This one didn't make me happy. It made me feel sad and wasteful and as if I were directly responsible for starving people who would have loved the expired food I threw away today.
I have two pantry-type cabinets. I went through one of them today:
It's tough to know if what I need is somewhere in there. So I end up buying more whole canned tomatoes or whatever, and when I figure out that I already have whole canned tomatoes, it's 2008 and the original tomatoes expired in 2006.
Here are my sad expired castaways:
Most of this expired in 2006. How does that happen? You'll see a bunch of 100-calorie snack foods I got tired of before making it through the whole Costco pack. By the date on them, I'm guessing I went through that phase in 2005.
You'll also see a package of Whoppers left over from Halloween. Because nobody likes to eat the Whoppers.
And that green Archer Farms meal in the back? I bought a couple of them from Target thinking they might be easy all-in-one meals. Don't fall into that trap. Easy, yes. Delicious, no.
Here's my after shot:
I organized this cabinet by making a rice shelf and a pasta shelf. I'm moving all of the canned goods to the other cabinet so they're all together.
Except for beans for taco night. All the taco fixin's are staying together here. Along with adult snack food and candy that gets doled out to the children to bribe them to potty train or fetch Alex beers or whatever.
I found a bunch of Top Ramen in this cabinet from the Ramen-craving days of Quinn's pregnancy. (Maybe my mass consumption of this type of "food" explains why he is so weird.) Anyway, this is also expired, but I can't imagine that there's anything in there that will kill me if I eat it. It's just noodles, salt, and MSG, right? I'm having it for lunch today. And tomorrow. And the next day. (It's a little embarrassing to admit to you that I'm going to be eating expired Ramen noodles for lunch. See how much I love and trust you?)
After organizing this cabinet, I've made a vow to work my way steadily through these dry goods before any more of them go bad and before I buy any more rice or pasta at the grocery store.
So if you have delicious rice or pasta recipes, I'd love to have them.
Tomorrow I'll go through the other cabinet.
Total items for today (after grouping by category): 7
Update: Expired Top Ramen is really gross.