When was the last time you cleaned out your kitchen cupboards?
True, it’s one of the most dreaded household jobs. But, with the new year here, now may be a good time to do it.
Early Show consumer correspondent and “Kitchen Scene Investigator” Susan Koeppen was on the case Thursday, offering pointers on which items have to be thrown out, when, and why.
Koeppen says she’s constantly clearing out old and expired stuff to make room for newer items, and for good reason.
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The most important reason is safety. Even though many foods are filled with preservatives, they only keep the food fresh for so long. And if you eat food past its expiration date, you and your loved ones can get sick. There’s also an issue of food tasting good. Many foods begin to taste bad after their expiration date. So, when you’re storing food in cupboards, try to stay away from cupboards that are near appliances such as a stove or refrigerator that emit a lot of heat and can cause foods to spoil more quickly. Also, when buying items you do Burberry Outlet Online n’t think you will use very often, buy smaller quantities. That way, you’ll end up throwing out less.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO GET RID OF DENTED OR BULGINGCANS?
When a can becomes dented, or if it’s bulging, it may mean it contains botulism, which can lead to serious health problems. So if you see an offending can, toss it.
HOW LONG BEFORE CANNED FOOD THAT’S NOT DENTED SHOULD BE DISGARDED?
Many canned foods have expiration dates. But it’s generally a good idea to get rid of something such as canned peaches or tomatoes after 18 months, at most. Try not to j Burberry Outlet Online ust have it in the bag it came in. It’s best to pl Burberry Outlet Online ace the bag in an airtight container.
Baking soda typically lasts between 12 and 18 months. Just as with flour, keep it tightly covered. If you’re not sure how old the baking soda is, you can do a test: Place a teaspoon and a half in a bowl of water and add one tablespoon of vinegar. If it fizzes, you can still use it to cook with. Some companies say a year, while others say six months. It’s probably best to stay on the safe side keep it no longer than six months. Now, what many people may not know is that you can prolong the life of oil by putting it in the fridge. Some oils, such as olive oil, turn cloudy when put there, but they should clear up once they reach room temperature.