I don’t know about you but my pantry is a disaster. It is a pretty big pantry so I can’t just take everything out. Sometimes I’ll take out 1 or 2 shelves worth but I can only do that when my kids are sleeping. Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to clean and organize little by little. Yesterday I tossed some old and crusty marshmallows that were hidden behind real food. I’m guess they were there since last Christmas when my big kids would have hot cocoa. A couple of new potatoes were found, those little guys are just too easy to misplace. They were shriveled, ewww. I also had to toss 1 small onion and a small bag of shallots that I had gotten on clearance a while ago.
I was able to give away a few things that hadn’t expired but that we were not going to be eating. I did have to throw away an unopened bottle of expired barbecue sauce. It wasn’t really up to our new standards of real food so we wouldn’t have eaten it but it’s too bad I couldn’t give it to someone who would have liked it.
We have been eating a ton of fresh produce but I did have some sliced bell peppers that got moldy (they looked much worse in person than in the picture). The good news about those is that I picked them up from the clearance produce sections so it was only $1 for three bell peppers and an onion. Something very odd happened too, I bought a new package of pita’s from Trader Joe’s on Monday and by Thursday they were covered in mold, the “best by” date was Friday so I’m guessing the temperatures were just too warm. I’m still bummed about those pita’s though.
I’ve also been cleaning out the freezer. Yes there was still some meat in the deep recesses of the freezer. I packed up a few things for a friend and tossed a few things. My freezer seems much happier now and so do I. It’s a lot easier to get things in and out. I still have more organization to do but not today.
Waste cost money. Everything I had thrown away was something I had spent money on. I estimate the produce I threw away cost about $2 and the pita’s another $2. I could have taken those pita’s back but it would be out of my way and probably cost me more in the long run.
It’s hard to know what the freezer stuff cost because I haven’t bought meat in so long I don’t really know how much it cost originally. It was taking up precious space though. Meat definitely cost more than produce so I know it was a lot.
When you throw food away do you think of what it cost you? I do. If it’s leftovers or something I cooked I think about the cost of the food, the cost of my time cooking it, and the cost of the next meal that will have to replace it because we didn’t use it wisely. I know I’m a weirdo!
How did you do this week? Is it time for a pantry/fridge/freezer clean out at your house too?