I was so surprised to find my husband had removed all
the pantry items and was cleaning the shelves. How
thoughtful of him to tackle this for me,
out of the goodness of his heart, right?
Well . . . . there is a little more to the story.
Our kitchen pantry is almost 2 ft deep. The lower door
comes 3/4 of the way up the refrigerator so there is
a lot of storage in it. Unfortunately, being 2 ft deep
it is hard to see what it in the back and when we
add items while unpacking the groceries, sometimes
things get caught way in the back. I keep saying
that I want to move most of it downstairs to the shelves
but you know how it is, maybe we'll do that on a rainy day.
That rainy day came out without a drop of rain to be found.
My husband started smelling an unusual aroma.
Not a good sign.
He emptied everything and discovered a tin of fish had
broken open. I'm so glad I was not home, I hate those
little fishes in a tin. He cleaned it up and then lined
up the cans on our counter so I could select what we
wanted to keep upstairs.
Wow, I thought I was pretty good at using up old product
but there must have been a sale on frosting. I rarely make
cakes so what was I thinking???? These expired in 2013.
If it were beans or corn I would keep it. The expiration dates
are really Best By dates and I have confirmed this with
Reverse Logistics Managers of major corporations where we
were discussing unsalables. I won't mess with anything that is dairy
like though so out these go!! Too bad I was not better organized.
We have an area in the basement where we store items
that we have stocked up on, especially when there is a
great sale. Part of it is made of wooden shelves and
the larger part is actually grocery store shelving we got
when our friend demo'd one of the local stores for remodel.
We've had them for about 20 years and still have some of the
price tags on the end of the shelf. That will really give you
sticker shock when you compare it to today's prices!
We're low on coffee so I'll be watching for sales there too.
At one time I had about 20 of the large tins or containers stacked up
but now we've gone through most of it. I have to be careful now
because some of the large cans have converted to paper tubing
and I don't trust that to keep fresh. If I am not using it immediately,
it will be only the metal cans from now on. Better to recycle
either at the centers or for personal storage.
For canned goods, I really like the Read salads and almost
anything Glory makes. I'll try to find these on sale when I can.
Hubby took all my cans downstairs except for the few I wanted
up here for use in the next couple of weeks. I need to get back
downstairs and revamp the storage so everything is in date order.
I did find that the cheese sauce in boxed macaroni doesn't go
bad as much as the flavor is drastically changed. The noodles are fine
but I'll throw away the powdered cheese packets. For anything
that is aging too far out, I'll set it aside and use it up quickly.
I also looked at the counter top freeze dryer and was hoping it
was similar in price to a dehydrator; however, anything I saw was
in the $4,000 category. Too high for me!! Maybe some day
if they fall in price. It's too bad we don't have a community kitchen
set up where people could come in and can, dehydrate or freeze dry
their food. I would have looked into that had I won that $450 MM lottery!
Since my blog post was on cleaning the pantry, you can assume I did not win.
Now it's on to the sewing machine repair shop. I have no idea what
I did but I hit a thick seam, the needle got stuck and when I tried to
free it, it broke. It sewed a straight seem a day or so ago but when
I went to turn the corner (top stitching close to the edge) the fabric
caught again in the feed dogs and the bobbin just became a mess.
I will break out a backup machine but want to get this Pfaff fixed
and ask him what I did wrong so I can correct it next time.
Happy Valentine's Day!