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Nothing To Eat In A Fridge Full Of Food?



How many times have you or your kids stood in front of the fridge, letting out all the “bought” air for minutes on end, only to end up picking up fast food because, and I’m quoting myself here ” We don’t have anything to eat”.

Not only is this terribly unhealthy, but it also wastes food, money and gas.

Even if you don’t have any emergency survival food stored away, the average American has between 3 and 14 days worth of food stored between their fridge and pantry and so much food is wasted each year simply because we don’t use it.

In fact, it is estimated that the Average American Family wastes over a quarter (25%) of its food each year.  This can come out to thousands of dollars and frankly is disgusting.

But I’m no different, I have done the same thing.

The real key to fixing this problem is to realize the full potential of everything you have on hand.

The best thing you can do is learn to shop wisely  but that is a whole other topic on it’s own.

I really wanted to focus on making the best of what you already have.

A few weeks ago after uttering the now infamous phrase around my house ” We don’t have anything to eat…” (which is really just code for I don’t feel like cooking), I decided that I was not only too lazy to cook, but I was also too lazy to get in my car to pick up food instead choosing to sit down and enjoy a bit of time on my pinterest page ( yes I am secretly a pinterest addict).

One of the first things that popped up was  an odd little website called

This website lets you pick what you have in your fridge and then gives you an entire catalog of recipes that you can make with it.

Now I know this won’t make things any easier to cook food after a crisis, but what it will do is show you new recipes that you may not have thought of otherwise.

Think about it, typically when you want to make something you have an idea in your head of what you want, you look for a recipe book or look it up online and then have to check to make sure you have everything and if not take a trip to the store.

This takes all of that and reverses the process.  You tell it what you have, and it tells you what you can make.

Without this  I would have never known that you could make something like Coca Cola Chicken (not very good with Diet soda by the way)

So tonight as you stare longingly into your fridge and before you head to Taco Bell or McDonalds take a look at, save yourself some cash and check out this site, you may be surprised at what you can make.

Let me know the most oddball recipe this site tells you you can make with whats in your fridge.

P.S.  the default setting on this is the quick kitchen. If you want to go a little more in depth in your recipe, click on the detailed kitchen button in the top right corner.

Read more with these related articles from our site:

Food Storage | Guidelines For Stocking Your Pantry

Emergency Food Storage in Small Spaces

13 Do’s And Don’ts Of Food Storage

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  1. dePriest

    April 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I go through this every single night (I kid you not), and I have, conservatively, three months of food between my huge freezer, my two refrigerators and ample cupboard storage. We rarely end up eating out, but we don’t eat complete meals either. I will definitely check out this site today. Thanks!

  2. rev. dave

    April 4, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    My first wife’s father had lived through WWII in Europe, and he always said that if you’re not ready to eat the first thing you see, you aren’t hungry. So, step away from the fridge folks. If you can’t decide NOW what you want from there, you’re not hungry, and if you’re eating when you aren’t hungry then you likely need to drop a few or a few dozen kilos.

    On the other hand, this is an excellent way to reduce the amount of food waste in western culture and our nation (US) in particular. I’ve bookmarked it, and will be sharing this article with several friends and my family too.

  3. face

    April 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    This is a problem of the immediate satisfaction syndrome that permeates our society.if you’ve ever been truly poor and gone 3 days with no food you’d be surprised at how easy it is to find food in that stocked fridge.i’m not trying to insult you,but this is a new problem in that 40 years ago you couldn’t just run out to taco bell in most areas.people were more self reliant even then and what was in the fridge and pantry was what was for dinner.i know that it wouldn’t seem practical to you but try going 2 days without eating anything at all and then look in the fridge and see how enticing the oddest piece of food looks.this is a highly educational act as it also prepares you for the fact that you’ll survive for a couple of days with no mcdonald’s or other fast food or any food at a disaster situation you may have to go for a couple of days without food no matter how prepared you are and this would give you some insight and mentally prepare you for that possibility and if it happens it will help you mentally with the results.good luck.

  4. Practical Parsimony

    April 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I do the same thing! However, instead of closing the refrigerator, I try to eat fruits or vegetables instead of insisting on meat, casserole, or sandwich. This way, I no longer waste fresh produce.

  5. Randy patterson

    December 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Loved the article and idea but when I entered it took me to their home page but I saw neither quick kitchen or detailed kitchen button. Do I have another link that I have to do first that I am missing?

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