1.21.2007

How Many Mustards Does One Man Need?

Now that Dave and I are co-habitating, I am in the process of reorganizing everything in the house to suit my needs. (That's what women do, right Dr. Mike?) As I began putting food away in the fridge yesterday after our trip to the grocery store, I realized that due to the disheveled arrangement of the fridge, there was no room for the new food. I decided to clear some things out, condense others, and just generally move stuff around.
I began by throwing away all of the leftover food that had been sitting in there for weeks. I admit that I am bad about this. I have a tendency not to eat all of my meal at a restaurant and, wanting to be economical, bring it home in a take-out box. There were also leftover items from homecooked meals... I will not disclose the length any of these items have been in the fridge, but just know that they were no longer edible.
After doing this, I was basically left with condiments of sundry origins. I cleared all of them out of the fridge and began grouping like items. We married a few of the open bottles of ketchups and hot sauce to make extra room (and let it be known that these are the only things that will be getting married within this household!) and tossed out a few that, although not expired, had such a small amount left that they weren't worth the room they were taking up in the fridge.
What were we left with?
- 2 Bottles of Ketchup (One Regular Heinsz 57, One Organic Heinsz)
- 3 Containers of Miracle Whip/Mayo
- 5 Jars of Jelly (My homemade strawberry preserves, several flavors of Smuckers)
- 6 Types of Peppercinis, Jalapenos, etc.
- 9 Different Kinds of Mustard!
Yep, that's right, folks... We've got your regular yellow mustard, Gulden's spicy mustard, horseradish mustard, honey mustard, Grey Poupon Dijon mustard, and Chipolte mustard. I've never even heard of chipolte mustard!
Oh, yeah... and that isn't including the two brand new bottles of mustard that we have in the pantry.
However, I was informed by Dave last night that mustard is one of the few foods that never goes bad. So I guess we won't be needing to buy mustard for probably the next ten years or so.
The fridge looks great with its new makeover. Just having all of the like items grouped together and everything put in nicely and neatly makes a lot of room. I know that I slept easier last night.
And to the Garage Crew: Dave and I will be providing mustard for every cookout that is held this summer. And probably the next summer after that, too.

**And by the way... What does it say about Dave that he is blogging about me blogging? Whose really got the addiction here? Seriously...

8 comments:

Mishka said...

And you don't actually have to keep most mustards in the fridge...any of the mixed (mayo/mustards) you do but the straight up French's stuff can just stay in the pantry. I used to keep a small container in the fridge and a larger one I would refill from in the pantry.

BTW, did you move to his house or him to yours?

Violet said...

Mishka - I moved in over at his place. I tried to talk him into crashing over at my one bedroom/one bathroom apartment, but he just wouldn't go for it...

aka_Meritt said...

Mustard... must be a 'guy' thing. Coffeehusband as the same 'mustard thang' going on.

Fantastagirl said...

9? NINE?? It has to be a guy thing.

It's Me, Maven... said...

Hmmm, the dijon I'd keep in the fridge, there's egg in that if I recall correctly.

I have about three or four different mustards: Dijon, honey mustard, spicy horseradish mustard...

Organic Mayo, Wasabi Mayo...

BBQ sauce (KC Masterpiece), some Hot and Sweet (a kickass Indian ketchup thing with hot chile sauce)...

I have three or four different coffee in house (all in whole bean);

And at the moment here are the cheeses I have in house:

Jalapeno Yogurt Cheese, Chevre with Figs, Cabernet Soaked Cheddar, Smoked Jack, Pecorino Romano, Parmesan Grana, and a Gorgonzola.

I think it would be a riot if you were to throw a "Condiment" party...

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I have no taste buds left, so I think I could get along with 7 mustards, easy.

Nobody said...

A nice variety of mustards is always good.

Ari said...

I think you blogging about him blogging about you blogging (and vice versa) is the blog equivalent of spooning -- posts nestled ridiculously close together.