I have such a bad habit of using just a smidgen of some food item and then hanging on to the rest for years. “This Junket is still good. I only used it once!” (See? You didn’t even know what Junket is, did you? That’s because I don’t think they make it anymore.)
I’m working on editing the mess.
We didn’t get our grocery shopping done last Sunday, and that was the catalyst that began this whole process. I wondered if it would be possible to make it through a week of breakfasts with no milk. As it turns out – yes. I had bacon & eggs – a no-brainer. Hmmmm…. what else could I use up?
I made a few pancakes to freeze, using up some oatmeal, old strawberry yogurt (remember, I don’t have milk) and some dried cranberries. They wouldn’t win a prize at a fair, but they’re not bad and they’ll get me through Saturday.
I realized there were many, many more things that need to be eaten or just thrown out. We have boxes and cans of food that have fake prices from when Lloyd used them for a math unit for middle school. He hasn’t taught middle school for the past two or three years.
Thus began the week of cleaning out the fridge & cupboards. Our first dinner was half a summer sausage, half an apple, the rest of the bread dough (baked into bread balloons), and a sad little bit of soup to use up half a can of chicken broth. It was such a tiny amount that it only filled two ramekins halfway.
The past three nights we’ve eaten frozen meatloaf and mashed potatoes (made from sprouting spuds) for dinner. Despite the fact that I am dying for a Subway sandwich, it feels good – a small dent has been made. In another week we may have waded through the old frozen meats. Remember these? Some are still in there.
So, the plan is to eat this stockpile and then start fresh with new hoarding.