I employed the help of my five year old son. He helped me take everything out of the cabinets. There were tall towers of cans that could hurt a person if they tumbled. He asked me several times, "What is THAT?", as we pulled out home canned concoctions. He had a ball while I tried to sort and categorize the mess.
Next, I checked the expiration date on all the food. I buy these fruit cups for my father in law when he comes to visit. Apparently, I forget that there are some shoved in the back of the cabinet and continue to buy more several times a year. All of these were expired so I threw them away. The homemade canned items were all BAD. Some were more than a couple of years old and had strange colors. These all had to go.
Finally, I put everything back in the pantry and cabinet. I put things back by category and corralled some of the small items in bins. Shelves were also useful for the bread and bottom shelf of the tall pantry.
Look at that throw away picture. I could not believe I had that much food in my pantry that went to waste. In the future I hope to be able to see what is in my cabinets and check them before I go shopping.
How about you? When was the last time you cleaned out your food pantry?