That is exactly what Use-it-Up is really all about. We are so fortunate to live in a country of abundance, of overabundance at times, and as such it becomes too easy to throw food out without really thinking about its value. Not just its cost (which is important) but also on a slightly deeper level its value, what did it take to get those eggs from the chicken to your refrigerator. How about that avocado that's traveled pretty far to get to the Midwest in the middle of winter. Not to get too heavy here, but that kind of thinking starts to reshape how we think about the food we buy and the opportunity to use it, not loose it.
I stole an idea straight from the binding of Kathleen Flinn's "Kitchen Counter Cooking School" (which I'll tell you more about another day...I know, the suspense!) Kathleen did a personal exercise where she went through the contents of her refrigerator and stuck a post-it note on every perishable item with an estimated price. If she threw the item out without using it, she stuck the note to the inside of her cabinet as a physical reminder of the cost. I did this last night and have already racked up $2.25 that in hind site, I really wish would be going to a Starbucks latte and not into the trash. In just about 10 minutes, this little exercise totally helped me rethink what I was going to serve last night and for the rest of the week.
You might have noticed that in the last post, the "What I Used-Up" listing included a bag of pre-packaged Caesar salad. I rarely buy this, but it was on sale 2/$4 and I thought it was a good deal, which it is unless you toss it without eating it. Truthfully I had no plans to eat it until I had to put that $2 sticky note on it.
Now, off my soap box (or more appropriately - cereal box) and on to the BIG REVEAL. I think it might be worse than last year.
|Ugly Unorganized Freezer|
|And last but not least, the Spill-Over|