Detox Your Refrigerator and Cupboards

I pray that you're in the midst of a kitchen overhaul! Yesterday began the detox of the kitchen cabinets, which is a huge undertaking. Don't be surprised if that part alone takes several days. When you need a break from sorting and organizing behind those doors, move on to your food stash.

Focus on the refrigerator first. Empty it and check all of the expiration dates on the packaging - some of it is probably past its prime. Set the good stuff aside for the moment.

Remove the shelves and drawers and wash everything in hot, soapy water. Your owner's manual may have specifics about what types of cleaners to use or not use. If you don't have it anymore, use some gentle dish soap and a soft cloth. Then sit back and enjoy that "new refrigerator smell" again.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:29

Repeat in the freezer. Throw out that old ice and start making some fresh. Anything that has freezer burn gets thrown out and some things may need to be repackaged so they don't end up that way, too. Make lists from both the fridge and freezer of what foods need to be replaced.

Lastly wipe down the outside and the handles. Who knows what's been on the hands that opened those doors - sanitize for your protection. Now you can organize the food that remains, wipe down the containers and replace them all in the refrigerator.

The same rules apply to the pantry and food cabinets. Anything that has passed its expiration date or smells "interesting" gets thrown out. Reorganize and wipe down the shelves. Check the containers as well - some may need to be repackaged for freshness. Now may also be the time to invest in some new plastic containers and other storage pieces.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:1-5

This part of the detox process shouldn't take terribly long and can be a nice change of pace from cleaning other parts of the kitchen. And you never know - you might find enough ingredients you didn't know you had to make an entire meal! Check and see.


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