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It's that time of year again: Spring Cleaning time! Sure you may spring clean your home, but when was the last time you cleaned out that cluttered pantry? 

Image of woman going through her kitchen fridge.The first day of spring has arrived and over 77% of Americans take part in some kind of "spring cleaning". 

Taking an inventory of your food is a great way to save some money and de-clutter your cupboards. 

Try planning recipes around foods that you need to get rid - soups and casseroles make great meals with lots of miscellaneous ingredients.

While cleaning, make sure to look at expiration dates. Below are some guidelines for the shelf life of common foods:

  • Canned foods: 1 year
  • Pasta: 12 - 18 months
  • Unopened flour: 1 year
  • Opened flour: 6 months
  • Condiments (salad dressings, ketchup, olives): 1 year

And always remember, when it doubt, throw it out!

Whitney Hemmer RD, LD

Whitney Hemmer RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Whitney graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Dietetics & is a member of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Iowa Dietetic Association. With a focus on overall health, wellness and counseling, she is well equipped to help you with your individual nutritional needs.

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