I even had a good reason to do it a few weeks ago when I knocked over a bottle of balsamic vinegar and poured half the bottle on the shelf below and then onto the floor. But I still didn't do it. I just cleaned up the vinegar and closed the door. It was however 5.30 pm and I was in the middle of cooking dinner. That's my excuse anyway.
It has taken me another 3 weeks to actually get around to emptying the entire pantry doing it properly.
Here in QLD one of the pests that we face on a constant basis are cockroaches. And because we live in an old house that is not 100% sealed mice can be an issue as well. This means that all food must be kept inside a well sealed container and even then I have had a hungry rodent try and chew through a plastic container to get to the contents. Anything left in just the packaging it came in, even if it has not been opened, is at risk.
We have not had any issues with mice this year so one of reasons to clean out the pantry was to get rid of any food that might attract them as the weather cools down and they head indoors. However once I removed everything from the first shelf the evidence of cockroaches was plain to see. YUCK!!
|Yuck, just look at that mess. The paper also helps soak up the oil that|
seems to find it's way onto the outside of the bottle
First job was to empty the pantry.
|Spices out for checking a topping up|
Check expiry dates and discard anything out of date. Make a mental note, or list if you prefer, of anything you have a lot of, close to expiring or cannot match it with anything.
In my case I discovered I have 2 packs of sushi paper that I need to use up, a few spices that I am out of and a few things that I had to through out.
I have topped up containers where I could, added to things I am out of to the shopping list and planned to make sushi on the weekend. I also threw out half a block of compound chocolate that was hiding in the bottom of a container and was well out of date as well as a few other things. Thankfully there was not a lot to throw out.
Then it was time to vacuum and wipe down the shelves before re lining with paper.
|Ahhhh nice and clean|
Then it was time to put everything back in.
Placing things that need using up first towards the front and at eye level will remind you to use them up.
Now all I have to do is sit back and and enjoy my nice tidy pantry. Or bake up a storm, but that might mess up my organisation. Oh well can't stop cooking.
Do you have any areas that you are considering clearing out or taking stock of?