Sorry for my absense this week. I have been traveling for filming, and had 2 conferences. I was hoarding work, so I am very happy the weekend is here!
This weeks task is a great one. Food hoarding is a common problem and this weekend we are going to attempt to tackle at least one area where food tends to build up, expire, and be forgotten. Lets all take on the pantry! Most kitchens have a pantry where we store our canned goods, cereal, cake mixes, and boxes of ready to make rice, potatoes and other foods. The pantry ends up being our go to area for a quick meals but can also become something like a graveyard for old expired foods.
So, lets dig into the pantry and thin out items that you have not used in months or years and in all honest will not use. Lets check expiration dates on all foods and remove anything past its use by date, best if eaten by date, and upcoming expiration dates if you know you won't eat it by then.
The pantry can also be your first real attempt at not only thinning out, but organizing. If you have the space, energy, and patience remove everything from your pantry and start over. Put items back in a neat manner, stacking like items together; soup cans should be stacked together, boxed food together and so on. Spin the cans towards the front so you can actually see what your food choices are. This will make cooking easier, and finding those ingredients will no longer be an impossible task. Don't forget while the pantry is empty to spray a little cleaner in there and wipe out those shelves!
You can all do this. Turn on some music, get lost in the kitchen dance and have fun! If you have to think about an item, it probably isn't worth saving. You all know what you like to eat, so ditch the rest and get that pantry clean and organized! Fill us in on your thoughts, your struggles and/or your progress. Happy Saturday everyone!