The Ultimate Organizing a Pantry Quiz

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The Ultimate Organizing a Pantry Quiz
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About This Quiz

"Where's the peanut butter? Has anyone seen the crackers?" Do these questions sound familiar in your household? If so, you may be a candidate for organizing your pantry. Get yourself organized by taking this quiz.
If you have to hunt through your pantry to find an item, it's time to:
go out for dinner
organize it
That's a good sign that the time has come to organize your pantry.
call for help

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In what way would an organized pantry save you time?
It would cut down on your weekly chore time.
You'd save on cooking time.
During meal preparation and grocery shopping, knowing what's in your pantry will save you time.
An organized pantry means that you know what's in it. This will save you time during meal preparation and grocery shopping.

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Which of these are basic principles of organizing a pantry, regardless of your method?
Items you use regularly should be accessible.
Items should be placed in order of expiration date.
Both of the above.
There are a number of basic principles for organizing your pantry, and these are just two of them: make regularly used items accessible and place them in order of expiry date.

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What is the goal of organizing your pantry?
not having to rummage for things when you want them
The goal is to maintain a tidy, organized pantry even weeks after you first do the task so that you don't need to hunt for things in a jumble.
being able to show off the pantry to your friends
polishing your home management skills

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What is a side benefit of storing food in airtight containers?
Your food would take less time to prepare.
Your food would last longer.
Your food would last significantly longer by storing them in airtight containers.
Your food would be tastier.

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The size of your pantry and the amount of food you want to store in it will affect:
the length of time it takes to organize it
the method you use to organize it
Both of these factors will affect the method you choose to organize the pantry.
the ease with which your family gets used to the new system

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What is the first step in organizing the pantry, regardless of your method?
Put things in airtight containers.
Group like objects together.
Take everything out and clean the empty area.
The very first step is to empty and clean the pantry interior.

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What should you do as you are grouping the items together?
Make a shopping list to cover what you don't have.
List all the items you have alphabetically.
Throw out anything that's passed the expiration date.
While you are sorting the items into groups, throw out the ones that are too old to keep.

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Which items should you put in the harder-to-reach areas?
things you don't use often
The items that you don't need often should be put in the less accessible areas.
things you use often
things you don't have a use for

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When you pre-plan meals, what should you put into containers?
your shopping list for that meal
the pantry items you'll need per meal and the corresponding recipe
Put in any pantry items you'll need for that meal, as well as the recipe that goes with it.
basic items, like salt, sugar and flour

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What is meant by the term "nonperishable"?
something that can last indefinitely without going bad
Nonperishable food is food that lasts for years without going bad. An example of this would be honey.
something that never dies
something that can be used again and again

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Why is it a good idea to store flour and grains in airtight containers?
to ensure that they will be located easily in your pantry
to prevent them from being exposed to moisture and to protect them from bugs
First, you prevent them from being exposed to moisture. Second, you protect them from being invaded by bugs.
to delay the expiration date

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How long do sugar and similar dry goods usually last for?
six months
one year
They are usually good for about one year.
indefinitely

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How can you keep track of the freshness of items?
You label them with the date of purchase.
You can institute a labeling system, which indicates the respective dates of purchase.
You taste them periodically just to make sure.
You can't; it's just guesswork.

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Where is the best place to keep spices?
in a warm and dark place
in a cool and moist place
in a cool and dark place
Spices should be kept in a cool, dark place. This will protect their flavor.

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Canned food can last for at least two years in many cases. What is important to check before opening an old can?
that you are prepared to eat the contents
that the label is still pristine-looking
that there is no leak
As long as there is no leak, you should be able to open a can and consume its contents even after the expiration date.

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Having stackable containers means that you can:
minimize air pockets
maximize storage space
Stackable containers means maximum storage space.
do away with shelves altogether

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In what way are baskets versatile as food holders?
They are airtight in all weather conditions.
They can be taken in and out of the pantry with ease.
They can be taken in and out of the pantry with ease, while still holding the contents within.
They are stackable both above and below the shelves.

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Stair-step shelves in a pantry can be likened to:
seats in a stadium
They can be likened to stadium seats, whereby the further back you go, the higher you are. For a pantry, this means always being able to see the food at the back, because the front foods are lower.
musical notes on a keyboard
colors in an artist's palette

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When did Earl Silas Tupper introduce Tupperware to the market?
in 1926
in 1946
He began in 1946, but it wasn't until 1949 that the product really took off.
in 1966

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