Pantry/Freezer Clean Out Challenge – Week 1

Yesterday I fessed up to the crazy amount of excess food we have stored in our pantry and freezers and created my own Pantry/Freezer Clean Out Challenge.

I didn’t waste a lot of time, deciding to ride the wave of motivation and start using up some items this past weekend.

On Sunday, we made waffles using the frozen homemade whole grain pancake mix. This mix actually comes in handy when you need a quick, weekend breakfast. But our problem is that we let the mix sit there unused because we rarely take the time to eat pancakes. This weekend, we decided to test the mix as a waffle instead of a pancake. (Finding that it works just great if you add slightly more mix to make the batter thicker.)

I opened a pack of frozen blueberries and we put half in the batter for the waffles and I put the other half in yogurt.

blueberry waffle collage

For dinner on Sunday, I was going to be home long enough that I could make something that took a few hours to cook, so I took two of the three packages of ox tail that we had and the two cans of whole tomatoes in the pantry (leftover from when we didn’t have any more of our home preserved ones last season) and a bunch of CSA items and made Braised Oxtail over Rigatoni from Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen.

braised oxtail collage

So that put a miniscule dent in the pantry and freezer stash. But that’s how I’m going to chip away at the excess!

Here’s where I stand now with pantry and freezer items. I can’t wait to see more of these crossed off.

Brown rice 2 portions beef stew Pizza Joes pizzas (2)
Dark chocolate bar (56% cocoa) 1 portion corn and poblano chowder Cortland apples
Dark chocolate bar (75% cocoa) 1 portion mushroom bolognese Swiss chard
Unsweetened chocolate bar 1 portion venison chili Thai veggie gyoza
Penn’s Corner hot pepper jelly (2) 2 portions stroganoff Kaiser rolls
Penn’s Corner strawberry jelly 5 portions bolognese sauce Alexia french fries
Penn’s Corner dilly beans (2) Hog jowl bacon Pork gyoza
Evaporated milk Slab bacon Coconut chicken tenders
Bag sundried tomatoes Hot dogs Venison jerky
Stuffing mix (1.5) Hot sausage patties Roasted hot peppers
Honey buffalo sauce Venison sausage Roasted sweet peppers
Dreid cherries with pits Hamburger patties Raspberries
CRO Bloody Mary Mix Pork shoulder Ripe bananas (1 million)
Chuck’s Hot Salsa Blueberries (3) (2) Frozen basil
Cinnamon applesauce Strawberries Apple cider
Pearl couscous Cranberries Pierogies
Maifun rice sticks Corn (2)
Rice Ramen Peas Grape juice
Orzo Macadamia nuts Homemade whole grain pancake mix (4) (3)
Braised eel Spinach and ricotta pierogies Fresh tomato sauce (2)
Coconut milk Harvest bread Roasting chickens
Whole tomatoes (2) Hot dog buns Chicken wings
Red enchilada sauce French bread Lamb chops
Whole canned jalapenos Ciabatta roll Ground lamb
Butter crackers Cheese tortellini Duck legs and thighs
Graham crackers Pizza crust Ham shank
Black turtle beans Ohio City pasta Kale sausage
Dried chick peas Pitas Pork neckbones
Dried kidney beans Puff pastry sheet Pork liver
Arborio rice Bear claw Pork heart
Partial dark chocolate bar (70%) cocoa PB donut Ham hock bones
Beef marrow bones Rhubarb thumbprint cookies Pork breakfast sausage
Beef neckbones Potato and pea samosas Country style pork ribs
Beef round steak Pork and vegetable dumplings Chorizo
Beef soup bones Naan Puddin’
Catfish Green onion pancakes Beef heart
Beef hot dogs Oxtail (3) (1)
Beef mock tender
Beef shank Beef shank Beef cross cut roast
Beef stew meat Beef liver
  • Mark Stone

    That sauce came out amazing too! Wonderfully rich and hearty

  • Amber de Almeida

    I could probably help you with that chocolate:-) bahaha