Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A tip for the Day


Dude is back on his regular job now that his wrist has healed. It was fun being a 'normal' family for a few weeks. We ate meals and watched TV with Drama Queen. You know, normal people stuff.

Now he is back to sleeping at odd times. And waking me up with his snoring. So much so that I got out of bed at 5:03 in the morning. Grabbed some coffee, checked in on Facebook and tried to figure out Twitter (jury is still out on that one)

So, for my tip. Does anyone else have this problem? You open a bottle or a jar of some type of foodstuff, put in on a shelf or in the door of your fridge-and forget about it? And you stand there, looking for that jelly or that fancy mustard, or the last cup of stock in a box and think "how long has that been in here?"
I do-all the time. So it hit me: mark the package and there will be no question. Works great for others in the house too when I'm not around to ask.

I bought a package of Sharpies and keep them in a drawer in my kitchen (covered by other stuff so my kids won't find them and steal them). I simply write the date that I opened it. I also write on it if I know it needs to be used within a specific time period, like the box of stock above. Helps keep waste to a minimum and also helps me plan to buy a different size package if I have a lot left over after a certain amount of time. If the label doesn't have a space to write on it or the container, or it is a dark label, I will write on some masking tape and stick that on the product itself.


Monica H said...

That's a good idea. My issue is stuff in the freezer. It goes in and never comes out. ha ha!

Lys ~ Cooking In Stilettos said...

What a GREAT idea! Love it!

The Captain's Daughter said...

Fantastic idea!

I forget all the time that the "use by" date isn't the same as the "use after you open it, Janet" date. Learned that lesson AGAIN last week when I pulled the carton of Almond Breeze out for my CLEAN shake and ruined the whole concotion because it had turned while we were on vacation.

Putting a sharpie in the drawer next to my frig tonight!

Thank you!

Alea said...

This is a great idea! I'm going to tweet it tomorrow when people are up to read my tweet. :) It took me a while to get used to twitter, but I have grown to like it better than fb.

Christy said...

What a great idea - I usually only label things I freeze - this would certainly keep food from going bad under our noses.
Oh, I don't really get twitter - Alea is a pro! I did however get here because she tweeted your post!