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Hello one and all-How are you all doing this fine June 8th?
This week I'd like to discuss cleaning out the pantry.  I know, it's a sucky topic, but let's face it-it needs to be done.  I decided on this topic mainly due to the experience of my sister and I had recently at our parent's home.  When I came back to my abode, I decided to give my pantries and fridge a good going over as well.

What was this earth shattering experience?  Our mom had been in the hospital and our dad has the notion that as long as something is "in a can or the freezer" it's good for ever!  WRONG!

The two of us had to go the market for them and mom had been asking my dad to clean everything out and his version was to say he did-WHEN LIKE ANY MAN, HE DIDN'T!
Oy (yes, this occasion calls for Yiddish) vez!  We found cans of peaches having a "best used date" of some month in 1999.  And that wasn't the worst of it!  Tomato soup with the lid rounding, frozen shrimp from 2005.  You get the picture.

Mom was thrilled with our "no holds barred" approach to tossing all this-Dad, not so much.  He was livid.  But we prevailed, chucking so much that we had to borrow one of the neighbor's trash cans!

After, as I said, I went home-exhausted from the tossing, the shopping and the putting away-and I started to think, when was the last time I had done the "dirty deed" in my own kitchen?

The next morning-I put my usual writing regimen on hold and started with the pantry in the garage.  Not bad, I must say.  I patted myself on the back and found that I only had to toss one box of jello.

Went to the actual kitchen pantry and found several more old boxes of jello.

No, I do not love jello-in fact I can't stand the stuff.  I use the lemon to make a lemon sauce for Chinese Lemon Chicken, but otherwise-EWW!

I also found a couple of very old containers of spices-there they went, in the garbage.  Then I found out that someone (I will not embarrass my wonderful son and future daughter-in-law because I love them so) had brought home several boxes of crackers, didn't put them in zippy bags and left them to become stale.  Plus 2 very large peppermint sticks.  Out they all went.  

My worst offense was a couple of cans of pumpkin.  My son loves my spicy pumpkin bread and even my switching out the pumpkin in my sweet potato banana bread, so I understood why they were there.  I promptly made a lot of pumpkin bread, 2 of four are now in my son and hubby's stomachs.

On Friday, what you really need in your pantry.  Oh and my fridge and freezer were just fine.

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