A couple weeks ago I organized my food storage. As small as our little stash of food is, I was surprised at HOW MUCH of it had already expired! I filled my entire kitchen table with old boxes of pasta-roni, shake and bake chicken, an assortment of canned goods, 5 bags of potato flakes, and much MUCH more. Arg! I threw out our wonderful dinner schedule for the next week and made a variety of "expired dinners" instead!
And then I got to thinking- there has to be a way to be more on top of what food is in my cupboards! I searched online and found nothing to my liking, so I created this calendar grid instead. Whenever we buy new food, we quickly jot down when it expires. (click on the list to download our checklist to 2014) If I was really on top of things I would cross off food after we eat it, but that is too much of a hassle for me to remember all the time. So I just add the new food. I can then look and see, oh, one box of brownies and 2 boxes of mac and cheese expire next month. I can check the cupboards, and if we haven't eaten them already, I will add them to our monthly menu. It has already made me much more aware of the expiration dates on the food we buy- our local store sells tons of expired food! Just food for thought! :)
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