Pantry Cleanup!

Another part of New Year’s resolutions involves the pantry – yes, it really is time to admit that some of those spices are more than a year old, and no, they haven’t been used in the last year…. And for those of us moving toward using mostly whole, close to the source foods, the new year is further inspiration to clean out the detritus of our old eating habits: stock up instead on unprocessed ingredients that will make cooking a snap every night of the week. I have the added incentive that we will be moving at some point this year and I don’t want to end up with a larder full of foods that we can’t take along (balanced, naturally, by the fear that “the big one” will shake California soon, so better have some non-perishables around). Mark Bittner, the New York Times’ “Minimalist” has a wonderful list of how to start in “Fresh Start for a New Year? Let’s Begin in the Kitchen.” Happy cleaning!

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