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