Published on January 11, 2016

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cup noodles

College is over and long gone are the days of instant soup and noodles. Not to worry, this mouthwatering recipe is just what you need.

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If you’re not much of a baker, chances are that pack of flour hidden in the back of your pantry has expired. A bag of all-purpose flour (opened or unopened!) has a shelf life of only up to 6 months.

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It’s time to rethink that growing collection of oils – grapeseed, avocado, coconut, the list is endless. Stick to a reserved few and toss out the rest!

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canned goods

Veggies such as corn and tomatoes can be purchased fresh, prepped at home, and preserved in the freezer. Here’s how to make summer tomatoes, last through winter

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dried herbs

Herbs such as parsley, cilantro, and dill are supermarket staples, which are best consumed in a fresh variety. 

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bottled lemon juice

Need we say more? This preservative-based blend hardly comes close to the real thing.

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boxed cake

Opened boxes of cake mix often feature raising agents, which may deplete over time. Toss it out and opt for a freshly baked one instead!

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old spices

If you haven’t used a certain spice within the last year, you can probably live without it. When it comes to the spice rack, every square inch counts.

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avocados and bananas

Catching these fruits at the peak of their ripeness can be nothing short of a challenge, especially when they’re left outside. Once you notice either getting relatively soft or browned, pop them in the fridge to preserve them until they’re ready for consumption.

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maple syrup

While syrup can essentially last in the pantry, it will have a significantly longer shelf life in the fridge.

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boxed mac n’ cheese

This childhood staple, which can seamlessly translate into the occasional adult indulgence, deserves a more grown-up approach. Here’s what we’ve got in mind

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Cake toppings hardly belong in the pantry, and the boxed variety simply goes without saying. Enter 9 mouthwatering recipes that prove our case.

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salad dressings

These calorie-laden toppings are rarely healthy and often filled with preservatives. Opt for a more simple (and fresh!) vinaigrette you can make at home, or experiment with these mouthwatering combos instead. 

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If you’re not the regular tea drinker, consider purchasing it on an as-needed basis. There’s nothing like bulky tea boxes crowding up a cozy cabinet.

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pasta sauce

Sure, it’s nice to have your go-to sauce on hand, but we can’t deny the fact that a homemade version is almost always the more delicious alternative. 

Take a peek at the five basic pasta sauces everyone should know.

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cereal boxes

Swap the clunky packaging in lieu of a more space-friendly alternative, such as canisters or jars.