Well, last week we had many participants in our first Spring Cleaning Carnival Challenge (and remember each time you participate you get entered into the 6 great giveaways that go along with the carnivals!). It’s been great seeing the motivation the community of the carnivals provide…. and the satisfaction caused by getting to those jobs we keep putting off!
This week we have a harder assignment, food pantry or food cupboard clean out. This is what I really was aching to clean out as mine was in dire need.
A few things I like to use in my pantry.
Large buckets with airtight lids to store bulk grains and legumes, sometimes called paint buckets. You can buy them for around 5 dollars or you can get used large food buckets from bakery or deli’s (according to Tammy from Tammy’s Kitchen)
I also use mason jars extensively to organize my smaller amounts of grains, flours and legumes. They are cheap and plastic free, two good reasons why I use them! I use the quart and the eight cup size. I also have gallon sized jars (I bought mine through my co-op, Azure Standard).
Two things I have found as I have been cleaning. One, I have a lot of random little things, leftover items from various projects. While I hate to waste food, I realized that I needed to throw away some of this stuff for the sake of my pantry (and my sanity).
Secondly, I found that I have more food in my pantry than I thought! It’s great finding some items I thought I no longer had still in bulk! Happy day!
Now it’s your turn. Share how you cleaned out your food pantry and share your tips (I loved the ones some of you shared last week). I decided to make it simpler and just have everyone leave comments in the comment section rather than using the Mr. Linky. But if you are a blogger, feel free to leave a link to your post in the comment section.
Oh, and no pictures today! They didn’t turn out very well and I still have a little left to do before I have finished my clean up completely.