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.
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.
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
|Cinnamon applesauce||Strawberries||Apple cider|
|Maifun rice sticks||Corn (2)|
|Rice Ramen||Peas||Grape juice|
|Orzo||Macadamia nuts||Homemade whole grain pancake mix
|Braised eel||Spinach and ricotta pierogies||Fresh tomato sauce (2)|
|Coconut milk||Harvest bread||Roasting chickens|
|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
||Beef mock tender|
|Beef shank||Beef shank||Beef cross cut roast|
|Beef stew meat||Beef liver|