about asking for left over foods from restaurants

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  1. rippdog

    rippdog Active Member

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    how does one approached a restaurant for their leftovers? Do you give them a container? how offen should you pick up? should they have to call them or should they call you to pick up scraps? just wondering since alot of people get scraps and didn't know the best way to go about it. I see people(with pigs)with big barrels loading and unloading in trucks/trailers. thanks!:1pig:
     
  2. lonelyfarmgirl

    lonelyfarmgirl Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I dont know how to approach them, just talk to the manager, I guess, but one thing that is important, you cannot take any food that has been on somebodies plate. That can cause trichynosis. If its plate food, it has to be heated to someteen degrees for so much time. We get scraps from the school here, but its only stuff from the kitchen that a human hand never touched.

    plan to provide all containers, pick up on their schedule. If it inconveniences them, they wont do it. If you screw up once, your likely done. And if you get it, and begin picking up, be as inconspicuous as possible, as in get in, get the stuff, and get out without disturbing their operation.
     

  3. HeritagePigs

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    It is illegal in some places to feed garbage to hogs and restaurant waste is considered garbage.

    You might do better to approach small groceries, bread trucks, orchards and the like. At least you will know that it hasn't been served to people.
     
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  4. TamBerk

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    I approached a deli owner a while back about scraps and left a barrel there which I am exchanging a few times a week. Out of courtesy, it's always good to clean the barrels out before bringing back because they will start to stink. In return,I get a assortment of bagels,bread, pasteries, lettuce.
     
  5. Ronney

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    Rippdog, probably a good place to start would be to find out what the law is in your State regarding the feeding of waste food and, if allowable, how it is to be treated. i.e. I pick up from restaurants, takeaway outlets and bakeries which includes waste from plates but NZ law is such that ALL waste food has to be cooked prior to being fed to pigs with the exception of fresh garden waste and milk.

    Then just go door knocking and politely ask if anybody collects their waste and if not, would they mind if you did. The worst they can say is no. If they say yes, come to an agreement on how often it has to be collected, where they will leave it and what time is suitable for both of you - often that bit doesn't matter. And always, always, leave a spotlessly clean bucket/container with a well fitting lid. I also ensure that through the year I leave a thankyou - a cheque for the social club for bigger organisations, a ham, bacon, eggs, etc. for family run businesses. I appreciate that these people go the mile to save, and often even sort, the food for me.

    Cheers,
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  6. Laura Zone 5

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    99% of restaurants will NOT give you their 'trash'. Liability.
    It is SINFUL how much food I throw away at work.
    BUT we cannot give it away because someone might sue.......sad.

    Your best bet is to find a locally owned restaurant and arrange with them. You should provide any container, clean, when you drop it off. Arrange a time of pick up, and be punctual every time. Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest, thereby having the most 'left overs'.
     
  7. Kmac15

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    The only time we had any luck with it was a small, mom and pop place. DH drove by every night on his way home from work and picked up the buckets left out back by the door and dropped off the clean ones.
    Our biggest problem was that most of the scrapes were carbs. Lots of grits, bread ends, left over biscuits. Even with feeding some high protein feed, the pigs were fatty. Just had a real thick layer of fat on everything.
     
  8. highlands

    highlands Walter Jeffries Staff Member Supporter

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    Do be very cautious with this. In fact, avoid it.

    1) Disease issues.

    2) Broken glass, knives, forks, etc.

    3) Illegal unless cooked and even then illegal in many places.

    I would suggest not feeding post-consumer wastes.
     
  9. Rogo

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    === 99% of restaurants will NOT give you their 'trash'. Liability.
    It is SINFUL how much food I throw away at work.
    BUT we cannot give it away because someone might sue.......sad. ===


    Same here with the produce in the grocery stores. Perfectly good food -- not post consumer -- goes in the trash to avoid law suits.
     
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    We get some reject produce from the grocery store here. If even one apple in a bag is bad, they throw out the whole bag...it's a shame.
     
  11. HeritagePigs

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    I read somewhere that those of us in the U.S. throw away around 40% of the food we buy. IMO this is because we have become used to buying cheap, perfect food; if it gets a spot or becomes slightly wilted it goes in the trash.

    Or, hopefully, to the hogs...
     
  12. linn

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    If you do get waste food from a restaurant, make sure you cook it good before feeding it to your hogs.
     
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    Trichinosis is caused by feeding processed food waste. It is pretty much eradicated from 1st world nations because "garbage" feeding has become a thing of the past. Feeding vegetables, milk, fruit, etc that is not considered processed is the best way to go. If you do go the route of feeding french fries and finger steaks you will need a cooker that can cook up to 300 degrees which then it becomes cost prohibitive in most areas.
     
  14. rippdog

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    thanks for all the info most helpful.
    I tried the grocery store once and they send stuff to the soup kitchen and they said they had 4 others on the list ahead of me. so i did give that up.

    Also, i have enough work and i would not want to cook anything before feeding thats just crazy. of course if that was my only option yes i would do it.
    you have to figure that into your cost your time, cleaning and cooking-plus gas and containers. I would like to find a supplmental protein to help with cost. We have goat dairy's near by maybe that would be a better source, they make cheeses and such.:clap:
     
  15. HardBall

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    Bingo, milk is an excellent source for feed SUPPLEMENT, just make sure you feed dry matter sources with it as well or the pigs can inherit a watery meat product.
     
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    highlands Walter Jeffries Staff Member Supporter

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    Actually, not, Trichinosis is caused by feeding infected materials to the animals. If there is no Trichinosis in the food then the food won't cause Trichinosis. This is a very important distinction.
     
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    well if you are smart enough to raise your own pigs, you know better than throwing away good food that might have some spots :banana02:
     
  18. HeritagePigs

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    Well, we eat spotty food at my house despite how loudly the hogs wail...
     
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    Que the Dirty Jobs video of the Las Vegas hog feader.... :D
     
  20. oregon woodsmok

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    The law here is that if restaurants save food for pig feeding, the food must be refrigerated until it is picked up.

    Good luck on convincing a restaurant to keep a barrel of garbage inside their refrigerator unit. Not going to happen.

    Bakeries will give, or sell for a good price, their post dated bread. Maybe your local dairy will give, or sell you, their end dated dairy products.

    Plant yourself a couple of apple trees. Get the right varieties and you'll have apples from July until November. Apple fed pork is mighty good stuff.