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Food Waste Friday: A Pantry Item.

September 17, 2010

Well, I have a first since I started participating in Food Waste Friday.  A pantry item!

Remember that spicy cornbread I kept mentioning?  Well, I went to make it earlier this week.  I was reading through Baking Illustrated and they mentioned that cornmeal can spoil rather quickly.  Not good, considering I could not for the life of me remember how old my cornmeal was.

I poured some into the sink and examined it.  It seemed fine.  So I started measuring out ingredients.  I poured a cup of cornmeal into my mixing bowl and… ick!  There was a meal worm in my mixing bowl.  Gross!

So the whole box of cornmeal went into the garbage.  I suppose I could’ve looked into composting it, but it didn’t cross my mind at that point.  Unfortunately, I also wasted the flour that I had already poured into the mixing bowl and the two tablespoons of butter I had melted for use in the recipe.

Oh well, lesson learned.  I have to start keeping a better eye on my pantry as well!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2010 9:39 am

    Oh, I just hate it when a bad ingredient in the bowl ruins everything you’ve already put in! I didn’t know that about cornmeal. I should probably go check ours.

  2. ellen permalink
    September 17, 2010 3:21 pm

    Cornmeal is one of the things I buy in bulk rather than packaged – small amounts at a time. Probably a legacy from years as a military wife living in odd places. Reminds me of a book about Mamie Eisenhower when she lived in some tropical area and finally gave up and just strained things like sugar! Yech!

  3. September 17, 2010 5:56 pm

    Oh, I hate when that happens! When we lived in the south I kept my cornmeal and flours in the freezer. I was going to say that I haven’t had cornmeal go bad since moving to the desert, but I am going to go check and make sure…:-)

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