Is your refrigerator calling? (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

We’re thinning out what’s in WaPo Food Lab cold storage today, inspired by talk of #springcleaning. Our job will take a while but here’s a way to make yours a 15-minute task: Do it in stages over the course of a weekend or two. Start with just the crisper drawers.

●Those hairy carrots are fine to eat, although it might be better to peel them rather than just scrub as we typically do.

● Limp lettuce can be revived with a soak in icy cold water.

● Turn that mangle of tired-looking parsley and other herbs into pesto.

The exercise got us thinking about food storage and safety, and it just so happens your USDA has launched a new FoodKeeper app, with mobile accessbility. Consult it as you clean! Or hold off on that just long enough to test your knowledge on the topic.

But first . . . .

Top recipes of the week

Readers’ most-viewed Recipe Finder picks could build a menu:


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1. British Scones, above, left. Just the right size for an afternoon tea — or anytime.

2. Mary Lee’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake. We don’t think there’s a better multi-layered example of those two great flavors together.

3. Horseradish Sauce, above, right. A powerful condiment for beef.

4. Spiced Carrot, Leek and Lentil Soup. From this week’s collection of spring cookbook one-pan recipes, here’s a vegetarian soup that’s terrific chunky or pureed.

5. French Spoon Lamb With White Beans and Pistou. Sara Moulton’s riff on a classic dish that renders lamb so tender.

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Once opened, jarred horseradish can be refrigerated for 12 months.

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Miso can be frozen.

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Frozen shrimp is good for up to 18 months.

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It’s good/okay to rinse raw meat, poultry and eggs.

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Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and running water eliminates germs.

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Washing produce with soap or detergent eliminates germs.

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Pre-cut, pre-washed packaged greens are safe to eat if they are held above 40 degrees for more than two hours.

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Processed cheeses are safe to eat if they are held above 40 degrees for more than two hours.

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It’s best to “decant” store-bought eggs and store them on the refrigerator door.

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