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Cleaning out the pantry

by Julie Finch-Scally

When was the last time you turned out your pantry? I bet it was a long time ago. I know it is something I tell myself I have to do at least every six months but never do.

Why should you clean out the pantry? Because of the out-of-date products that collect and collect and collect. In fact if you walked over to the cupboard where you keep your food I guarantee you will find something that will be out-of-date.

Out-of-date food if in tins and packages that have never been opened will rarely cause you a problem if used after the recommended date, but when you find herbs or spices that are ten years old in the back of the cupboard you can be sure they will have lost their flavour and potency, especially if they are half used.

The other problem is that tins left for a long while in your cupboard do have a tendency to blow. This means they bulge either on the side of the tin or at the top. Bacteria will have entered the can through some small hole or broken seal and over time has made the food inside ferment, making the gases generated distort the tin.

Then there are the packets of dried food that if left too long allow little grubs to crawl out and find their way up the sides of the cupboard and in some cases up the walls of the kitchen.

These are all good reasons for you to go through your pantry on a regular basis and take out the half packets that have been there too long and anything well past its use-by-date. The strange thing is you will also find packets, jars and tins of food that you have no idea why they were purchased in the first place.

Should you discover food that is close to the use-by-date look up some recipes and work out what you can make to use up the products so they aren’t wasted. For the food that is still usable remove and clean the shelves then put them back in an orderly manner which you know will help you to find things easier. The rest; just throw into the rubbish bin.

You know this is a good idea. Make the effort to work on the pantry next weekend. Not only will it make you feel good, you could discover some excellent new recipes.

 

 

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Cleaning out the Freezer

by Julie Finch-Scally

How often do you clean your freezer? Probably not as often as you should! Most people only ever clean the inside when the ice starts to stop the door from closing.

There is a very good reason for regularly cleaning inside your freezer. It is not only to remove all that build up of ice, but to get rid of the out-of-date food that is sitting inside. Frozen food will only last so long. After several months the food gets burned with the ice and becomes inedible.

So what is the best way to clean inside the freezer? The power to the refrigerator should be turned off; this way the build up of ice will loosen from the sides quicker. Remove all the frozen items and place them in an ice box or inside the fridge. Throw out what has been sitting there for too many months, or any item that you have no idea what it is. It is a good idea to cover the ice box with a couple of towels to keep the cold inside especially if it is a hot day.

To help remove the ice you can play a hair dryer set on low heat on to the walls. This will accelerate the ice melting process. Make sure you do not use any sharp or metal implement to help loosen the ice. Plastic spatulas are good as they will not scratch or damage the freezer walls. As the ice melts you will be able to remove the inside shelf. This should be washed at the end with the water you use to wash inside the freezer.

Put all the broken ice that falls into a large bowl and empty it into the kitchen sink. Keep working on freeing the ice until the sides, ceiling and base of the freezer are completely clear.

Put some warm water with a capful of vanilla essence into a bowl and wash out the inside of the freezer, shelf and the door. Make sure you remove all moisture and dry the inside as best as possible. When the freezer is dry put back the shelf and turn on the power. Quickly restack the freezer with the food stored in the ice box and fridge.

Of course if you have a frost free refrigerator you will never have to clean the inside of the freezer, but remember to remove the stale and old food at least every three months. Also, it will still need a regular wipe out, just to keep the inside fresh.

 

 

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‘Preparing your Apartment for Sale

and

‘Preparing your House for Sale

 

will take you from ‘decision’ to ‘moving’

 

find out how to purchase from

the ‘Cleaning Books’ section

 

 
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