Twice now in the past week I have pulled something out from the pantry to use for dinner and found that it expired in early 2008. Luckily those dinner plans weren’t ruined, but it got me thinking what other expired delights lurked in my pantry, cabinets, and freezer.
As I’ve mentioned before, I actually like grocery shopping. Really. I also tend to get carried away when I go and come home with more than I’d planned on and have had to creatively rearrange the contents of the freezer to get everything in. I think I have an Old Mother Hubbard complex of some kind where my pantry, cabinets, and freezer must be replenished every week.
But all this really does is move more stuff to the back to be forgotten about and ends up wasting food and money.
Like pretty much everyone else, we’re trying to watch our expenses and this might be one of the more painless ways to trim some budgetary fat. Plus it’ll hopefully inspire some culinary creativity!
If you’ve done this before, I’d love to hear what you did and if it worked!