I (a) love cooking and (b) love trying different fancy basic ingredients: lentils, dried beans, chickpeas, cereals of all sorts, different types of rice, bulgur, quinoa, polenta, couscous, buckwheat flour …
But also, I have (c) very limited kitchen storage, (d) a lousy memory and (e) for fresh supplies like meat, fish, or vegetables, I usually head to the supermarket after work, when I’m not exactly feeling terribly inspired.
So it comes down to pasta and pizza most of the time, while the fancy supplies in my kitchen storage all-too-often have to find their end in the bin.
Now, this is what I came up with:
I took half an hour to look through my kitchen and made a list of all these ingredients. I added the rough amount of what was left and the expiry date. I added priorities for anything that was rather close to this expiry date. Of course, one can also use the note function for additional ideas, or add links to recipes.
Now, whenever I find myself heading for the frozen pizza-aisle, I get out my smartphone and check out what’s waiting for me at home.
-- bonus feature: I use the ›approximate time needed‹ function to indicate the cooking times necessary for whatever pulses and cereals I am storing: at a glance, I can see what there is for a superquick dinner and what I could use if I feel like spending some time in the kitchen for a Sunday lunch.
When I have thus (c) purged a package of something, I mark it ›done‹, which gives me the warm and lovely feeling of having been productive, decluttering, and in control of my life.
Posted at 8:25pm on October 6, 2012