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KITCHEN CLEAN-UP: 5 PROJECTS TO TACKLE AT HOME

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Are you avoiding your weekly kitchen clean? Remove the dread from the process and spice things up with these fun challenges that incorporate both cooking and cleaning.

CLEAN THE FRIDGE & MAKE STIR FRY

We all have items in our fridge that need to go. Let's face it, some of them needed to go last week. Take advantage of leftover vegetables that are about to expire and sauté them into a savory stir fry. With the right spices, you can throw just about any vegetable into the mix.

TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR PANTRY & MAKE DESSERT

How long has it been since you cleaned out the pantry? If you can't remember, it's been too long. There's a good chance that you have several items that are ready to expire.

Luckily, you can make desserts with items found in your pantry! Do you have a cake mix that you bought a year ago? Bake it! You can also include chocolate chips, candies, nuts, dried fruit, marshmallows, and many other common pantry items.

Also, try making your own icing! You can make your own icing from ingredients like cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, marshmallows, peanut butter, Nutella, and other creamy items you already have. Experiment with something new!

REORGANIZE YOUR SPICE CABINET AND DISCOVER NEW FLAVORS

While spices seem to stay good forever, eventually they expire. Try using new combinations! Grab spices from the back of your cabinet and bring them to the front.

Challenge yourself to make an entire meal only using spices that you rarely use. Have you always wondered how to make Greek chicken? Google some recipes! You can make Greek seasoning with ingredients already in your cabinet. Make your own dry rub for pork. Are you a huge fan of Indian food? Season your own rice!

CLEAN YOUR FREEZER & BAKE A CRUMBLE

Did you know that you can put all of that frozen fruit to good use? You don't even have to have a pie crust. Simply combine frozen fruit, honey, sugar, and corn starch to make an easy dessert.

Top it off with a crumble made of oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, and butter. Doesn't that sound tasty? Your family will think that you are a professional baker!

If you're seeking a new apartment to cook fantastic meals in, contact us today and we would be happy to find an Olympus community near you.

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