Well… it should be Operation: Eat out of my pantry.
There is so much food in my kitchen and I will be moving to a new apartment in less than two months. I figured it would be a good time to try to clean out the food pantry. I would have less things to move and I can restock my foods when I move to the new place.
It would be a good time to find out what I actually have in stock in my kitchen too. I like to try out new recipes and what ends up happening is that I would buy items and only use x% of it. The rest of it just sits in the cabinets, fridge, freezer, or wherever, possibly becoming forgotten. Things get piled up in the kitchen as well, because I love grocery shopping. Any day, any time, I find browsing through supermarkets to be very relaxing and entertaining, even if I don’t have a shopping list in hand. I also have a weakness for sales and food specials. There’s many resources on the web for grocery coupons. It also gives me the opportunity to try out new food items at a discount or totally free.
From browsing the web, there’s many people who occasionally take the challenge of eating from their pantry. The idea is to cook what you have, limit grocery shopping, and set your own rules that fit. Occasional dining out is permissible, but it also encourages more home cooking. As a result, you save money and you also don’t let food go to waste.
For me, I am looking forward to clearing out the pantry, reducing clutter, and not being wasteful. I will continue to purchase basic items like milk, eggs, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits, but I’ll refrain from buying a big bag of rice or ten boxes of pasta because they’re on sale. My approach is… instead of going grocery shopping for ingredients to a recipe, I will find and cook recipes, given the items I have available in my kitchen. If I get stuck, there’s always the internet to consult.
By the way, I recently came across: Still Tasty: Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide. I kind of wish I knew about this earlier. This useful resource helps answer questions like “How long will [enter food name] last and how should it be stored?” This website provides advice on food shelf lives, expiration dates, and best practices for storing food.
Time to take a careful look at my kitchen. Stay tuned.