I refuse to believe that you don’t at times open your fridge and cringe a little. Come on, don’t tell me that it’s always pristine and perfectly stocked with products that are well within their sell-by date.
OK. Fine. Mine most definitely isn’t. What can I say? I can’t keep up. And since I love you all so much, and I have absolutely no qualms about showing you the worst of the worst, I’m going to give you the run-down of a few things that probably shouldn’t be in my fridge/freezer, but that for some reason I can’t seem to throw away.
1) (Fridge) Bag of “Kika’s Treats” caramelized chocolate covered graham crackers. Sell by: Aug 14, 2007. I can’t throw them away! It’s my nickname on my favorite snack! Plus M got them for me. Haven’t eaten them yet because I was waiting for a special moment. Guess I missed that boat.
2) (Freezer) Bag of Cascadian Farm organic tatter tots. Sell by: Oct 28, 2009. Been in the freezer well over 6 months. Haven’t baked them because I can never seem to find a time where it seems worth it to make them for the kids. Frozen veggies are always faster and healthier. Guess I still have time for those.
3) (Fridge) Bottle of Coffemate Hazelnut Sugar Free creamer. Which I don’t drink. But a friend gave me three weeks ago because she was leaving town. Now that she’s home I wonder if she’ll take it back. That stuff never gets old, does it?
4) (Freezer) Gourmet Pie Crust from Trader Joe’s. Given to us eons ago by friends who bought it before realizing it wasn’t kosher. Sell by date: Feb 06. According to box can be frozen for 2 months. Might be time to chuck that one. Yes?
5) (Freezer) Boxes of Girl Scout Thin Mints that I froze possibly three years ago. Which are so far past their sell-by date that I can’t even bear to look, because then I might have to throw them away and I can’t because I swore I wouldn’t buy another box until these were all gone and darn it I won’t. So there. Plus, isn’t it a good thing to have a well stocked freezer? Doesn’t it preserve energy or something? See? The Thin Mints are helping save the world.
And really, we’re going to stop there, because if I dig any deeper into either the fridge or the freezer I might start to feel like I need to clean it out and I really don’t have time for that kind of silliness today. Not when I have so many other important things to do. Like say… check out the contents of the pantry.