There are a number of things I've figured out about my food purchases and use. I thought I finally figured out that I purchase larger quantities than I use. That was a good start. I figured out even if something is a great price, such as a five pound bag of carrots for 1.99, I need to pass them up. (More about the carrots in a minute.)
What I figured out this morning is if I buy that 5 pound bag of carrots to dry - do it right away. If not, I seem to forget the drying was on the agenda when I bought them. Gladly, the carrots are still in great condition so another project today will be to dehydrate them.
A couple days ago I bought a few pounds of apples. This was a conscious decision because I know the apples will keep for quite a while. Long enough to make pies for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. At .99 cents a pound rather than 1.89 a pound, there is a nice size savings there. So I am comfortable with the decision. However purchasing an entire loaf of bread for a couple sandwiches during the month is not a wise decision, even if it came from the Dollar Tree. Instead of making bread as a special project, I need to make a loaf a week because the loaves are smaller and I can use most of it up for toast or a sandwich. What is not used can be turned into dressing or bread crumbs. Or maybe I'll learn how to make bread pudding.
I have little room in the freezer to pack in slices of bread. Which brings me to another problem I seem to have. Remember I talked about hoarding food? Not just any food, the food I grow and freeze. My freezer is packed with this kind of food. I like to know I have it for 'someday'. This has got to stop. Today, somehow, needs to become 'someday'.
The refrigerator is cleaned, with more waste than I would ever want to admit to. Even though I shop every other week, it's still too much. I Know the process of change takes a while to fully accomplish, but I can't help getting irritated along the way when there is waste. Every time this happens a vision resurfaces from Home Economics class when Mrs. Whitney was fuming at me because I put salt into egg whites instead of sugar in the recipe that was suppose to be economical. Not a pretty sight!
|The refrigerator cleaned out. Left over chili my daughter made, eggs, milk, butter, pickles, bread, and olives are left. ( Along with a couple of other items,)|
|I had to pitch 2 tomatoes, half a head of lettuce, and some celery from the veggie drawer. Into the compost it will go.|
|The stalks in the background are the ones that went bad. I also had to pitch a container of blue cheese, that - believe it or not - went bad.|