Spring Clean Your Kitchen: 6 Easy Ways to Clean the Refrigerator & Pantry by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN

2 years ago

Spring Clean Your Kitchen: 6 Easy Ways to Clean the Refrigerator & Pantry

This is the time to rummage through the depths of your pantry and check cans, boxes and bags for expiration dates. And reach into the back of the fridge and read the fine print.

  • Check out your herbs and spices by their “best by” dates and store in a cool, dry and dark space in your pantry. With age, they lose their potency. In order not to waste, you can add old spices to newer ones.
  • Seal your nuts and seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Typically, they can last in your pantry for three to six months in a tight container.
  • Refrigerate your flour. Keep flour in an airtight container (to keep insects out, too) and it will last longer in a cool, dry place. You can refrigerate or freeze it.
  • Smell your milk. Don’t toss it if past due date. Do the “smell” test. If it smells sour, it usually is. Sour milk isn’t going to hurt you, but it’s not pleasant going down.
  • Keep eggs in their carton and store them in the coldest part of the fridge. Eggs can last weeks after their expiration date.
  • Wipe out the white, sugary products. Stock your pantry with high fiber, whole grains. You’ll get more nutrients and feel better.

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Elisa Schmitz
I had no idea I should be refrigerating my flour! Thank you for this, Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN . Awesome tips here! #springcleaning
Stacey Roberts
This is so timely for me. I’m in the middle of the 10 yr purge, which I’m saving the kitchen for last and will definitely need a step by step plan by then. Thanks
Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN
Great Stacey Roberts! Let me know if I can help! It feels great to purge. ;)

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