It wasn’t as hard as I had expected. I am in the groove now. I still have to locate the out of date anchovies that my husband has turned into paste. I know him too well. He will convert something we have not used into something else we will not use and eventually I will be allowed to throw it out. No more. I have removed all food items we will not eat and, where possible fed them to the chickens, the rest have been put on the compost.
I use a weekly menu plan and shop only for those items that I need for the weeks’ meals but do not have in stock. This encourages me to use my cookery books and try out new recipes as well as making it a lot easier at the end of the day. All I have to do is look at the list on the fridge and open the appropriate recipe book at the appropriate page. Life is much easier that way. I keep my diary to hand when menu planning, if I am going to be out all day and then doing the Mummy taxi run in the evening there is no point planning a meal that requires preparation and last minute attention. On the other hand, if I have a day at home and everyone home by 6.00 then we can go for something a little more adventurous.
On a good week I shop from the larder and the freezer. Unfortunately now the freezer is mainly offering up those odd things we bought because they looked interesting. I love heart for example, it is tasty and cheap. I am going to struggle to slip it under the teenage radar. We usually buy a whole or half sheep. For some obscure reason I asked for one of the legs to be left whole. Dinner for 15 anyone?
This is what I hope to avoid in the future. No more whimsical purchases. A freezer with only food we know we will eat and know when we will eat it.
Tonight all the girls are out. So the Boss and I are having lobster and crab salad. That’s two items out of the freezer, salad from the garden and dressing made with the ends of various oil and vinegar bottles. A good clear up dinner I think.