Friday, September 16, 2011
Simple Savings - Organize Your Pantry
(sorry about the picture again) I don't think I know how to work this camera very well!
I have been helping a friend organize her pantry. Yesterday we threw out hundreds of dollars worth of food that had expired. It made me feel sick to see the waste, and I wasn't even the one who bought all of it. I would definitely encourage you to have a pantry and stock it up, especially with the economy the way it is at present. But, don't store so much that you can't keep up on rotating it. Use or donate it before it is too late. It really is a waste of money if it ends up in the trash. When I get food for our storage, I always rewrite the date with a Sharpie so it is bigger and easier to see. I also put ones with the latest dates in the back and keep the ones that need to be used in the front. This way, I can skim through my food storage and know right off what needs to be used. The amount of food you store will vary depending your stage of life. When you have kids at home, you need more food. Also, make sure you like and know how to cook the food you store. We tried different kinds of freeze dried fruits several years ago, and were surprised that we didn't like some of them. Now we just store the ones we like. Do you eat wheat? If your body is not used to it, it can cause some unpleasant digestive problems. If you are going to store it, rotate it and eat it so your body is used to the foods you store. If you don't eat a lot of something, don't buy it. We got some Hamburger Helper on sale a year or two ago for a very, very good price. But, we don't eat Hamburger Helper. We eat fresh, homemade food. I was able to donate them to the food bank and some starving college kids who really appreciated them before they expired. Now I don't buy them any more because we just won't eat them. You learn by trial and error. Figure out how much you will use by the expiration date on the cans or packages and don't buy more than that.
How do you keep your pantry food organized so it doesn't spoil? How about your freezer? Link up and share your ideas.