(disclaimer: This post WAS written on Friday, but posted on Saturday)
Earlier this evening I decided that it would be a good time to get my groceries for the week. When I got home and began to unload everything, I realized that I could not put another thing into the fridge until I cleaned it out.
For those of you that know me, my fridge is always a mess but I have been doing a better job of keeping up with it. Tonight I just wiped off the shelves and discarded what was not being used. It was not a night to deep clean the whole thing because I had a post to write and a fire to fall asleep next to.
My waste this week included: One left over pancake; some really, really old chicken stock that was stuck way in the back on the bottom hidden from plain view and mozzarella cheese that was not in fact old, but the package had ripped and thus had gone moldy.
Usually if I have a piece of cheese with mold, I – like everyone else I know – scrape off the moldy bits and continue using the rest of the piece. This mozzarella was squishy and leaking so out it went. The chickens will l.o.v.e. it tomorrow.
I think that I was successful with little waste this week because of two reasons: #1 I had food and #2, I cooked the food myself. Let me explain this further. If I don’t go and get my week’s groceries on the weekend, I don’t go during the week because I am on to other things. I will pick up items here and there and not really have any rhyme or reason to meals. The second thing that causes me to have more waste is eating out. If I am not actively looking into my fridge to fix something for super then I forget what is in there. I am not going to pull out a cucumber if we are headed out for pizza. I have also curbed my eating on the go at lunch time which really helps too in the money and waist-line department.
The other, other thing that helps with little waste is baking/cooking for the week ahead on the weekend but I will write another blog post someday about that.
After I washed all the shelves down, I organized my fridge the way I like it to be organized.
bottom drawer: veggies
bottom shelf: stuff for the kids to grab
middle shelves: random thing that don’t fit on the door and meat to use for the week
top shelf: left overs.
door: condiments and drinks
I keep left overs on the top so that they are in plain sight. That way I will remember to use them. The wasted chicken stock was on the bottom shelf at the back hidden in the back therefore, I did not see it.
My fridge does look a little empty even after returning from buying groceries, but remember I make a lot of things from scratch. This photo doesn’t include cereal, fruit and pantry items. Also, my fridge is a full fridge with no freezer overhead or on the bottom so there is TONS of room in there. Our freezer is downstairs.
The only part of my fridge that is not organized is the deli drawer. It is pretty chaotic in there. I never organize this section. I guess I have to live a little on the edge every now and again.
What were your food wins this week? We would love to hear from you.