Beans best before

21 10 2012

One can always get a different perspective on life from the vantage point of the toilet. I could see the remains of 2 cases of cans of beans under the spare bed in the spare room. They have been there a long time. I guess I bought them in 2008 when doing a shopping run to Johannesburg. That was the year of the crash of the Zimbabwe dollar. Food shortages abounded. The supermarket shelves were full  of very little spread out to make it look like a lot. All manner of people were selling basic and not so basic foodstuffs from their garages and charging illegally in hard currency. People coming back from the UK brought food and bread back in their luggage. Said a UK customs official to someone I know on seeing the bread in her hand luggage;  “Going back to Zimbabwe are we madam?”.

If you were down in Jo’burg it was possible to go and buy in bulk at the Woodmead Makro wholesale warehouse in the north. I did a pallet shop and ran out of money before the pallet was up to full height so it was rather expensive on the transport but I got it back to Harare with a transport company offering a specific service. Most of it was used long ago but being single I don’t go through a lot of food and the South African supermarket chains could land produce here much cheaper than the individual could once the US dollar became the currency of choice in 2009. So I rather forgot about it until just now.

The best before date on the baked beans is October last year and on the butter beans is a month ago and there is no rust on any of the cans so the contents are definitely worth investigating. This IS Zimbabwe and we don’t just throw away food because it has passed its best before date!

I do still occasionally come across wads of totally useless Zimbabwe dollars stashed away at the back of a cupboard or secreted in a suitcase. The best before dates on those was pretty much the day after I stored them (there was no point in banking them as there were limits on withdrawing cash and they devalued too fast) and no, they have no other use that even I can think of.





8 responses

22 10 2012

Come on, you can’t think of a use for worthless Zim dollars…… while sitting on the loo! OK, they might not be that absorbent but surely there would be some satisfaction in using them. Especially if you were to eat all those beans……

22 10 2012

Actually I tried that one long ago on discovering that there was no loo paper at the Willowmead Junction toilets. Someone had told me that toilet paper was more expensive than Zim dollars so I thought I’d try it. ‘Fraid to say that toilet paper is better in every respect for the purpose for which it was designed!

22 10 2012

The big ones sell on ebay, check it out !

24 10 2012

Didn’t you laminate some bills once and use them as bookmarks? I think I may even have one somewhere; once I clean up my office I’ll let you know.

24 10 2012

Yes, I still have one or two lying around. The REAL $1000 of the very first series of Zim notes. Way back when ZW$1000 was, well, ZW$1000!

25 10 2012

Do you remember the old boarding school rhyme?
Beans beans that musical food
The more you eat the more you toot
The more you toot the better you feel
Seat some beans for every meal.

28 10 2012

oh goodness, Tuppit, that’s international.

26 11 2012
Big Blister

I remember it as
Bean beans they’re good for your heart
The more you eat them the more you fart
The more you fart the more you eat
Beans bean they’re good to eat!

(And we went to the same school!)

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