Pantry Note:
Reorganizational Residue
30 July 2018

¶ The cabinet reorganization has been accomplished. Unfortunately, there are still a few items on the dining table.

  • A small milk crate full of silicone baking pans and madeleine molds. I have not used any of these since we moved into the apartment several years ago, and I had not used them upstairs, either. How to heave ho? Do I put them in a shopping bag by the service elevator, and hope that they’ll find a home? That’s what I did with assorted unopened jars and cans of food that, being honest, I acknowledged that I would never use, such as Fairway’s cocktail sauce. If Heinz’s becomes unavailable, I’ll make my own. 
  • An eight-pack of 12 oz plastic bottles of Coca Cola, purchased as backup when Fairway was out of sixpacks of the 8 oz glass bottles that Kathleen prefers. For some reason, she drank one of the bottles, so it’s an eight-pack with seven bottles. I have learned that Kathleen doesn’t like Coke that has been sitting around (in plastic) for more than a month or two. We’re past the month or two. Que faire? 
  • A sixpack of 300 gr tins of Twining’s orange pekoe tea. A mistake. We go through Twining’s Earl Grey like no tomorrow, but the pekoe is strictly for Arnold Palmers. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be making them — two months at the most. Tremendous savings to buy the sixpack from Amazon, but I’m thinking that I ought to have restocked one at a time from Fairway. 
  • An unopened bag of pistachios from Fairway. I like pistachios every now and then, but not enough to go through a quantity before it stales. If I pour out just a few into a covered glass dish, will the rest keep fresh in the fridge? I ought to know the answer to this by now, but my policy regarding pistachios has always been to throw away lots of them without a second thought. 
  • A dozen eggs from Vital Farms (via Fairway) for which there is no room in the fridge. Nor anywhere else in the kitchen. 
  • A tiny straw basket — 2″ x 3″ x 1″ — that is not big enough to hold anything and that is always in the way, no matter where I put it. But it’s in perfectly fine condition! 

Marie Kondo suggests a very Japanese-sounding ritual for getting rid of stuff: first you thank whatever it is for its loyal service, and then — sayonara. This gets me through half the list and most of the bulk. I’ll just get out a nice Agata & Valentina shopping bag…

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