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Save money, waste less: date your food

Posted by on Jan 2, 2009 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

I used to pull a jar of salsa out of the fridge and wonder when I opened it. Was it a week or three months ago?

I ended up with two problems:
1) I had things in my fridge that were WELL past fresh. (A recent bottle of peanut oil I found had a sell-by date more than three years passed. Now I know oil stays fresh longer in the fridge, but that was embarrassing.)
2) I threw out things that were probably fine, but couldn’t remember exactly how long they were in the fridge.
I keep a sharpie in the drawer next to my fridge. I write the date on EVERY item I put in the fridge before it goes in. I have much more confidence that the food I am serving is fresh and safe. I’m saving money and space. No more year-old pickles taking up space, and no more throwing something out because it *might* be too old.
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  1. Jenny Vee

    i do the same thing with leftovers before they go in the freezer – i write the date and brief description right on the tin foil, or on a piece of scotch tape on a tupperware. no more mystery meat!