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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #300 on: January 29, 2015, 04:28:52 AM »
Determined to eat everything in our house. Or throw it out if we won't ever eat it!

Ate a can of plums last night which had a best before date of december 2014! Hate to think when we bought them! And a pack of frozen blueberries which have been in there for several months. Also found a pack of frozen crumpets which were frostbitten. I don't know why I store these things, they taste better newer.

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« Reply #301 on: January 29, 2015, 10:08:34 AM »
Determined to eat everything in our house. Or throw it out if we won't ever eat it!

Ate a can of plums last night which had a best before date of december 2014! Hate to think when we bought them! And a pack of frozen blueberries which have been in there for several months. Also found a pack of frozen crumpets which were frostbitten. I don't know why I store these things, they taste better newer.
I am in the same boat!  I just a can of tomato sauce in a recipe that was past its best before date last weekend.  I need to keep a better eye on how long food sits. 

I've mapped out my Superbowl menu.  We're having a few people over for an informal party.  The only item I need to buy is avocados.  I'll pick them up at the small grocery store a block from my apartment.
I'm making:
*Sweet and sour meatballs with Ikea meatballs in the freezer based on this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-sweet-and-sour-meatballs/  Thanks for the tip, 1967mama
*Kettle corn (http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-and-salty-kettle-corn-rachael-ray-271419) for something sweet
*Guacamole and chips, I have to pick up two or three avocados.  I don't usually use a recipe, but this is close to what I do http://altonbrown.com/guacamole-recipe/
*Soft pretzels http://altonbrown.com/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe/  These are my husband's favorite.  I haven't made them in about 6 months.  I'll probably make a double recipe and freeze half of them.
*lemonade.  We're still swimming in Meyer lemons.  Our tree is full even though we've given away a LOT of lemons. 

For the week,
I'm making black bean quesadillas with a little shredded chicken that I have in the freezer.  Loosely based off my favorite quesadilla recipe http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/02/hearty-black-bean-quesadillas/
I'm going to try making lemon scones http://allrecipes.com/recipe/amazing-lemon-scones/

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #302 on: January 29, 2015, 03:14:38 PM »
Made raisin bran muffins using an old box of cereal.  Had to remove the dust off the top prior to opening!  One old box left to go. 

Turned pulled turkey leftovers hiding in the freezer into awesome turkey pot pie.  Must remember that trick for future leftover freezer turkey.

On a sad note, threw away about 5lbs of last fall's onion harvest due to sprouting.  We store them in the basement but have to throw some away every January.  Surprisingly, a lot of the red onions were still good so salvaged 3 lbs of them.   

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #303 on: January 30, 2015, 03:00:30 PM »
BUT.... I have a Tea Situation.

So. Much. Tea.

Jars of loose tea (green, black, various herbals), bagged tea, etc.... Some from my garden last year, some I bought, a lot I received as gifts. I am not going to buy any more tea (or coffee!!) until I get my tea supply down to a more manageable level and have space on my shelf again.

Making some progress on the Tea Front. Finished the 2 teas on the left (a large jar of a home made herbal blend that was 3 years old and a gifted package of black tea with maple).

However, I will draw your attention to what still remains....Everything on the right. In particular, 2 very large pickling jars of loose peppermint and green teas...

The whittling continues.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #304 on: January 30, 2015, 03:04:36 PM »

*lemonade.  We're still swimming in Meyer lemons.  Our tree is full even though we've given away a LOT of lemons. 

Funny, I am soon going to be buying a large quantity of meyer lemons to make marmalade (something I do annually).... they don't grow here, unfortunately.

This is similar to the recipe I use - http://growitcookitcanit.com/2014/01/23/small-batch-meyer-lemon-marmalade/

Here are some other ideas from my favourite canning writer:
http://foodinjars.com/2013/02/eight-ways-to-preserve-meyer-lemons/


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #305 on: January 30, 2015, 04:08:41 PM »

*lemonade.  We're still swimming in Meyer lemons.  Our tree is full even though we've given away a LOT of lemons. 

Funny, I am soon going to be buying a large quantity of meyer lemons to make marmalade (something I do annually).... they don't grow here, unfortunately.

This is similar to the recipe I use - http://growitcookitcanit.com/2014/01/23/small-batch-meyer-lemon-marmalade/

Here are some other ideas from my favourite canning writer:
http://foodinjars.com/2013/02/eight-ways-to-preserve-meyer-lemons/
Thanks!

I'm so ready to have our tree stop producing.  I can't keep up with it!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #306 on: January 30, 2015, 09:40:24 PM »
Two weeks until moving day!

My fridge is pretty much empty, freezer has a third of a small carton of vanilla icecream (finishing that will NOT be a problem!), a bag of beetroot and a carton of cream. Not a big cream user so still thinking about that one.

At my boyfriend's place this weekend and working through some of his supplies. A pork fried rice used up some leftovers from the fridge and slow cooked lamb leg on the stove will get rid of odds and ends of frozen veg tomorrow. Also made a chocolate cake, some coconut choc chip biscuits, and spiced sunflower seeds for snacks.

Next up is a chilli con carne using dried kidney beans and tomatos from the garden, and oatbran pancakes for breakfast tomorrow.

I threw out 2 half used sugar free drinking chocolates, because they were absolutely disgusting. I am willing to suffer through healthy/nutritious food to use it up, but I can't see how it makes any difference whether that cup of chemicals is in the bin or inside me.

There is still a big package of regular drinking chocolate powder that I am on the fence about. Has anyone tired subbing this for cocoa powder and sugar in recipes?





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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #307 on: January 31, 2015, 08:03:57 PM »
Used some leftover shredded chicken that was in the freezer.  I made too much shredded chicken for an enchilada recipe last week, so I tossed it in the freezer.  I used it today in quesadillas.  I was also able to use up 2 cans of black beans. 

Tomorrow I'm going to make a few things with some of our Meyer lemons.


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #308 on: February 02, 2015, 12:18:38 PM »
Found a pork sirloin roast in the freezer that had a 10/24 date on it.  Thought "hmm, I don't remember purchasing this a few months ago?"  Yeah, it was from 2013 - but still delicious. 

Also used some tart cherries from 2013 to make jam.  Something about that year led to major stockpiling. 

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« Reply #309 on: February 02, 2015, 12:31:25 PM »
Tossed about a cup of the cauliflower curry soup I made a week ago.  Shoulda, coulda tossed it in the freezer before it got too old.

Was able to use up a bit of celery and a cucumber found at the bottom of the produce drawer as crudites for yesterday's pre-game afternoon snack.  Used up the last of the cream cheese in Fathead pizza dough made into a calzone and for buffalo chicken dip.  One can of tomato sauce has translated into pizza topping, calzone topping, and eggplant parm.  I love it!

Fun with roast beef has begun!!  DH smoked it in the Traeger yesterday, we ate it with sides last night, he'll have some for lunches, and I'll add it to nachos Wednesday.  I'll probably freeze some, too.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #310 on: February 02, 2015, 01:00:20 PM »
I reallllly need to take stock of my 2 chest freezers. Its time for them to be combined into 1. Probably the biggest one will fit the contents of both freezers. The we can defrost the smaller one and unplug it till fall.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #311 on: February 02, 2015, 06:39:44 PM »
Dug around in the freezers a little this afternoon and pulled out 4 lb of stew beef for tomorrow's dinner, 1 bag of bread ends (and made it into a double batch of bread pudding), 1/2 a bag of mixed veggies to add to tonight's soup, 1 pound of bacon thawing for breakfast along with a bag of hash browns I found in there. Not bad for 3 minutes of work! Gosh, I have a lot of food here that needs to be used up!!!!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #312 on: February 03, 2015, 04:31:10 PM »
Dug around in the freezers a little this afternoon and pulled out 4 lb of stew beef for tomorrow's dinner, 1 bag of bread ends (and made it into a double batch of bread pudding), 1/2 a bag of mixed veggies to add to tonight's soup, 1 pound of bacon thawing for breakfast along with a bag of hash browns I found in there. Not bad for 3 minutes of work! Gosh, I have a lot of food here that needs to be used up!!!!

Digging around in the freezer is a treasure hunt for adults.  There's still a package of chicken thighs left?  Dinner is saved!   

Attempting Moo Shu Beef tomorrow.  This weekend, the final cow liver will be no more! 


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #313 on: February 04, 2015, 12:01:45 PM »
I used up a bag of frozen strawberries for two parfaits. This weekend I'm going to hopefully use up some apple juice, oldish frozen berries, and hemp protein in smoothies.
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« Reply #314 on: February 04, 2015, 12:54:42 PM »
Found some chick peas and wraps, so that's becoming hummus and veggies and wraps for dinner! yay!

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« Reply #315 on: February 04, 2015, 01:17:40 PM »
I had to leave town unexpectedly all of last week, and before I left, I stocked the fridge for my ILs, who were taking care of my two kids.

I got back on Thursday and haven't bought groceries since.  I've had to be a little creative, but we've eaten really well (I'm going to cave and get groceries tonight though because we've been out of milk for four days).

- carrot-white bean - ginger soup with miso
- lobster and corn chowder (brought lobster back from the east cost)
- toast with smoked salmon (brought back from the east coast), cream cheese, capers, onion, pepper and lemon juice
- jalapeno-'cheddar' biscuits (made with nutritional yeast)
- red curry chicken using the slightly wilty veggies, a little bit of chicken, coconut milk, etc.  Served with rice and cauliflowers
- sweet potato - black bean - chili soup
- slow cooker chicken tikka masala and a spinach curry with spiced basmati rice

Some freezer raiding, but a lot of pantry products in these meals.  I'm down to two oranges and one egg though, so I'm going to get some fresh produce and some dairy tonight.

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« Reply #316 on: February 05, 2015, 03:41:57 PM »
I'm impressed with everyone's creativity.   We had a decent week using what we had, but I did have to throw away some lime slices, cucumber slices and almost four cups of roasted squash puree I kept putting off using.   I hate tossing food.   I was going to bake with it and then I forgot to freeze it when that didn't happen.

I'm still struggling to use frozen cabbage and I discovered we had a lot of pesto made with carrot greens.   It's not as good as regular or tarragon pesto, so the kids are not big fans.  We were able to use up green onions, some frozen carrots, one bag of cabbage and some leeks this week!

We made a pork shoulder and used that as the base for three meals which helped a ton.  Chicken is on sale so I'll do the same thing with a couple chickens this weekend and use it as the base for next weeks meals, plus make stock.    I'm feeling rather uninspired, but hopefully, the winter blahs will pass and we can get back to salad whether.   I much prefer fresh veggies over frozen and salad over soup.  My family is not a family that likes soup, so when I make it, I end up being the only one to eat the leftovers.   So I try to avoid big batches of soup.  I end up using things in stir fry or pasta dishes.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #317 on: February 05, 2015, 03:55:47 PM »
We are not doing so well eating down the supplements but the larder and freezer are getting quite bare.  I acquired a load of homemade miso over Christmas though which is hanging over me.  I wish I had some of those lemons, I would make marmalade to give as Christmas gifts.  Yum yum yum!

I am realising that I have some specialty foods which I am avoiding eating because I do not want to run out of them.   I have huge amounts of a few things and have had them for two years now.  The scary thought of not having them means that I do not consume them at  all, do any of you have this issue?

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« Reply #318 on: February 05, 2015, 07:25:11 PM »
We are not doing so well eating down the supplements but the larder and freezer are getting quite bare.  I acquired a load of homemade miso over Christmas though which is hanging over me.  I wish I had some of those lemons, I would make marmalade to give as Christmas gifts.  Yum yum yum!

I am realising that I have some specialty foods which I am avoiding eating because I do not want to run out of them.   I have huge amounts of a few things and have had them for two years now.  The scary thought of not having them means that I do not consume them at  all, do any of you have this issue?

Yes, I found that I save the "special" foods for "special" occasions. Unfortunately this is real life Monday through Friday, work, school, homework, chores. Saturday laundry and chores. So now I've been digging out the goodies and making a night exciting.  Today I thawed a homemade apple pie....kids loved it for desert. Happy Thursday!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #319 on: February 06, 2015, 07:52:14 AM »
We are not doing so well eating down the supplements but the larder and freezer are getting quite bare.  I acquired a load of homemade miso over Christmas though which is hanging over me.  I wish I had some of those lemons, I would make marmalade to give as Christmas gifts.  Yum yum yum!

I am realising that I have some specialty foods which I am avoiding eating because I do not want to run out of them.   I have huge amounts of a few things and have had them for two years now.  The scary thought of not having them means that I do not consume them at  all, do any of you have this issue?

Yes, I found that I save the "special" foods for "special" occasions. Unfortunately this is real life Monday through Friday, work, school, homework, chores. Saturday laundry and chores. So now I've been digging out the goodies and making a night exciting.  Today I thawed a homemade apple pie....kids loved it for desert. Happy Thursday!

+1.  Have "special foods" such as lemon curd, Lyle's golden syrup and finnish coffee in the pantry that I've seem to be avoiding for some reason.  It's not like I can't get more.  But yet there it sits.  That's it - I'm forcing myself to use at least one of them in February!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #320 on: February 06, 2015, 12:02:22 PM »
Last Sunday's beef roast went toward a dinner, several lunches, and 5 burritos.

Pork chops earlier this week was a dinner, and two lunches for me.

Ground beef a different day went onto nachos, and there's a bit extra for lunch tomorrow.

I love batch cooking.  :D  Not sure what this weekend has in store cooking wise.  We'll see.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #321 on: February 07, 2015, 06:26:42 PM »

GardenFun and Juslookin


I think I will commit to consuming/using up one jar of miso this month.  I see that it is good in soups so I will get out the crockpot and give it a try, you have inspired me.


I also have some dessert goodies which will take months to use…I guess it is time to eat them up.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #322 on: February 07, 2015, 07:11:06 PM »
BUT.... I have a Tea Situation.

So. Much. Tea.


Alas, I, too, have a tea situation!  Thanks to your mentioning it, husband and I are now each enjoying a cuppa blueberry tea!  Need to make this a more steady nightly ritual here to get things back in hand.  I have a HUGE (maybe 3 gallon) crock full of various and assorted teas. 
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« Reply #323 on: February 15, 2015, 01:53:22 PM »
A friend is moving this weekend, so I received five bags of food stuff.  I have a lot of items that I don't regularly use, so I'm going to have to move out of my comfort zone. 

Any advice for dried peppers (not totally sure what type) and bread crumbs?


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« Reply #324 on: February 15, 2015, 02:02:54 PM »
Rehydrate a bit of the pepper and taste it to see what you've actually got.  Might ask the giver exactly what they used it for.

On the bread crumbs, they can be used in meat loaf or meat balls and pan frying of chicken or fish.
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« Reply #325 on: February 15, 2015, 02:09:04 PM »
Rehydrate a bit of the pepper and taste it to see what you've actually got.  Might ask the giver exactly what they used it for.

On the bread crumbs, they can be used in meat loaf or meat balls and pan frying of chicken or fish.
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #326 on: February 15, 2015, 05:57:13 PM »
I am getting tired of what's in my freezer. We went shopping over the weekend and I essentially bought enough to eat this week.  Even DH, who is usually pretty tolerant asked me to please make something "different".

I think we're just tired of winter and "winter food". I have to come up with some new ideas.

Tomorrow I am making fried chicken and potato salad. Trying to will spring to be here faster.

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« Reply #327 on: February 15, 2015, 07:53:27 PM »
I am getting tired of what's in my freezer. We went shopping over the weekend and I essentially bought enough to eat this week.  Even DH, who is usually pretty tolerant asked me to please make something "different".

I think we're just tired of winter and "winter food". I have to come up with some new ideas.

Tomorrow I am making fried chicken and potato salad. Trying to will spring to be here faster.

Haha, I have potato salad on this week's menu for the same reason.  Tuesday is Jambalaya - yum!

Our 1/2 pig purchased in May is nearly gone.  Four cuts left.  Also found some kale from 2013 that went into Vietnamese Pork Noodle soup. 

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« Reply #328 on: February 15, 2015, 10:15:47 PM »
I need to do this also, have 2 freezers and tons of stored foods. Have not been eating or baking bread while losing weight. I have 2 buckets 50 pounds of wheat, yes I have a flour mill also.

I think tomorrow I will make black beans with sausage and rice.  Then grind popcorn to make cornbread, its the absolute best.  Do have to add a bit more liquids to keep it moist though as it sucks up more moisture.

We live in the country 12 miles from the nearest store so I try to keep a stock of absolutely everything.  I also am  bit of a prepper.

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« Reply #329 on: February 16, 2015, 04:29:44 AM »

Haha, I have potato salad on this week's menu for the same reason.  Tuesday is Jambalaya - yum!

Our 1/2 pig purchased in May is nearly gone.  Four cuts left.  Also found some kale from 2013 that went into Vietnamese Pork Noodle soup.

Same Fat Tuesday plan for us!

I need to work on clearing out the fruit/veg packets in the freezer from last summer and fall.  I thought I only had one bag of pumpkin left--found three. To be honest, I am not even sure what is hidden in the back of the lower shelf.

One thing that I wanted to mention as a way of getting rid of left over bits and pieces is to containerize them in pie or calzone dough.  I made a peach pie on Saturday (using fruit I canned last summer).  There was some pastry left so I made two hand pies filled with leftover mashed sweet potato and sausage--nice lunch items.

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« Reply #330 on: February 16, 2015, 08:48:38 AM »
Finished off the steel cut oats by cooking in the slow cooker. Breakfast is done for the week. Also ate canned salmon that had been lurking in the cabinet.

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« Reply #331 on: February 16, 2015, 06:02:45 PM »
The BF is going away for a week fairly soon, so I've been planning to use up all the odds and ends around the house and not doing any shopping until the day he gets home (because he clearly will need homemade apple crumble to celebrate his homecoming).

On the hit list are: half a tub of lentils (I'll make dahl), a couple of tins of chickpeas that have been hanging around, sushi rice and nori sheets, grilled capsicum and curry paste stashed in the freezer.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #332 on: February 17, 2015, 07:39:54 AM »
Saved the son opening a new can last night of tomato sauce used in making homemade pizza.  There was half a can's worth stored in the fridge from last weeks pizza.  My sons tend to do a lot of this 'not looking' before cooking and opening new cans/jars/pkgs. of things w/o looking to see if there is something already going.  It's a constant harangue in order to keep it down to only one jar of mustard, mayo, etc. open.  Must be E.V.E.R. vigilant! ;)
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #333 on: February 17, 2015, 02:02:00 PM »
Saved the son opening a new can last night of tomato sauce used in making homemade pizza.  There was half a can's worth stored in the fridge from last weeks pizza.  My sons tend to do a lot of this 'not looking' before cooking and opening new cans/jars/pkgs. of things w/o looking to see if there is something already going.  It's a constant harangue in order to keep it down to only one jar of mustard, mayo, etc. open.  Must be E.V.E.R. vigilant! ;)

Hubs is the same way, solved the problem by getting a cheap magnetic white board and sticking it to the fridge and keeping a list of what is open/needs to be used first. Then you can look at a glance and see if you can use something up. Works great!

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« Reply #334 on: February 19, 2015, 06:08:14 AM »
I seriously can't catch a break at my house.  A few weeks ago I injured myself, still recovering, than yesterday a pipe in an exterior wall of my home froze and burst.  We awoke to the sound of a waterfall through our dining room floor and rain in the storage portion of my basement below. Oh my gosh.

Luckily I had a lot of items still wrapped in plastic, plates, cups, napkins. I removed the wet plastic and was able to save a lot of the items. Casualties were garlic bulbs, onions and ALL my garden seeds that I had ordered and received to begin seed starting for gardening.

More on topic, again this will all be a challenge to eating at home, making meals with what we have. It looks like a better part of my house will be torn up for a few weeks, cooking will be a challenge. It just means working a little harder still.

Sometimes it does feel like you just can't catch a break.

On the positive side, I had already thawed chicken cordon bleu for last nights dinner so that was what we had, with rice from the pantry and green salad. After spending the day in the swamp we call a basement I was pretty proud that we didn't resort to take out.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #335 on: February 19, 2015, 06:08:58 AM »
Saved the son opening a new can last night of tomato sauce used in making homemade pizza.  There was half a can's worth stored in the fridge from last weeks pizza.  My sons tend to do a lot of this 'not looking' before cooking and opening new cans/jars/pkgs. of things w/o looking to see if there is something already going.  It's a constant harangue in order to keep it down to only one jar of mustard, mayo, etc. open.  Must be E.V.E.R. vigilant! ;)

Hubs is the same way, solved the problem by getting a cheap magnetic white board and sticking it to the fridge and keeping a list of what is open/needs to be used first. Then you can look at a glance and see if you can use something up. Works great!

This is a great idea, I try to put the stuff to the front but it always gets mixed around.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #336 on: February 19, 2015, 06:42:04 AM »
Saved the son opening a new can last night of tomato sauce used in making homemade pizza.  There was half a can's worth stored in the fridge from last weeks pizza.  My sons tend to do a lot of this 'not looking' before cooking and opening new cans/jars/pkgs. of things w/o looking to see if there is something already going.  It's a constant harangue in order to keep it down to only one jar of mustard, mayo, etc. open.  Must be E.V.E.R. vigilant! ;)

Hubs is the same way, solved the problem by getting a cheap magnetic white board and sticking it to the fridge and keeping a list of what is open/needs to be used first. Then you can look at a glance and see if you can use something up. Works great!

This is a great idea, I try to put the stuff to the front but it always gets mixed around.

I solved this by having a short, squat plastic container (dishpan-sized or smaller) on the most visible shelf with a big EAT ME label.  This is the section that contains food that should be eaten/used ASAP.  It works beautifully!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #337 on: February 19, 2015, 07:20:12 AM »
Saved the son opening a new can last night of tomato sauce used in making homemade pizza.  There was half a can's worth stored in the fridge from last weeks pizza.  My sons tend to do a lot of this 'not looking' before cooking and opening new cans/jars/pkgs. of things w/o looking to see if there is something already going.  It's a constant harangue in order to keep it down to only one jar of mustard, mayo, etc. open.  Must be E.V.E.R. vigilant! ;)

Hubs is the same way, solved the problem by getting a cheap magnetic white board and sticking it to the fridge and keeping a list of what is open/needs to be used first. Then you can look at a glance and see if you can use something up. Works great!

This is a great idea, I try to put the stuff to the front but it always gets mixed around.

I solved this by having a short, squat plastic container (dishpan-sized or smaller) on the most visible shelf with a big EAT ME label.  This is the section that contains food that should be eaten/used ASAP.  It works beautifully!

Haha, eat me is often written on food in my fridge.  I find that I have to use clear containers, if they can't see the food they don't eat the food.  Than I will put post it notes on the food. I am pushing.

"I am lasagna, eat me!"

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #338 on: February 22, 2015, 06:44:07 PM »
Juslookin' What a bummer.  Thank goodness you had some food ready, that is the kind of day which sends me out to a restaurant because of overwhelm.

PatStab, Is there any chance you would share your black bean, sausage and rice recipe?  It sounds delicious right now.


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #339 on: February 22, 2015, 11:32:54 PM »
Love it! Sometimes I make recipes out of whatever random stuff is left...yet we never suffer for it. Alaskan Salmon...yum! Maybe you need fresh eyes on your recipes...good luck with the move!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #340 on: February 23, 2015, 01:27:52 AM »
Tomorrow I'm going to cook Rouladen for the first time. I received a bunch of this cut with my side of beef last fall, and found a nice recipe on http://www.tasteofhome.com Its basically thin flank steak spread with dijon mustard, rolled up with bacon and a pickle! A German dish, apparently.

ETA: It was tasty and my family quite enjoyed it!
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #341 on: February 23, 2015, 10:34:08 AM »
I was a busy bee yesterday and made 1.5 pans enchiladas, a tray of eggplant Parmesan, boiled and processed eggs, rinsed and put strawberries, radish, celery with sides of cream cheese into individual containers, assembled 5 burritos for DH's lunches (put 3 in the freezer), and made a 7 layer salad.  This morning I filled the slow cooker full of gumbo ingredients.  Yummy!  I kept thinking:  I am turning groceries into meals.

I appreciated assembling the gumbo, as I was able to use up 2 cups homemade chicken broth and about 1/2 cup diced tomatoes from the freezer and frozen okra bought about 6 months ago.  I also used the 1/3 cup tomato paste from the freezer on the eggplant parm.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #342 on: February 23, 2015, 11:18:29 AM »
I was a busy bee yesterday and made 1.5 pans enchiladas, a tray of eggplant Parmesan, boiled and processed eggs, rinsed and put strawberries, radish, celery with sides of cream cheese into individual containers, assembled 5 burritos for DH's lunches (put 3 in the freezer), and made a 7 layer salad.  This morning I filled the slow cooker full of gumbo ingredients.  Yummy!  I kept thinking:  I am turning groceries into meals.

I appreciated assembling the gumbo, as I was able to use up 2 cups homemade chicken broth and about 1/2 cup diced tomatoes from the freezer and frozen okra bought about 6 months ago.  I also used the 1/3 cup tomato paste from the freezer on the eggplant parm.

I am an exhausted wreck today from cleaning up a flooded basement but you have inspired me.  Thank you. I am off to make lasagna for dinner. I have all of the ingredients, just couldn't talk myself into it.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #343 on: February 23, 2015, 12:05:22 PM »
I had a productive weekend!    I had used up all the meat in the freezer and did have to make a run to Costco and Sam's to stock up on a few things, but we are working through it.  I've found there are a few staples I need to keep around in order to use up some of the other stuff:  cheese, canned tomatoes, eggs, etc.  Meat is also one of those.  Even if it is an accent - a little pepperoni on a veggie filled pizza, some chicken in stir fry, ham in beans - when I run out, my husband notices.

I used a frozen pie crust, shredded carrots, cabbage, leeks and some leftover chicken to make Chinese-style empanadas.  (Not sure what to call them when they aren't Latin cuisine flavored).

I battered and fried some fish on Friday to make fish tacos and used up a jar of salsa, a leftover lime, sour cream, tortillas and lettuce.   I like them better with cabbage, but we only have frozen at the moment.

Made chia pudding for the kids, but I still have over 2 lbs of chia seeds.   I'm going to try chia crackers next.

This week we are having
  • sweet tea chicken to use up rosemary and make a small dent on my tea stash
  • green gumbo to use frozen kohlrabi greens, okra, leeks and green pepper
  • gallo pinto to use up leeks and beans
I'll also do some baking and try a recipe with 25% GF flour and 75% regular flour.   I'm hoping we dont notice.  Otherwise, it is going to take years to use this GF flour mix.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #344 on: February 23, 2015, 02:00:23 PM »
I am failing miserably this month.  Stores keep having insane sales so instead of eating down the pantry, I'm stocking it with more stuff!  Ugh! 

But the majority of these items were purchased because they met my "this is too awesome to pass up" threshold.  Barilla pasta for $0.39/box?  I'll grab 10.  Half ham for $0.99/lb?  In the cart you go! 

Hopefully sales will be horrible next month and I can eat down this stash.  Reading everyone else's success is still inspiring. 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #345 on: February 24, 2015, 10:38:13 AM »
I was a busy bee yesterday and made 1.5 pans enchiladas, a tray of eggplant Parmesan, boiled and processed eggs, rinsed and put strawberries, radish, celery with sides of cream cheese into individual containers, assembled 5 burritos for DH's lunches (put 3 in the freezer), and made a 7 layer salad.  This morning I filled the slow cooker full of gumbo ingredients.  Yummy!  I kept thinking:  I am turning groceries into meals.

I appreciated assembling the gumbo, as I was able to use up 2 cups homemade chicken broth and about 1/2 cup diced tomatoes from the freezer and frozen okra bought about 6 months ago.  I also used the 1/3 cup tomato paste from the freezer on the eggplant parm.

I am an exhausted wreck today from cleaning up a flooded basement but you have inspired me.  Thank you. I am off to make lasagna for dinner. I have all of the ingredients, just couldn't talk myself into it.

Sorry to hear about your basement.  And, you're welcome.  Glad I could help.  :) :)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #346 on: February 25, 2015, 09:37:11 AM »
I am failing miserably this month.  Stores keep having insane sales so instead of eating down the pantry, I'm stocking it with more stuff!  Ugh! 

But the majority of these items were purchased because they met my "this is too awesome to pass up" threshold.  Barilla pasta for $0.39/box?  I'll grab 10.  Half ham for $0.99/lb?  In the cart you go! 

Hopefully sales will be horrible next month and I can eat down this stash.  Reading everyone else's success is still inspiring.

There will always be good sales so I have just stopped looking at them. I figure the deals will come around again, they always do.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #347 on: March 05, 2015, 08:04:41 AM »
It is time for me to focus on the food with real staying power- it just stays in the cupboard and never gets eaten.  That includes dried mung beans, nori wrappers and some irish moss.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #348 on: March 05, 2015, 08:38:18 AM »
I am failing miserably this month.  Stores keep having insane sales so instead of eating down the pantry, I'm stocking it with more stuff!  Ugh! 

But the majority of these items were purchased because they met my "this is too awesome to pass up" threshold.  Barilla pasta for $0.39/box?  I'll grab 10.  Half ham for $0.99/lb?  In the cart you go! 

Hopefully sales will be horrible next month and I can eat down this stash.  Reading everyone else's success is still inspiring.

There will always be good sales so I have just stopped looking at them. I figure the deals will come around again, they always do.

Thanks, I needed to hear that.  :-)  So far March has been much more disciplined so it should make up for Jan/Feb overages.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #349 on: March 05, 2015, 08:47:49 AM »
Well I keep going to grab stuff out of the pantry that is no longer there, so guess hubby was doing some eating out of the pantry while I was away :) I'm going to consider that a win!

I too have some Nori sheets I need to use up - I need to find some new friends who I can invite over for sushi - Hubby doesn't like it and it is a lot of work to do for one person. I did use up some rice paper spring roll wrappers that have moved with us, oh, three times.

Wintersun - what do you do with the Irish Moss? It's a thickener, isn't it?

Love hearing everyone's progress/adventures!