Disposing of Old Food


I’ve always understood one is not supposed to waste food according to Jewish law (with destroying chametz before Passover being an obvious exception). What is one supposed to do with old food that is still safely edible, but of a diminished quality that almost no human (or animal) is interested in consuming?



  1. Such food can be thrown away without any feelings of guilt. It is true that the Torah forbids the wanton waste of food, but that does not include food that is no longer edible or attractive to others.

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