Here it goes for this week.
We had another week of no current waste, so I tackled two more shelves in my pantry. Pantry clean up is very hard for me because it's full of things with long shelf lives--forever in my mind. However, I used the same rule as last week and got rid of anything that was at least a year past its expiration date. Here's what I'm saying good-bye to this week from youngest to oldest.
Bisquick- expired 1 year ago
Pancake mix- expired 1 ½ years ago. It seems that we prefer French toast to pancakes.
Tapioca-expired 2 years ago. I'm not even sure what tapioca is and why I have it. Some recipe must have called for it.
Karo syrup-- really old. I don't remember buying this and it is so old that they weren't putting dates on things at that time. This one was really hard to get rid of because I wondered, “Does syrup really ever go bad?” But I figure that if I haven't used it by now, it's time for it to go. It's just another thing for other food to hide behind and maybe get wasted.
By-the-way: In the US, the only food that is required by law to have an expiration date on it is infant formula. For a good explanation about food dates, visit the USDA site.