A Guide to Kitchen Spring Cleaning

kitchenSpring is right around the corner and there’s no better time to start fresh and renew your commitment to your health through healthy eating. Plus, can you honestly say you last cleaned out your freezer? To get started, here are some steps you can take to help you clean up your kitchen act.

Pantry

You may have been holding on to the bean soup mix since the mid-2000s, but since the likelihood of a zombie apocalypse is pretty slim it’s time to pitch it. Go through your pantry and look first at the things you need to get rid of. Anything that is six months or more over its best by date needs to go in the trash.

Next, take a look at your labels. Anything with unsaturated fat or sodium that is over 10 percent of your daily allowance needs to hit the highway. Refined grains should follow right behind. Once that’s all done, wash down the shelves with a mix of vinegar and water.

When you shop to restock, try to fill your pantry with simple staples. Try beans, whole grains, canned tomatoes, tuna and salmon.

Refrigerator

Don’t be scared – this may seem like a big task but if you break it down into steps it’s not so bad. Plus, you could find the potential cure for cancer in there!

Begin by getting rid of anything that is past its best by date. Things such as pickles and olives are only good for a couple of weeks after you open them. Salad dressings and mayonnaise are only good for a couple of months, jelly for about six months and mustard about a year. Once you’ve gotten rid of most of it, look at the labels of the things you’re thinking of keeping and toss anything that has too much sugar, saturated fat, and sodium.

When restocking condiments, you should look for items low in sugar. Ketchup can contain a lot of sugar, so try a low sugar variety. Salsa is always a great condiment to have on hand and salad dressings with a vinegar base add a lot of flavor without a lot of sugar or fat.

Now go shelf by shelf and toss anything that doesn’t look edible. If it’s got mold then it’s past time to go! If it smells funny, has gone soft, or has reached a stage beyond recognition, toss it! Go ahead and get rid of the stuff that you know you’re never going to eat or is bad for you. When you restock, buy things that are seasonal and local if you can.

See, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

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