I’m sick to my stomach.
I just broke my #1 rule for my frugal kitchen.
I let 1/2 of a bottle of grapeseed oil go bad. Like really bad. It’s September and it expired in March. I don’t usually worry too much about expiration dates. (The chili that I am eating as I type this used a can of tomatoes that expired a few months ago.) But this smells rancid. It’s definitely bad. Healthy oils are one of the most expensive food items I purchase to feed my family. This would have been one of the last things I would have wanted to waste.
I purchased this oil for making homemade mayo, salad dressings, and skincare. Somehow, it got pushed to the very back of a deep cabinet and forgotten about. Ugh! Waste makes me unhappy because I simply cannot afford to throw away food. When I think of the millions of starving people around the world, it makes me feel even worse.
We don’t always think of it like this, but throwing away food is the same thing as throwing cash into the trash can. We would never think to do that, yet throwing food away isn’t any different.
So what are me and my aching stomach to do now?
I have 2 tips I’d like to share with you.
1. Grace. It’s all about grace. Since fretting over my wasted oil isn’t going to bring it back, I need to let it go. One way I do that is to think about all of the good I do to maintain a frugal kitchen. For every mistake like this one, there are 1,000 things I did that were frugal. I remind myself that I am doing the best that I can and that I will make mistakes. We need to show each other grace in this life, and sometimes the one we need to show the most grace to can be ourselves.
2. I always do an internet search to find out if there is an alternate use for my ruined food. A 2 1/2 second search brought up this post – Don’t Throw Out That Rancid Oil! Make Soap! You can read that article here, if you are interested. Sometimes, all is not lost.
*Update 9/25/2014: If you decide to use rancid oil to make soap, please see reader Amie’s comment below for more information. Thank you, again, Amie!
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What do you think? Is food waste an issue in your home? What is your #1 frugal kitchen rule?