Just in time for all that leftover food at Thanksgiving! When we think of cleaning out, we focus on closets, drawers, and garages -- and often overlook the REFRIGERATOR. How many unrecognizable items do you have living in your fridge? I know, it's frugal to save leftovers. But only if you actually USE them -- otherwise, they are nothing but food clutter (and a potential health hazard!) Do something that might save your life this month and give it the old "once over." And be sure to check those condiments carefully -- I know mustard has a lot of preservatives in it, but it's not indestructible!
Most foods do have a SHELF-LIFE -- even if they seem to last longer than that. Generally, you want to toss anything that's been around longer than A YEAR. Some items -- like grains and spices -- should only be kept for about 6 months.
While you're working on the fridge, you may want to tackle the PANTRY as well. Be especially careful of anything with oils in it -- nuts, peanut butter, vegetable shortening and bottled oils can go bad very quickly without you even realizing it.
If you find canned or boxed foods that haven't been opened, why not think about donating them to your locale food BANK. These organizations accept non-perishable items for distribution to shelters and social service agencies in their area.
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