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maddog3's picture

I have 100# of flour in 2 unopened sacks. I bought it in March it's from Bakemark, I don't need it nor do I want it... So I call around , the Chamber of Commerce ( the gal there suggested Goodwill ?? ) , a couple churches , and The Salvation Army, even the local fire dept.

no one wants it ! one church couldn't be bothered with trying to store it, and the fire dept. only accepts cash.

I learned a new Civics lesson with this, I'm just going to toss it .......... what a shame huh ?

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Canuck's picture

(post #52429, reply #1 of 35)

Do you have a food bank or a community kitchen? How about a subsidized day care, seniors' home? Seems a real shame to throw it out, but I understand your frustration.

maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #2 of 35)

the town has nothing like a food bank or kitchen, while the folks that I spoke with didn't offer any further suggestions like yours...

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madnoodle's picture

(post #52429, reply #3 of 35)

Wow.  I could name ten organizations in my small city who would be thrilled to take it off your hands.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?


 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #5 of 35)

too bad you're in Canada,

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msm-s's picture

(post #52429, reply #4 of 35)

Many places won't accept food items that don't have tamper-proof packaging; it would be a huge liability.

If you know anyone with kids that are in a parents' day out program or some sort of summer "camp" (many churches have them as daycare), or art program, call them-- they can turn flour into home-made playdough or just mix with water for paper mache.. it will get used up right away. I've got lots of recipes for it or you can google

maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #6 of 35)

I thought of that tampering problem too, but it never came up in conversation, I'll ry one or two more places Tuesday, seems a sin to just toss it

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Romana's picture

(post #52429, reply #7 of 35)

BH

post an ad on craigslist or freecycle! I mean it. I did it with unused still sealed bread from a freezer and someone grabbed it within a few minutes.

msm-s's picture

(post #52429, reply #8 of 35)

they won't bring it up, partly because that would be coming close to accusing you of it or implying the possibility. that's why I think it would most likely be used as a non-food for crafts.

madnoodle's picture

(post #52429, reply #9 of 35)

What do you mean by tamper-proof packaging?  He said they were in unopened bags--that's not tamper-proof enough?  Maybe there's just less litigiousness here, or maybe people are hungrier . . . I know our church will distribute homemade preserves, for instance.  In fact, they put out a call for pickles, jams and jellies every Fall.


What if there were no hypothetical questions?


 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

msm-s's picture

(post #52429, reply #12 of 35)

I heard that they were unopened. I am going by instructions some of the school, church, postal and other misc food drives around here give. A bag of flour could conceivably be opened and resealed undetectably. A can, not. Plastic bags of dry beans are accepted but bags of flour are not. Personally, I would imagine that there is more of a concern of flour bags breaking open and making a huge mess in transport or storage. some places have rigid rules they just won't bend.

I'm glad to hear about the pie lady!

Adele's picture

(post #52429, reply #13 of 35)

Isn't that odd.  Not one word about food in sealed bags at all.  (At the postal service).  Just no glass or expired foods.  Local food banks will take items in glass, just not expired items.


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

ouzo's picture

(post #52429, reply #10 of 35)

I'm with Romana - CL, freecycle or a neighborhood blog.  On my neighborhood blog, folks are always giving away unopened and even opened bags of staples.

 


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted - Aesop, The Lion & the mouse

  No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted - Aesop, The Lion & the mouse

maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #11 of 35)

Yay, good news from yesterday,

my wife was making the rounds on the gossip train and chatting with a neighbor lady
that I always considered as pleasant but having only one oar in the water, and the flour problem came up.
so the woman asked if she could have some to bakes pies, she makes them to give herself some extra $ for the Winter and we knew that, but never gave her a thought because according to someone .. I'm just rude :)

of course I now get to feel like a king jerk whining about my little problem, so my wife will ask how much she uses at a time and I then " can put it in smaller bags and freeze it " until her friend needs more

and my bride has vindication for her day long chats with the other birds

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Li's picture

(post #52429, reply #14 of 35)

>>I have 100# of flour in 2 unopened sacks. I bought it in March it's from Bakemark, I don't need it nor do I want it

What I want to know is, why did you buy 100 pounds of flour that you don't want or need? It's an awfully odd impulse buy. ;-)

Only connect.

Only connect.

MadMom's picture

(post #52429, reply #15 of 35)

Thanks for asking...I was wondering, says the woman with 11# of chocolate disks in her pantry!



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leonap's picture

(post #52429, reply #16 of 35)

lol. Perhaps you two should get together for a bake fest?

MadMom's picture

(post #52429, reply #17 of 35)

Maybe lots of cakes with ganache?



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leonap's picture

(post #52429, reply #19 of 35)

There you go!

nexus's picture

(post #52429, reply #18 of 35)

Chocolate discs are always good to have. If you don't use them in cooking or baking you can just nibble on them (with or without champaine).


Cheryl

maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #20 of 35)

the woman who orders it has to wait until she meets the minimum,all I can do is order it I have no control over when I will get it, ..... it has taken almost a month ......and this time it came a few days after I had my hip replaced, and I wasn't in a mood to start using it !

bad timing on my part, since I have a 1000 other things on my h'dew list and bread is far down the page and there is no room in the pantry to keep that much, but if I had been more mobile when it came it would have been gone by now

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leonap's picture

(post #52429, reply #21 of 35)

Oh my goodness! I hope you're fully recovered from your hip replacement surgery. I'm sure that has been an ordeal.

maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #23 of 35)

Thank You, I'm doing quite well now, in fact I am walking up stairs with pulling myself up, but the first few weeks were very unpleasant

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leonap's picture

(post #52429, reply #25 of 35)

Glad you're doing well. Going up stairs sounds like a major feat after that kind of surgery. Good for you!

Gretchen's picture

(post #52429, reply #26 of 35)

I guess you have already done the sitting down going upstairs backwards method?

Gretchen

Gretchen
maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #27 of 35)

uh no, can't say I know that one.

I had a very short stay at the hospital but the doc never ordered any therapy, I was being discharged because I wouldn't stay in bed, and he figured I was going to have to be held back from trying too hard, in fact we went to the docs' patient party at his office that evening..

I was out of driving around by the third week, since the hip didn't feel any different than the old one.

but I don't want to go through that again

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MadMom's picture

(post #52429, reply #28 of 35)

Wow!  I always assumed that hip replacement would be worse than knee replacement, but perhaps you were an exceptional patient.  My doctor would not allow driving for 8 weeks after my surgery, and I'm just now able to walk up a complete flight of stairs without putting both feet on the same step.  Walking down has never been a problem, though.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #29 of 35)

well I am pigheaded, it took about 3 years and of vacillating, 3 doctors and falling many times this past Winter hauling in firewood, before making up my mind to go through with it. but all the docs said hips are easier than knees. I had a tough time walking our drive which slopes up to the garage and stairs took a while too, but I walked and walked and walked everyday, until I was happy to be back in my chair
the only equipment I used for a long time was the potty extension, that thing is handy

I know many folks in the trades who are not happy with their new knees though, may be they go back to work too soon....don't know, but I'm glad you are recovering well, time is the great healer, and exercise. how was your pain after the surgery ?

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Edited 5/31/2009 11:11 am by maddog3

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MadMom's picture

(post #52429, reply #30 of 35)

They had me standing up less than 24 hours after surgery.  I was supposed to use a walker for 6 weeks, but just carried it around for the last two.  Walking up stairs has been the hardest task, but I have just about managed that.  The doctor said that I cannot run (my reply was not to worry, that I couldn't run when I was 12, either) or to use an inclined treadmill, but other than that, can do whatever exercises I am capable of. 



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maddog3's picture

(post #52429, reply #31 of 35)

were you annoyed or upset with the soreness during your first few weeks,

man I couldn't believe how POd I was with the new pain

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MadMom's picture

(post #52429, reply #32 of 35)

Well, it was sort of a bad year for me.  I had just gotten over the episode of the broken back, then had this hit me.  I think the worst thing was trying to sleep on my back.  I kept trying to roll onto one side or the other, and that just wasn't going to happen at first!


I get mad now at the things I can no longer do.  I don't want to feel old and feeble.  I don't mind if I'm 103, just don't want to feel it.  Right now, I think that's how old I feel, LOL.




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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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