Kitchen Clean Out

20 Nov

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Having thoroughly cleaned my refrigerator a couple of days ago, I am nevertheless still up to my elbows in some serious house cleaning that I have been working on week to week and room to room.  In the last four months, I have systematically cleaned out closets, dressers, old boxes, and other nooks and crannies around the house.  I have actually gone to Goodwill four times to donate old things I no longer want or need.  Today was the most dreaded task of all: the kitchen.

Why would it be so difficult, compared to other rooms?  Three reasons:  clutter, old food, and old grime.

I sorted through all my pots, pans, preparation bowls, plastic storage containers, plates, coffee mugs, glasses, spatulas, gadgets, and other kitchen clutter that had long since been invading my home and falling out of my cabinets every time.  I hauled out tons of stuff, ready for another trip to Goodwill tomorrow.  Really, do I need 7 wooden sppons, three pizza cutters, and 23 water glasses?  I hope not!

But that was just the beginning.  Next came the food.  My pantry was actually not too bad — I don’t make it a habit of buying too many packaged goods.  My real problem was in my freezers.  Yes, freezers — two of them.

I’m not sure if I am afraid of one day not having fresh vegan food on my table, but it seems that my deep freezer has become a graveyard for chilis, stews, and even cupcakes of questionable birthdates, all long forgotten and destined for the trash.  I actually found two containers with last year’s Thanksgiving food — two Spanish tapas dishes I had made to go with the theme my family had last year.  Sadly, the patatas bravas and the tomato artichoke dish were only delicious the first time — but I hate to waste food and make feeble attempts to preserve it.

I did find some treasures among the pitiful leftovers — black sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, buckwheat groats, and a big bag of wild blueberries.  I also uncovered several bags of frozen veggies I had forgotten about, including edamame and black eyed peas.

I also had two disasters.  Apparently, ziplock is pretty serious about distinguishing what is a freezer bag and what isn’t.  Unfortunately, a bag of amaranth tore and spewed tiny round pellets all over the freezer.  What a mess!  I had to use a dustbuster to clean it up — but at least I found the amaranth, which I did not know I had!

And finally, I had to clean.  Really clean.  I swept, scrubbed, disinfected, scraped, and wiped every surface including the insides of drawers and cabinets.  I even used a toothbrush to get the crud out from around the sink faucets.

Exhausting work!  So, what did I eat today?  We went out to Chili’s and I ordered a Caribbean Salad — no chicken or honey lime dressing — but full of greens, pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cherries, scallions, cilantro, sesame seeds and extra slices of avocadoes.  I ordered it with vinaigrette dressing on the side, since they tend to be heavy handed with it and it tends to be soggy.  But overall, it is a good choice, especially since unfortunately their veggie burger is not vegan.

Stay tuned for what I come up with for my newly found amaranth and buckwheat!

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One Response to “Kitchen Clean Out”

  1. Christine Scalfo-Glover November 21, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    So, when are you coming to my house?

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