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First Challenge of 2018 Winter pantry!

    • 3840 posts
    January 3, 2018 10:55 AM PST
    Time of easy cooking I believe because heating up the house works for most of us in colder weather. cozy winter meals maybe too many carbs but it is winter.

    time for long cooking things that are cheaper like pot roast, stews ... excuse to make cakes and bake bread.

    Since we are here and it is a new year so time to clear out those cupboards, freezer, and fridge. Discover what needs using up ..any deals coming up.... expired items.. share!
    • 1967 posts
    January 3, 2018 11:07 AM PST
    I need to clean the fridge and start using some of my stored food.
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    January 3, 2018 12:56 PM PST
    There's plenty in the pantry and freezers. I'm mostly shopping sales and getting perishables. Jill
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    January 3, 2018 2:04 PM PST
    yep since I shopped so much before xmas we have a lot left in the house. and spent the money on yarn lol this week. we have so much chocolate and goodies don't need more dessert. found things that were too old so gone. will stick to what we really eat like frozen veggies and fresh fruit. salad needs to be binned. have tomatoes somewhere to check out.

    but since in carb mode pasta with the brie cheese is calling me.
    This post was edited by marthamfi at January 3, 2018 2:09 PM PST
    • 420 posts
    January 3, 2018 4:18 PM PST
    Hi all pantry and freezer have plenty, like most of you I bought more than needed last month plus deer so hoping to just buy loss leaders and bread milk etc for this month
    • 1402 posts
    January 4, 2018 12:04 AM PST

    Thawing a turkey and used the holiday ham. Making blueberry & pumpkin pies this week. Used frozen onions and cheese. Using clearance pasta from a year ago for dinner and will make bread with it.

    Replenish fruits every other day and milk as cereal on sale.

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    January 4, 2018 2:00 PM PST
    I'm trying to eat up the christmas gifts (lots of people sent me treats...I won't have to buy tea until the next millenium) and the rest of my lunches stash at the office. I am SICK of carrots and wondering who buys 5lbs of carrots and sticks them in the fridge at work...that would be me. Today I had microwaved carrots with a can of diced tomatoes and some spices. It was sort of a carrot stew and actually tasted pretty good. I might turn orange before I finish the carrots though. I think tomorrow I will cooke them longer and make a fake mashed-potato type thing.
    • 316 posts
    January 4, 2018 9:31 PM PST
    the freezer and pantry are both full. Will only need some produce and dairy this month.
    • 32 posts
    January 7, 2018 4:20 AM PST
    I try to get the deep freezer foods emptied by spring. I live in Texas and the summers get blistering hot, and I live in the country, a good drive from the closest market. So I like to put a decent amount of ice cream in the deep freezer before summer, to last us all summer. Once I do that I restock it again with meats etc for the rest of the year. Then in January I start emptying it again.
    Right now we've got a few meats, some veggies & frozen fruit to use up. As cold as it is I'll probably make cobblers with the fruit.
    • 3840 posts
    January 7, 2018 7:36 PM PST
    canned fruit, whipped cream, fruit, eggs, graham cracker crust, cool whip, maple pie filling, dairy milk cheese etc. lunch meat, bread candy of course, ramen and other easy meals. frozen pizzas, frozen stuffed chicken breasts, mac n cheese, bacon, a beef roast, few old condiments into the garbage. pulled out frozen carrot soup and spaghetti sauce for eating too.

    can you tell everyone is home
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    January 7, 2018 10:48 PM PST
    I've got a few cake mixes that need to be used- however, I don't want to make them and be tempted to eat them, so if I make them I will most likely give them to my neighbors. I also need to use up some other baking staples- flour, sugars, stuff like that. Again, don't really want to bake my cookies cupcakes or brownies because it's just too tempting to just grab one or two when I feel hunger pangs or get bored. lol Once my pantry cupboard arrives and is assembled, I will be able to better assess my stockpiles.

    • 32 posts
    January 7, 2018 10:50 PM PST
    Eyrehead, sounds like me :) maybe bake them then freeze? or maybe you could freeze the dry mixes to make them last longer?
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    January 8, 2018 12:54 AM PST
    Hams went on clearance so for $8 (reg $31), I got one. Frozen veg on sale for $1/bag (reg $2.99), I got 5. There were clearance cookie mixes for 39 and 69 cents and with the church bake sale coming up for Valentine's Day, I'm making it easier on myself. California Pizza Kitchen pizzas on sale so we ended up with 10.

    Thawing out meatballs and they may get eaten today or the thawed turkey.
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    January 8, 2018 6:56 AM PST
    Pot roast twice this week. I will freeze half of the leftovers in the gravy for next week or the week after. I have a ham to cook but the thought of eating ham forever is not appealing. I will wait until I can have the kids over.
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    January 11, 2018 10:47 AM PST
    made split pea soup with hambone from freezer using carrots, yellow split peas, celery and wonton stock. didn't have chicken stock. had to buy more split peas too. not enough

    so shopped for some stock up items and more reg stuff plus goodies like the choc pb marked down to 99 cents from 4.99

    freezer carrot soup, cont. of homemade spaghetti sauce, box of spaghetti. crows still getting the roast beef from before and the shredded taco chicken from freezer they didn't finished, shredded cheese, bread, cheese, cat food. apples etc
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    January 25, 2018 4:41 PM PST
    fruit, hamburger, shrimp burgers, choc cream puffs, herb fettucini, dairy,coffee, plus sweets spice cakes candy etc jar of alfredo sauce, cereal a few boxes went fast. gave cookies to moms group. bacon, pergoires, onions stew meat, frozen onions, frozen end of bag of pineapple and jar of pineapple sauce, rice, margarine, butter.

    old lunchmeat hotdogs the boys didn't find so to the crows, bread ends, potatoes ends. some rotten fruit like the apple out today.
    This post was edited by marthamfi at January 25, 2018 4:46 PM PST
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    January 26, 2018 11:32 PM PST
    We used a frozen ham and made several meals, thawing out a chicken now...

    Made chili with frozen ground beef, cans of tomato sauce, frozen roasted chili, frozen onions and a dried jalapeno, as I had no spices.

    Apples and pie crust (50 cents) at great prices, so I've been making SF apple pies. I also bought 40 lb ground beef (93% lean)from Zaycon for $3.20/lb on sale.

    2 boxes cereal, 1 gal milk, 7 bananas, 3 frozen burritos, 2 loaves bread,3 frozen pizzas, frozen chicken, 2 cups rice,and 2 jugs juice used this week.
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    February 1, 2018 8:27 PM PST
    smore kit was old so crows got the graham crackers, moldy cheese, bread cookies etc. rice got throw in garbage got to stop putting things in margarine tubs forgot it isnt margarine.

    used up soup kit, beef, 2lb hamburger, hamburger helper, orange pie from freezer, strawberry shortcake from mil. bag of dried pasta, spices etc. candy, hotdogs, lunchmeat, kraft bold slices. ds going though the reg stuff cereal, ramen noodles etc. plus the reg dairy coffee fruit onions carrots
    This post was edited by marthamfi at February 1, 2018 8:31 PM PST
    • 420 posts
    February 2, 2018 4:53 PM PST
    This tread keeps me motivated did stick to Jans budget and used up some deer, canned goods, soup, beans, ect., potatoes, pickles, but did have to throw some stuff to the birds and Luke gets some also I don't count that as waste I count it as good karma lol
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    February 5, 2018 8:42 AM PST
    did a "mini stock up" with some canned tomatoes and dried veggies for thermos soup. This keeps me from buying more expensive convenience foods for the weekend lunches.
    • 420 posts
    February 5, 2018 6:03 PM PST
    hope to stick to meal plans this month but if I find a good deal I'll buy-on chicken, been using up alot for my spices and household, cleaning, shampoos etc.
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    February 5, 2018 10:21 PM PST
    LOL for good karma!
    Used up 2 gal milk, 2 boxes cereal, 2 lb carrots, 6 apples, can apple filling, gal juice, 2 dz eggs, bag pasta, sauce, case water, loaf bread, ice cream, candy, thawed prime rib pieces, onions, frozen pizzas, oven fries, frozen breaded chicken.....

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    February 5, 2018 11:35 PM PST
    I have a freezer full of stuff and the pantry is full so no need to shop for anything for a few weeks. DH will be gone part of this week and part of next. DS is working mid shift so he's not home for dinner for the next 3 weeks.
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    February 6, 2018 11:36 AM PST
    bought stuff on sale great deals and bits and pieces to fill out the pantry. crows got old waffle cones, rest of quiche, old bag of chips the pizza from last night. the pepperoni on it smelt weird to me. threw it out and a skunk had smelt out the neighbourhood and it smelt better then that.
    • 420 posts
    February 6, 2018 4:15 PM PST
    used up turkey lunchmeat, some bacon, bread to birds, and cottage cheese, leftover bbq for my lunch.