Yesterday I spotted little cobwebs at the base of this set of drawers on the edge of my kitchen, it made me decide straight away that I should sort through this final stash of food. I sort of knew what was in the drawers but I couldn't remember how long the dates were on them.
So here's what I was up to yesterday in photos, with lots of little breaks and some tasty snacks thrown in while I did it.
First I emptied the top of the drawers and wiped it down.
Then the drawers came out, and the void they left was hoovered out and spiders re-homed to the great outdoors.
The next stage was to wipe everywhere down and clean the floor, including under the food cupboard next to this little set of drawers.
With the floor wet there was nothing for it but to make myself a cup of coffee, and retire to the living room for twenty minutes of YouTube watching.
I took this bag of Cassava Chips with me, I didn't expect to like them as I really don't like salt and vinegar as a flavour for things. I was going to pass them onto Alan after tasting them, but I did like them ... so he didn't even know that he so nearly gained a snack. 😁
When the floor was dry and the coffee gone, I came back and went through my sweetie drawer. Everything is now stacked in date order and the only two things that need immediate consumption are these two items .... it's a hard task I know but I will do my best!!
The other little wooden drawer contains nothing edible, so I sorted through the food bags, wrappers etc, wiped out the drawer and put almost everything back.
The first of the basket drawers contained cracker type snacks, and unbeknown to me two packets of biscuits. I do like a sort out when it reveals tasty treats that you have forgotten you have. The empty cassava chips bag is here to show you where it used to live.
Then I looked in my food cupboard and pulled out the crackers that were in there on the top shelf, and added them to this drawer now that there was more space.
These are the only things that need eating up immediately, all go out of date this month.
Hands up ... I volunteer. 😁
The next basket held these. They were all just about in date, except for the rice which has next years date on it.
The cashews were decanted into a jar and then everything was packed back into the drawer.
The Naan breads were originally ....
... on top of the pasta in this drawer, and are out of date.
They will be used this week.
The pasta in this drawer all has dates in 2025 on it, so I just put it all back in for now.
This final drawer also holds pasta and some sauces and they are all well in-date, so they just went straight back into the drawer after it had been shaken and wiped out.
And here we are!
I know that it barely looks any different, but now I know that everything is in date order, and is clean and okay for use whenever I need it. The basket on top which was from the hamper that Alan bought me for Christmas and which I was wondering what to use for, now has a good purpose. At the start of each week I am going to place in it some of the foods that I really need to use up first, if I can see them I hope I will be more inclined to use them.
I quite enjoyed doing this and it pretty much brings to the end the sorting out of the food, and it's nice to know that I really won't have to do a proper 'big shop' for a long time.
Note: If anyone has been wondering why I haven't mentioned the sad case of our local lady, who was missing for just over three weeks, it's mostly because there has been so much media speculation and so much said that I just didn't want to add to this. Also partly because my son works for Lancashire Police and I felt (and still feel) it prudent to keep quiet. And finally because almost exactly the same thing happened to a member of my family back in the late 70's, only his body wasn't discovered for ten months. So I know first hand just how hard the not knowing is. Now at last her family have closure and will hopefully be left in peace to grieve.
RIP Nicola Bulley 💔