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#31 Old 04-29-2016, 06:52 PM
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I'm fairly good about using up all my fresh produce in a fair amount of time and not having to throw anything, but I tend to hoard dried goods. I have about six different kinds of dried beans in my cupboards, and several boxes of pastas, some of which are more than a year old. Some gluten free flours take a while to use up also. I believe I have some brown rice flour that is over two years old lol. I have a terrible fear of empty cupboards and going hungry, knowing what hunger feels like, and loss of control. My cupboards are always full.
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#32 Old 04-29-2016, 07:00 PM
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This didn't happened today but 2 months ago, we wanted a can of soup, i went to open it and it tasted funny, i then looked at the expiration date it said 2010. Wow 2010 and this came from a food pantry too.

I just did our cubbard and we had stuff that was expired two years ago and last year and it was tossed...
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#33 Old 07-27-2017, 08:12 AM
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OK, I'm not sure what else may be lurking, but I've rooted around in my food stores today and come up with a silly amount of dried legumes that I wasn't fully aware were lurking there. I've moved them from their dark lair and placed them where I'll actually see - and hopefully cook - them before their expiry dates..

3 x 500g chickpeas
3 x 500g black eyed beans
2 x 500g black turtle beans
1 x 500g haricot beans
1 x 500g soya beans
1 x 1kg black beluga lentils (intrigued by these as they cost a bomb! I think they were a random / distracted buy from my local health food shop)
1 x 500g red lentils
1 x 500g flageolet beans
3 x 500g pinto beans
1 x 1kg whole green lentils

Possibly more to come, I'll be back in a while...
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#34 Old 07-27-2017, 09:25 AM
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This is so funny Spud - your posting made me go and read all the old posts and they are hilarious.

I solve some of these issues by moving a lot.... at least one every four years.... so things get tossed then.

Since changing our lifestyle I bought glass containers at the dollar store and the hardware store and store beans, lentils and spices and oats and popcorn and flours and nooch etc, in full view. I buy most of the contents from the bulk store so I only buy as much as I think I will use over the next two weeks or so and so limit the waste as much as possible.

The glass mason type jars look very pretty with a variety of beans and things and I seem more motivated to remember to use them.

Yes, there are still foods around from when I moved 3.5 years ago that have not been used - why is it that none of those foods are chips? lol

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#35 Old 07-27-2017, 07:41 PM
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I just cleaned out my pantry and fridge this week. I had some bbq sauce that expired 2 years ago. I have been living in my place for 2 years now. I had some lemon juice and other condiments in the fridge that were well past the expiration and I had not even used them in the last year as far as I know. Specialty flours past 2 years expiration. So now I am starting from scratch almost, so my meals are quite interesting until I go grocery shopping Aug 1.
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#36 Old 07-28-2017, 09:32 AM
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1 x 1kg black beluga lentils (intrigued by these as they cost a bomb!
Hey, I have some of those too but mine are Urid Dal which I googled that they are skinned black beluga lentils. I got mine cheap at the Indian grocery store so don't feel as bad about the price. I have 2 unopened of pounds of them. I know they come in a smaller bag so why did I get the 2 lb bag?. What are you going to do with yours?

So my legumes of shame are:
Green lentils
Red lentils
Red split lentils -why do I have split and unsplit red lentils?
Chana Dal
and the previously mentioned
Urid Dal


I also have a bunch of Quinoa that my husband won't eat. (says it is too grainy)
A bunch of walnuts, ground flax seeds and buckwheat noodles.

I found some very hard petrified limes in my fruit bowl.

In my defense about the lentils, I started a new job and don't have as much time to cook them as I used to, my husband has been cooking more and he is learning Chinese foods that don't involve lentils.

We need to have an exchange where we could trade our cupboard of shame items.
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I have to recommend electric pressure cookers to everyone with bean/lentil/grain issues. I bought my Instant Pot at black friday sale for $60, so yeah, it's more now, but it's the best appliance I've ever bought. Rice and other grains cook in a Pyrex set on a rack over water and I set it for anywhere from 6 or more minutes. It does take longer since that's the time it cooks at pressure, but you don't do anything. I time things so they include time off depressurizing. When the button comes down I can open it and it's all ready.
Beans soak in it overnight, then rinse and timed for 10-15 minutes. Every time perfect.
potatos cook perfectly on the rack
I've learned to do many soups where it's all in the pot- particularly lentil
Greens steam for just a minute in just enough water
Veggies I still play with the times

You can make microwave heating pads with old lentils. Sew up in a cover and microwave for a minute. I guess you need to watch for bugs getting in them? I've never had that issue
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How can you even tell when most condiments go bad? Most seem like they're always good.
I have a bad habit of leaving just a bit of things I'm afraid I won't find again or are expensive. Like as long as I know I have it I won't buy more, even though it's too old to use!
Like this really old bottle of wine I thought I'd cook with. No
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#39 Old 07-28-2017, 11:00 PM
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This is so funny Spud - your posting made me go and read all the old posts and they are hilarious.

I solve some of these issues by moving a lot.... at least one every four years.... so things get tossed then.

Since changing our lifestyle I bought glass containers at the dollar store and the hardware store and store beans, lentils and spices and oats and popcorn and flours and nooch etc, in full view. I buy most of the contents from the bulk store so I only buy as much as I think I will use over the next two weeks or so and so limit the waste as much as possible.

The glass mason type jars look very pretty with a variety of beans and things and I seem more motivated to remember to use them.

Yes, there are still foods around from when I moved 3.5 years ago that have not been used - why is it that none of those foods are chips? lol

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Re: old posts: Lol! Yes, I did the same.

I use plastic screw top pots, repurposed from buying fruit in juice. Not as attractive as glass - plus there's the degradation of plastic to think about. I think I'll get some glass ones to replace them.
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Hey, I have some of those too but mine are Urid Dal which I googled that they are skinned black beluga lentils. I got mine cheap at the Indian grocery store so don't feel as bad about the price. I have 2 unopened of pounds of them. I know they come in a smaller bag so why did I get the 2 lb bag?. What are you going to do with yours?
I'm going to try savoury braised beluga lentils as a mock caviar. There's quite a few recipes out there:

https://www.vegetariantimes.com/reci...-caviar-toasts
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