Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen
Is it time for spring cleaning in your home? Not sure where to start cleaning? Here are tips on how to start your spring cleaning in the kitchen.
According to an article at montereyherald.com, “Spring Cleaning Tips”
“Yay! Spring is here. And while there are various theories about how “spring cleaning” came about, I like the biological explanation of why we get the urge to refresh and organize our lives this time of year. According to How Stuff Works, the limited sunlight we are exposed to in winter causes our brains to produce more melatonin, a hormone that helps us sleep. With the longer, brighter days of spring, we wake up from our melatonin-induced stupor and feel like cleaning.
Since this is a nutrition column, let’s start in the kitchen. Here are some tips from the folks at Taste of Home magazine.
Check the expiration date on bottled and canned goods. Even though canned goods are still OK to use past this date, toss them if they show any signs of damage or leaking. For items close to their expiration date, use them! This includes those half-used packages of flour, dry milk or bottled sauces.
Don’t toss baking soda, even if it has gone beyond its expiration date. Buy a new one for baking and use the old box to clean your sink or refrigerator. Freshen a drain with 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda and about a fourth-cup of vinegar. Baking soda is also good to help scrub off burned food from pans. Sprinkle it on the blackened parts, cover with water and simmer on the stove for a few minutes before scrubbing.
Pack pastas, grains, dried beans and rice in airtight food containers. Besides making you feel super organized, storage containers help maintain the freshness of your food.
Sniff out and toss old oils, especially if they have passed their “Best By” dates. Rancid oils might smell like crayons or old nuts, some experts say. As always, if in doubt, throw it out.” To read the entire article click here.