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1/29/11

The Unplanned Pantry Clean-out

I was in the kitchen last night about to cook dinner.  I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to cook.  I know I had some beef mince, so was thinking of doing some sort of sauce to have with pasta.

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  I then started on the fridge, there were a few sauces out of date.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.

5 comments:

showandtellideas said...

Hi
Popping in from AMB to follow you and check out your blog.
Love it! Will be back!

Trish
xx

Kim said...

I'm SO due for a pantry clean out! I was just digging in mine the other night and realized that I had 4 boxes of open pasta! 4! Of the same kind! That's not good. I'm currently trying to get my laundry situation under control -- but of course I do this every.single.week. Then it happens all over. I love your laundry room, by the way. The counter space is amazing! I'll be checking back in for tips! (found you through Kate!)

My Organised Life said...

Thank you so much Trish and Kim for reading my blog! I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing it.

xx

Parental Parody said...

I did the same thing recently. But only after I found the terrible twosome sitting in the bottom of the pantry, door closed, opening cat biscuits, something that was once known as some kind of dried fruit (back before it expired in the 19th century) and god knows what else.

It was my maternal instinct to protect the 2yr old twins that kicked in and had me clearing out the pantry for the first time in....erm.....well I won't say how long (I don't remember). If they're going to eat dodgy crap, at least let it only be that which I prepare for them!

April said...

Awesome! I need to do the same.

 
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