I really dislike wasting food. I mean it really bothers me down deep. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an apple or a chicken leg, if I fail to use it and it goes bad, I feel like I disrespected that life. Is that odd? I wasn’t always this way but something has begun to change in the last handful of years. It breaks my heart to hear of anyone, particularly children go hungry and maybe that has something to do with it. Either way, I try and use everything I have and there is nothing more thrilling for me than using up stuff in the fridge. Today is a great example of that. I made a simple spaghetti sauce and used up half a pepper, half an onion, some garlic, the rest of the Italian sausage and 2 tomatoes. That’s a kitchen win for me.
Moving here has caused me to evaluate how I function within my kitchen relm. When I find a good deal on something I want to buy alot of it but it’s only a good deal if you use the things you buy. I buy from Bountiful Baskets and often they sell things in large quantities like apples by the 20 pound case. This last week they had strawberries in 8 pound lots. I would have loved that but I am learning how to best preserve and freeze what I don’t use immediately. My next big learning project will be canning. I am sure it’s simple but It’s something I know nothing about. Maybe I should start some kind of class. I can’t be the only one who doesn’t know how to do this.
For today though, I had a bunch of pepper left over. I used up one in the spaghetti tonight but I have no plans for the rest any time soon. I usually don’t use whole peppers anyway. In my house they care added to things like pizza, sauce, rice, soup and potatoes. I’ll even chop them up and add them to the slow cooker when I’m making a roast. This is one of those vegetables that freeze well. If you find yourself with extra, slice them and freeze them on a cookie sheet so they are separate from each other. Then toss them in a freezer baggie and grab them as needed. This will certainly make my life a little easier and I won’t have to worry about some of my vegetables going bad any more.