I'll admit that one of the reasons I have resisted cooking consistently in our house is that I worry that I am wasting food. Let me explain...
I have an irrational fear of food going bad, and often end up purging our fridge of "spoiled" food rather than taking a risk and eating food that has been sitting around in the kitchen for more than a week.
In the past this has resulted in throwing out a lot of perfectly edible food. I realize this. I feel bad every time I do it.
But I am slowly learning the lingo of expiration dates and am beginning to understand that, in most situations, I am being ridiculous. Case in point...
- Eggs are good 3-5 weeks AFTER the sell date
- Milk is usually good up to a week after the sell date
- If you aren't going to cook poultry or beef right away, you can freeze it and it keeps for weeks.
Having working knowledge of these tips has helped me to deal with my strange fear, and guess what? We are cooking much more and the refrigerator is stocked these days.