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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring Cleaning Your Pantry~

The temperature is warming up. Spring is in the air. Time for outdoor walks, cook-outs, and inevitably ~ Spring Cleaning. Here are some helpful tips on cleaning your pantry. These tips courtesy of Good House Keeping Magazine.

Know what you have, when to use it, and when to toss it~

Good for 6 months
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Brown Rice and should be kept in an air tight container. This one surprised me.
Oil, unopened!. Once open, use within 3 months or store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
Peanut Butter

Good for 1 year
Flour and should be stored in an air tight container. Whole wheat flower is good for only 6 months.

Good for more than a year
Canned goods (discard if can has leaks, rust, or large dents)
Dried beans
Sugar, white. Brown sugar should be used within 6 months
Vinegar, unopened. Once opened plan to use within 6 months.

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