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Old 02-03-2019, 10:11 PM   #11
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I too label the top of my daily meds. They are kept in my nightstand drawer. When looking down of them, so much easier to pick out what you need or want. The same goes for spices and seasonings. I just take the cover that is already labeled and put it on the new container. Been doing that for several years. Specially since I moved in here 12 years ago. I have also applied this hack to food stuffs on the door of the fridge. Instead of having to take the jar from the rack, the contents are written right on the lid. A great help when at the bottom of the jar.

My sister's fridge was crammed with multiple opened jars and bottles of the same item. So one day when we knew she would be gone for most of the day, her daughter and I took every single container out of the fridge. We each grabbed a rubber spatula and started to combine the likes together. The worse one was seven open jars of mayo. All the same brand. Reduced to two jars and labeled with a black marker. Some, but not a lot, got tossed outside in her lidded barrels. One was an open jar of mayo with a ten year old Exp. date. Way in back of the fridge. We never let her forget that one. Both her daughter and myself made her watch as we scraped that baby into the barrel. We took no chances with her trying to retrieve it later. And she would have.

Black Markers are your best friend when it come to food items. Name on top of lid, Date bought on label. Just transfer the lid.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:18 PM   #12
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OMG! And I thought my sister was bad, Addie! She also would have been one of those that wouldn't have wanted to toss something 10 years old.

On a related story, I was forced to clean out my fridge when it died on me, back in September. The oldest labeled item I had was 1996; though I knew that I had refilled it since then, it was still over 10 years old. Though salted, fermented black beans will last forever in a fridge, I tossed the last couple tb, and got a new pound of them. I made something with them today, but that's elsewhere.


I keep those sharpies all over, for marking foods. Sometimes I forget to scratch out the date, and enter a new, in things I refill, like those 1996 salted black beans!
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:21 PM   #13
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OMG! And I thought my sister was bad, Addie! She also would have been one of those that wouldn't have wanted to toss something 10 years old.

On a related story, I was forced to clean out my fridge when it died on me, back in September. The oldest labeled item I had was 1996; though I knew that I had refilled it since then, it was still over 10 years old. Though salted, fermented black beans will last forever in a fridge, I tossed the last couple tb, and got a new pound of them. I made something with them today, but that's elsewhere.


I keep those sharpies all over, for marking foods. Sometimes I forget to scratch out the date, and enter a new, in things I refill, like those 1996 salted black beans!
I helped my best friend clean out what was left of his beach house a week after hurricane Ike. The fridge was laying on the kitchen floor, doors up. If I live to be 100, I will NEVER forget the smell that hit us in the face like a Muhammed Ali punch when we opened that refrigerator door.

BTW, all of my vacuum sealed meats in the freezer are marked with a sharpie. It is amazing how frozen, vacuum sealed meats can become blobs of "WTF is this?"

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Old 02-04-2019, 11:13 PM   #14
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Very nice Pepperhead, thank you for sharing!

I'd love to have an empty drawer like you and CG have, to store my spices. I just don't have an empty drawer I can spare.

Kayelle....found the old thread you were referring to! Our pics have probably changed a bit since then - I know mine has, a little.

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Old 02-05-2019, 02:24 AM   #15
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Very nice Pepperhead, thank you for sharing!

I'd love to have an empty drawer like you and CG have, to store my spices. I just don't have an empty drawer I can spare.

Kayelle....found the old thread you were referring to! Our pics have probably changed a bit since then - I know mine has, a little.

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Oh I'm so glad you found that fun thread Cheryl...
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:58 AM   #16
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...I'd love to have an empty drawer like you and CG have, to store my spices. I just don't have an empty drawer I can spare...
But I didn't have an empty drawer, Cheryl. I had to make an empty drawer by moving all of my cooking spoons, scrapers, and flippers to a 2-quart Longaberger pitcher that is on my counter. Any kind of container that holds cooking spoons would do. Voila, empty drawer!
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:38 AM   #17
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I keep my spices in the fridge. I use one of the bins on the bottom.
Yes, its a bit of a pain as I have to search when I need something. But I buy the Costco sized spice containers when I can. And the small containers I get from the grocery store go into a zip lock bag in the drawer as well.
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:55 PM   #18
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Oh I'm so glad you found that fun thread Cheryl...
Me too, that was fun to read again

I store mine pretty much the same - my cupboard is fuller now, though. I do keep seeds in the freezer - they can go rancid quickly because of the oils they contain.
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Very nice Pepperhead, thank you for sharing!

I'd love to have an empty drawer like you and CG have, to store my spices. I just don't have an empty drawer I can spare.

Kayelle....found the old thread you were referring to! Our pics have probably changed a bit since then - I know mine has, a little.

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Glad you bumped that up, Cheryl! I never saw it, being (fairly) new to the site, but I'm glad that I read it!

I remember all those emails I'd get from Penzey's, with deals - often the free shipping with a small order, like that, or if buying a particular item. Never had to be on Facebook, for those deals. Now, it's free shipping with a $25 purchase, which is hard to be under!
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:30 PM   #20
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3 tier spice rack plus 2 other spaces, plus stuff in the freezer. Lots and lots of stuff here.

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