DEBORAH CROMBIE: I'm embarrassed to reveal this. This my
fridge on a good day. On a bad day, things will fall out and break your toes. Seriously. So as I was trying to squeeze in yet a few more things after a trip to the supermarket, it occurred to me to wonder if other people are guilty of over-stuffing.
There are some excuses here. Most of the things in here are healthy. That's part of the problem. Many good cooking oils need to be kept cold. Whole grains have to be refrigerated. As do whole grain breads without preservatives. I cook, so I accumulate condiments. And salad dressings. I buy lemons and limes at CostCo (as you can see,) and I love clementines, which only come in big bags. AND I share an organic produce share with my daughter, but last week she was out of town so I got the bulk of it.
Not to mention the fact that my aspirations are usually greater than my cooking energy. (Will I really cook the butternut squash recipe I've been looking at for the last week?) And I try to plan at least five days of meals--otherwise we end up eating out, and I try not to do that during the week.
But all that aside, I wonder if I'm unconsciously emulating my mother and grandmother. They lived through the Depression, and food in the refrigerator and the pantry meant security.
So I did an impromptu survey. This immaculate fridge belongs to my friend Candy, who is single. She does cook, but she is gluten and dairy free. (That cuts out the cheese, the yogurt, the milk, the bread, the flour, etc., in my fridge...)
And this one, which I'd designate halfway between Candy and me, belongs to my friend Kathleen. She and her husband Matt both cook, and they seldom eat out. I think they're wonderfully organized.
So how about you, REDS and readers? I know we have a lot of foodies out there. Do you shop everyday? (I do fine in London with a fridge a quarter of the size, but I shop almost every day, and I don't cook much.) Do you use everything you buy?
Brag, or confess!!!
(And maybe someone will come cook my butternut squash...)