"Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> At my parent's house it always seems to be chicken. My mom will buy it or
> take it out of the freezer and then for one reason or another they keep
> going out to eat instead of cooking the chicken. And then it is expired
> and then she has to throw it away. That doesn't happen to me with meat.
> If I have meat in such a situation, I will just cook it and stick it in
> the freezer. If it is hamburger I may give it taco seasoning. The meat
> then may or may not get eaten from my freezer, so yeah, it may still get
> wasted. But we do try to eat it at some point.
> This week? It's pasta salad. I went through my cupboard where I keep
> pasta, rice, instant mashed potatoes and some packets of cheese sauce
> powder which I have never used. It is a small cupboard. I could have
> sworn that I went through it at the start of school but in it was a box of
> Life Cereal that I had bought for my husband. Expired in 2010. He no
> longer eats cereal of any kind so I thought I had gotten rid of it all.
> It was essentially an empty box with only crumbs left in it. I did have
> to throw out a small amount of stuff which I could swear that I purchased
> since the start of school. Perhaps it was close to being expired or
> expired when I bought it. It did come from Big Lots. That was only $2.00
> worth of food so no great loss.
> But I do have some things that are going to expire in a few months. And
> there was a box of quinoa pasta with no expiration date on it but I know
> it is at least a year old because my health food store no longer sells it
> that way. They buy it in bulk and package it up. I knew I needed to use
> it so planned to make pasta salad for tonight and tomorrow night.
> But then Angela got sick. Started last week on Thu. I assumed it was
> only a one day thing. She seemed better on Fri. and Sat. although she
> said she did have a little of the big D on those days but apparently not
> enough to bother to tell me.
> But Sunday? We had purchased a gluten free taco pizza from Garlic Jim's.
> We sat there while they made it. Angela heard them talking about it and
> was pleased that they told us they couldn't put the normal chips on there
> because they weren't gluten free. She was happy that they were being so
> careful with her food. But then about 2 hours after she ate it she got
> the big D again and I do mean BIG! This lead me to believe that maybe it
> wasn't really gluten free. Or it somehow got cross contaminated. Because
> that is one of her symptoms when she eats wheat. She was convinced that
> it was fine because she watched them make it and the crust didn't look
> like a wheat crust. We have gotten pizza from them for my husband so we
> know what it looks like.
> Monday and Tues. she was no better. She missed school. Took her to the
> Walk In Clinic after I had my mammogram and that Dr. felt it was just
> gastroenteritis because a lot of that has been going around in the school.
> She got better but then late last night it struck again! She had to go to
> school today. School has been all messed up what with them missing a week
> of school due to snow. She missed a math test yesterday but can't retake
> it till Fri. due to her math teacher being out for an emergency type
> operation on a broken arm due to playing soccer. Oh joy! And she had
> very important paperwork to turn in to her gym teacher about a schedule
> change and also the makeup sheets of her physical activities for the days
> she missed due to whooping cough. The end of the semester has been
> changed due to the snow so all of this had to have been done by Thu. Not
> sure about the math test but I guess that will all be sorted out.
> I did tell her if she had the big D at school to call me and I would come
> get her. She only needed to make it through till lunch. Well...
> Apparently she did have at school and didn't call me. Grrr... And now
> she is very sick again. I may have to take her to the pediatrician.
> Anyway... I made her the pasta salad last night but don't dare give it to
> her now because of all the veggies in it. And I am not so sure how easily
> quinoa digests. I gave her turkey breast and plain rice and I also bought
> more applesauce, some lactose free yogurt and bananas. The Dr. was
> concerned about her BG but did say this was the best sort of diet for her
> to eat. So now I have this big container of pasta salad that probably
> won't get eaten. I didn't feel like eating it tonight. I need to do my
> taxes so just bought myself a sandwich while I was at the store. I am not
> too thrilled about sandwiches but I can eat it while I work. And I really
> just didn't feel like eating pasta salad.
> There is a chance if she gets better she can eat some of it tomorrow and I
> will eat it. But the rest is likely to go to waste. I am not sure how
> long it will keep. Assuming she is going to dance on Friday, we will go
> out to eat after and then grocery shopping. And Sat. we spend with my
> parents who go out to eat. I suppose if it makes it till Sun. we could
> eat the rest of it then. But I don't know if it will. At least I only
> made 4 servings. I didn't put everything that I normally put in it
> because that would just make too much. But it just seems like such a
> waste of my time to make it all and then not have it get eaten. Plus the
> cost of all the veggies that went into it. When I make this I use mostly
> veggies and just a little pasta.
> So does this happen to you? I'm sure it would happen to everyone at some
> time or other but... It seems to happen to us more times than I would
> like. Perhaps because I am so careful to plan out our meals. I want to
> make sure we have enough food for the week but not too much food. And
> because it is fresh food it just doesn't keep.
Yes, since there are only two of us in the house now, things expire before
we have a chance to finish it..like bacon, eggs, some boxed items. I have a
large freezer so the food in there keeps pretty well...but I still have
times when I have to clean old food out of the freezer.