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So I'm doing a deep pantry clean. Ideas, suggestions?

I'm switching to glass storage for anything that is an open container and I have a few questions:

Does EVERYTHING need to be in glass? What do you use for glass storage?

What about spices? Do I need to buy and label glass spice jars to replace my plastic ones? FWIW I keep my spices in the cabinet next to the stove, not our pantry closet.

Will pyrex w/plastic covers do it or do I need to use mason jars?

Can I recycle glass spaghetti/peanut butter jars?

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I *think* plastic is fine?

I use recycled peanut butter jars with plastic lids for my stuff. I can't seem to get the smell of food out of metal lids so I only use ones with plastic lids.

The thing is, if there are eggs in the stuff you bring home (best not to think too much about this) then you'll still get bugs in that one item. They just won't spread to the other stuff.

I don't know about spices, sorry. Definitely flour, oatmeal, oat bran, stuff like that. Oh, and sugar if you are prone to ants. I don't think anything messes with salt
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Me too! I just discovered the little beasties a couple of days ago. I had them in the same cabinet last year too. Last year I put everything in my freezer and it worked. This year I've put everything in glass canning jars with metal screw bands. I think they can get past most plastic lids but your idea of reusing glass jars is good as long as they have or you can outfit them with metal lids. I Googled it last year and found way more information than I wanted but if I remember correctly, once you move all the food out, you need to *completely* wash down the cabinet - remove the shelves, etc.

As far as your spices go, I think I'd maybe look online for more information because I'd guess there are certain things they wouldn't be interested in - cayenne and what have you, so just replacing everything would be time consuming and a perhaps a bit unnecessary. Good luck and may your pantry clear up quickly!

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We love to store in qrt and gallon jars.

I buy much in bulk so we need the size and it all looks so pretty sitting in the jars.
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where can I find the larger canning jars? I'm assuming this is the best time of year to go hunting for them since everyone is canning right now.

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I think they can get past most plastic lids
Seriously? How? :
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I find canning jars at grocery stores, Ace Hardware, yard sales, thrift shops and estate sales. Also second hand stores for the gallon size.

I have loads of them under the house that are filthy. I am wondering if I am going to pack and move them 800 miles I go the either free of very cheap.
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I wouldn't think bugs can get "past" most lids. I think it's probably has bug eggs already inside. I was told to freeze stuff like flour to kill the eggs.

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I bought the square, airtight containers from Target...they seem to work well, and are dishwasher-safe.
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OMG they are everywhere this morning. I opened up my pantry to take a good look...

and


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I find canning jars at grocery stores, Ace Hardware, yard sales, thrift shops and estate sales. Also second hand stores for the gallon size.

I have loads of them under the house that are filthy. I am wondering if I am going to pack and move them 800 miles I go the either free of very cheap.
Well if you are in the MA/CT/RI area I'll take them off your hands.

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I am Idaho Too bad
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I wouldn't think bugs can get "past" most lids. I think it's probably has bug eggs already inside. I was told to freeze stuff like flour to kill the eggs.
They sometimes lay their eggs up in the inner rim of the jar and then the larvae find their way into the food. That happened in my mom's pantry. I have them now, too, but everything except for pasta was in glass jars.

What about the pasta that I haven't opened yet; could they be in there?
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Do these moths have a beetle stage? I have little beetles with spots on them; they fit through window screen so they are small.

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Do these moths have a beetle stage? I have little beetles with spots on them; they fit through window screen so they are small.
I think those are weevils. Yuck.
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Well I took DS yesterday out of the house and DH cleaned the pantry.
There were cacoons in the cracks of tupperware lids (unused tupperware) eww...
Anyway, he threw away all open containers of food. Food that wasn't opened that he didn't want to waste if possible we put in a sealed cooler in the kitchen (it's there for DS top step on to climb in his high chair anyway) That way it doesn't go to waste, but it keeps any possible contamination from happening rapidly. There's a bunch of canned goods outside on our patio - We're just going to use them up one by one and then only but what we need. [] I'm bummed about that because I was keeping a weeks worth of canned goods (soups, beans, veggies, etc )in case of an emergency during hurricane season - we're on the coast and right next to an evacuation zone.
All the tupperware is getting run through the dishwasher. The only thing we didn't toss was plastic wrap, tinfoil, plastic bags, etc. We're going to keep the pantry food free for 8 weeks. Luckily in our new apt we have plenty of cabinet space.
As far as clothing goes... re: moths... we found some moths in DS's closet (the cleanest one in the house!! [!]) so we're going to nail a hook WAY in the top of the closet and hang a moth ball thingie.
We also have moth traps all over the house now.

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