It’s time to look and see what we can use up in the refrigerator. I kind of lost track of what is in there while West was here.
After saving so much money with the low spend grocery month of August, I do not want to waste any food.
So I am perusing my vegetable drawers(I took all of these pictures yesterday morning). This is what I saw:
1 container of diced onions
cherry tomatoes and 1/2 cucumber in the cryovac bag
3 heads of romaine lettuce
1 bag of carrots
1 whole cucumber
Next, I looked in the deli drawer. This is what I found:
3 Land O Frost 100% Natural Peppered Roast Beef
1 pkg. of All Natural Honey Deli Ham
1 pkg. of Hard Salami
1 pkg. of Prosciutto
3 large Pepperoni Sticks + part of another one
Turkey Snack Sticks
Bags of Colby Jack, Cheddar, Mexican and Mozzarella
Mozzarella, Swiss, Colby Jack, and Provolone Sliced Cheeses
A Few American Cheese Slices
Parmesan Cheese that I grate
Yancey’s Buffalo Wing Cheese
A Few Monterey Jack Cheese cubes
Then I looked at what leftovers needed to be used up.
Cooked Bacon Strips
Container of Black Olives
Hard Boiled Eggs
Part of a Jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce
Lamb in sauce on top of Rice
Half a jar of Unsweetened Applesauce
I said to myself, these ALL have to be used up in the days ahead so that nothing goes to waste.
The eggs and bacon will go quickly for brunches.
The applesauce will be served as a side with meals.
Hubby and I will eat the leftover lamb dish and/or the leftover taco meat from our dinner last night. There is a small amount of each left so they should all be gone after dinner.
The spaghetti sauce will be used for Hot Italian sausage sandwiches this week. Some of the mozzarella cheese will get used up on those too.
I am not too concerned about the cheeses and deli meats. They have a far out expiration date and will definitely get used for lunches, dinners, and snacks before they expire. The pepperoni keeps forever especially the ones that are not open.
The turkey sticks will get eaten by me when the hunger hits. I then eat one to hold me until the next meal.
The prosciutto will get put in our antipasto salads one night this week for dinner.
We will most likely use up the American cheese in grilled cheese sandwiches for a lunch or brunch. I will not be buying that kind of cheese again when it is gone. It tastes like plastic. I would much rather use the other cheese slices for grilled sandwiches.
I will be sauteing the eggplants for side dishes today. I love them just sliced and cooked in a little butter. I can make a meal out of a few slices.
Some of the tomatoes, onions, and romaine were put in our taco salads for dinner last night. I also used up the small container of black olives in those.
I use the celery and carrots for snacks to dip in semi-homemade ranch dressing. I use the packets. I also use them diced up in stews, soups, and other dishes. They last longer than most vegetables in the fridge.
The cucumbers are sliced for salads and just as a side with a sprinkle of salt.
A little tip for you. All of our deli meats were purchased in July. When I see a sale, I get them and freeze them. Then when Hubby needs one I thaw it. The roast beef is the exception. It keeps a very long time in the deli drawer because they are sealed well. Once they are open, Hubby does not let them hang around long.
So it was worth the little bit of time I took to see what we needed to use up this week. I absolutely hate throwing out food that has gone bad. I might as well just throw the money away.
If I see something that I can freeze before we can use it, I do. For example, on Sunday, I sliced up some strawberries that had been sitting in the fruit drawer. Then I froze them. They will get used in smoothies.
Are you staying on top of your leftovers? I can’t say that I do 100% of the time. But I sure try. Sometimes something gets shoved to the back of the shelf and I miss it until it is too late.