What’s in Your Refrigerator?

Proper food storage prevents spoilage and throwing out good food! Food huggers fit over almost any size jar, can or even cut vegetables to lock in freshness.

Proper food storage prevents spoilage and throwing out good food! Food huggers fit over almost any size jar, can or even cut vegetables to lock in freshness.

The refrigerators of people who are trying to live on less, leave behind smaller carbonfootprints and do more for themselves look very different from the refrigerators of people who are less concerned with those ideals. You don’t see many packaged foods, name brands or fancy labels in frugal refrigerators. What you do see are Mason jars filled with home processed or bulk purchased food, home-made goodies and leftover bit and dabs that will be turned into good meals for hungry families.

I cleaned out my refrigerator this week. I had a few things that had seen better days. Those brown apple cores will go to feed our chickens or pigs. The wilted greens go to the worm farm or the compost pile. Jars of water from cooking vegetables will go into stock. Bread crusts will turn into stuffing or pudding. Hard cheese will grace a casserole. Nothing much goes to waste around here. Continue reading

Use Up Those Leftovers…Can You Find ‘Em All?

Glass Bakeware with Storage Lids

Glass Bakeware with Storage Lids

We are just finishing a kitchen update, just as I get the urge to settle in, hunker down and nest up for the coming winter season. The wallpaper and paint was dingy and faded and the windows had long needed replacing. The panes were still the wavy, mottled glass used in the 1800’s and so inefficient that frost inside was an everyday occurrence.

Large, easy to read outdoor thermometer

Giant Wall Thermometer will let you know when baby, it’s cold outside. Available at Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, in bronze or gold.

My husband pulled out the old windows and installing triple paned models that are already making the kitchen warmer. Together, we’ve spent hours stripping wallpaper, and now Bruce is busy making a paneled piece to sit on the bottom of the walls while I search for paint in the right shade of blue for the top.

The only other change we are making is replacing our very old refrigerator with a much more efficient model. I’m making a resolution now to keep this one more organized. It occurs to me a lack of organization is responsible for more wasted food than any other single thing.

I could weep for all of the times that a bowl of pasta or package of carrots got lost in the back of the refrigerator and found only after it became too foul for anything but the compost heap.

I am not just throwing away money when that happens although I am doing that; what I am also doing is throwing away life’s energy and the gifts from our good earth. It’s sinful to me and I am determined to do something about it. Continue reading