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Keep This, Toss That: Eliminating Clutter in the Pantry

Streamline your storage and do away with waste, when you apply the following four steps; we’ll walk you through eliminating that pantry clutter.
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Keep This, Toss That: Eliminating Clutter in the Pantry

Cleaning & Organization | HGDI ADMIN

Streamline your storage and do away with waste, when you apply the following four steps; we’ll walk you through eliminating that pantry clutter.

Streamline your storage and do away with waste, when you apply the following four steps; we’ll walk you through eliminating that pantry clutter. 

Divide and Conquer: Attack your pantry shelf by shelf. Remove everything in one area. Then group like items together. Use a table or even the floor as a work surface, if needed. Products that normally go together in a recipe should be neighbors in your panty. For example, place your pasta and jarred sauce close to each other. This will make for quicker meal prep. 

Use It or Lose It: While you are grouping your pantry items together, check the dates. Anything that is expired should get tossed. Anything near its expiration date should be set aside to be used in recipes. The same goes for half empty boxes of pasta, rice or other dry goods. Check a recipe website for ideas on how you can use your ingredients. 

Spice of Life: If you can’t remember the last time you used a dry herb or spice, then you must toss it. When you use an old spice that has lost its flavor, you might as well be putting dirt on your food. When you buy new dried herbs and spices, label them with the purchase date. Here is a guide to help you know when to toss.

  • Extracts: four years
  • Whole spices (such as whole cloves or pepper): four years
  • Ground spices: three years or less
  • Dried leafy herbs (such as parsley): one to three years
  • Seasoning blends: one year.

When in doubt, take a sniff. Your nose should not have to work to detect the scent of a spice or herb.

Food of Life: Be honest with yourself about your pantry items. If your family has grown tired of that soup, or you bought too much of something, donate it to a food pantry where it is more likely to be used and enjoyed. 

Enjoy your newly organized space. 

 

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