My phone rang around 7:30am the other morning. When I saw that it was my wife calling, I knew that it was not good news. Between 7am – 8am, it's pretty hectic. Two kids are getting up. This means there's a lot of activity. Teeth are getting brushed. They're getting dressed. Breakfasts are being made. In other words, there is no time for a random phone call during this busy hour! So I knew it couldn't be great news!
Turns out that my wife and I had both gone to bed the night before without doing a check of the counter. Had we looked around, we would have noticed that there was a couple of pieces of chicken sitting out for dinner the next day. We normally don't keep stuff out for too long to thaw, but a little extra boost helps things along. Unfortunately, we both missed it, and the time out was well past anything normal, so it was off to the garbage for the chicken.
It Gets Worse
About ten minutes later, the phone rang again. I knew that we were still in the one hour danger zone, so my immediate thought was “What now?”
Turns out the chicken wasn't the only thing!
After dinner, we'd left a bottle of salad dressing out on the kitchen table. We have a lazy susan that on which keep the napkins, salt, and pepper, and we'll often set condiments on there during dinner. The salad dressing bottle was very small, so it simply blended in and went unnoticed.
Altogether, not doing a visual sweep of the kitchen cost us about $3 in chicken and $3 in salad dressing. While $6 is not a huge deal, it's wasteful enough that it definitely stung, and it was certainly worth two phone calls.
There was nothing we could do about either loss except throw the items away, but you'd better believe that we will now be checking things out a little more careful to make sure that we don't leave stuff out to go bad.
Readers, have you ever left anything to spoil by not properly getting it in the fridge or freezer in time? What tips do you have to make sure to avoid needless waste?