Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal living)

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

When is food past prime?

When you are stockpiling food it’s important to rotate your foods.  Sometimes I get carried away with perishable foods and end up wondering if it’s still edible or not.  It’s important to know when something really is past its edible stage.  Here’s a few hints for you to know when it’s ok to throw something out.

Discount bin finds

Discount bin finds

Eggs are past their edible stage when you see something is pecking it’s way out of the shell.

Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip is past it’s edible stage when it makes you violently ill.

Lettuce is past it’s edible stage when you pick up the bag and it sloshes or if the only way you can get it out of the crisper is with a scraper.

Carrots and celery are past their edible stage when you can tie up packages with them.

Chip dip is past it’s edible stage when you can use it for a kid’s baseball.

Meat is past it’s edible stage when you open the fridge door and suddenly all the cats from the neighborhood appear at your door.

Milk is past it’s edible stage when it looks like yogurt.

Yogurt is past it’s edible stage when it looks like cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese is past it’s edible stage when it looks like regular cheese.

Regular cheese is just spoiled milk anyway so it can’t get any more spoiled than it is already.

As for the other perishable things in the fridge, they usually don’t last any longer than the life of a hamster.  Hmm….  You could keep a hamster in the fridge as a gauge.

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2 comments on “When is food past prime?

  1. denise
    December 30, 2013

    LOLed, indeed!

    • Na Na
      December 31, 2013

      Thanks Denise.

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