I seem to spend lots of time rearranging the fridge which never seems to have any space in it. There is a myriad of jars and bottles which I have used some of, blogged about, put in the fridge and forgotten.
I hate throwing food away, it feels wrong and wasteful, so the bottles of sauces and pastes stay in the fridge, waiting for me to be in the mood to cook with them, and thus making me feel guilty (and cross about the lack of space) every time I open the fridge.
- One sourdough starter – untouched since June. I keep thinking I can revive it, but really know it is dead so any attempt is pointless. If by some miracle it did recover it will be sluggish. I can get another from any one of a number of friends who are more caring with their sourdough than I am.
- Chilli Vodka – this has been in the fridge for at least 5 years. It is so hot that it is unusable, one drop will more than flavour a large casserole. I have wrecked and had to chuck several meals from using too much – the irony of this does not escape me. Yet still it remained in the fridge – because I might dilute it down one day.
- Crystallised over cooked marmalade – because I might add some water, simmer and use in a sponge pudding.
- 2 identical opened jars of miso, because I could not see the open one behind everything else.
- Umeboshi Plums – opened and three years out of date.
- 3 jars assorted Asian cooking pastes.
I could go on. The thing is that I know that (apart from the miso) this stuff was in there. My guilt was making me believe I would use it one day, the need to use them was always lurking at the back of my mind.
I am not enjoying the food I want to eat as much as I could, because I am feeling guilty about the food I feel I should be eating so as not to waste stuff. This is insanity.
Once opened (and out of date) I cannot donate it. Dumped. Bottles and jars in the recycling. I still dislike food waste, but need to accept when to let go.
What lurks in your fridge? Go on grab something you will never use and bin it!