Time for Spring Cleaning

Posted by Steph Kaye on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 1:58pm.

Where to Begin?

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. After this never-ending winter filled with bitter cold and more than its fair share of snowstorms, let's hope that this is indeed the case! March 20th is right around the corner. In order to help you with spring cleaning tasks, here are some helpful tips and tricks to make your time more efficient so you can spend more time outside enjoying the warmer temperatures. Spring is your chance to turn a grimy home into a spotless oasis. Spring is a time of renewal and regrowth, and is often associated with the impetus for cleaning, purging and organizing. This blog about Spring cleaning will be about how to Spring clean your kitchen.

Keep it Fresh - Make sure your jarred spices still have their potency. A good rule of thumb is 1 - 2 years. However, the best way is simply to use your sense of smell. Open the jar and give it a good sniff. If the spice doesn't smell as it should, it is probably best to replace it. Check your cooking oils to make sure they are not outdated. Once opened, most oils will last for about a year, but the sniff test works well here, too. Oils can go rancid, so it's important to check before using in a recipe.

Stock Up - There are pantry items that you should always have at the ready. These staples will make it easy to pull together a meal in a hurry, or pull something together for  unexpected guests. Make sure you have all the essentials stocked and ready to go.

Purge - Just like your wardrobe, if you haven't work or used it in over a year, throw it out or give it away. This way, you have more room to organize the cooking tools you use on a regular basis.

Get Organized - Clean out your cabinets. Try to store your pots, pans and lids together. Stack baking sheets and pans in size order and place items that you use most often in the most readily accessible spots. If you have enough counter space, don't be afraid to keep your small appliances out. With all of the fun and bright colors, you can really make them part of your kitchen's décor and, more importantly, have them set up and ready to go when you need them.

Mix it Up - No longer in love with your china or everyday dishes? Instead of replacing the entire set, pick up some fun salad or dessert plates that will work with your pattern and use them with your existing set.

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