I recently reached for a packet of seasoning that I was finally getting around to using. After I noticed the food had long expired, I realized I had received it for a gift quite a while ago. I intended to use it, but didn’t. Time has a way of getting away from us, doesn’t it?
While it’s nice to stock up on extras and take advantage of deals, don’t put off using up food in your pantry. Follow some of these tips to be less wasteful and save money.
- Put new foods to the back and pull older cans and boxes to the front. This is how a grocery store does it, and for good reason.
- Don’t buy what you don’t think you’ll use. It’s not a good deal if it goes to waste.
- Don’t donate expired food items to the food shelf.
- If something is sealed and hasn’t been expired for too long, it’s likely fine to use up. In some cases, the dates on the can aren’t actually an expiration date. Do your research. Here’s a segment on the Today Show about this topic!
- If you have items getting close to expiration date, plan a meal that uses up a bunch of stuff like chili, a casserole, or a soup. There are tools and apps that you can type in what you have on hand that will give you a recipe or idea on how to use up the food.
- There are actually bloggers out there offering ideas on ways to use up old food, such as stale bread or vegetables. Check out 18 Ways to Use Old Food.
- Write dates on lids of homemade canned foods, and don’t rely on your memory. Again, use up the older food before digging into the freshly canned.