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Old 08-10-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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Too many condiments

I have too many condiments in my refrigerator! From sauces and dressings to types of mustard and ice cream toppings--the fridge is 2/3 full and I can barely fit food in there. How do you reduce your condiments to a managable size so you can cook again?
I'm ready to cook and get most of it cleared out and clear the fridge, what suggestions do you have?~bliss
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:53 PM   #2
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First of all, check the expiration dates. That should clear out half of them.
Second, Check to see if any of them smell bad.
Third, if you can't remember the last time you used it, toss it.

That should do the trick.
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:06 PM   #3
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First of all, check the expiration dates. That should clear out half of them.
Second, Check to see if any of them smell bad.
Third, if you can't remember the last time you used it, toss it.

That should do the trick.


I second that
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:59 PM   #4
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On expiration dates, I went through this not too long ago in a club kitchen.


Many condiments can go for years before becoming dangerous to consume.

Thats a coin I choose not to toss.

I found most dates on condiments are sell by dates.

When I came across a sell by date that was too far in the past I would toss it. There were sell by dates well over a year in the past in the clubs kitchen.

Just going by that rule of thumb I was able to pretty much clear out the fridge.
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:02 PM   #5
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i'll bet all of them don't require refrigeration anyway, and prob some could be frozen.
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:53 PM   #6
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I have a similar problem right now, blissful. I've got bottles of stuff that I bought because it sounded good, and then found that I hardly used it. Your post has inspired me to get into the refrigerator and GET RID of this stuff that is just taking up room.
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:34 PM   #7
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If it looks funky - toss it.

If it has an Expiration date and it is past that - toss it.

If it has a Best By date and it's 3 months or more past that and has been opened - toss it.

If it has a Sell By date and it's past that - and has been opened for 3 months or more - toss it.

If it's been opened and you haven't used it in the past 6 months (even if within the Expiration, Best By or Sell By dates) - I would toss it.

If it's just a "dab" and you rarely use it ... use it up or toss it.

If it contains fat (oil) and is over a year old - toss it.

That should get you down to one shelf in the refrigerator door.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:53 AM   #8
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Michael just described my entire fridge and cupboards. I'd have nothing left if I followed those guidelines. :)
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Michael just described my entire fridge and cupboards. I'd have nothing left if I followed those guidelines. :)
He did, however, give the OP good advice on clearing out her "stuff". I don't keep that many condiments - I swear -
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He did, however, give the OP good advice on clearing out her "stuff". I don't keep that many condiments - I swear -
In the words of Ron White, with one tiny substitution "We have condiments and we aren't afraid to use them." I use mine, albeit sparingly, and am afraid to toss for fear I won't be able to afford more when I need them.

I go by "if it smells bad, toss it" and that seems to work well for me.
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