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Post by Dandelion on 18th August 2010, 9:48 pm

One of the corner stones of frugal cooking is obviously correct storage of food so that it can be used while it's fresh.
My fridge appears to have a 'blind-spot' - in a corner where I would have to bend to see what's there, and at the back. I have just found a jar of green pesto there and can report that if left too long it becomes blue pesto!

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Post by Mike on 18th August 2010, 10:05 pm

Likely to happen again so you can't use that blind spot area for ordinary things.

OK, there are some jarred products that we buy that even unopened must be kept cold but until opened will keep a very long time in the fridge (pickled herring, real "kosher" pickles, etc. or other stuff not "canned" by a process that sterilizes it --- can only be done with things that are an unsuitable growing medium for C. botulinus). Or you put there things that would keep a fair bit of time outside the fridge but a really long time inside the fridge, things not a good medium for molds either.

That way, if you forget that area until you go looking "where did I put the reserve jar of herring?" at least won't have gone bad.
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Post by Adrian on 18th August 2010, 10:21 pm

Anyone ever found fizzy hummous in the fridge - I could almost place money on the fact that it swore at me when i opened the lid...
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Post by Compostwoman on 18th August 2010, 10:47 pm

A bag of salad I picked from the garden and put in the fridge, so old, it is just smelly brown liquid in the bottom of the bag....

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Post by polgara on 18th August 2010, 10:51 pm

Been there seen it & done that CW LOL
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Post by Lizbuff13 on 19th August 2010, 5:36 am

I think we can all relate with this type of composting! LOL....even under the most frigid conditions it is workin! I just pulled a little container of a new variety of black spotted radishes from the back of my refrigerator....LOL!
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Post by Aberlemno on 19th August 2010, 6:50 am

Ah yes, this is so familiar, little hairy friends at the back of the fridge . . .

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Post by Hathorite on 19th August 2010, 8:17 am

Guilty as charged - this usually happens in my produce basket though; I wonder where all the wee fruit flies are coming from and find an onion well past it's best more often than not. I really hate the waste!
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Post by Jaded Green on 19th August 2010, 10:50 am

Something smells in my fridge. I'm steeling myself to be brave and go through it again.
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Post by Compostwoman on 19th August 2010, 3:50 pm

Good luck, JG..you may be gone some time.

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Post by Dandelion on 19th August 2010, 4:45 pm

I'm using Mike's suggestion of putting something long-lasting in the 'blind spot' - a huge jar of beetroot which we use all the time. Now the only problem is going to be the constant questioning 'Mum, where's the beetroot?'
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Post by Jaded Green on 19th August 2010, 6:08 pm

Oh dear - have been through body of fridge (vegetable drawers still to go. I knew there was an out of date brie in there - found it a week ago before we went to Cropredy - and it should have gone out yesterday, also found carton of cream cheese that I didn't even need to open to see it was changing colour and an unopened packet of smoked salmon trimmings. That's the trouble with going away, coming home, going away.....

And to add insult to injury YESTERDAY was rubbish day.

did I mention the 3 expired yoghurts......

I really must start shopping for today and tomorrow when it comes to fresh stuff. Or just get organised. Rolling Eyes
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Post by Dandelion on 19th August 2010, 8:29 pm

JG - my mother is so organised that she writes the dates on carrots, which have first been wrapped in kitchen roll to keep them fresh. Please see this is an Awful Warning, and don't get TOO organised!
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Post by Guest on 20th August 2010, 8:33 am

Jaded Green wrote:... I knew there was an out of date brie in there - found it a week ago before we went to Cropredy - and it should have gone out yesterday ... Rolling Eyes

I have to ask ... was the brie discoloured or did you go on the date on the packet?

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