A good friend who is an excellent cook told me that spices do not last forever and should be thrown out after a certain period. I think she might have said six months, but my brain wouldn't register the time period as I still have the same bags of spices and herbs that I bought before John died almost 13 years ago. Have and use by the way.
So, shocked into rethinking my cooking habits I recently did a big clean out of my refrigerator and cupboards. There were many expired items and things purchased for one particular recipe never to be used again - bulgar wheat anyone? Like the mantra with clothing, if you haven't used it in a year get rid of it. Or at least cook something else with it right away; my Scottish heritage won't let me just toss everything!
|Fruit - will it be food or compost?|
I regularly waste fresh food because I don't get around to eating it. I'm very bad at thinking "I need to eat more vegetables", so I purchase random vegetables and let them rot in the refrigerator. This won't do. If I simplify my diet to certain planned dishes, have a meal plan for the week, the food on hand will fit what I will actually cook and eat. Maccaroni and cheese is good, cornbread would work, salad is possible if I prepare everything washed and cut in advance.
The kitchen and diet declutter is on!