Saturday, January 10, 2009

something has to give


I think there may be a few of you who might relate a little with this post. I came home from grocery shopping the other day only to find that there was no room in my fridge. Oh I managed to get a jug of milk in but soon realized I needed to do some serious cleaning before I could even put away my groceries.

Here's what didn't make the cut:
~ left-over donut glaze (couldn't remember when I last made donuts)
~ 1/2 jar of salsa (ever throw something out just because you didn't want to taste and make sure?)
~ a mushy pepper
~ out-dated yogurt (let's just say I've switched loyalties in yogurt)
~ a sandwich bag with a variety of stale cubed cheese (left-overs from a Christmas party)
~ shriveled cranberries (I meant to make one more yummy recipe with these)
~ 3 overly soft apples
~ 1/2 lemon (it was the wrong colour for a lemon)

Wait! There's more...these next items weren't bad at all...just couldn't see a reason to let them take up space anymore:
~ coleslaw dressing (purchased for those rare occasions when I make coleslaw - from now on I'll make my own)
~ raspberry vinaigrette (another item bought for trying a new recipe - poor reviews)
~ 2 opened bottles of Worcestershire sauce (I tried to combine them, but this particular lid is not combiner-friendly)
~ almost empty bottle of Olive Oil Sundried Tomato dressing (yummy, but not enough for one more salad)
~ empty ketchup bottle (but it was a nice size)
~ a beautiful jar of jalapeno jelly (I discovered purchased doesn't hold a candle to homemade)
~ 4 varieties of mustard (the family really didn't take well to these)

So, now I'm ahead of my chores for today - have a nice clean fridge with no surprises (for now!)

Oh, and the jalapeno jelly - the flavour was ok, but it was thick as paste. A good jelly's gotta melt in your mouth - shouldn't have to chew it! Do you understand now? The jar was really cute though (it didn't go into recycling) and you gotta give it points for colour!



The recycling boys are gonna love me this week!

9 comments:

Sheila said...

forgive me for being out of the "loop", but what do you do with jalapeno jelly?
I hope it's not for your toast!

Lovella said...

I can absolutely relate to this one. . .oh how many times have I had to clean out the fridge to get the new groceries in place.

The Thiessens said...

Sheila~ I tried jalapeno jelly for the first time last summer. My SIL made some and served it with crackers and bagettes. It's sweet with a bite. I suppose some people may put it on their toast?

Lovella~ funny what we find, huh!

Monika Thiessen said...

Don't forget the cream cheese with that pepper jelly. Or the brie cheese.

Larissa Joy said...

I use raspberry vinegrette ALL the time! It's so yummy on mixed spring greens with craisins and toasted almonds.

ONTARIO THIESSENS said...

Sometimes I refuse to cook something new until we've used up all or most of the leftovers (that are still ok to eat of course) ... as the fridge empties I find bits and pieces to throw away too. I love having an empty fridge!!
~Brenda

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Glad to hear another person has refrigeration content management issues. We just ordered a counter top deep fridge instead of the mammonth sized one that we have always had. I'm going to have to get on my condiment management skills.

Jalapeno jelly on cream cheese=delicious!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Glad to hear another person has refrigeration content management issues. We just ordered a counter top deep fridge instead of the mammonth sized one that we have always had. I'm going to have to get on my condiment management skills.

Jalapeno jelly on cream cheese=delicious!

The Thiessens said...

Monika/Jill~ I had forgotten about the cream cheese..but yes, it was there...mmmmm

Larissa~ that sounds yummy. I think it was the combination in the recipe I tried...maybe I shouldn't give up on the raspberry vinaigrette just yet, but this one was past due!

Brenda~ it's a good feeling when those left-overs are done!