Nightmares in the kitchen…

Pickles DO expire. Who knew?

What is your worst kitchen nightmare? Mine is definitely cleaning out the refrigerator. There has to be a good sci fi/horror story out there with this theme. It’s scary, isn’t it, looking at that thing in the freezer you wrapped up 5 months ago; pulling out that container of something no longer recognizable that got shoved behind everything else on the bottom shelf of the fridge? *cringe*

There are only 2 of us in the house these days. With SN2’s* work and school schedules, he’s rarely home for meals and he certainly doesn’t want to cook more than once in a blue moon. Can’t say I blame him. I don’t find much pleasure in cooking elaborate meals for myself. Now & then I’m inspired, but I generally cook once a week (with enough leftovers for several more meals). You’re jealous, right?

Tonight’s dinner

The problem is, of course, that the condiments I need for 1 meal, or the extras I buy when I know company is coming, go to waste. There should be a place to send used-once (but fresh) condiments, don’t you think? Of course, I might plan another meal with that roasted garlic sauce – weeks or months later – but by then it’s too late. Make my own roasted garlic sauce? Hm…19 ingredients: can you say ‘more waste’?

You might cry if I told you the expired dates on the items in the picture. It’s pretty sad. Ah – the 3 on the left are actually still good for the next year. I’m so excited!

Next week: “But I only need 2 tablespoons of tomato paste!” Maybe I’ll even dive into the spice cabinet.

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*SN2 = son number 2, my youngest

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One thought on “Nightmares in the kitchen…

  1. The fridge has to be the worst part for me too ! Its that awful sinking feeling when you realised you haven’t cleaned it out in 2 months because of *insert dodgy excuse*… and then HAVE to do it because its so desperate!

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