It’s the end of another month and the end of another grocery budget.
Around this time each month I find myself doing an inventory of my fridge, freezer and pantry assessing what is available and deciding what meals I can make out of what I have on hand that would require the least amount of supplementation by way of purchasing additional items.
Levi, was in the kitchen with me yesterday as I was going through this motion, so he offered to help pull things out of the fridge for me to inspect.
As much as I hate to admit it, I always find some food waste lurking in the back of the fridge. Usually, it’s the odd bits of leftovers that were too small to be pulled out on leftover night and somehow ended up getting pushed back and hidden behind other, more interesting, food items.
I went a little crazy at Costco earlier this month. As part of my shopping spree, I bought nine heads of lettuce, six romaine and three iceberg.
Three weeks later, Levi found four hearts of romaine and one head of iceberg in the far reaches of the fridge.
“Oh, Mom. These are bad. They need to go.”
“No, Son, wait. Let’s take a closer look at them. They might still be good in the inside.”
I took them over to the sink and after removing them from the plastic bags they were in, I began to peel back the outer limp, discolored leaves. After going down a layer or two, I began to expose fresh, green leaves.
“See, Son,” I showed him the crisp leaves that were beginning to peak out, “you can’t always tell with something like this if it’s good or bad by just looking at it. If it has layers, like this lettuce or onions, sometimes you can just try to peel back the bad parts to see if it’s still good on the inside.”
Thoughtful, Levi looked up at me, “You mean like people? So, I guess this is like a life lesson or something.”
“Yes, now that you mention it, I guess it is.”