Garlic, Cinnamon and Curry
Take 5 minutes and toss out all the outdated spices in your rack or cabinets.
This is the easiest way to start Clutter Busting in the kitchen.
Keep it Simple:
Great Rule of thumb for tossing out old spices.
If it does not smell fragrant anymore then it is time to let it go. Ping!
If you want to get a little obsessive a by the date rule of thumb is as follows.
- Ground Spices 2-3 years
- Whole Spices 3-4 years
- Blends especially things with sage and oregano 1-2 years
- Herbs 2-3 years
- Extracts 5 or more years
If you are at the bottom of the barrel try mixing up your own blends and putting the mix in small mason jars.
- BBQ Rub
- Italian Blends
- Mexican Blends
- Curry Blends
That should free up some space for a bit of shopping. I enjoy spice shopping. Hands down my favorite is Penzey Spices.
Now,if you are not a big collector of all things spicy and you have 20 jars or less lucky you. You may not even need to do the sniff test. I suggest you revisit challenge days 1 or 2 and give them a little repeat.
Now, I am a collector and the picture to the left is the exact same spice rack I have hanging in my kitchen. I have two completely full hanging vertically on the wall and am ashamed to say that I also have two shelves in the pantry full as well. My Five minutes are going to go be very rapidly this morning.