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What the heck is in my fridge???

post #1 of 21
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Howdy folks!

I try to keep a clean kitchen. Given my past occupation as a pest control tech in my younger years, and my stint as a pizzaria owner dealing with the health department; I have high standards for my cooking environment. No bugs. period. I cannot have one fly, flying around that I have to stop and escort it out of this lifetime.

Having said that, I try (keyword: try) to do the same inside my fridge. However, every now and then, i will find something in there that I don't know what the heck it is. Given my obsession with saving any morsel of extra items (I hate waste); it is enevitable that things will stay longer than expected. Last week I "found" a zip lock bag of god only knows what it originally was, I think it was a gravy sauce made who knows when.

What have you found in your fridge that can prove the theory of evolution?

:crazy::suprise::blush:
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post #2 of 21
Not me! (Yeah, right. ;) ) But I used to work for a chef who would get ideas, buy the stuff for it, and then abandon the project. I referred to them as his "science projects." There was this bucket of chitterlings that I must have moved a half-dozen times from walk-in to walk-in. I guess he was thinking about making sausages. Once day, I finally opened it. EWWW. Bad idea.

And then there was the baby lamb for Easter. Not. (enough said)
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post #3 of 21
I hate to say it but I buy creme fraiche everytime I see it because I don't find it often. But I didn't like it much the first time I tried it but I keep buying it waiting for the right time to use until ... well you know what happens if you keep dairy too long.

Oh and milk - ain't it fun to have it turn into cheese right before your eyes?

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post #4 of 21
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I got three growing boys in the house, milk doesn't have a shelf life here. Now broccoli, or spinach....that is a different story.
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post #5 of 21
My father was one of those chefs you see in the health and hygene videos, showing what you CANTdo in a kitchen. Complete with string vest, teatowel over the shoulder and a ciggy hanging on his bottom lip. He also took great pride in his ability to scrape the mould off anything found in the dark regions of the fridge and make it into an omelette, ragu, or god forbid, an invention.
Heaven only knows how i completed my chefs training with a role model like that. ( Actually I've be told by family friends that it's a bloody miracle me and my 4 brothers survived attall as he was in sole charge of us after my mum died when we were little)
On a plus side, he taught us all that invention was fabulous and we've all been passionate about it ever since. But i scrape the mould off NOTHING...If in doubt, chuck it out
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post #6 of 21
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did you live in philly? I had a friend's dad that would cook and smoke. I remember him picking out ashes from one of the bowls of stuff he was making...saying "its all right...just a little more flavor"
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post #7 of 21
Ha ha!

My old man used to flick his ash onto our new carpet and rub it in saying it was good for the pile Hmm!
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post #8 of 21
I love Elaine Boozlers line that she threw out a lime the other day and realized she had never purchased a lime, then realized it used to be a head of lettuce....:talk::suprise::):crazy:
post #9 of 21
I tend to shove things to back of my frige (at home, not at work) and then every so often i get to play that ever popular game What Did This Used to Be. It can be quite entertaining in that for most things I have no idea. The one that stands out though is the time I opened a Cool Whip container and this hairy looking stuff actually sprang out when I pulled the lid off. I wish I did know what it was as I could make a fortune using it as a hair replacement. I kind of think it was pineapple.
post #10 of 21
truffles....white truffle, very small the size of a marble, left in the car for a couple of days. very similar to over ripe casings.......who knew they'd go south so quickly. NOTHING quite like those smells.
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post #11 of 21
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At work, OMG, that is a completely different subject. The vilest, most unearthly creations would come out of our work fridge. Every 8 months or so management would clean out the fridge....the horror....the horror....
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post #12 of 21
Everything that I put into the fridge is first labeled with what it is and the date. Fresh produce is given a vinegar-cold water bath, rinsed, and stored in the crisper in dated bags or containers, ready to be used without any further fussing.

Once a week I go through the fridge, usually the day before trash collection, and fling anything that is past its prime. I am sensitive to mold spores, so it's important to me to be careful, but this regime also helps me protect DH from himself. Because of years of smoking, he has a poor sense of smell and taste, so he can't always tell if something has gone bad.

Maybe it's a holdover from my restaurant years. Old habits die hard.
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post #13 of 21
Takes the fun right out of it! :D:D I do understand about the mold though.
post #14 of 21
Mom had a box of strawberry cake mix that lasted through 3 house moves...which is about 20 years.....

also a can of veggie hormel chili that was probably a good 10 years.
post #15 of 21
"Could be meat, could be cake.... It looks like... meatcake!" -- George Carlin
post #16 of 21
if migrating over to cupboards then condiments and spice/herbs......my mom had some that had to have been 10+ years old....after awhile it's just like sawdust, even kinda looks like dust.

off casings are sooooo nasty.....
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post #17 of 21
With me its generally fruit and veg. cucumbers....<shudder>....grapes...and I can relate to the lettuce comment. They all turn horribly slimy and YECCCCHHH!!

I gotta get better at food storage - haven't killed anybody....yet...Where there's life there's hope :)

My freezers are full of little bags of left-over stuff that I didn't want to waste and then you think - sure, I'll remember what that was and when I froze it. Yup. Gotta buy me some labels and a felt marker.

Try storing a pumkin in your pantry and forgetting about it....oh lordy...its not a pretty sight!!! Specially when you lift it up and it doesn't all come along for the ride. Oh and potatoes -I love it when they sprout and look like they are trying to grow legs and escape.

Think I need more hours in the day.
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post #18 of 21
When we first moved into this house, I stored my potatoes on the bottom shelf of the pantry.....basically on the floor. Time went by and I didn't care for that area so moved them to the utility room. More time went by and we started smelling this horrific odor but couldn't find the source. Even more time went by and I decided to put something else where I had previous stored the potatoes. To my horror, I had missed a couple that fell out of the bag and they had disintegrated into almost nothing. To this day, there is a stain there to remind me of my goof!
post #19 of 21
Leftover Chinese food always seems to go bad in our fridge. If it weren't for the easily recognizeable takeout containers, I would have to resort to opening them, and smell recognition....yuck!
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post #20 of 21
My dad and stepmom don't cook much and prefer buying the bagged spinach. They never seem to finish one though so I'm always the one that gets to throw the slimy green blobs out. Once, I picked it up by the wrong side and the creature, I mean spinach, fell all over my feet and in between my toes. By far the grossest thing I've had to clean up.

When I was little, I lied a lot and in order to get me to stop lying to them, my parents punished me by making me clean out the fridge and freezer. It's been a long time since I've lied to them. :lol:

I would have rather been spanked.
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post #21 of 21
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HAH! in the bottom corner of the abyss in my frig, a discovery! A 1 lb. bag of yeast bought...sheesh...at least two years ago. It's vacume sealed, so I guess it's still ok. I'll proof some tomorrow and see.
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