I must admit, I go through phases for trying different mustards. And then many tested mustards just sit in my fridge. Not that I don’t like them, rarely is there a mustard I don’t like, it’s just the mustard mood passes. LOL. (If you prefer to watch video, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

Do you have condiments in your fridge?  Likely at the back of your fridge. If so, when was the last time you checked the expiry date on them?

Today’s challenge is to go through your fridge and check your ketchup, mustards, salad dressings, soy sauce, pickles…. And it’s not just about expiry dates. What’s in there that you never use? Let it go. It’s just taking up room in your fridge.

What’s in your fridge is just like everything else in your home – do you love it? Do you eat it? Does it serve a purpose? If not, there’s no point in having it.

Here’s a tip for moving forward, if I’m looking at a recipe and it has some unusual ingredient that I know is going to just sit in my fridge after. And I’m not sure this recipe is going to make it into regular rotation. I will search for an alternative to that ingredient – maybe it’s similar to something I already have or something I will eat more regularly. I also consider how much of this ingredient do I need, if it’s a minute amount, how much do I think it will really affect the recipe to just leave it out? What’s it bringing to the recipe? Salt, Fat, Sweet? Will something else work in its place? I find Google is helpful to answer these questions.

So once you get started on this one, you may end up going through your whole fridge. Sometimes that happens. But the goal here, as part of our micro-minimizing challenge, is to keep the focus small.

A reminder, those bottles and jars are recyclable. So, please take the few minutes to rinse them out and recycle them.

I welcome your ideas, thoughts, and questions in the comments below.

Remember you can share your journey with me and others by using hashtag #MarchMicroMinimizing, and tag me on Facebook or Instagram using handle @suzannegouldenILC.

Here’s me talking about sorting through our condiments!

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