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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Spring Fever in the Middle of Winter

 I'm glad our female cardinal is fat and fluffy. It's cold outside!

I have gotten in the spring fever mode  recently.

I have been going through my kitchen cabinets and refrigerator . . . and tossing stuff.

Do you ever let things on your shelves go out of date?

Some products don't have any dates on them, some have 'best if used by' dates and some have 'sell by' dates.

My buttermilk often goes 'out of date' in the fridge. But I still use it. I let my husband give it the sniff and taste test.
Bread also gets the sniff test. If it smells moldy when I open the bag, but I still don't see any, I usually toss it if it is out of date. But since I often put an extra loaf of bread in the freezer when I get it, I can't always go by the date.

I found a site here that tells you about expiration dates on certain foods.
Here is another article on WEBMD about dates on foods.

What do you do with out of date products you find in your cabinets or refrigerator?

Instantly throw them away.
Think about it for a while, then toss them.
Use them up real fast and hope they are okay.
Toss them, but don't let your husband see you do it. (I do this one a lot)

I've got a bag of expired items ready to go out in the trash on Thursday.

I  promised myself I wasn't going to let things expire again. Hope I can keep that promise. I hate wasting food.

Now, onto my bookshelves, which contain as much 'stuff' as they do books!

Posted by Janet F. Smart on Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. I know exactly what you mean about 'use by' dates. The worst offenders in my 'fridge are jams and preserves. We aren't big users of these but I insist on making them! I give away heaps to friends too. Good luck with your culling.....xo

    1. Hi Lydia, I know what you mean. I make jams and jellies. If I made them over a year ago, and they stay in the fridge for a long time after I open them, they tend to start to turn to sugar. I usually just spoon the 'sugar' out and keep eating them. It won't hurt you, it just doesn't look very good.

  2. This was funny -- "don't let your husband see you do it" -- because just today I threw out something that had been pushed back again and again. I don't like to leave something in the frig that might make him sick in case he took the notion to fix something for himself. lol

    1. My husband hates it when I throw stuff away. I say, "When in doubt, throw it out." He says, "Now wait a minute, don't get in such a hurry. Let me see, it might still be good."

  3. I've been throwing away stuff to Janet.. The buttermilk is good to make biscuits with.. I've been cleaning out cabinets and drawers lately and the fridge. Spring can't come soon enough for me.

    1. We love buttermilk biscuits, Susie. I've got a long ways to go, but at least I've started.

  4. I hate to buy buttermilk because it goes bad so fast. I need to remember to make biscuits, so I don't waste as much. I cleaned out my pantry last week and threw away baking supplies that were expired. I'm trying to get better about using what I have. I feel guilty when I have to throw out food.

  5. Hi Janet,
    Thanks for the links. I hate to throw food out too, but I also don't want to chance eating food past the fresh date.

  6. I'm horrible with expiration dates too, especially because we have these super deep cabinets and things get pushed way to the back.


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