Friday, October 21, 2011

Food Waste Friday--October 21, 2011

It's time for Food Waste Friday, when the Frugalgirl encourages us to post pictures from the previous week of wasted food from our household. This accountability hopefully will help us to be more careful with our food and maybe save some money.

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.