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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Habitica challenges are so useful
The best part of Habitica for me is the social side and the support from the various guilds, especially if they run challenges. I completed this month's Abandoned Ingredients challenge today by taking some slightly sprouty potatoes and wrinkly carrots and combining them with a couple of sticks of just-going-a-bit-limp celery, some slightly-past-their-use-by-date lentils and an onion. All combined together with some stock cubes and seasoning and simmered for a while, they made a decent vegetable soup.

It's hardly cordon bleu, but fine for a weekend lunch with some bread and cheese and without the challenge, I'd probably have let the veg sit there until they were inedible.

Still good enough for soup!
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feodora From: feodora Date: April 10th, 2016 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recently saw a documentation about the masses of food we throw away each month/year. It is shocking. I try to use all as long it is not mouldy or in an other way not eatable.
In UK you have on most products "best before" dates. Thats indicates "you should eat before but you might can eat it after this date".
In Germany the date on products indicates a kind of warranty and many think that after the date the product has to be uneatable. I always tell them " do you throw your telephone away when warranty has gone....no you use it as long its ok, so do the same with your food"
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 11th, 2016 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know whether it's a rule or just how the manufacturers do it, but on products with a long life, such as flour, lentils, cereals etc. we have a "Best before" date. I've tried using flour and dried yeast after its "Best before" date and up to a week or so after, it's OK, after that, it won't make you ill but the bread or cakes won't rise as well.

For things like meat, it has a "Use by" date, though if it's raw meat, I'll still use it up to 24 hours past that date, as long as it smells OK. I'm more suspicious of cooked meat like ham and of course it isn't going to be cooked before eating, so I stick more carefully to the "Use by" date.
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