Money-saving broccoli stem tip branded 'ridiculous' - Grimsby Live

2022-06-23 14:23:05 By : Mr. Crane Jin

"Gobsmacked at the broccoli in-store today as all of them had stems that were huge"

Money, or lack of it, is on a lot of people's minds at the moment thanks to rising fuel and food costs. The cost of living crisis has led to many people sharing cash-saving tips on forums.

One person was branded "ridiculous" and told they were taking frugality "too far" when they admitted to taking their pen knife into a supermarket to make a saving. The shopper said they don't like to eat the broccoli stalk and so – to make the vegetable weigh less on the scales – they simply cut it off and then only pay for the florets.

Posting on a money-saving Facebook page, he explained: "Gobsmacked at the broccoli in-store today as all of them had stems that were huge and if you're paying by weight then all that stalk you don’t use is a waste of money.

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"So I got the trusty knife out and trimmed them babies down. Haha ok, it’s a tiny tiny saving but it all helps."

The shopper proudly shared a picture of their handiwork, with the trimmed-down broccoli florets sitting in a shopping basket next to the penknife. The post divided viewers, with some calling it smart and others saying it was "embarrassing".

But rather than being impressed with his deed, hundreds of shoppers responded, with most saying the same thing – eat the broccoli stalks. "The stalks are really tasty and can be used in stocks or cooked with the rest of it," said one.

"Ridiculous! Just grate it and use it in salads/soup/stir-fry," commented another. A third said: "How embarrassing is this.? I'm all for saving a bit but this is downright ridiculous."

Other people argued if you wouldn't go around opening packages to chop off what you don't want, why should you do it with fresh produce? However, some shoppers defended the man, describing it as "a great idea for people who don’t like the stem".

"I do that all the time," said one. "I always have done. I think it's cheeky of the supermarkets to do this." Another said: "Good for you. I remember my mum when I was a child breaking off the stems."

The man himself was someone puzzled by the response to his post, telling Manchester Evening News: "I don’t really understand all the negative comments to be honest. Why should I pay for something I don’t want or use? I’d understand if it was in packaging."

Meanwhile, to clarify the law on carrying a knife in public, it is legal to carry a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less such as a Swiss Army Knife, according to To carry a knife with a longer blade you need a "good reason".

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