senses than contamination, so maybe the answer would be to more thoroughly cook dumpstered meat than you might with sources that you feel better about, maybe? In the end I guess it all comes down to personal comfort and beliefs about hygiene and safety with anything we ingest regardless of the source.

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