Our January Giveaway!


This contest has closed. Congratulations to our winner, Avis Peterson!

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope you’re ready for another fun-filled year with us here at A Passionate Plate. We want to kick off the year right – by getting organized and giving something away.

What goes along with organizing? Cleaning, of course. Mary and I were both motivated by our friend Christina’s recent post titled “Pantry Purge” over at Foodie With a Life. She provides some great tips and fun inspiration for digging in and organizing the kitchen.



I decided to start with the oil/vinegar/salt/sweetener cupboard. This one sits just to the left of the stove, so it is filled with frequently used items (or so I thought). I think every one of us would admit that we don’t always know everything that is in our cupboards and that’s why it’s so good to re-organize  every so often. My surprise find: a lovely bottle of Pomegranate Glaze (this will make it’s way into a recipe real soon – stay tuned!). Taking Christina’s advice, I moved the open box of baking soda to the refrigerator (absorbs odors – nice!) and I grouped like-items together (oils on one side, vinegars and cooking wines on the other…salts all in one place and sweeteners in another). MUCH better!

...and after! So much better!

…and after! So much better!

One tip I would add to Christina’s list: clean as you organize. There were lots of sticky and oily drips in  my cupboard (along with some mystery crumbs), so I took the opportunity to sweep out the crumbs and use an all-purpose cleaner to clean each shelf and bottle before returning things to their (new) proper locations.

This brings me to the announcement of our January Giveaway. 

Enter to win the following prizes:

An assortment of Elf Naturals natural cleaning products and a book to get you organized – 1001 Ideas for Kitchen Organization: The Ultimate Source Book for Storage Ideas & Materials.

 Our friend Janine’s cleaning business was the inspiration for her development of Elf Naturals, environmentally friendly cleaning products for the home which are now available in Whole Foods stores and many other grocers in the Northwest.

To enter this giveaway, simply respond to this post with the answer to the question:

What surprise find was hiding in your cupboards? 

How easy is that? We’ll pick a winner randomly from all of the responses on January 30th.

Give your friends a chance to win, too, by sharing this post on your Facebook page!


  1. I found that I have 6 bottles of Cinnamon. Yikes!

  2. Judy Steadman says:

    My surprise find was discovering I have a penchant for oils and spices that i never really realized before. I found 11 deferent oils, 6 different vinegars, and way too many spices.

  3. Dave Oswald says:

    Food coloring from 1999. Does it lose strength after that long?

  4. Sharon Amore says:

    I was going through my cupboards a few weeks ago and found a soup can…. Not any can but it had 20 dollars in it! I got one of those campbell’s cans that act as a safe for Christmas about 4 years ago…. I guess it was safe because even I forgot about it!

  5. […] from Aleppo, Syria) that also includes toasted walnuts, pomegranate molasses (remember that bottle I found when cleaning out my cupboard), garlic, lemon juice and other seasonings. It is creamy and […]

  6. Kitty Grant says:

    4 Bags of Cornmeal…. what to do. Can you use it for Kittylitter?

  7. Lauren Pendergast says:

    Found some canned pumpkin leftover from October! yum!

  8. Barb Heinrich says:

    I found an unopened bottle of vinegar….use by date 2007!

  9. jonquil says:

    A small packet of my favorite curry: garam marsala.

  10. Amy L says:

    I found some Liquid Gold furniture polish that I thought I was out of. Saved me from buying another bottle. 🙂

  11. Lynnette Dodge says:

    Extra bottles of olive oil. Should be embarrased by this …

  12. Siri says:

    I just did a kitchen purge myself– part of my post-Christmas “get back on track” strategy. My most horrifying find: an unopened bag of flour from 2006. Which mean I moved from DC to Seattle with.the.bag.of.flour. Gross!

  13. jacquie says:

    you seem to have assumed that i cleaned the cupboards in the past couple of weeks but i have not ….. though that is largely due to their not being a need as i haven’t been in the current place for more than a couple of months after having to abandon my old home and cooking/baking supplies.

  14. Allen K says:

    I found tin of Old Bay that I forgot I had.

  15. Donna Donahue says:

    I found a big blob of goo stuck to the bottom of a shelf.

  16. Liz Blunt says:

    One lonely bag of Emerald Breakfast on the Go.

  17. Helen says:

    It would be the metal can of McCormick’s Whole Allspice with a price of 53 cents stamped on the lid. I discovered it last fall when making the Swedish Pickled Beets but just didn’t have the heart to throw it out!

  18. Laura J says:

    A bag of catnip! Our cats always seem to find it, so we must have thought the cupboard was a good place & it was because we completely forgot it was there.

  19. The oldest dated pantry items that I cleared out early fall was a package of whatever that had an expiration date of 2007. It appears I neglected to follow through on a cooking project. Cheers!

  20. Marie says:

    In preparing to bake at Christmas, I found bottles of vanilla that I had purchased on clearance a couple years ago, Yay! they are still good & Yay! I don’t have to buy any for a long while!

  21. penny says:

    A bag of homemade turkey jerky….saving for that next outdoors adventure.

  22. dried herbs mostly have a shelf live of 3-6 months.. resist the buys in big bottles..

  23. Bethany C. says:

    I found a pull date of 2003 on a bottle…WAY in the back. Yikes. LOVE Elf Naturals! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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