I wanted to give an update on my condiments. I also wanted to present a challenge.
Previously, I embarked on a 10-condiment challenge, but soon I wanted to get rid of as many condiments as possible because I realized most were not justifying the storage and expense.
My challenge to you is that before you buy or refill another condiment, consider (1) how long it took you to get through that condiment, (2) how long that condiment stays fresh for, and (3) the ingredients in that condiment.
Mayonnaise stays fresh three months after opening, and salsa only two months. After reviewing the ingredients in most condiments, I realized that many are made up primarily of sugar and many have food coloring in them. I encourage you to use oil/vinegar as a salad dressing or to only own one salad dressing at a time.
CONDIMENTS I have left:
CONDIMENTS I have outside of the fridge:
LIQUID INGREDIENTS outside of the fridge:
apple cider vinegar
Instead of bouillon cubes or bouillon paste, I encourage you to use beef broth if you can. The taste can’t be beat. Instead of maple syrup, try honey. Instead of jelly, try jam.
DARK VINEGARS AND MSG LINKED TO MIGRAINES:
I nixed mustard and many vinegars when I realized a link between them and migraines. As for ketchup, I just stopped eating the two things that I really liked having them with: scrambled eggs and hotdogs. Now I only have eggs easy over.
When it comes to packets, I still keep my taco packet and beef stew packet, as both do not have MSG. I stepped away from my curry packet and many different chips after realizing they have MSG, which contributes to headaches. Now I just have taco chips and salsa if I want a snack, which is cheap and always on hand.
DISCARD AND MODIFY:
My final point is that there are so many ways to get creative. If you don’t have a vinegar, try looking up a substitute. I didn’t have rice wine vinegar, and apple cider vinegar tasted nearly the same. Again, jam for jelly, honey for maple syrup, so on. Don’t throw out what you really love and use, but those things that you only use in a blue moon. Feel free to discard the recipes that require specialty ingredients or modify them so that they don’t; I do this all the time.
These are just some examples that worked for me, but you know your situation better than anyone and what you can give up without missing a beat. Why not clear your fridge for the new year?