Delicious Bottled Goodwill Food!

by Katy on April 1, 2013 · 35 comments

You all know that I love Goodwill, and you also know that I hate food waste. So why not combine my two loves and find a way to incorporate Goodwill food into my family’s repertoire?

Sure, the contents are of uncertain origin and age, but they’re in bottles, so they should be safe. Right?

Here’s a big bottle of peppers, I can see incorporating them into burritos or huevos rancheros.



This bottle is layered with beans and two types of peppers. Maybe chili?

Star food

This curvy gal is filled to the rim with citrus garlic and peppers. A scrumptious addition to quinoa.

Bottled food

This dynamic duo is fruit based, so oatmeal would be the perfect pairing. Sure the liquid is murky, but that’s just extra yumminess! See how the apples have settled to the bottom? Mmm . . .  mmm . . . good!


Sometimes it’s easy to tell what goodies are held within the bottle, but oftentimes it’s a super fun mystery!

Is it mango? Is it chicken?

See? So fun!


If you too are a fan of deliciously mysterious bottled food, then please add your recipe ideas to the comments section below.

And make sure to get those comments in before April 1st is over. 😉

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan April 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

April Fool????


Katy April 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

What? Never!!!




Dee April 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

I would say April Fool, because I am pretty sure those are meant for decoration purposes


Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares April 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

Here is the time to admit that I ate some bean bags I got from a church rummage sale during the fill-a-bag-for-$1 deal at the end. I opened up the bean bags, washed the contents, and through the beans into the pressure cooker. Who knows how old they were. They didn’t soften up that well, but we were really poor then (but rich in creativity, thankfully). Honestly, I’d still do it, though.


Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares April 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

Oops! I THREW them into the pressure cooker!


Linda in Indiana April 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

Ugh! Once rented a vacation home that had those for decor. I put them away until we left….only thing worse would be an animal specimen in formaldyhyde (spelling?). Just never got what people saw in that icky stuff.


Sarah April 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

That last bottle looks like it contains human fingers. Halloween decor perhaps?


Diane April 1, 2013 at 11:24 am

Happy eating 🙂


Diana Fulmer April 1, 2013 at 11:24 am

Hi Katie,
I do not think those were made to be consumed, they are decorative. i have bought them before at ” Big Lots” If they are consumables, they have to have certain labels on them by law. I believe they may have some ingredients that are not safe to eat, preservatives. they are pretty and cheap kitchen decor though…. Love your blog by the way !!!


Renee CA April 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

You got me again this year!


JaneUlness April 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

I got a. Little like that for Xmas one year! Beware, it said it was not for human consumption on the label.


JaneUlness April 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

That’s bottle, I just love auto spell check! LOQL


Barb @ 1 Sentence Diary April 1, 2013 at 11:58 am

Ha ha ha ha!


gerard April 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

if the vapors coming off them are flammable , consider not eating the contents….


Lynn D. April 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I do like the green fish platter in the last photo. Do you know what it cost?


Katy April 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Sorry, didn’t see.



Koliti April 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Ewww! That last bottle’s contents remind me of High School Biology when we dissected fetal pigs! How about pairing them with the well-hidden Easter eggs you’ll find in a couple of weeks? Green Eggs & Ham indeed!


BRB April 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I never understand who thinks it is ok to donate those and have no idea who would buy them!


Katy April 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

And I am baffled as to why they’re almost always priced at $7.99.



Susan April 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I was thinking the same thing…who would pay that kind of money for THAT? That’s the real April Fools!!!


Madeline April 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

uuughh, I remember when those food bottle things were in vogue.I thought they were gross even when they were fresh!!!!!!!!


Kate April 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Ooh that last one looks like congealed raw chicken breasts. Yum.

I also can’t get over the combination of citrus, peppers, and garlic. Some kind of funky dip maybe?


Lovin the April Fools



Maryanne April 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Those bottles always look super-delish when people display them next to their stovetops and they get all greasy and dusty. Bon appetit! Haha!


marie April 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

oops, forgot about aprils fools. I was going to chastise you!


Judy April 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I love the curvy girl bottle, but I could not even stand to look at those as food or a decoration! The peppers were kinda pricey at $8.00.
Once I bought two cans of survival type packaged oatmeal and one of dried onions at an estate sale. Totally grossed out my daughter. I was making oatmeal bread like crazy and they were the best dried onions ever and lasted forever.
Happy April Fools to you all!


Treva April 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

I was believing it for a while… then it started to get stranger and I said “No way!” 🙂 That was a good one.


Katie April 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Welcome back!


Jessica April 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

My mother bought me one of these once for Christmas. It was a chicken shape; not sure what the food stuff was. She could not understand why I wasn’t excited about (i.e. hated) it. Glad I’m not the only one.


Marcy April 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Yay the blog is back up!!

Thanks for the belated april fools! It’s April 4 here in Australia.


cathy April 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Was the blog really hijacked or did you just take a mini holiday from blogging?


Katy April 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

It was really hacked.



cathy April 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

That’s what it looked like. Popular enough to get hacked. Must mean something!
Glad you’re back. I missed my daily dose of NCA.


Claudia April 4, 2013 at 3:31 am

Hooray, you’re back!


Diane April 4, 2013 at 3:50 am

Happy to see you again…at first I thought the hacked was a joke!


Jan April 5, 2013 at 2:50 am

You totally got me with this one! Ha ha ha!


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