If you were to ask me, I’d tell you I clean the pantry every six months. This evening revealed what a liar I am.
Monday evening is trash day (collected Tues morning) and I’ve been really good at cleaning the fridge every week. So good, in fact, that the fridge needed no attention this week, so I turned my sights to the pantry. I got through only 3 of 5 shelves. Water chestnuts expired 11/15? Why do I have three cans of expired evaporated milk? I can’t recall ever using evaporated milk. I must have seen a recipe that called for it . . . and read it three times
The canned mandarins and crushed pineapples are still good. But why did I buy them? I put the canned sliced pineapple due to expire at the end of the month in the fridge. But do I really want to eat them for breakfast tomorrow?
The beans, broths , pastes and hot sauces are all still good; but I threw out an entire kitchen bag of unused/expired food.
So how do you all control the pantry (other than the obvious clean it more than every 6 months)?