Kitchen cleaning and organizing tips

how long food lasts.

You know when the food in your fridge has turned: The lettuce is more brown than green. Milk has an unmistakably sour smell.

But what about all those other items you have at home? 

You could just check the edible's label for safety guidelines.

But when was the last time your fresh bananas, peaches, or avocados came with an expiration date?

Here's how long more than a dozen common foods we buy can last in our homes when properly stored.

how to clean cloudy crystal.

Finding clouding or a milky film on crystal glassware is frustrating, to say the least. How did it get this way? How do you clean it?

There are three possible causes for cloudy crystal. And, yes, the milky film can usually be removed.

The only exception is if the glassware is etched, usually the result of surface scarring caused by acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances in the dishwasher detergent.

Etched glass appears iridescent when held up to the light, or has a frosted appearance. This type of damage is permanent.

Here's how to clean cloudy crystal.

cooking up energy (and money!) savings.

Kitchen appliances use more electricity and energy than you might think.

Here are 5 energy saving ideas that can help you save cold cash on your utility bills while whipping up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. keep range top reflectors clean.

Keep your range's cook top burners clean. They'll reflect the heat better and require less energy for cooking.

Read the full article on energy saving cooking tips here.

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Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.