Literally half an hour ago I finished sorting out the fridge. It didn't take me that long because, as you can see, there wasn't that much in there.
But just before I set to I enjoyed a breakfast of sautéed garlicky tomatoes on toast. I had eaten the other half of the punnet last night in a noodle dish and they really were on their last legs. I had to throw one mouldy one away and wash the others carefully.
So to answer the question in the title of this post, there were two things that ended up being thrown away, one mouldy cherry tomato and some lemon curd ... and that didn't even go in the bin. It was just the dregs of a jar of vegan lemon curd that should have been used up months ago and wasn't. I put some hot water in the jar and it dissolved away to nothing, so the lemon curdy water slid down the plughole and the jar went into the recycling.
Now usually I would keep jars for reuse but this was one of those annoying multi-cornered ones that are almost impossible to get the last of anything out of ... so off it went.
Then with a reasonably full tummy I set to, emptied the fridge shelves, wiped them all down and while they were drying I took the photo at the top of the post. I had to balance carefully on my little set of steps to get it, because the downside to a kitchen that has less than three foot of floor space is that you can't step back to get a good photo on your only worktop. 😄
After I had put everything back on the shelves I emptied the door pockets and this is what I found there. A two minute wipe down and then I put everything back organised just slightly differently.
On the top shelf the large plastic box holds the dairy-free butters, cream, crème fraiche, vegan hotdogs and Quorn ham ... along with two little Floras that must have come from previous visits to Booths for a toasted teacake. There are also half a dozen eggs and my two tubes of purees, one garlic and one tomato.
The middle shelf has a tin of grapefruit segments in juice, ready for a nice chilled breakfast whenever I am in the mood for fruit first thing. There is also two thirds of a dairy-free birthday cake, as it was my little brothers birthday yesterday, gulp ... my 'little' brother is now 59 so we met up at Mum's taking him a cake bought from Asda on our way. Of course I wasn't going to sit and watch everyone else eat cake and abstain myself, so I spent £7 of my money on a cake for me. 😀
It's got a good date on it, so I will just have a slice of it here and there until it's all gone.
The bottom shelf is all things that are in use or that need using first, so the opened Naturli spread, my ready shredded mix for coleslaw to go with tonight's meal, half a block of Violife Feta-style cheese, a third of a jar of slightly watered down pesto and a box of out of date Pains au Chocolate leftover from Christmas.
I put the things that we take to Mum's when we visit ... the jellies and the cans ... into the top compartment of the door as they are only used every now and then. For instance it's Alan that has one of the cans of orange each visit so that's a three week supply that I have left.
The jam and sauces, along with the picked beetroot and onions have joined the lemon and blackcurrant that I use in my morning hot water drink, back on the middle shelf and the sparkling water, milk and squirty cream are back on their usual one too.
So that's the fridge done, all neat, clean and tidy and everything except the ready-to-bake Jus-Rol Pains au Chocolates in date. I had hoped to pop these into the freezer in pairs but it says you can't freeze them. Although, I might try with two of them when I get them out to use, and we will just have two each. I used to be able to eat three in one sitting ... but not any more!!
Great job there. Your eggs made me smile, they all seem so tiny at the moment.ReplyDelete
I guess it's to do with the time of year. My hens always used to lay eggs that were a bit smaller in Winter.Delete
Nicely organized :) Inspires me to clean my fridge today :)ReplyDelete
Go for it, I think it's the thinking about doing it than is harder than the actual getting stuck in and doing it ... well it is for me anyway. ;-)Delete
Could you not bake ALL the pains au chocolat at once, the freeze the uneaten ones? Then thaw out and refresh in the oven laterReplyDelete
That's a good idea, I might try in that way instead. :-)Delete
How lovely to have a cake all to yourself, for eating as and when! I'm trying to keep on top of all fresh foods, and cupboard things that have been opened as, in common with all of us, I don't want to waste anything.ReplyDelete
Well that was the plan, it went slightly wrong. Alan came over before he set off for work last night and I gave him a large slice, then I had one and now there's just one slice left. Cake is obviously not safe in this house!!Delete
I keep looking at those Jus-Rol Pain au Chocolat when they reduce them in Sainsbury's - if you have them I think they must be good? I might try some they are nice as a treat. We are emptying our fridges down now ready for the Scotland trip coming up - I will wave as I pass Garstang! xReplyDelete
They are brilliant, from fridge to plate in just 15 minutes. Absolutely delicious eaten warm fresh from the oven. Now if you were on the A6 I might almost see you wave, but not from the motorway. :-)Delete
I love your minimal and clean fridge! I find it makes such a difference to how I feel about cooking and food prep when the environment is nice with clean lines. I'm guessing from the new title on the blog that maybe you've moved to a boat? Can't wait to read more!ReplyDelete
It does make planning what to eat and seeing what I have so much easier. :-)Delete
No, not on a boat. I live in a tiny home about 20 metres from the canal, and this photo was taken on our canal boat holiday last year which was on our canal. We were trialling it to see if we wanted to live full time that way, but Alan decided it was not for him.
This is the same header photo as before Christmas, I just changed it briefly for the festive and New Year period. You can see all the header photos that I have used over the last few years on the sidebar under the Blog Archives.
Neat and tidy. I bet that makes things very easy to find.ReplyDelete
It does, and knowing it's all perfectly clean after being fuller over Christmas is lovely.Delete
Looking at you orderly and neat fridge really cheered me up - sad person that I am. It looks so - friendly!ReplyDelete
I do love looking in other peoples neat and tidy larders, fridges and freezers too, so perhaps we are both sad ... or maybe just very interested and caring people. We like to think that others are going to be happy and well fed. :-)Delete
Beautifully neat! I had to smile again at your Compost Heap Jelly ☺️ReplyDelete
It's a good descriptive name isn't it. :-)Delete