Whew! Last week we had the largest spring cleaning assignment- cupboards. I hope that you were all able to accomplish the task without too much stress! Now this week, our last week of the challenge, we end with a lighter assignment, spices, herbs and utensils.
If you have been with us for all of the challenges this month after this task is completed, you will be left with a well organized and cleaned kitchen! What a wonderful feeling.
Here’s a few tips for cleaning this week from me and please leave yours in the comment section!
Spices & Herbs
*Any spices that are older than 6 months, replace. Spices and herbs start losing their flavor after 6 months so if you want full flavor, don’t hold on to herbs and spices too long. I buy mine in the bulk section of my health food store. I find that it always tastes fresh and it’s considerably cheaper than buying spices and herbs in the little glass jars.
*If you haven’t used a certain seasoning in the last 6 months, perhaps you don’t really need to replace it. Consider whether or not this is a spice that you use on a regular basis. Because I enjoy cooking such a wide variety of foods, I do personally find that I have a lot of variety in my spice cupboard. But the less you own, the easier it is to keep organized.
*While I break this rule myself, it’s better to store your spices and herbs in a container that doesn’t allow light to come through for better keeping. Keep in a cool place.
*I think that Mandi’s advice for decluttering your kitchen is especially helpful as you sort through your utensil drawer. Consider what items you really use. There are so many one use utensils that wallow in self-pity in your drawer with little use. You may want to clear out utensils that you don’t use on a regular basis.
*I have a pottery jar near my stove that holds my utensils I use when I am cooking at the stove and another container for utensils I use when baking over by the counter I use when baking. I love having two different places for different projects.
So there are a few of my ideas (and feel free to share yours!). You have a week to complete this challenge (until next Monday). When you finish this challenge leave a comment letting me know that you have completed it and I will enter you into our six giveaways!