Dumpster diving : clean, safe and economic.

Veggie couscous salad

Dumpster diving is super in right now because it has been demystify. A couple of years ago, anyone who saw someone dive into a garbage automatically assumed that it was an homeless person looking for a few pieces of food. I started doing dumpster diving one year ago after some of my friends found crazy amounts of fresh food totally untouched in the groceries’ stores garbages.

How to properly do dumpster diving!

  • Facebook groups: There is actually a lot of facebook groups dedicated to dumpster diving in a bunch of cities. There is one in mine and people who works in the groceries stores write on these groups when they just threw food in the garbage and what they threw. That way people who are interested can go right away and get the food.
  • Plastic frenzy: A lot of the food that is thrown away is actually totally covered by plastic and/or a box. You already know how companies wrap their products with many layers of plastic. So, it’s absolutely clean and hygienic to pick it up and cook it yourself.
  • Manage the expiration date: A lot of the apprehension behind dumpster diving is the following question: If the grocerie store thinks this product is no longer good for the customers why could I still eat it? Well, for many reasons. First, because these companies have very high standards of quality to respect, but it doesn’t mean that the food is dangerous to consume. Normally, you can still eat the product 3 days after the expiration date. Of course, I wouldn’t eat meat from a dumpster or a product that looks funny or smells weird. Use your judgment.
  • Choose the time you go to the groceries stores: Because it’s still not orthodox to go through the dumpsters you should choose your timing carefully. I personnally prefer to go after the closing time. But, if I receive a message on a facebook group I go right away since the food will be fresher and you are sure that you don’t have to search through the entire garbage, it will be just at the top.

And now I just want to show you the amazing vegetables I got yesterday and what I did with them to may be give you the desire to try it yourself!

Veggie couscous salad


  • 1 cup of couscous
  • 1/2 brocoli FREE FROM DUMPSTER
  • 1/2 a can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 orange pepper FREE FROM DUMPSTER

Dressing (ingredients):

  • Parsley (to your taste)
  • Garlic (to your taste)
  • 1/3 of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Black pepper (to your taste)


  1. Cook the 1 cup of couscous in one cup of boiling water. Put in the fridge to cool down.
  2. Chop the brocoli and the pepper in small pieces. Add it to the couscous.
  3. Prepare the dressing. Put the oil in a bowl. Add the lemon juice. Chop the garlic and add it in the bowl. Chop the parsley and add it too. Add black pepper to your taste.
  4. Wait for the couscous to be totally cold and add the dressing.



One thought on “Dumpster diving : clean, safe and economic.

  1. cookingflip 5 August 2016 / 13 h 11 min

    I always say no one should go hungry in this world! The earth’s bounty is more than enough to feed us all.

    Liked by 1 person

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