Array
Cleaning & Organizing

6 Items You Should Purge From Your Pantry ASAP

It's time for some pantry spring cleaning

Shares
Photography: @lien_livinglightly on Instagram | Pexels.com (Main Photo)

The pantry is a magical place—it’s where we keep our snacks and cereals, not to mention the condiments and spices that make our cooking ten times tastier. And yet, it’s also one of the spaces we tend to neglect the most.

Take some time this weekend to go through your pantry. If you see one of the items listed below, don’t hesitate to throw them out:

Any ingredients you haven’t used in more than 6 months

A jar of olives, a bottle of Italian seasoning… if you bought these items just for one recipe and never used it against since, it’s got to go. Chucking these in the trash will give you room to grow—and hopefully fill up your pantry with ingredients you actually use.

Years-old spices


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Unlike most food items, dried spices do not rot—but they lose their flavor if you keep them for too long. As a general rule, most spices are good for two to four years. Consider buying smaller quantities the next time you shop for groceries.

Expired or rusted canned goods

How long has that can of tuna been there? Since canned goods have long shelf lives, we tend to put them at the back of the pantry and subsequently forget about them until we need to do spring cleaning. Toss them in the trash if they’re expired or if the cans are covered in rust.  

When adding in new canned food, make sure to move the older ones up front, and put the newer ones at the back of the cabinet. 

Old onions and garlic



ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

It’s easy to just grab a bulk bag of onions and garlic from the supermarket, but pause for a moment and think if you can really use up that amount in a few months’ time. These aromatic veggies are good only for two to four months, so check your stash for signs of softness or discoloration.

Opened jars of food



ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Pickling is a great way of preserving food, and you can keep them in the pantry as long as the jar is unopened. But if they’ve already been opened and you didn’t put them in the refrigerator, it’s time to toss them out. Better safe than sorry!

Unsealed bags of rice and flour

If you have a bad habit of opening rice or flour and not putting them in airtight containers afterwards, it’s time to give them a check. If it smells off or it shows signs of bug infestation, throw them away. And invest in quality containers for the next time!

Source: CNet, Kitchn

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

How You Can Achieve a More Efficient Kitchen Without Remodeling!

All you need to do is organize your kitchen items and establish specific zones.

10 Pretty Decor Pieces for an Insta-Worthy Wall

Make the most of your bare walls!

How to Pack a Suitcase Efficiently, Prevent Wrinkled Clothing

Especially if you're just bringing a carry-on!

7 Ways to Make Your Ceiling Look Higher Than It Actually Is

Take note of these decorating tricks to help you create the impression of a taller room.

Replacing This Home Appliance May Help You Save on Electricity

Sometimes, oldies are not necessarily goodies.

Decorate Your House on a Budget! Learn From These Real Homes

Refreshing the look of your home doesn't require spending lots of money!

How to Fake Natural Light When Your Home Doesn't Have a Lot of Windows

Avoid dark, heavy window treatments and keep furniture away from windows.

A Look Inside Baby Baz Go's Playroom

Hand-painted details and captivating colors complete the room's whimsical woodland theme

10 Storage Ideas to Organize a Cluttered Bathroom

You don't need to stop at just shelves and baskets when organizing your bathroom.

A Filipino Family Based in Dubai Shares How Living With Less Made Them Happier

Minimalism is not just about having a clutter-free home, says the mom. It's also about having peace of mind.

There's a Secret Trick to Keeping a Small Kitchen Neat and Clean

Many of us instantly think it's difficult to work in a small kitchen.

How to Live With Less? Stop Buying Things Just Because It's on Sale for Starters

The journey toward minimalism can be challenging, but it will be worth it.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!