|If you received a food gift for Christmas that wasn’t to your liking—marmalade, spicy cocoa, flavored vinegar, whatever—don’t stick it in the back of the cabinet and forget about it. Products should be used within 12 months, or they begin to deteriorate—some items like cookies much sooner. Many products have expiration dates, but if you don’t like the food to begin with, the dates don’t really matter. It’s better to share the item now, with people who will enjoy it. Bring the food to your co-workers, be a friendly neighbor or donate it to a volunteer enterprise. Then, visit the Main Nibbles section of THE NIBBLE online magazine to find reviews in more than 70 categories of specialty foods, and pick something you’d rather have.||
Thanks, but no thanks: If you’ll never use those fancy pink peppercorns, don’t stick them in the back of the cabinet to fade—give them to someone who’ll be thrilled to have them.
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