Goodbye Expired Pantry Items. I Wish I Had Known Ye.

Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure Fall 2014

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The Kitchn Cure Day 11 Task: Declutter the Pantry

Now that all the big and small appliances are clean, it's time to edit and clean the pantry this week for the Kitchn Cure. Like a soldier readying herself for battle, I accepted this challenge and prepared to combat all the expired, spoiled, and disorganized goods I have in my cupboards.

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Let's take a look at my extremely disorganized cupboards full of pantry goods, shall we? It's a mess. I'm sorry.

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I took everything out of the cupboards to be inspected. Here's all my stuff in all of its glory. It's not cute.

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After taking all my stuff out I rearranged it into categories: bakings things, nuts and seeds, grains, canned goods, drink items (tea mostly), and finally vinegars and oils.

After arranging things, it was time to edit stuff down. I looked at every item to see if it was expired or spoiled. If the item was expired or spoiled, I tossed it. If the item wasn't expired I either kept it or I put it in a designated box for donations.

I had a fair amount of things that were expired, unfortunately. Nothing too bad, but some cans, nuts, and grains that really couldn't be used anymore.

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After I had my edited list of pantry goods, I set about washing unused containers and jam jars to store things in. I didn't buy anything pretty or expensive to store things in. With the help of some cute Washi tape and paper, I labeled all the containers.

My baking supplies

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My grains

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My jam jars being put to good use. Washi tape doing its thing by making things look good.

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My seeds and nuts

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My honeys, unopened hot sauces, and unopened BBQ sauce

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My oils and vinegars

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Next it was time to move on to my spice storage space. I only had a couple jars of spices that were expired, but everything else was good to go.

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This Kitchn Cure assignment took a surprisingly long time to complete, but I found it super helpful. I realized that because my cupboards were so messy, I didn't really know what was in them half the time. As a result, I was being rather wasteful and not using things that were about to expire. Not cool.

I'm looking forward to organizing my pantry in such a way that similar things are together, and more accessible. I might have had to toss a few valuable kitchen ingredients, but it was a lesson well learned. I can't wait to go grocery shopping to stock up on things!

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