The other part of food waste that probably really goes ignored in your kitchen?
They’re not as perishable as fresh food but they do go bad.
Or just take up space.
The Accidental Locavore noticed this when rummaging around for a can of coconut milk to use for my leftover Thai duck curry and found a jar of Cuban Mojito Simmer Sauce from Trader Joe’s.
True confession: it’s at least 3 years old (maybe more like 5).
True confession II: We packed and moved it when we moved from the city.
True confession III: They stopped making it around 2013, but there’s no expiration date that I can find.
So, here’s what I’m going to do.
Take one thing lurking in my pantry and make something with it. Maybe once a week.
Starting with the Mojito Simmer Sauce.
Maybe with the last of the pork we got from Four Legs Farm (which will also free up some freezer space). Browned and then popped into the slow cooker.
I’m sure there is a can of black beans and there’s always rice.
There’s dinner and I didn’t even have to go shopping.
It’s a good challenge and makes you think out of your comfort zone.
Then, you can refill the pantry with what works.
You might find that a lot of that stuff in cans or jars, you can make yourself.
Update: I did use the Mojito Simmer Sauce with some of the pork, but as I reached for the slow-cooker, I spied my sous-vide machine and thought that might be a more interesting idea.
I marinated the pork and sauce in a sealed bag overnight and then cooked it sous-vide for a few hours.
Served it over rice (oddly enough, no black beans lurking in my pantry) and it was good.
Am I longing for more Mojito Sauce? No (and there are recipes online if you are).
But I am going back into my pantry for more inspiration.
What have you got lurking in yours that might see the light of day (or the inside of a pot) now?