This entire weekend is dedicated to the kitchen. I love to cook but my kitchen is unorganized and I am not inspired. Last Sunday I started a new thing where I am going to go to the grocery store every Sunday and get all the food prepped for the week. In order to really do this right I needed to go trough the pantry and get that organized.
Here is a picture of part of my pantry. I can not even see what is in there so the first thing I did was empty it.
I was amazed at what was in there. There were things in there that I do not even like for instance tarter sauce and there were two bottles. I was not sure how to start so first I decided to get rid of all expired food (seriously I had stuff that expired in 2009). When I got to stuff like flour, rice ect., that I had transferred to a container I had to look online to see how long stuff lasts. I found this cool website that tells you these sorts of things. ( http://www.eatbydate.com ) It was very interesting. Did you know white rice can last up to 25 years but brown only 6-8 months. White flour also lasts 2-3 months longer than wheat flour. There must be a lesson in that when it comes to eating this stuff. So after doing that I ended up with three bags of expired food. What a waste of food.
I then proceeded to organize what was left by type of ingredients like rice, sugar, beans until everything was grouped. So what I found is that I am obsessed with rice, black beans and tuna. I have white rice, brown rice, wild rice, black rice and rice with herbs and look how many cans of tuna and beans I have. So after 2 hours of non stop working I have an organized pantry.
What I learned was that I have wasted a lot of money buying stuff that I never used. Being unorganized is expensive because I am sure there is a couple hundred dollars worth of expired food in those bags. I am really happy having accomplished this today. Tonight when I make my list for the grocery store I will know not to buy tuna beans or rice. Pretty set with those items. Surely I will come home with less food which means it will be less expensive.
My next task will be the rest of the kitchen. I will be starting that tonight because I know I will not be able to finish in one day. Can’t wait.