Jun 20, 201208:24 AMCup of Joe
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Forget pink slime
Did you know that families in North America waste over 200 pounds of food each year per person on average? I was feeling pretty bad about that statistic this past week, and it all started with a funky smell in the kitchen.
The faint odor began to surface about a week ago. It had a pungent garbage smell that suggested something needed to be thrown out pronto. I put my nose to the task, and began scouring the kitchen like a bloodhound. After multiple sniffs I determined the cabinets were the culprit.
Upon moving in to our new apartment, my wife and I noticed that the cabinets had a slightly tacky feel on the outside. Kind of gross, but now I deduced that whatever was coating our cabinets was the cause of the foul odor. Out came the degreaser.
I lathered up the first section of cabinets and began wiping them down. It was working. The cabinets were no longer sticky, and now yielded a strong scent of cleanser. Better than the smell of garbage I figured, and went to the second cabinet.
I climbed up on the sink and began moving items we had stored on top of the cupboard due to a lack of space. Down came dish pans, a skillet, a hot plate and then I froze—A bag of potatoes.
I nearly fell off of the sink upon lifting up the bag. It had rested atop our cabinet for the past month and a half hidden from view. Brown liquid oozed from the bottom, and had already leaked onto the wood forming a small circle of sludge.
After informing my wife over the phone of my discovery—good news: the cabinets don’t smell anymore, bad news: I won’t be eating potatoes for the rest of my life—I devised a plan of attack on the tainted residue.
Being the guy that I am, I opted for an assortment of every cleaner I could find, plus some vinegar (I’m pretty sure I heard that works somewhere) to detoxify the top of the cupboard.
We now have a large stain to remind us of our potato blunder, and after throwing out over 5 pounds of potatoes, I think I’ll stick to non-perishable food for a while.
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