Grocery shopping isn’t my favorite activity. I can be a bit impatient and it’s usually while I’m strolling the aisles that I realize it’s been exactly three hours since my last meal and I’m suddenly very hungry. But recently, venturing to the store has taken on a bit more meaning: the last few months I’ve been home on maternity leave with my new baby girl and these once-mundane trips have suddenly become much more. They were moments of “me” time—an adventure with the baby where I would recite her the name of every piece of produce; even an opportunity to think about my ATK coworkers, who were all, at that moment, humming along in the test kitchen.
Now, running to the grocery store feels like a luxury (or a risk) that shouldn’t be taken for granted. So, my husband and I are trying to be more resourceful with what food is already in the house. One of the ways we’re doing that is rethinking what we’re tossing in the trash. A lot of foods that might seem less than pristine since the day we bought them can be restored with a little help. I’m not telling you to salvage moldy cheese or use oil that's gone rancid (some foods can’t be saved) but there are some foods that you shouldn’t be quick to throw out.