The most important resolution I made was to not waste food. However, we found this rule to be difficult to live with as we got very very busy so I put a list on the fridge marked FOOD LOSS and here are the items we proceeded to throw away in the month of January:
1 Whole Pumpkin - it was buy one get one free, so I ended up with 4 and just could not manage to get the last pumpkin pureed and frozen before it was in the fridge way too long.
Moldy Bread 1/2 loaf - fridge was overfilled so bread stayed out and got moldy
5 bananas - just sat out too long!
1 lb of lamb - I never eat lamb but at the beginning of the month I felt ambitious to try a Shepard's Pie, then I got really busy with work and forgot it for a week. Major fail!
Chicken Broth - that we went to the trouble to make from a bistro chicken! Just let it sit for 2+ weeks without putting it in the freezer. Honestly!
1/2 a tomato
1 bag of lettuce - never even opened.
Fresh Thyme - left in fridge since Thanksgiving
1 bunch of radishes - again an ambitious dinner idea never materialized
1/2 bag of cranberries - forgotten since Christmas
What have I learned from this? Nothing I didn't already know but here's a recap:
* Freeze all meats immediately upon getting home from the store unless it's on the menu for the evening!
* Rotate food throughout the week, meaning when making dinner do a search of food that needs to be moved to freezer, processed, etc.
I'm really hoping February is better because this is an extremely embarrassing way to start a New Years Resolution!