I have meant to work my way through the pantries for ages now, but now I’m at the point where some unwelcome visitors in the house have forced the issue.
We were searching the other day for matzo ball mix, and when we finally found the box, it was stuck to two others, with a mouse sized hole through all three and totally empty. Yikes, that’s one hungry mouse. Since then, we’ve been going through the pantry throwing away anything the mice got into (or got infiltrated with mice droppings/urine), and after only having gone through the bottom of each pantry, we’ve already had to throw away about 70 lbs. of food with about 3/4 of the pantry left to go through. Anything that is untouched/still usable but susceptible to mice (in boxes, bags, etc) are going in jumbo plastic bins for storage until the mice have been erradicated. All we’ve been able to determine so far is that one is Jewish (hence it’s love for kasha and matzo ball mix), one’s on South Beach (because it ate all my whole wheat pasta, and left the regular stuff alone), one has celiac disease (because it ate all of the gluten free pasta and bread mix), and one wants to go on vacation (because it has eaten all the tropical stuff like coconut and dried tropical fruit).
We still haven’t figured out how they got in (we have a fairly new house, only 3 years old), or where they’re currently hiding (let’s just say that as we’re going through the pantry we’re convinced we’re going to come across them sooner or later, and have our guard up), but hopefully with the aid of some mouse catching baits and traps, we can get rid of this problem, and fast. In the meantime, it’s a battle of speed and wits with me vs. the mice, and I’ve been very motivated to do a lot of cooking out of the pantry lately.