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6 Things In Your Kitchen You Should Immediately Trash


When it comes to your kitchen, it’s easy to forget when you bought certain items and whether they’ve expired or not.

But, here’s a quick reminder in the form of a list of those items in your kitchen that you should toss out in order to make room for fresher items:

1. Old Spices
Old spices lose their potency over time and won’t add much flavour to your next meal. So instead of holding on to that spice because you feel it will come in handy (it never will), toss it in the trash.

2. Cooking Oil
Many times, we feel ingredients like cooking oil never expires, so we keep the few drops left in the bottle just “in case of an emergency”. What we fail to understand is that everything has its lifespan. Therefore using oil that is a few months old can not only cause your food to taste unpleasantly sharp or sour but may lead to food poisoning.

3. Questionable Leftovers
Leftovers that are more than three or four days old can cause food poisoning, even if they still seem safe to eat. So if you have the habit of always dumping any remaining meal you can’t finish in the refrigerator, STOP. It not only takes up useful space but makes you sick eventually.

4. Baking Powder

If baking powder isn’t stored properly once it’s opened, the moisture from the air can impact its quality and ruin your next baking adventure. In other words, it loses its effectiveness. However, an expired or air-ruined baking powder can still be used for cleaning with whatever potency it has left.

5. Pasta Sauce
Old pasta sauce can accumulate mould in as little as two weeks, which can potentially lead to food poisoning.

6. Wine
Even when it’s been re-corked and refrigerated, the wine will begin to oxidize after a few days and cause an unpleasant “bruised-apple” smell which in turn can be harmful to the body. So, try to ensure a corked wine is either finished in a day or two tops.

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