As part of my January “purging” spree, I’ve already gone through my pantry, fridge and freezer and thrown out expired food.
Now I’m on to stage two, where I’m eating, using up or giving away the remaining non-expired food we’ve somehow acquired. This includes the half box of graham crackers and the Hershey chocolate bars left over from a summer camping trip. (I’ll probably throw the opened bag of marshmallows away.) When I was a kid, I used to love graham crackers with milk for breakfast. So, I’ve had this for a snack or lunch a few times. Yummy and nostalgic, it’s also like a shot of insulin – so it’s a good thing they’re all gone! The chocolate bars I’m eating a piece (or two) at a time. They should be gone in a couple of weeks.
I’ve accumulated many boxes of herbal tea over the past couple of years. Some came in a gift basket from a friend when my Dad died. I’m trying to drink a cup of tea every afternoon or evening – either peppermint or Sleepy Time. But I can’t stand spice teas or Chai tea or vanilla flavored ones. So, all those went to our son’s girlfriend this weekend.
Soon, everything in the pantry, fridge and freezer will be “staples”, items we eat regularly, things I use in my tried and true recipes. Over the course of the year, when trying new recipes, or when the kids are staying with us, or as the result of entertaining, I’ll accumulate extras and, next January, I’ll do the big purge again.