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  • #160269
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    I was looking in my pantry today and realized that I’ve ended up with a bunch of odds and ends and impulse purchases again – and that it is time for me to unclutter the pantry!

    Luckily, everything that is in there is healthy enough – it’s just sort of random. Some small amounts of various grains and lentils. Some interesting oils and marinades that I caught my eye at the store, but that I haven’t used (walnut oil, Yuzu sauce). Some rice paper wrappers (I was going to make spring rolls…and then I didn’t). ETC.

    Anyone want to join me in eating through the pantry over the next month or so?

  • #229890
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    I’m in! I have a similar supply to yours…. rice, lentils, canned beans, canned pumpkin, a handful of prepared sauces and such to try. Some panko bread crumbs that are still good but slightly past their date… etc.

  • #229891
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    I’m in! Decluttering the baking supplies has not gone as well as I thought.

  • #229900
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    great idea. I keep buying legumes, but I can’t eat many of them, they are a side or addition rather than a main. And baking stuff…

    Ok I’ll make cupcakes today. That’ll make the kids happy.

  • #229927
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    Yay! We can all chip away at our pantries together, then.

    @klutzgrrl – Mmmmm…cupcakes….

  • #229931
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    I’m in! It’s a necessity out of a financial point of view, as well, but I’m more excited to focus on this aspect. Great initiative!

  • #229935
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    ah yes, my pantry has quite a lot of random stuff in it… potato flour, fruit purées, bread mixes… especially as the “pantry” is actually shelving that runs all down one side of our garage, so we have a lot of space. Downside is that it’s pretty cold out there, so the bread mixes have to have time to get to room temp when I want to use them. The last 2 times I used my bread machine, the loaves came out like bricks, so I don’t know if the mix was too cold or the yeast was not effective? Or whether the machine isn’t working properly anymore?
    I will try & chip away at what’s out there – but I think the main long-term stuff is baking supplies so that will need more time to sort out.
    Great idea SK! :)

  • #229940
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    @Larousse – I can’t take credit for the idea – I think someone else had a similar thread early last year. But I will most certainly take credit for getting it started again! :)

    @ninakk – I agree, the financial benefit is a big motivator as well. But it is also fun to get creative with pantry items!

  • #229941
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    We need to eat down the freezer drawers.
    Yesterday I pulled out some frozen pumpkin and made myself a pumpkin latte, and had the rest mixed with homemade ricotta for breakfast. It was surprisingly tasty:)

    I was also able to pull out an individual serving of soup I’d frozen and forgot about: it was great to heat it in the microwave at work and have something for lunch. Normally I am not hungry at breakfast, am starving around 10, but classes don’t end until 1:40 and I don’t get home to eat until 3 at the very, very earliest. This means I start snacking the minute I get home then eat wayyyyy too much at dinner. And then I’m not hungry for breakfast, and the cycle continues… As much as I’ve resisted meal planning of any type, I think I need to get on the wagon.

    While I had my head stuck I the freezer I spotted some chicken and homemade broth, which I pulled out and are now simmering on the stove in a yummy chicken noodle soup.

    While speaking of pantries, I have baskets on and in a buffet-type thingy. Problem is DH’s pasta. He’s got a million different kinds, and they are all in cellophane bags, in a basket. Any ideas of a better way to store them?
    The baskets will stay, they act like shallow drawers. But the messy bags are visible and while DH doesn’t mind rummaging around, it’s ugly, visible from everywhere in the place except the hall and bathroom, and irk me.

    I was thinking of mason-type jars (but I’ve never seen that style here) turned upside-down and placed in the basket so DH can see the contents at a glance. Problem with that is the bags are different sizes, so mason jars might be too small, then the rest has to be stored in bags. I have tall glass canisters for spaghetti/lasagne noodles already, but they are far too big for the rest.

  • #229945
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    Bormioli and Luminarc?
    http://www.amazon.de/BORMIOLI-Bügelverschluß-Glas-1-00l/dp/B00166OVJ8/

    Both are affordable here and very durable. And it is very pretty! For smaller volumes I reuse condiment jars.
    Amazon has crazy prices on the Bormioli Rocco products.

    I also use another Bormioli line of clear square glass jars with plastic lids in the fridge.

  • #229946
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    This is the Quattro Stagioni line Bormioli of small canning jars.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/385831893045898152/

  • #229953
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    Thanks for the links! Definitely pretty jars.
    I find almost 10 Euros per jar a bit steep though. I’m looking for the local version of a dozen jars for 17 bucks kind of thing.
    I have a couple of versions of these (knock-offs) but I want a screw-top. The reason is everything has to be angled just so in order for the wires to not bump against each other when lined up. Also, they’re harder to wash out because the lid doesn’t come off (and when it does, it is brutal to get back on. And I’m always chipping the lids.)

  • #229955
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    Ah but I haz a solution. You turn the protruding parts in the “diagonal”, toward the two corners! No bumping into other jars ever! I haven’t had problems removing all loose parts of them either when washing. The price for those very jars is a fraction here and that includes shipping to the north, so it is probably a specific seller setting the level that high on Amazon.

    I think the 3 litre jar is around 7€ or so and the 1 litre much less expensive. I’ve had some of the corresponding Luminarc jars for over a decade already.

    ETA
    WHAT do you do to chip the lids??? I’ve never had any of my glass jars break!

  • #229959
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    I just remembered Clas Ohlson, sort of a hardware chain, but they sell lots of various things for the home. I bought a set of three jars with red gingham lids for something like the price of one Quattro Stagioni jar. If you like the chalkboard rage, you might paint the lids entirely.

    http://www.theprojectgirl.com/2013/01/07/repurposed-jam-jar-storage-with-chalkboard-lids/

  • #229960
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    I was lucky in that DSP found 12 of the 375 Luminarc Working Glasses at a local thrift store. They’re the perfect size for storing small amounts — if I could find lids! Armloads of the large ones to be had, but I have only ONE of the small ones. If anyone has a source, hook a sister up?

    Later today I’m baking banana bread and muffins, so that both of us can have the type we like (DH believes walnuts in banana bread are an abomination; I adore them).

  • #229964
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    My pantry is very uncluttered except for one category: jams and such-like concoctions. A friend gave me two jars of homemade jams last fall, and those are in addition to NINE other jars I’ve picked up here and there – all are unopened!

    Methinks I need to just bring them in to the office and put them in the break room with a note.

    We don’t eat much bread anymore, I don’t really bake, and I don’t use sweet stuff in my cooking. Alas.

  • #229965
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    I only ever buy “natural” yoghurt these days and eat it with either a banana or some jam.

    Lately I’ve been decluttering liquid akacia honey by squirting it on the yoghurt; half of it gone now!

  • #229966
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    I’ll join you even though my so-called pantry is only one small cupboard. These days, most of my food is fresh. But I do have several cans of tuna and salmon languishing there since I’ve been so lax about eating lunch. Inspired by this thread, I bought sandwich bread from Whole Foods (“21 Grain Salute”) and I will fix a tuna sandwich for lunch today.

    djk: I wouldn’t buy containers online unless you’ve seen and hefted them in person. Glass is heavy, and round containers are space-wasters. I bought these rectangular lightweight shatter-proof plastic stackers about 20 years ago. They’ve worked in five different homes in many different configurations holding many different contents. Nowadays they hold pasta and quinoa.

  • #229967
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    Thanks for the links! Definitely pretty jars.

    I find almost 10 Euros per jar a bit steep though. I’m looking for the local version of a dozen jars for 17 bucks kind of thing.
    I have a couple of versions of these (knock-offs) but I want a screw-top. The reason is everything has to be angled just so in order for the wire clasps to not bump against each other when lined up. Also, they’re harder to wash out because the lid doesn’t come off (and when it does, it is brutal to get back on. And I’m always chipping the lids.)

    I’ve got the 250 ml size for our cooking herbs/spices and they just fit on one narrow shelf above the pantry-buffet thingy. I pulled out all the baking spices and put them in the baking basket but still there’s barely room. So the bumping wire clasps do interfere with each other and I’m constantly turning them so they’ll line up properly.

    I will check out the luminarc ones too though.

  • #229969
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    Ha! Weird…wrote the first post in response to ninakk, then went to have some soup, got a phone call, opened the Unclutterer app on my phone…and spooky…it posted on its own…

    Now I’ll go back and read the responses

  • #229970
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    i thought i was going nuts here… thanks dear.

    eta
    painting lids of mismatched jars can work in an attempt to streamline visually, too.

  • #229975
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    Ninakk, I chip the lids when I wash the jars, and, basically, because I’m utterly klutzy:)
    I also love the chalkboard paint on lids! DC is old and not digesting well so the vet suggested baby food. It has been killing me to get rid of those perfect, uniform wee jars. Especially all the gorgeous wee things I could store in those gorgeous wee jars.
    Except I’ve no idea where I would put them even if I had stuff to put in them.

    Ella, that is one efficient stacking system!

    I’m actually looking for wide-mouth canning jars with screw lids, ideally, rather than canisters, because I also want them for canning and jams/jellies/chutneys.

    The canisters would not work so well in our set-up (although the square shape is great) because I’d have to flip them upside down so we could see the contents without getting on our hands and knees and pulling out everything. I think the cannister lids would open.

    Ideally, I only want one layer of everything, not things placed in front of other things. When I had cupboards that wasn’t a big deal because everything was behind a cupboard door, but exposed? Dunno
    Who am I kidding. If I want to talk ideally, well ideally I’d win the lottery and move to the south of France.

  • #229981
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    Hmmm, too bad the shipping would kill the deal, djk, as I have plenty of quart canning jars I’d part with. :) And “they” now sell plastic lids to put on them for storage, or after you’ve opend whatever you canned.

  • #229983
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    Pkilmain, next time I’m in Alaska, I’ll come by!

    I worked at Mile 1202 Alaska Highway for 5 summers while in university, so saw a bit of Fairbanks, Anchorage, and of course spent a lot of days off in Tok just for the Alpine Bakery treats

  • #230004
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    @djk – Oh, fun. Come on by anytime. We’re 50 miles NE of Anchorage, off the Glenn Highway, which becomes the Alaska Highway further towards Canada…. But of course, I intend to visit you in Vienna first. LOL Seriously though, DH and I are planning a bike and barge trip this fall that ends in Germany, and he wants to seek out his ancestral village. Who knows, it may be near Austria.

  • #230023
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    Oh I hope you do come:)
    Just yesterday I was listening to a Rick Steves podcast on barge/bike tours. I have to admit it sounds like a wonderfully relaxing holiday

  • #230056
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    I have lots of stuff that is close to going bad, so decided to mix up a large couscous “salad”. I chucked in some chopped and cooked carrots, a whole cucumber, some tomatoes, one and a half red paprika, and of course couscous. On the dish itself I sprinkled feta, olive oil, salt and pepper. Tasty.

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    last night we decluttered

    left over grilled salmon from sunday night
    some sour cream whipped with dill and sea salt
    some of the wild rice mix

    as for the jar/bag/pasta/visible storage dilemma…. what about putting the existing pasta bags inside little drawstring fabric bags. this would make them all look uniform and neat, and you don’t have to worry if you get more or less of one thing over time if it will fit in the jars you have. also then you’ve preserved the cooking directions, which can vary from pasta to pasta esp. if you have rice or whole wheat versions.

  • #230060
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    Great idea! I have loads of stuff needed to be consumed. I keep them in their original plastic bags because they occupy less space. Look horrible and messy (and the resealable tabs are not reliable. I use some clips in most of bags but I always have more bags than clips) but when we move to our own home I will have them all organised and beautiful, I hope.

    I have some of these jars http://www.ikea.com/ie/en/catalog/products/90213549/ one for OH’s cereal and the other for the cat’s dry food. But most of my jars are reused. We used to buy loads of anchovies that came in little jars like that.

    The idea of the chalkboard is brilliant but my hands itch just to think about touching chalk! I always want to keep the expiring date of the stuff. I wish they made the resealable tabs from the package with the expiring date, so I could just stick them to the jars.

    Just realised that I have too many types of rice: Brazilian rice, basmati, sushi rice and arborio. I need a system.

  • #230061
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    TatiLie, if it is something I’m sure will hang around for a while, I write on white label sheet the best before date and stick it to the bottom of the jar. I don’t like chalkboard either, but it seems to be really popular right now.

  • #230093
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    Just went down to the cold storage and brought up the last of the food: a Costco-sized box of cans of chicken noodle/chicken and wild rice soup, most of a Costco-sized box of organic tomato sauce and three cans of organic tomato paste. A little rearranging (and the dumping of a handful of wild rice pilaf that was well past its “best by” date — and smelled it) and everything fits in the small pantry near the kitchen.

    There is NO FOOD down there. I am completely amazed.

  • #230102
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    Katha–thanks for the links! These are definitely more along the lines I am looking for.
    Now I’ll have to figure out the size which would work best.

    Luxcat–I like the idea of the bags, however my main purpose for the storage aspect of the jars is that DH will be able to see what he has and not buy multiples of what he’s already got. He’s very visual in that if he can’t see something instantly he assumes it’s not there. And he talks big about big empty spaces being his ideal–but he is the one piling everything on top of everything else, etc. so that’s why I thought if he could see the contents of the jars through their clear bottoms he’d not have messy piles of bags.
    The jars right-side up don’t work because the one pantry shelf is below knee height and when he slides out the basket partway he only sees jar lids and not the contents.
    Have to say, though, he’s not overly bothered, but I find it annoying to look at.

  • #230104
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    djk, for starters, would it work to just spread a tea towel over all the bags?
    Can be easily lifted to see what is there, but hides the mess otherwise. Or use a clear plastic box with a lid that fits into the basket and holds all bags at once?

    Just speaking from the experience of organising my parents’ pantry – all that I’ve fit in jars stays there just fine, but it never takes long until new bags are just piled on top of the existing jars. Jars only seem to work for them for the most basic stuff: Rice, flour, sugar. Anything more “specialised” stays in the package, probably also because it would be a hassle to cut out cooking instructions and tape them to the jar every time.

  • #230105
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    I think djk’s idea of having glass jars that can be turned upside down for easy viewing of contents is excellent. Sounds like that is the way to go when considering her husband’s way of purchasing more if he can’t immediately see what has run out and what is just hiding. I’d go nuts in that context too, should I have multiples of the same.

    I have only a couple of cooking instructions saved and those are in a special place so no need to tape them to the jar itself. And I keep exactly everything in my pantry in glass jars of various sizes and shapes; works like a charm.

    ETA
    My point is to say that one has to adapt to circumstances within one’s own comfort range and if the visual aspect is important, then why not work within those limitations? If one wants to save cooking instructions and one is fairly digital, why not snap a photo and upload to Evernote or something similar? Things such as these shouldn’t be deal breakers in my opinion. And neither should price. Some of my best and also prettiest jars are reused condiment jars (jam, pickled zucchini, etc.). At one point I picked black as the colour and I have several in the size range of 200-250 ml that are of different shape yet have a black lid. It looks calming, even though I have a few others with lids of other colours.

  • #230107
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    Hmm, I just tidied the pantry a bit and discovered I have about 17 ‘things’ containing various different types of sugar. I love to bake but… I pulled out all the glass jars I have, now I need to decide if I am going to be a ‘jar’ person and sort things out, or just let myself slide into ‘packet-world’ and recover the space used by all the jars.

    We are trying to work our way through the freezer though as we have plenty stored and I’d like to get that eaten so its doesn’t become mystery meat!

  • #230109
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    I am eating through my pantry as well at the moment, as I will be moving in about 7 weeks and I am not going to lug with me: that bag of risotto mix that has been sitting there unloved, this jar of brined lemons I just had to make when I discovered the recipe on the internet and never discovered a consistent use for, those three varieties of lentils that I have accumulated – and the stuff in the freezer compartment, of course!

    So far, I have gotten through several cans of paté and sardines, some of the lentils (over pasta, combined with a balsamic vinegar reduction – very much recommended!) and a jar of olives. I have started in on the pickled chillies.

    Last night was a slip-up, though: Store-bought frozen pizza (put some of the pickled chillies on it though, so not a total failure).

  • #230111
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    Another thing I just thought about those jars; I was determined not to have lots of air in the jar when it has been filled up, so I looked at each item, the usual size I buy and the volume it would require. Very few have extra space when filled up this way, so the jars cover everything from 2 dl to 3 l. This enables me to stack them well since my pantry is so small.

    I have a few kinds of dry beans that I have yet to touch…

  • #230121
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    @Joless: are we sharing a shelf? I went through my jars and found pearl, muscovado, demerara, homemade vanilla, a sparkling large-crystal variety for topping muffins, cubes, and minimally processed cane sugar. The change in my life is summed up by the dust on four of those jars!

    I’m picking up some pancetta today and using up the Puy lentils and rosemary.

  • #230294
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    today I made marinade out of some “golden limes” my neighbor very thoughtfully gave us. they are like a freak hybrid between a tangerine and a lemon and smell delightful. we are marinating chicken in it tonight (plus some chili powder, salt and pepper) and tomorrow I might juice the rest to make lime-ade.

    talked to DH about the “eat out of the pantry and freezer” idea, he’s on board. we did buy fresh chicken for dinner tonight… we eat a lot of chicken- which shows, as we currently have lamb, fish, burgers and some pork chops in the freezer- but no chicken.

  • #230295
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    djk….my little dog is 13 years old and eats baby food too and I wish I could find a use for the jars. I use a few for loose pearls and a broken bracelet until I can restring it but I don’t know anything else to use them for.

    Anybody have any suggestions?

  • #230296
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    I googled ‘baby food jar’ uses and OMG, tons of ideas!

  • #230301
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    when my son was little, I found that babyfood jar lids were surprisingly hard to open and close. I used some of the jars for things (spices, mostly; a few for beads for repair projects) but only for a little while because they became frustrating really quickly.

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    I managed to disappear remnants of whipping cream, 2 kinds of grated cheese, and a multigrain cereal this afternoon, and for my trouble have some ready-to-eat Alfredo sauce and some cooked cereal in the fridge.

    And darnit, if I’d known that Alfredo sauce was that easy to make I never would have bothered with the store-bought variety. Essentially you heat up 2/3 of a cup of heavy cream with about 1/3 cup butter, cook on medium or a bit lower till it’s blended and has been bubbling for a couple of minutes, add a smidgen of pepper, and then take it off the heat and stir in a cup of grated cheese. (Usually Parmesan, but I uncluttered some Romano and some Mizithra.) Nutmeg optional; personally, I prefer the sauce with garlic instead.

  • #230319
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    Astreja, I’ll be over shortly for dinner!
    I also had no idea how easy Alfredo was to make

  • #230418
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    out tonight from freezer:
    salmon
    green beans

  • #230429
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    Used up from the pantry so far:
    - jar of pasta sauce
    - can of tuna
    - a bit of Grand Marnier for Sunday morning French toast

  • #231136
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    Hello, I’m back with a mission… decided to save money by doing practically zero food shopping in February. So on Saturday I did a complete list of everything in our 2 freezers and pantry (actually in the garage).
    So far:
    2 pizzas out of the freezer
    500g of dried lentils used up in a chili, and to stretch meat in a lasagna
    1 can of condensed milk used in a cake, which is in the freezer for later in the month when we run out of snacks
    2 bags of frozen bananas made into banana bread (yielded 2 loaves + 10 muffins)
    1 tin of chili beans, small tin of sweetcorn and 1 tin of black eyed beans into the “chili à la pantry” along with 3 elderly beefburgers from the bottom of the freezer
    1 kg of rice used up,
    Lots of old cheese from the fridge grated into the lasagna cheese sauce, 1 pack of lasagna noodles gone, 2 more to go.

    I feel like I spent all weekend in the kitchen! the banana bread took all Saturday afternoon, and the lasagna (for tonight’s supper) took about 2 hrs last night, what with pre-boiling the lentils and mushing them in the blender so they get hidden as meat! Plus grating of various cheeses: feta, emmental, cheddar, tomme, even a bit of Norwegian geitost! Not a shred of riccota or mozzarella! :)

    Also out – straight into the bin: a bag of dried chick peas that had some sort of mites in them;
    a box of spreadable cream cheese that had gone mouldy.

    I have my list in a little notebook that I’m checking off as I use stuff up, I’m keeping it in my work bag so I can menu-plan in the train, and I’m jotting down recipes in there as I find them.
    2 more tins of condensed milk, one of them might get made into some chocolate spread!

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    @Sky, despite the fact that I don’t have a baby or pet, I sometimes end up with empty baby food jars, given to me by someone or other. I didn’t want to waste them, but I tried for both spices and sewing stuff, but didn’t really like them. My best use is for homemade cream and lotions. For gifts, I sometimes spray paint the lids or at least cover with fabric and a ribbon.

    I’ve used them for votive jar candles (made from leftover wax candle ends), but now I have enough actual votive containers.

    I’ve heard of them used above a workbench: nail the lid to the bottom of a shelf above, and then affix the jars. At eye level, you can easily see what screws, nails, etc you have, and grab the jar you need at that time. Don’t have a workbench myself, but it sounded like a good idea. (and if I had more under-kitchen-cupboard space, I might try that setup for spices, but I couldn’t do that near the stove, and my other cupboards have a pull-out shelf.)

  • #231170
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    @Larousse – I need to make a list like you did! I haven’t been very successful at eating through the pantry so far because I keep forgetting what is in there.

  • #231342
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    Pantry consists of a very small overhead cupboard above the sink, basically one small shelf.

    Recently threw out: expired lentils, expired herbs and spices, half a bag of old flour, cornflour, golden syrup, mustard, bottle of mirin, soba sauce, avocado oil that I’d bought on impulse and rarely used (every time I saw that bottle I felt guilty).

    Since then I made a pact with myself that I’ll eat at least ONE thing from my tiny pantry every day. So far it’s been:

    rice, tin of pineapple, peas from the freezer and an egg; made fried rice
    porridge sachet which is due to expire this month
    the last of the gren tea

  • #231380
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    Thus far today:

    12 lemons (left over from the party Sunday), zested and juiced. The zest went into the half-gallon growler I did keep (it’s dark brown glass, with the logo from the legendary pizza place just off the university campus on it, and originally held their made-in-store root beer), with three split vanilla beans and the cheapest vodka I could find that wouldn’t make anyone go blind. Limoncello, woo!

    When I realized I had tons of various forms of white sugar I wasn’t going to use for baking/tea, I threw the lot into the food processor, whizzed it back into its component crystals (more or less) and started prepping simple syrups: one lemon, one ginger, and one for the lemon sorbet I’m going to make with what’s left of the juice. The pantry is now down to jars of icing sugar, light and dark muscovado, and the minimally-processed stuff. Much better!

  • #231403
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    I have a package of organic brown sugar with a ziploc closure. I didn’t secure it airtight all the way last time, and now I have a rock-solid brick of dry brown sugar.
    Is there a way to fix this? I hate to just toss it out, it was kinda pricey.

  • #231406
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    Stick a piece of bread in with it overnight.

  • #231407
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    What Lucy said. Also:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_8035832_delump-sugar.html

  • #231469
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    Hey well done Lucy! I’ve never heard of a growler but assume it’s a big drinks dispenser? I love using up leftovers like that.

    Ella, I have the same problem with my brown sugar, but I chip bits off and soften them in the microwave.

    Well the lentil-based lasagna was a great success! I almost have the ingredients for another one, but used up all the feta cheese so would have to probably make a white cheese sauce from the emmental I have. Ha, that could be a use for my potato flour!

    Last night – seafood spaghetti, using some frozen shrimps and 2 tins of tuna/mexican veg mix. I wanted to use some Ebly-type corn, which you cook like rice… but found the pantry mites had got into it. Haven’t binned it yet, I want to check with some friends who keep hens if they could use it… I can’t feed the birds in our garden because of our 2 cats.

    Tonight – veg stew made from lots of random veggies out of the freezer, a tin of couscous vegetables and some sweet potato. Will eat it with some baguette bread that has gone a bit tough in the freezer, or maybe some rice from my stash! :)

  • #231474
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    We have to go to NC to help DD again, in March. I am challenging myself not to do a full grocery shopping before we leave. I will allow myself to get salad stuff and fresh fruit, milk–perishables,i.e. I am going to try to use everything up in the rest of this month. Poor husband will probably literally eat through the pantry. Food is so important to him. I haven’t shared this challenge with him or he might develop an anxiety attack. He has just recently gotten back on a normal diet, as his meds have been reduced–and his weight from those meds as well. (No salt or sugar with 80 mg. of Prednisone for 6 months.)

  • #231495
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    *falls over laughing* If Erin ever decides we need a glossary for terms used in the forums, I’m putting “growler” in it.

    (Sorry, Larousse, it came up in ATAD: it’s a US half-gallon glass jug. Some breweries sell fresh beer in them; you pay a deposit on it, and if you bring it back to be refilled the next one’s cheaper.)

    The ginger syrup has been strained and bottled. I think the lemon syrup doesn’t have enough lemon juice in it, but I’ll go ahead and try it on the cake.

  • #231507
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    lucy: It worked like magic! I have soft brown sugar again, yay!

  • #231508
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    Yay! Now don’t leave the bread in there: it can get moldy. Don’t ask how I know that.

  • #231514
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    Ha! I also had never heard of a growler

    I’m eating through the freezer. Had some freezer-burnt pork chops which I thawed in whey strained from the yoghurt I made yesterday. The meat was so tender and yummy.

    Now there’s only one package of meat and some soup bones left, but several balls of frozen pie crust to be used up. I always make a double batch of dough then forget I already have some in the freezer.

    Tossed a bunch of vintage items from the fridge, used up 3 different sauces, each with only a tiny bit left

    Am doing my best to drink down the tea stash, but we both keep buying more!

  • #231527
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    I have just committed to a very low-gluten if not truly gluten-free diet to try out for a while (have some health issues it may clear up)

    so I just put a good bit of the freezer, pantry and fridge in the bin. Unopened items have been set aside for the food pantry. a bunch of granola bars have been put aside to put in my car to hand out to panhandlers who claim to be hungry.

    There is a package of hot dogs that have been in the freezer since June that DH does not want me to toss, but if he doesn’t eat them in a week they are gone… if he liked them that much he could have eaten them in the last 9 months! I’ve tried to show him that they are freezer burned and unpleasant, but he’s not listening. He comes from a family that thinks you should freeze everything, and for the longer the better.

    Me, I like fresh food.

  • #231625
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    The last of the poppy seeds are going into a loaf; some of the lemon syrup I made the other day will be poured over it.

  • #231678
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    For the curious, the loaf turned out quite good! I’ll up the amount of lemon zest next time, but it’s tasty and easy; the most difficult part was waiting the 12 hours to try it. :-)

  • #231728
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    Eating down the freezer drawer:

    Used two of my pie crusts for apple pie (nom nom nom)
    Ate the last pork chops languishing in there
    Used up the last of my chicken stock

    Today I am going to make smoothie packets of frozen berries, yoghurt, spinach, flax etc so in the mornings I can just dump one in the blender and add greens.

  • #231730
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    Am I the only one visualizing a beaver or worse, with big teeth gnawing away on pantry and freezer doors? Every time I see the label “Eating through the Pantry.”

  • #231825
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    OM NOM NOM NOM *grins at liag*

    Two packets of miso soup, into a mug
    Two open packages of Maldon salt flakes, into a glass jar

    One glass jar out: it’s screened with flowers, and I spent the better part of a hour trying to work out different ways to get them off before I realized that I could just let this one go back to the thrift store, walk down to the general store and pick up another one for $5.

  • #231834
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    I am making up a bag for DS and DSP; they are fantastic at budgeting, but they never turn down free food. So far I’ve put in the rest of the miso soup, some packets of bonito flakes, and I’m eyeing the soba noodles and thinking “Will you really eat those? Really?”

  • #231838
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    I think I’ll get very frustrated of this as I can never have it done.
    Last week I finished up an open bag of tapioca starch by making some tapioca puffs. They were so nice that two days later I bought a new pack!

    “Am I the only one visualizing a beaver or worse, with big teeth gnawing away on pantry and freezer doors? Every time I see the label “Eating through the Pantry.” ” Now, I am, liag!!

  • #231872
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    LOL me too, hadn’t thought of that Liag but it conjures up one of those cartoon beavers who chomp through wooden doors…

    Another cooking weekend… made 2 sunflower seed loaves from my bread mix (just did the dough in the bread machine and baked in the oven), they were yummy and DH and both DSs finished them in record time!

    A home made vegetarian lasagna, using lasagna noodles that required cooking for 10 mins before assembling the lasagna! remembered why I had thought of using them before and put them back on the shelf… Made the filling of lentils and a jar of courgette/tomato/onion sauce, and with a bechamel sauce made with potato flour (hooray!) and milk and cheese. Really didn’t notice that there was no meat in it! But lasagna-making is a real labour of love… takes at least an hour start to finish.

    Another banana loaf using some more of my frozen bananas.

    Pot-luck lunch at church, I made a taboulé from one of the 3 kits I had in stock in the garage.

    Ready for lunch/supper tonight – vegetable and chicken stew in the crock pot. Got the chicken pieces on special offer, but the stock and all the veggies were in the freezer / lurking at the back of the fridge.

  • #231898
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    I really need to make bread weekly if I’m going to use up all the instant yeast/baker’s milk powder before it expires, and “use it or get it off the counter” applies to the Kitchenaid, too. A farmhouse loaf is being knocked around at the moment . . . .

  • #231904
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    Used up half of the dozen apples in my crisper drawer in a crumble last night. And then was good and did not eat any of it after dinner. :-) Had a glass of Edna Valley pinot noir with the turkey and monster mash instead!

    In case anyone is interested: Monster Mash is my name for this thing I did in the slow cooker. Six beets, a pound of carrots, and some leftover butternut squash went in with a little water, some blueberry mustard and allspice. Once cooked, I mashed everything up. Reheating a bit at a time with a little balsamic vinegar and crumbled feta cheese.

  • #231960
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    *growls* The loaf failed. Maybe it needed a longer initial proof.

    Last of the breadcrumbs/frozen fish for an herb-crusted dish with tomato salsa, which also used up the last of the cherry tomatoes from the party.

    Threw out three containers of herbs that were well past their prime; sage should not be brown!

  • #231985
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    Chacha, your monster mash sounds nice. By “beets”, do you mean beetroot? In which case the mash must be quite an interesting colour if you have the pink beets, carrots and squash all mashed together?

    Lucy, grr with you – I hate it when loaves don’t turn out right, after all that time and effort, and using up ingredients. Growl from me too, because the half a loaf of sunflower seed bread that was left went mouldy overnight!!!??

    For my lunch today: a tin of tuna niçoise salad. Not the tastiest prospect, but hey ho… I bought a whole bunch of various salads when they were on special offer.

  • #231999
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    Larousse – indeed I do mean “beetroot.” Red ones in this case, so the resulting mash is the color of cabernet sauvignon. I plan to make it the next time I host a holiday dinner!

  • #232083
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    You know that very important class? What’s it called again, Measuring 101? I suggest you pay attention. Or if you want to declutter a large volume of various ingredients, go ahead and use tablespoons instead of teaspoons.

    Love,
    The Biochemist

  • #232084
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    Bonus tip #1:
    Make sure you have only half of the flour needed. It adds to the excitement.

    Bonus tip #2:
    Do this when the stores have already closed for the day; even more exciting.

  • #232085
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    nina, i thought everyone cooked this way.
    seat of the pants!
    makes you really feel alive!

  • #232089
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    I had measured half of a recipe because I didn’t want to make so much of it, until I managed to use tablespoons of spices rather than teaspoons. It was impossible to fish out the two extra teaspoons, so I had to triple the darn recipe :D Sigh.

  • #232096
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    Oh, nina! Is it something you’re going to want to eat for a while?

    Puy lentils tomorrow, if I can find some pancetta somewhere . . . .

  • #232097
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    Lucy, the devil got in me. ‘Tis something UNHEALTHY that I should NOT have made… *tsk tsk*

  • #232114
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    That is no help, love — how am I supposed to make some if you won’t tell me what it is? Just to check the levels of evil, you understand. ;-)

  • #232227
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    Today I did some unintended food uncluttering – our fridge broke and almost everything in there has gone bad while waiting for a repair person. (It might be *technically* edible, but I would rather err on the safe side – the only things I’m keeping are things that I know can be kept at room temp, but that I keep in the fridge to prolong their life – like nuts, butter, etc.)

    Luckily, although there are some things I am sorry were wasted, we hadn’t done a shopping trip recently. So a lot of what was in there was either old or mostly used up – things like sauces and condiments and such. It probably isn’t a horrible thing to clear it all out, as long as I can convince DH not to fill it back up again willy nilly.

  • #232232
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    That’s quite creative chef-ing, ninakk!

  • #232242
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    SK I am so sorry, what a pain!

    I am sort of out of the pantry group now, having decluttered a good part of my pantry in the de-glutenization and de-sugarization of my kitchen. I still have a freezer full of stuff to get through, but the biggest challenge there is not buying more just because I’m at the store and there’s a sale. Gotta get through what we have first…. or possibly suffer the consequences SK did! (the compresser’s been making a funky noise)

  • #232353
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    oh SK how annoying! Good job you didn’t lose too much food. Yes it’s a good excuse to throw out the lot “as a precaution” and start afresh. ;)

    Lux, glad you’ve got to grips with your pantry and you’re de-glutened and de-sugared now. But to me, using up what’s in the freezer is just an extension of emptying the pantry…

    We’re doing very well on our “challenge”, have only bought a few things for a total of about 20 euros instead of one or more shopping trips at 100 euros each.

    Nearly got to the end of the frozen banana stash (I don’t think I’ll do that again!) by making banana milkshakes with still-frozen bananas, and yet *another* banana cake. I think there’s still one batch lurking in there somewhere. A friend came round for tea and I defrosted one of the cakes I made earlier in the month, which defrosted very nicely (I was afraid it would fall to crumbs).

    Another triumph – using up a very old tin of corned beef! I thought with all the horse meat scares, this old tin probably pre-dates all the problems ;) … DH used to claim he wouldn’t eat corned beef, too greasy etc… but I made a savoury pasta dish with lots of onions and he thought it was great!
    Found a wartime hand written cookery book that my mum inherited and might try a few of the recipes.

    Also made some home-made chocolate spread from a tin of condensed milk and some melted chocolate and 2 spoons of peanut butter. A bit more solid than the shop-bought version but it has a nice flavour.

  • #232370
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    sk, what a nuisance!

    Made up a batch of Puy lentils with rosemary and pancetta; they’ve been sitting up there so long they’ve lost their color, so I don’t think I’ll be buying those in bulk again. And another loaf cake (chocolate espresso this time) which is providing an easy way to use things up AND get DH to eat a little in the mornings.

  • #232409
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    I have been making fruit leather like crazy. There were all sorts of random containers of juice in my stores – a single plastic bottle of grape from a birthday party 12-pack, a big can of pineapple from god knows what, a tiny mixer can of orange. And in the freezer, a random cup of mango puree left over from something, plus a lot of frozen mulberries and homemade grape juice from last summer.

    I have about a million jars of applesauce (that’s an approximation, obviously; we picked like 10 bushels of free apples this summer so I made a lot of sauce) so I’ve been making applesauce + juice fruit leather in my dehydrator pretty steadily. It makes everything smaller by an awful lot, and then it gets eaten remarkably faster than the applesauce for some reason.

  • #232515
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    My pantry is so tiny (just a shelf really, above the sink), there’s barely any room for anything. Whenever I’m thinking of going grocery shopping, I tell myself to go home and use up something from the pantry first (or the freezer, or fridge). It’s really helped to keep my grocery bill down.

    Tonight we had oven chips, the other night it was pasta and sauce.

    Since I’m on a decluttering mission, I’m always looking out for things I can throw out. It’s kind of addictive. :)

  • #232588
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    OUT: bag of frozen pizza rolls, and now I want a tongue scrapper and an antacid, possibly in that order. Bleagh! NOT buying those again.

  • #232598
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    lucy you just made me actually “LOL”

  • #232621
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    Haha, lol.

    Soba noodles in miso soup, with chilli. Hmm, not sure if I liked it but my stomach is now on fire.

  • #232641
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    I haven’t posted here before, but you all have inspired me over the last few weeks to eat through most of what’s in my pantry and freezer. :) I still have some frozen berries that need eating – pondering berry tart, but would they be too mushy? – and I think the dried chickpeas and white beans have gone to god, but it’s looking pretty good otherwise! Thank you!

    ETA: Ooooo, I know! Berry turnovers, with leftover berry compote for pancakes! Yum!

  • #232671
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    Party at vjb’s house! I love turnovers and was heartbroken when the family bakery on the corner closed: part of our Saturday morning ritual was giving DS money for the block and a half walk, knowing that the owners would give him a couple of sugar cookies just for him.

    I have faced down the limes left from the party, getting 450ml of juice; I’m debating freezing it, or making lime sorbet.

  • #232721
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    Hooray! I would love to have a party at mine! Turnovers for all! :D

  • #232747

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    I thought this group might be interested in this — the photographer, a friend of mine, is interviewed on “The Splendid Table” this week.
    http://www.splendidtable.org/story/photographer-takes-voyeuristic-peek-inside-refrigerators

    So — what’s in your fridge?

  • #232751
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    My fridge is very bare at the moment, LOL.
    - 1 pack of juice
    - yoghurt pots
    - a few jars of condiments (mayo, ketchup, relish, chilli, strawberry jam)
    - small piece of cheese

    Yes folks, that’s it.

    Just ran out of milk and guess it’s time to go grocery shopping :)

    PS my freezer contains just a bag of frozen peas

  • #232782
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    Fascinating story about refrigerator photos. I’m feeling a lot better about the state of my fridge. The door is full of condiments but I use them, just not as fast as when I was cooking for others every day. Time for a dinner party.

  • #232783
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    our fridge is pretty full! it’s not too big, but it has lots of food in it. Lots of vegetables and condiments, and meat for tomorrow’s dinner.

    What is with the snake in the freezer though? looks freezer-burnt

  • #232784
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    I cleaned out and organized both fridge and freezer today. Didn’t have to toss much, just consolidated some packaging on a few things. (We had several half used packages of shredded cheese. DH tends to just to buy more if he doesn’t find something at the top of the pile) and I got rid of a stick of string cheese of indeterminate vintage which had gotten wedged under the deli drawer.

    Also changed from a large butter dish to a small one. We don’t use much butter and the large one was taking up more than its fair share of real estate in the fridge.

    We have a LOT of leaf lettuce and spinach left from last Sunday’s family dinner. It’s not wilted yet, which is surprising, but we need to eat it in the next day or so.

  • #232791
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    I toss scary stuff on a weekly basis, so the refrigerator isn’t too bad. There’s one container of minced garlic that probably needs to go, can’t remember when I bought it, which is a bad sign. Just did grocery shopping so there’s baby spinach, pork sausage, turkey breast for tonight’s dinner, baby kale, eggs–pretty standard stuff.
    The freezer has a couple strange containers that need to go, but mostly there’s frozen fruit, veggies, a huge pack of chicken breasts, and various sizes of cold packs.
    Thanks for the link susanintexas :) great story and good photos too.

  • #232798
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    Well, our fridge is pretty empty right now since we had to clear it out when it died. But I am hoping we don’t just fill it up again. We’ve replenished milk, eggs, butter. We’ve got some bacon, some of which I’m using tonight, and the rest will be used as a flavor booster throughout the week. Tomorrow we will be doing a grocery trip, but I’ll try to focus on buying minimal items that can complement what we’ve got in the pantry so we can eat what we’ve got and save some $$.

    ETA: The worst part of our week without a fridge was actually not having anywhere to put leftovers for lunches, etc.

  • #232804
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    The last of the bittersweet chocolate (with some semisweet chips thrown in to make up the difference in weight), into a batch of this. We cut it half and half with additional milk, as it’s far too rich otherwise.

  • #232813
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    SusanIT, Those photos are amazing! How about the guy who keeps a snake in his freezer!

  • #232818
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    i had frozen banana and mixed berries lurking in the freezer.
    plus the dregs of a can of coconut mlk and half an avocado.
    with some ice and clover honey and cinnamon, i made this quick “icecream” in the vitamix today:

  • #232824
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    @bandicoot – mmmm…I totally want a Vitamix. Someday. I have done the “frozen banana into ice cream” trick, which is pretty amazing.

  • #232924

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    We picked up a half-price “caldo kit” (Mexican chicken soup) at the grocery — OK, it was fast approaching it’s sell-by date. Made the soup and threw in some of the leftovers from the fridge — green beans, oven roasted baby potatoes, a half cup of navy beans and some carrots. It looks wonderful. Think we’ll have it tomorrow with cornbread.

    Used up all the scrag-ends of cheese and the jar of miscellaneous pasta to make macaroni & cheese, which we’ll have tonight with grilled chicken sausages, nopalito salad and the rest of the roasted beet/kale/clementine salad.

    I made turkey meatballs yesterday, so it will be spag & meatballs on Wednesday. I leave for a 4-day trip Thursday morning, so DH is on his own for meals. At least the contents of the fridge won’t turn green on me while I’m gone. I offered to cook a few meals to tide him over but he said no, which means he’ll eat hotdogs for four days. His choice.

  • #232938
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    SIT- those refrigerator pictures were fascinating! I feel much better about my fridge, but I don’t compare with the midwife who had all vegetables!

    bandicoot- mmm, looks delicious. I have Vitamix envy. I am waiting until the current blender gives out though. Maybe I could help it along!

  • #233687
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    Food that I need to start using up:
    red beans
    broad beans
    sunflower seeds
    flax seeds
    pumpkin seeds
    sesame seeds
    tahini
    arborio rice
    porridge rice
    glass noodles
    other noodles
    lasagna
    spaghetti
    coconut thingies
    pistachios

    there is more but this is a start.
    i will make a spaghetti sauce tomorrow to use up some minced beef from the freezer and to eat the remaining spaghetti. Extra sauce can be frozen.
    i will keep making the rice porridge once in a while until it is gone, stock up again next winter only.
    when shopping for groceries, i’ll get some veggies and coconut milk to kill the glass noodles.

    i’ve also decided to cut down on the amount of rice and pasta as staples.

  • #233689
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    Eating Through the Pantry 2013

    Oops- answered my own question about recipes after I read your whole post. Lolol

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    I’m using up my baking supplies now that I’ve cleared my fridge and freezer archive. I made some interesting muffins this morning using up wholewheat flour, splenda brown sugar substitute, grapenuts, frozen buttermilk, random dried fruit. They taste reasonable… if one was really hungry.

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    The oatmeal are almost gone and so are the coconut thingies (made oatmeal cookies just now).
    All the chickpeas were used (hummus and munching), some tahini gone too.
    The spaghetti was used up a few days ago.

    Next I’ll tackle the glass noodles, whipped cream and green curry paste; will make a veggie wok tomorrow.
    This is fun.

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