Uh oh, look what I found-my dirty little secret

I have a big confession to make. I’m notorious for this. I hate to admit it but here goes. I put things in my cupboards and my fridge that seem to turn invisible as soon as they go there. I have actually had things in my fridge that I have NO idea what it was when it went in there.

I’ve really tried being better about it since last summer when Jason came over to go golfing and was looking in the fridge and saw a lot of “stuff” that should have been in the garbage a LONG time ago. He was teasing me and telling me that “Nicole would never do that!” ALRIGHTYTHEN!!

This is another post in itself but I’ve been doing some cooking for a sick family member and I was looking in my cupboard for wild rice and I saw this box of taco shells. Now the inner voice in my head thought “what are you doing in this cupboard you little box of taco shells?” I don’t keep them in this cupboard so I KNEW they had been in there a while and probably got put in the wrong spot and then got behind something else never to be seen again but check out this date that was on the coupon on the front of the box!

June of 06!! Can you imagine??? I’m taking this pledge to NOT do this anymore. To be more neat and orderly in my cupboards and fridge!!

What’s the oldest thing you’ve ever found in your kitchen? If you’ve never looked, go look now and we’ll sit here and wait for you to come back and tell us.

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20 Responses to Uh oh, look what I found-my dirty little secret

  1. Sue says:

    Canned peaches (that YOU canned) from the first day we moved in. In 2000! I’m not sure if they’re still there, but I remember looking at them not long ago thinking, “I can’t throw these out! They were one of the first things in the cupboard!”

  2. SKL says:

    Ohhh, I don’t really want to know. But it’s not because of “my” housekeeping habits . . . I personally follow the “less is more” theory in most things, including buying excess stuff that will result in disorganized cupboards. BUT, I can’t control others . . . . So the first “nasty” thing that comes to mind is the potatoes that had been in the cupboard so long, they had all but taken root in there. GROSS. I can’t stand the idea of something GROWING where it shouldn’t be in my house. But at least with potatoes, sooner or later the smell will give them away. I’ve found many “nonperishables” that have gone a couple of years beyond the expiration dates. Same thing with freezer foods. And in the fridge, yogurts and eggs that have been there many months too long. Basically anything that has a relatively long shelf life runs the risk of being there indefinitely.

  3. Karen Joy says:

    I really dont have anything thats expired.I’m a little the other way(too much at times),I’m always ready to throw things out come the expiry date.Though I do know I have some nutritional supplements in the back of the cupboard that are WAY out dated.Every once in awhile I catch a glimpse of them and I wonder why I am still hanging on to them.Think Im feeling guilty for not having taken them.

  4. Ellen says:

    Just last week I wanted to make tortillas and I saw I had them in the pantry. Great, did not need to go to the stores to buy them! All ingredients in the house…..ehhhhhhh, I made the filling, heated the tortillas in the pan, and then I saw they started to be crumble. It turned out they were dated at October 2009! Time flies, isn’t it! 🙂 I made a salad of the filling and that was nice also!

  5. Laura says:

    I regularly find “mystery food” in the fridge, pantry and freezers. I have two deep-freezes. One is in the garage, which is on the same floor as the kitchen, so that one has a pretty swift turnaround, and the only thing you’ll find in there is the stuff that I’ve bought in bulk and put up for later meals. There’s nothing too old in there. And the pantry, fridge and kitchen freezer get cleaned out pretty regularly, so stuff that’s beyond the expiration date only goes a short time past. (except canned goods. I don’t have a problem keeping them waaay past the date)

    But the Mystery Freezer in the basement? I haven’t the FOGGIEST IDEA what’s in there. I know there’s a deer hide, left over from, um…. 2006? When Steve got his first doe and wanted to save the hide and “do something” with it.

    We moved into this house in 2005, so nothing is older than that, but I am fully confident that there’s at least a few things around here that are dated back that far.

  6. Laura says:

    Oh, and the date on the coupon is June of ’07. So it’s not as bad as you thought! You’ve got a WHOLE YEAR before you have to be horrified!

  7. Nikki says:

    LOL…I can’t believe he said that to you!
    I am a bit OCD about stuff like this though. I have a routine about it…Jason goes grocery shopping, I clean out the fridge and pantry. It’s just something I have always done and I’m not sure why! Now coupons are more likely to expire and stick around the house. Mainly b/c I don’t use them and I don’t know why I bother cutting them out!
    I just went and looked in the kitchen and found a thing of baking powder from 07..never even opened. It’s probably okay, never opened right? I still threw it away…I have a brand new one just opened!

  8. Lucy says:

    This past summer I decided it was time to go through my kitchen cabinets…. I found a box of something (dont remember what it was) that had expired in 2007.

  9. Just a Mom says:

    When my dad passed away I cleaned out the pantry and he had stuff in there that I knew was 10 years old because I had bought it when I briefly lived with him!

    I know I have a bread mix in my pantry that is at least 13 years old. My mom bought it before she passed away and for some weird reason I just can’t bring myself to throw it out even though I know I will never EVER use it!

    • Joy says:

      I wouldn’t throw it out either JAM. As long as you know “why” it’s there and it’s just not hidden and forgotten about. It doesn’t hurt anything and may just help you when you see it. You think of her. I think that’s a good thing.

  10. Vicki says:

    I laughed when I read this..
    The kids gave me some crap about some of my outdated spices they found in my cupboard..When i say outdated i mean expiration dates 199- lol These are spices that have maybe been used once and just got shoved to the back.

  11. Tessa says:

    Joy, you’re funny! I am like Nikki-I am a neat freak and routinely clean out the fridge/cupboards and organize them, but I use to be worse and find things with mold on them in the fridge! It makes me scream it grosses me out! I’ve had Eric throw some things out in the past! lol

  12. Ha! Joy, you gave me a laugh. I think my mom and I have found the odd old thing in our cupboards and fridge once in a while… It’s always so funny, though, when you find stuff waaaay in the back somewhere and realize just HOW old it is!

  13. Gary says:

    Believe it or not, this is one of the things around my house I’m pretty anal about. I go through the “stuff” in the fridge and cabinets about once a month and get rid of the things that have expired or going to expire before they are used. 😀

    I’m just anal like that. LOL

  14. javajunkee says:

    baking powder that was like 4 years old..and the way I discovered it cuz in using it whatever it was I was baking wasn’t “right” so I looked. BLECH!!!!

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