Wednesday, September 3, 2008


So living on a tropical island is great. You've got beautiful beaches, clear water, lovely mountains, friendly people, etc. But I'm going to let you in on a little known secret...the one thing that drives me nuts about being here is....the commissary (for those of you non-military people out there that's the grocery store). Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely thankful to be able to have the opportunity to shop there because the prices out in town are astronomical compared to our prices BUT and that's a very big BUT the frozen food, particularly the meat has to be the worst I've ever seen. For example, I shuffled out of bed and down the hall, opened the refrigerator door and there was my whole chicken that I put in there last night defrosting AND leaking all over the refrigerator. Yes that's right, chicken blood EVERYWHERE. It leaked down into the drawers and all over my vegetables!!! You see this has happened many times with pork tenderloins that I have bought. Honestly I think one out of every three frozen meats that I buy end up in the trash because there is a puncture mark in the package that I'm not aware of when purchasing. I have thrown away many and returned one to the store. Since we are on island we've got unique problems that only an island has....if you want to purchase meat you must purchase it frozen unless you plan to buy the already thawed stuff in the store but that you have to eat right away and are not supposed to refreeze it (you know, the law of freezing something twice!). Oh and don't get me started on the vegetables...that will be saved for another post! I'll give you hint though....I throw away about 40% of the vegetables I buy because they rot so quickly.

So here's my question to you....would you eat the chicken or throw it away?