I opened the pantry doors and looked in. I picked up a packet of pasta and noticed that it was past its used by date! So I threw that in the bin, then I dug into the back and looked at a packet of biscuits that was behind where the pasta was and it was expired also. I started to think about when was the last time I gave the pantry a good clean out and I couldn't remember. I seem to mainly use things at the front, new things arrive and are placed at the front, so I use them and the things at the back, seem to get forgotten. Well I just started picking up one thing after another and before I knew it, I had done a massive pantry clean out and I could not believe that half of the things in my pantry were off! There was a macadamia oil, off! Taco kit, off, biscuits, cereal and what surprised me the most was the canned food! I didn't realise that canned food went off, well I figured it would eventually go off, but not for years. But I found can after can of corn, baked beans, tinned spaghetti, condensed milk and more, all off! I love baking and used to do a lot of it, so going through my baking supplies, milk, dark, white chocolate buds all off. I have heaps of spices and dried herbs, most of them past their used by date! So annoying! I couldn't believe it. I then started on the fridge, there were a few sauces out of date.
Suddenly I realised that it was getting late and I needed to get on to dinner, so after cleaning out all of the used by items I got on with dinner, yummy spaghetti (not off, LOL) bolognaise.
So next will be to take everything out of the pantry and give it a good clean out. I ended up messing up all the order in there as I would find something that was still good and put that on the shelf above, or over the other side.
Here is the most of the pile that I ended up cleaning out of my pantry and fridge last night! It really does feel so good having a big clean out!
|Three full garbage bags of expired food!|
So I recommend regular pantry and fridge clean outs. It's amazing how quickly things go off in there if it's moved to the back and kind of forgotten. I will post photos of the finished pantry once it's all back to it's organised look.