|Have you checked the dates
on your pantry foods lately?
If you don’t already have a schedule in place for this, perhaps January is your month to put the pantry in order again. Our pantry is a bit too family friendly at our house, holding not only nonperishable foods for cooking, but a snack shelf and craft storage area for the kids. All of that traffic meant it was time to get things back in place. When you’re busy (and who isn’t?) you need an orderly pantry to do the work for you of having essentials already in place for mealtime and more. Here’s a reminder of some of the basics:
|Home canned goods are
best within a year.
Rotate foods according to “best by” or “sell by” dates. Aside from the pantry, you might have a few nonperishable food items stored in your vehicle or elsewhere for emergencies. This is a good time to rotate those stocks. Don’t forget to check the dates on small containers of herbs and spices. Hopefully all of your home-canned goods are also dated, as the United States Department of Agriculture says home canned goods should be used within one year. The USDA also says “a shelf-stable product can be safely used after the ‘sell-by’ date.”