Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July Week 3: Vinegar

This week's food storage item is:

July Week 3: Vinegar - white distilled, apple cider, rice, etc.

This is a pretty simple, straight-forward week. Decide how much vinegar you might use in the coming year. If you use rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar or any other vinegar in your cooking, then be sure to take those into account. Also, remember the uses for vinegar as a cleanser. The Reader's Digest has 150+ Household Uses for Vinegar. I've included just the first part of the list here....

150+ Household Uses for Vinegar
With so many different uses around the house, this super item deserves a reserved space in your cabinet.

-Clear dirt off PCs and peripherals
-Clean your computer mouse
-Clean your window blinds
-Unclog and deodorize drains
-Get rid of smoke odor
-Wipe away mildew
-Clean chrome and stainless steel
-Shine your silver
-Polish brass and copper items
-Unglue stickers, decals, and price tags
-Burnish your scissors
-Clean your piano keys
-Deodorize lunch boxes, footlockers, and car trunks
-Freshen a musty closet
-Brighten up brickwork
-Revitalize wood paneling
-Restore your rugs
-Remove carpet stains
-Remove candle wax
-Give grease stains the slip
-Conceal scratches in wood furniture
-Get rid of water rings on furniture
-Wipe off wax or polish buildup
-Revitalize leather furniture
Read how to do each item on the list, and also get the rest of the list by clicking on: The Reader's Digest

Vinegar is very inexpensive, so it doesn't hurt to have an extra jug or two on the shelves. If there was a long-term emergency, this would be the perfect thing to have around as a cleanser and a "do-all". (Sortof like the Windex in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") After you have decided how much you need, add the items to your shopping list, and in the next day or two, purchase them. Then, get them on your shelves, update your Inventory Sheets, and sit back and enjoy the rest of your week!

One important thing to do as we go through the weeks is to check the inventory you already have for expiration dates. There is nothing worse than needing to use your apple cider vinegar for a recipe, and realizing it expired months ago. Check your pantry for the vinegar items you use daily, and be sure they don't need replacing.

If you would like the full info on the Week-By-Week Food Storage Plan, just click on the tab at the top of the page. It also has the information as to how you can get a copy of the weekly schedule as well as the complete inventory sheets.

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