As the holidays draw ever nearer, many homeowners are preparing to entertain dozens of friends and family members over delicious dinners and tempting desserts. Those home-cooked treats call for scratch ingredients, which are easy on the wallet but give your pantry a real workout. If your cupboards are already crammed full of old spices, canned goods, and other shelf-stable eats, it may be time to initiate a purge. Take stock of what you need and remove everything you can't use. It may sound like a drastic measure but consider this: If you haven't eaten those 5-year old pickled asparagus spears or dusty soba noodles before now, you probably never will.
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