So, on this first night of the year I somehow got inspired to clean out the kitchen cupboard and finally part ways with odd little items that I have been holding -- often for years -- as though they have some radiating, totemic value when in fact they're often $2 tins of crap that I've picked up along the way. The section that fascinates or frustrates me the most might just be the tea section. I can't believe how many drying leaves I have tucked away in the far reaches of a cabinet! So, I boiled a pot of water and brewed a half dozen teas after dinner and summarily tossed 5 of them. Oh joy!
I also came across some Ume Plum Vinegar. Do I want this? How long is it good for? Why did I buy it?
Does canned Tuna go bad? When?
Baking Powder has an expiration date that is only about 18 mos. from purchase. Who knew? Who believes it? Not me.
Does risotto rice degenerate in time, or possibly improve?
I didn't use my black truffle infused vinegar half as much as I thought I would. I'm tossing it. Similarly, the pumkpkin seed oil -- which I love but somehow don't break out all that often -- is two years old and that seems worthy of tossing, too.
Why do I keep buying protein powder? It's always bad and giant worms grow in it after a couple of years.
A couple of others questions...when does already-opened, dried pasta begin to lose it's integrity? Do Scharfen Bereger Cocoa Nibs really lose their usefulness after 2 months?
Help me. I'm pathetic. What's buried in your closet and freezer?