Sr. Elizondo and I came to an agreement that we would eat the food we had before buying more. It seems the obvious thing to do, but it’s surprising how much food we were buying when there was a pantry and refrigerator already full. It was even more surprising how much food we were throwing away just because we would forget about it or buy new. It’s nothing we implemented hard core, but we’ve been making a daily effort for a few months now. You can see in the photo our efforts are showing.
Our newly decluttered refrigerator got a spring cleaning. It’s almost instagrammable…at least for today.
Here’s what we’ve been doing:
- I buy produce more often and in smaller quantities.
- Our meals are in smaller quantities too. And if we don’t finish it, it becomes lunch or dinner the next day. If we make it, we have to eat it.
- Fruits and vegetables that are beginning to ripen, we take out of the bin and put in a glass bowl on a shelf so we don’t forget about them. They are usually thrown into smoothies, salads or soups.
Next up is the pantry. While we don’t eat a lot of processed and canned foods, we bought it therefore, we need to eat it. I actually just found some cans of chili that expired in 2013. So first up is to clear out the expired items!