Five Things You Can Do to Organise the Larder in Your Kitchen

An organised home usually equals a happy home, and this is no more the case than when it comes to your kitchen larder. A room which many people dream of before they get one, the reality is that they can become very messy and unorganised in a very short space of time. 

So how you can cut the chaos and keep your larder organised? Start by following these five tips.  Date your food by hand  Packets of opened biscuits, bottles of drink and many other items fall into this common problem. When it comes to your longer-life goods, you want to ensure they are fresh enough to consume, yet if they were bought a while back it canbe difficult to know how long they have been opened for. The use-by date canonly tell you so much when it becomes irrelevant after you have opened the item. A good way of reducing your food wastage is to clearly date when youbought the product, and again when it has been opened. This means that if it clearly says it needs to be consumed within 30 days, you’ll know whether it has genuinely gone off or not without having to make a dangerous guess.

 Don’t keep cleaning products in there While it can be tempting with the extra space to keep some of your cleaning products in the larder, this can easily contaminate your food and cause youand your family illness. It’s not worth there being a mix-up with some kind of potion getting into food, so keep foods and cleaning items well away from each other and you’ll never experience such an issue.

 Group your food and label shelves 
Leave specific spaces for your dried food goods, such as pastas, rice, beans, nuts and seeds and all of your sauces and other condiments. Invest in clear food containers so you can clearly see what is in each and label each shelf soyou know where to find the food item you are looking for quickly and easily.

 Rotate like a supermarket 
Supermarkets pride themselves on being able to rotate their stock. In other words, they place the newly delivered items to the back of the shelf, and pull the older items to the front so their customers are more likely to buy something which is closer to the sell-by-date. Incorporate the same philosophy in yourlarder, making sure you put the items that need eating first at the front to ensure the wastage is minimised.

 Keep shelves clean and tidy This goes without saying, but the shelves in your larder will need to be cleaned and tidied on a regular basis. Use an antibacterial spray, followed by a thorough scrub-down to ensure germs do not spread, while making sure that no food is left lying around will ensure that pests such as rats are not tempted to try and come into your house. 
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 You can find a number of items to help you organise your kitchen and yourlarder, such as food containers and shelving units, at addis.co.uk.