James Silverton wrote:
> Hello All!
> I recently worked out the rather ridiculous cost of fresh store-bought
> fava beans. I wonder if anyone has calculated the real cost of other
> foods, particularly vegetables?
> I don't eat fresh green peas often but I
> wonder how much of the weight you buy comes from the pods themselves
Buy snap or snow peas where the only waste is the tiny bit of stem.
> how much do you trim off asparagus before cooking it?
That depends on how frugal you are. I trim the very bottom 1/8" or so
which is dried out, and then I trim the nice tender upper part from the
remainder. The parts all go in the steamer, and when the upper parts are
done they come out and are eaten as meal one. The tougher lower parts
steam a bit longer, and are then made into cream of asparagus soup for
meal two. Total waste is very minimal.
> Another food that I like with a large amount of wastage is trout where
> the skin, head and tail have to be removed. I don't trust any fish
> seller displaying trout filets ("for your convenience" or so you can't
> see the eyes.)
Well, since most of that trout is farm raised and was frozen, the
fillets are just fine.