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I am grateful I grew up with a large extended family and parents that survived the Great Depression but some times I take “Waste Not-Want Not” to the extreme. I worked hard to get over cleaning my plate because of the starving children across the seas. That made no sense to me anyway. I knew that food left on my plate would turn to garbage before it got across the seas. That problem was solved by just placing less food on my plate. But when it comes to peeling a potato, I can peel the skin off it thinner than anyone I’ve had the pleasure of standing alongside of prepping a traditional Thanksgiving feast! Same goes for any other root vegetable or thin skinned food!
Now all this past conditioning to not waste food carries over into my high raw vegan lifestyle. That’s good when it comes to my green and fruit smoothies. I know I’m going to consume everything that goes in and comes out of that super blender. Also, when saving pulp to make a dehydrated treat, it must be pure. I was prepping celery and carrots today to put through the juicer. I take so long to get every speck of anything resembling dirt or suspicious looking scrubbed or removed. Now is this really necessary to be this picky when I’m going to put the raw veggies or fruit through the juicer? What to scrub off and what to cut away is taking some valuable time when you are making a gallon of juice for the busy day. Do you think I was just born this way? Or do you think it all goes back to all the wise grown-ups that taught me, “Waste Not-Want Not”. God bless their influence on my frugal mentality no matter how confusing it can range. If they could see my “American Made” red mini van loaded with recyclables, I wonder what they would say to me. If Grandma Bowman went through my two junk drawers and pieces of this and that stored in my sewing room; would I be called a hoarder? Or would they say, “You got it! Waste Not-Want Not!”