I recently threw out about 10kg of expired stuff from my kitchen pantry. That was a sobering experience. I kept thinking, how did it come to this?! Turns out the expired stuff come into the following categories:

  • Stuff that I bought when they were cheap: vitamins, hot chocolate powder, instant coffee sachets, baking chocolate.
  • Stuff I thought I’d like to try to cook with one day: kluwek, century eggs, various jars of spices, ready-made frosting, hundreds & thousands, cake sprinkles, agar-agar sachets.
  • Stuff I used a little of, but then didn’t use again until they expired: sushi rice, arborio rice, muesli, potato flour, wholemeal flour, brown sugar, gelatine, baking powder, palm sugar, desiccated coconut. Sad to say, various fruits and vegetables came under this category as well as I failed to use them up before they’re too far gone.

So! I shall try to resist the temptation to overbuy when something is on special, buy only what I realistically will use in a timely manner. And perhaps just do baking from ready-prepared packets instead of stocking up on baking supplies. Or do baking more often, hmm.