Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cleaning the Kitchen Cupboards

I have a grocery shopping problem. I plan meals and buy the ingredients but then get too lazy to actually make the meal. This leads to expired food and comments like, "Wow, I didn't know we had that!"

CPA Boy and I went through the freezer in the garage, the refrigerator and the cupboards today. We weeded out the expired items and I made a list of everything else. For now I can plan meals with what ingredients I have and only buy milk and other fresh items as needed.

Yes, some things had expired in 2010. (And 2011. And 2012. And 2013.) Since we moved to this house in 2009 there was nothing earlier than that, thank goodness. But still, there were some pretty hideous things to toss. The chicken broth was the color of beef broth, ugh. The lemon and lime juices were vile in color and smell.

CPA Boy just kept laughing (to keep from crying I think) when he picked something up and read off the date.

I keep the cupboards relatively neat but since they are quite deep I have stuff in the front and stuff in the back. Things get lost in the shuffle.

I had NO IDEA that I had both a box AND a bag and a half of large elbow macaroni!

I had NO IDEA that I had manicotti shells!

I had NO IDEA that I had fettuccine noodles!

I had NO IDEA that I had rigatoni!

[Are you sensing a theme here? Yep, pasta is kept in the back section. (We also have spaghetti and orzo but I was aware of those!)]

I had NO IDEA we had a jar of bread and butter pickles. Yum!

I had NO IDEA how much popcorn I had! This will be my go-to snack for the next few months.

I had NO IDEA that I already had 2 large jars of Grey Poupon mustard when I bought 2 MORE jars at Costco a couple of months ago! Lots of Chicken Diane in the next months, maybe??

I had NO IDEA that I had two bags of frozen salmon filets! These have gotten very expensive, even at Costco, so I'm actually thrilled about this! We LOVE salmon.

Anyway, it's all part of my overall simplification plan. In general we are buying less stuff. Now that I know what foodstuffs we have I can plan some meals and shop less for a while. THEN I will try to get into the habit of making a weekly meal plan and then buying what I need for that week.

I can document that process when I get to it but for now we plan around the items on the list!

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