I’ve been throwing away perfectly edible food for years, and I’m not alone.
Australians throw away $8 billion worth of edible food each and every year according to Food Wise, which sounds pretty horrific. In fact it is pretty horrific.
You don’t even have to look overseas to find people struggling to find enough food to eat, it’s happening right here.
While I’m pretty good at using up leftovers, I could do better. That’s why I agreed to eat expired food for a week.
And guess what? I didn’t die.
What’s inside Mamamia’s fridge? Article continues…
MONDAY: Spoiled milk
I find that most Mondays the milk I’ve have delivered to my door on a Friday is already starting to turn, even though it is a normal carton like the ones you can get from the shops. I think it’s because it sits outside for a while.
Normally I don’t notice it until I’ve made my coffee, taken a sip and thinking it tastes weird due to my having just brushed my teeth, take a second sip. Suspicious, I go to the fridge, retrieve the milk and smell it.
So, what to do? Just pour the entire container down the sink, rinse out the bottle and add it to the recycling, or whip up a batch of delicious pikelets with it?
Jo’s Sour Milk Pikelet Recipe
2 cups self-raising flour
2 cups (expired) milk
1 tbsp castor sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 tsp baking powder
Stir ingredients in a bowl until batter is smooth, adding extra (expired milk) to reach the desired consistency. Cook in a non-stick pan with a little butter or oil spray.
They tasted just the same…
TUESDAY: Expired meat
Chicken is always out-of-date in my house because I tend to grocery shop for dinner foods once every three weeks, meaning I buy lots of packets of chicken and freeze them all. As far as I am concerned, expiry dates don’t apply if the food is frozen, right?
Okay, maybe my chicken was a little whiffy, but it doesn’t mean you can’t use it for a dish in which it will cook thoroughly, like the chicken casserole I made that night, using one of those casserole sachets you get at the shops.
Hearty and de-licious…
WEDNESDAY: Old yoghurt
So many people throw yoghurt away as soon they notice it’s out-of-date. Yoghurt can be tricky because in order to check it you have to open it, and most single-serve yoghurt tubs can’t be resealed.
Here’s my tip.
Don’t throw them away. Give them the sniff test first and then a taste test. It’s not going to kill you to try it before you trash it.
My favourite greek yoghurt was a couple of days past the used-by-date on Wednesday morning but I ate it anyway and it was so delicious.
If you do notice quite a few yoghurts expired and you don’t think you’ll be able to eat them in time before they spoil, bake a delicious cake with it, using a butter cake base and then yoghurt instead of milk, for a deliciously fruity treat.
Curdy and delicious…