Thursday, June 20, 2013
This morning I was looking for some yogurt in the fridge and all I could see was lots and lots of Pyrex-type containers of leftovers. Oodles and scads of them! Full of stuff that had been in there way too long. Stuff that I had taken out of the freezer to eat and then forgotten about. Stuff that I had put in the fridge to cool so I could freeze it and then forgot about it. Leftovers that I had planned to eat without them going to the freezer first and then forgot about. I cleaned off the top 2 shelves (and did manage to find the yogurt!), and sent most of it down the disposal. I just went and counted - one 8-cup container of something, two 6-cup containers of something else, eight 2-cup containers, four 1-cup containers, and four pint jars of stuff. All tossed. All wasted. I wonder how much money I just threw down the drain? Literally.
And a few weeks ago, I needed some space out in the garage where I have my canned goods. I went through what I had out there and threw out anything that was more than a year past it's use-by date. Some of the stuff out there said to use it by 2003! I know you can use commercially canned foods past their use-by date, as long as the cans aren't bulging or leaking or anything, but I decided that 1 year was my limit.
I saw on someone's blog that the author had committed to admitting to how much food she threw out each week. Like me, she was appalled at how much she was tossing. I'm going to do the same thing. Wasting all that food just isn't right, especially for a budget blog! But I'm giving myself a few more days to get the rest of the fridge cleaned out, first.
How about you? Do you waste a lot of food? Have you checked your canned goods (and your frozen foods) to be sure that you're using them up? I was really surprised at how much I threw out. I always thought that I did a pretty good job of keeping food waste to a minimum. And I still think that I do, usually. Just not, apparently, my canned goods.