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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #550 on: July 09, 2015, 12:33:45 PM »
I'm not sure why I have so much food storage (regular fridge/freezer, additional full-size freezer, two additional fridge/freezers, and a fairly large pantry) - we just tend to add things constantly, it's a bit insane. Thus I am also on the forum for decluttering! Using the same ideas - I've decided I need to 'declutter' the food in addition to everything else in the house. I've had one of the extra fridge/freezer unplugged since right after New Year's (we have a big party and I needed the space for food/drinks), so that's a plus. Unfortunately we have a LOT of processed food - and I'm trying to get the family to move away from them. Not wanting to be wasteful - we'll be trying to portion them out and eat them in the next few weeks. And... I'm not such a good cook - and not very inventive. Many of the things mentioned here I haven't even heard of :)   I'm excited to join in the fun, reduce our food bill each month, and work our way through the processed foods. I'm interested in trying some of the recipes here too - such creative cooking on a routine basis seems so foreign to me! You guys are all very inspiring!

Welcome, jrubin! Awesome that you have decided to join us, it can be a little overwhelming at first - that's why this is such a great thread!

I know this might run counter to some mustachian ideals - but if you have "that much" processed food in your house, and you don't want your family eating it, you might be better off donating it or even throwing it out. The money you have spent is a sunk cost and while you are saving $ in the short term by eating it, it is doing NO GOOD for your family's health. Continuing to eat it is basically just extending dependency and feeding addiction.

There are some great documentaries on you tube about sugar and processed foods and how they affect your health, if you are interested.

Once that stuff is out of your life, you can start lighter, freer, healthier and having some fun in the kitchen! The best place to start is being inspired by those processed foods. What does your family like? What do they eat a lot of? Can you make a healthier, homemade version?

Start with baby-steps and there are loads of members on this thread and others across the forum that would be happy to give you tips and advice and cheer you on!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #551 on: July 09, 2015, 01:15:11 PM »
Recipe:

1.5 c Masa
.5 c cornmeal
1.25 c VERY HOT water, or a bit more if needed
Salt. Be generous.
2 tbsp oil (I used olive oil)


Thank you Erica!   My six year old gave these ten thumbs up :)

Oh, good! :D

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #552 on: July 09, 2015, 01:23:11 PM »
I'm not sure why I have so much food storage (regular fridge/freezer, additional full-size freezer, two additional fridge/freezers, and a fairly large pantry) - we just tend to add things constantly, it's a bit insane. Thus I am also on the forum for decluttering! Using the same ideas - I've decided I need to 'declutter' the food in addition to everything else in the house. I've had one of the extra fridge/freezer unplugged since right after New Year's (we have a big party and I needed the space for food/drinks), so that's a plus. Unfortunately we have a LOT of processed food - and I'm trying to get the family to move away from them. Not wanting to be wasteful - we'll be trying to portion them out and eat them in the next few weeks. And... I'm not such a good cook - and not very inventive. Many of the things mentioned here I haven't even heard of :)   I'm excited to join in the fun, reduce our food bill each month, and work our way through the processed foods. I'm interested in trying some of the recipes here too - such creative cooking on a routine basis seems so foreign to me! You guys are all very inspiring!

Welcome, jrubin! Awesome that you have decided to join us, it can be a little overwhelming at first - that's why this is such a great thread!

I know this might run counter to some mustachian ideals - but if you have "that much" processed food in your house, and you don't want your family eating it, you might be better off donating it or even throwing it out. The money you have spent is a sunk cost and while you are saving $ in the short term by eating it, it is doing NO GOOD for your family's health. Continuing to eat it is basically just extending dependency and feeding addiction.

There are some great documentaries on you tube about sugar and processed foods and how they affect your health, if you are interested.

Once that stuff is out of your life, you can start lighter, freer, healthier and having some fun in the kitchen! The best place to start is being inspired by those processed foods. What does your family like? What do they eat a lot of? Can you make a healthier, homemade version?

Start with baby-steps and there are loads of members on this thread and others across the forum that would be happy to give you tips and advice and cheer you on!

I feel ya, jrubin. I store a lot of food too. After a massive decluttering I was able to ditch one of my two big full freezers. So now just down to one. Most of the food I have is very unprocessed, but it was still starting to feel less like bounty and more like burden.

Awesome Swick is totally right - welcome and please feel free to ask questions! Lots of us love cooking and are happy to suggest ideas and recipes. I love the point about donating the processed food you'd rather not feed your family, too!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #553 on: July 10, 2015, 07:33:16 AM »
I'm not sure why I have so much food storage (regular fridge/freezer, additional full-size freezer, two additional fridge/freezers, and a fairly large pantry) - we just tend to add things constantly, it's a bit insane. Thus I am also on the forum for decluttering! Using the same ideas - I've decided I need to 'declutter' the food in addition to everything else in the house. I've had one of the extra fridge/freezer unplugged since right after New Year's (we have a big party and I needed the space for food/drinks), so that's a plus. Unfortunately we have a LOT of processed food - and I'm trying to get the family to move away from them. Not wanting to be wasteful - we'll be trying to portion them out and eat them in the next few weeks. And... I'm not such a good cook - and not very inventive. Many of the things mentioned here I haven't even heard of :)   I'm excited to join in the fun, reduce our food bill each month, and work our way through the processed foods. I'm interested in trying some of the recipes here too - such creative cooking on a routine basis seems so foreign to me! You guys are all very inspiring!



Welcome, jrubin! Awesome that you have decided to join us, it can be a little overwhelming at first - that's why this is such a great thread!

I know this might run counter to some mustachian ideals - but if you have "that much" processed food in your house, and you don't want your family eating it, you might be better off donating it or even throwing it out. The money you have spent is a sunk cost and while you are saving $ in the short term by eating it, it is doing NO GOOD for your family's health. Continuing to eat it is basically just extending dependency and feeding addiction.

There are some great documentaries on you tube about sugar and processed foods and how they affect your health, if you are interested.

Once that stuff is out of your life, you can start lighter, freer, healthier and having some fun in the kitchen! The best place to start is being inspired by those processed foods. What does your family like? What do they eat a lot of? Can you make a healthier, homemade version?

Start with baby-steps and there are loads of members on this thread and others across the forum that would be happy to give you tips and advice and cheer you on!

I feel ya, jrubin. I store a lot of food too. After a massive decluttering I was able to ditch one of my two big full freezers. So now just down to one. Most of the food I have is very unprocessed, but it was still starting to feel less like bounty and more like burden.

Awesome Swick is totally right - welcome and please feel free to ask questions! Lots of us love cooking and are happy to suggest ideas and recipes. I love the point about donating the processed food you'd rather not feed your family, too!

Thank you Swick and Erica!! Looking forward to this - started ASAP - went home and warned the family that "it's ON". Defrosted some ground turkey and made taco's for dinner - one of the few things everyone in the house enjoys. Used up some near-wilty lettuce and shredded cheese and emptied a bottle of taco sauce (which made my DS12 nervous - he loves that stuff). Packed my work lunch today with some things there is only a small amount left of from the pantry - the last handful of cashews, the last cup of diced peaches, etc. We'll get there!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #554 on: July 10, 2015, 07:59:08 AM »
Goodstuff, jrubin!

This is the recipe I have been using for years for taco seasoning, it is awesome! Easy to customize to fit your family's heat tolerance. http://www.perrysplate.com/2008/11/perrys-plate-taco-seasoning.html

While I haven't made it (although now I want to try!) This taco sauce recipe looks good, and really easy. Might be a fun way to get your son excited about the chances and into the kitchen helping you:)

http://www.food.com/recipe/taco-bell-taco-sauce-60254


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #555 on: July 10, 2015, 11:56:22 AM »
Used up a bag of frozen fruit in my vegan ice cream. It was delicious. I also ate a piece of frozen salmon that had been left over from a dinner some time ago (thank you past self!) and some lettuce that appeared to be on the turn, but was perfectly good.

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« Reply #556 on: July 10, 2015, 12:24:50 PM »
Oh boy...was standing in my kitchen yesterday looking around at my refrigerator and pantry, and was overwhelmed with how much food I seem to have accumulated in the last couple of months!! Seriously, I don't know where it all came from, but I am making it a mission to start eating down my stores.

I actually have a great situation in that the job I just started provides breakfast and pays for lunch every day, so that is eliminating a large need to go grocery shopping/have a lot of food at home. I also travel a great deal for work, so it doesn't make sense to go shopping that often when I am only home a few days a week, so I am going to try to go for at least the rest of the summer without grocery shopping. Will keep you all updated on my progress-I expect some interesting dinner combinations!


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« Reply #557 on: July 10, 2015, 03:10:20 PM »
Yesterday made a chicken stirfry for dinner with garden veg and a huge handful of peanuts. This used up the last of my peanuts and when I added a ton of Sriracha and it was like Kung Pao Chicken.

Looking in the cupboards I think it's time to make granola. I have end bits of coconut flakes and raisins. Just scrubbed the kitchen so I'm torn: revel in how nice it is to cook in a very clean kitchen or hold off on a big cook so I don't make a mess. What nice problems to have!

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« Reply #558 on: July 11, 2015, 03:58:47 PM »
J Mo - The last few months working through our freezer, when neither my husband nor I wanted to even look at another salmon fillet, I made these salmon burgers a few times: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/07/naked-salmon-burgers-with-sriracha-mayo.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:%2Bweightwatcherspointsrecipes%2B(Skinnytaste)

The sriracha mayo sauce cuts through the salmon-y taste quite well, and it was bearable.  The avocado really adds something as well, and makes the texture smoother.
If you want more salmon recipes to try, let me know.  I've accumulated a ridiculous number of them over the past few years, to deal with the same problem you've got right now.  :)  Good luck!

I'm finding myself on the other end of things right now: trying to fill up our freezer and pantry supplies (slowly) so that we've got stuff next winter.  We're loving the prices in our new area, though.  $15 for a flat of organic blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries?  I'll take it!  That would have cost us at least $30-$45 in Fairbanks, in season, and half of it would have been moldy within the first 10 hours of getting it home.  This is heaven.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #559 on: July 11, 2015, 09:19:41 PM »
J Mo - The last few months working through our freezer, when neither my husband nor I wanted to even look at another salmon fillet, I made these salmon burgers a few times: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/07/naked-salmon-burgers-with-sriracha-mayo.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:%2Bweightwatcherspointsrecipes%2B(Skinnytaste)
That looks tasty! I will definitely try that, thanks! :)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #560 on: July 12, 2015, 04:33:03 PM »
I'm working on the pantry and freezer (just small above refrigerator) because I tend to buy extras and freeze -- then forget about an ingredient her or there that gets tucked away. I did organize it mid-week and there are several protein options, including chicken, bacon and burgers. My pantry is getting better, we're getting through the soups and canned vegetables. There are some boxed meals that I know we won't eat, so I will get them donated before they expire.

Saving money is mostly about planning...thinking ahead and defrosting something shouldn't feel like rocket science. Yet, many days it does.

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« Reply #561 on: July 12, 2015, 06:09:11 PM »
Having a dinner party on Tuesday night and am planning on making everything from the freezer/pantry except for salad greens which will come in our CSA.

Oxtail Ragu - Oxtails from the freezer, tomatoes, 1/2 bottle of opened wine, tomato paste, bullion from the pantry.

Fresh Pasta - Semolina, fresh herbs from the garden.

Ranch salad dressing - fresh and dried herbs.

Something for dessert made from pantry staples

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #562 on: July 12, 2015, 06:43:56 PM »
Cleaned out the pantry and spice cabinets over the weekend. Now at least I know what is there. And tossed some old, circa 2001 expiry spices, OMG. Defrosted and ate some steaks for dinner. Also defrosted a pork roast for tomorrow. Used up leftover taco meat, chips and  cheese for the DS12's lunch today. Bought two gallons of milk and three green peppers so far. Much smaller grocery bill than the usual $160. Feeling good about the coming weeks :)

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« Reply #563 on: July 15, 2015, 06:56:44 AM »
Made Mark Bittman's curried greens with crushed tomato and garbanzo beans last night. I used up 1.5lbs of collard, kale, and broccoli greens from my garden. Phew! I feel relieved. Also used up the dry garbanzos that I had cooked/frozen, a can of crushed tomatoes, and the rest of a red onion. It made a lot of food, so I froze it. Future me will be very thankful.

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« Reply #564 on: July 15, 2015, 07:25:54 AM »
Jar of salsa, canned black beans, plus fresh cilantro, onion, and lots of lime juice.  And a handful of chicken for DH.  Not especially inspired, but it got rid of half a jar of salsa, 2 cans of beans, lime juice from my freezer, and some rice. 

Tonight it will be pancakes, which will hopefully use up the bisquick and syrup. 

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« Reply #565 on: July 15, 2015, 08:31:55 AM »
I'm gonna try this, this sounds really helpful.  Every time I go to the grocery store I feel like a chump.
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« Reply #566 on: July 15, 2015, 06:52:23 PM »
Tossed a small freezer containerful of leftover fried peppers, onions, and potatoes into tonight's curry.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #567 on: July 16, 2015, 12:20:54 PM »
Looking in the cupboards I think it's time to make granola. I have end bits of coconut flakes and raisins. Just scrubbed the kitchen so I'm torn: revel in how nice it is to cook in a very clean kitchen or hold off on a big cook so I don't make a mess. What nice problems to have!

LOL! Granola is the worst, especially if you have a gas stove and it scatters everywhere under the grates when you stir the pans. Ha.

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« Reply #568 on: July 16, 2015, 12:26:38 PM »
Looking in the cupboards I think it's time to make granola. I have end bits of coconut flakes and raisins. Just scrubbed the kitchen so I'm torn: revel in how nice it is to cook in a very clean kitchen or hold off on a big cook so I don't make a mess. What nice problems to have!

LOL! Granola is the worst, especially if you have a gas stove and it scatters everywhere under the grates when you stir the pans. Ha.

No Granola mess EVER again! Your welcome :)
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« Reply #569 on: July 28, 2015, 01:17:52 PM »
The challenge continues in our home.  The freezer is getting full again!

Used up approximately 2 cups frozen fresh strawberries and a cup of almond milk to make "milkshakes" last night.

I'll make a low carb pie this week and use up some ground almonds, a can of evap milk and a can of pumpkin.

I took out leftover nacho sausage soup from the freezer last night.  I'll warm it up tomorrow night and serve it with homemade low carb tortilla chips.

I cleaned out the pantry last week and reorganized it to fit a Sam's Club haul.  Ended up tossing two envelopes of expired Crystal Light, some reallllly old tea, and about 2 TBS rock hard brown sugar.  Not too bad.

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« Reply #570 on: July 29, 2015, 05:57:13 PM »
I don't hav very much food in the house, but hav decided to eat it up anyway . made lentils/quinoa/spinach together with cayenne pepper, Himalayan salt, and apple cider vinegar. Delicious ( and really healthy ).
Giving a big box of green tea and some chamomile tea to my fiancÚ ( we live apart ) & a bag of peanuts.
Drinking up my coffee with cinnamon and soymilk. And my huge box of black tea.

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« Reply #571 on: July 29, 2015, 07:57:36 PM »
We really need to do this. There's a crapton of canned fruit in there. In case of apocalypse, we won't get scurvy.

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« Reply #572 on: July 29, 2015, 08:18:39 PM »
We really need to do this. There's a crapton of canned fruit in there. In case of apocalypse, we won't get scurvy.

If you eat it all up, what will you do to avoid scurvy during apocalypse?? ;) Time for some canned fruit recipes I suppose. There's some sort of jello/creme dessert with canned fruit that's quite delicious. Don't know the details.

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« Reply #573 on: July 29, 2015, 08:39:01 PM »
We really need to do this. There's a crapton of canned fruit in there. In case of apocalypse, we won't get scurvy.

If you eat it all up, what will you do to avoid scurvy during apocalypse?? ;) Time for some canned fruit recipes I suppose. There's some sort of jello/creme dessert with canned fruit that's quite delicious. Don't know the details.


If you make a cobbler with canned fruit, no one can tell the difference (don't tell).

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« Reply #574 on: July 29, 2015, 08:42:44 PM »
I'm going to revive this challenge ... "Ugh, we have to eat salmon yet again."
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Join me, or not, on this less-than-9-month culinary adventure!  I just wanted to have an external way to be accountable when I get sick of eating the same two base proteins over and over again, and to set a goal which I can update once in a while so that it stays in my mind.

God, if I could have the problem of "Ugh, we have to eat salmon yet again...." *envy!*
I'd LOVE IT if I were able to trade you some awesome duck eggs for salmon!!!
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« Reply #575 on: July 30, 2015, 03:08:45 AM »
God, if I could have the problem of "Ugh, we have to eat salmon yet again...." *envy!*
I'd LOVE IT if I were able to trade you some awesome duck eggs for salmon!!!

I would trade you! I don't think I've ever tried a duck egg.

I made two baked salmon filets today. The freezer burned one went to the dogs. Happy, happy dogs.

I also made "garbage soup" today. Basically any slightly sad looking veggies gets thrown into the Instant Pot with a little meat and lots of spices. Tonight it included carrots, celery, onions, cabbage, zucchini, potatoes, and corn with a frozen pork chop and some frozen lima beans that were a little too hard steamed. The Instant Pot worked its magic yet again! It turned out great and I can snack on it for days.

I need to keep cleaning out the freezer because my hubby bought half a pig from a coworker, which will be, erm, processed in September. Tonight's pork came from the same farm.

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« Reply #576 on: July 30, 2015, 04:53:26 AM »
Lots of space in our freezer now, I'm very pleased!

I'm also working on using up ground coffee which has been received as gifts. Can't wait for all the little jars and tins to be gone.

I have noticed I'm running out of a few things, but I've always seemed to find something to work as a substitute.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #577 on: July 30, 2015, 08:17:03 AM »
Lamb shank hiding in the freezer for a year has been consumed, along with the  nearly empty box of couscous. 
All canned tomatoes from last year's harvest have been consumed. 
Big clearance box of Grape Nuts is gone - made into a batch of cheater granola for morning yogurt. 

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« Reply #578 on: July 31, 2015, 07:35:04 AM »
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    Quote from: bsmith on July 29, 2015, 07:57:36 PM

        We really need to do this. There's a crapton of canned fruit in there. In case of apocalypse, we won't get scurvy.


    If you eat it all up, what will you do to avoid scurvy during apocalypse?? ;) Time for some canned fruit recipes I suppose. There's some sort of jello/creme dessert with canned fruit that's quite delicious. Don't know the details.



If you make a cobbler with canned fruit, no one can tell the difference (don't tell).

Spouse loves peaches, so I guess we could make a peach cobbler. I'm probably the only person in Texas who doesn't like peaches, though. Other fruit in there is stuff like pears and pineapple - not your traditional cobbler fruits, but it might be good. I do like pears.

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« Reply #579 on: July 31, 2015, 06:25:56 PM »
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    Quote from: bsmith on July 29, 2015, 07:57:36 PM

        We really need to do this. There's a crapton of canned fruit in there. In case of apocalypse, we won't get scurvy.


    If you eat it all up, what will you do to avoid scurvy during apocalypse?? ;) Time for some canned fruit recipes I suppose. There's some sort of jello/creme dessert with canned fruit that's quite delicious. Don't know the details.



If you make a cobbler with canned fruit, no one can tell the difference (don't tell).

Spouse loves peaches, so I guess we could make a peach cobbler. I'm probably the only person in Texas who doesn't like peaches, though. Other fruit in there is stuff like pears and pineapple - not your traditional cobbler fruits, but it might be good. I do like pears.


If you do the pears, add lots of cinnamon and/or lemon or lime juice to bump up the flavor. I'd make a crisp with pears, personally, rather than a cobbler. I'd think the biscuity part of a cobbler might overwhelm them.

Pineapple is great cooked with ham. Here's a quick lazy meal: cook 1cup couscous, dice up 1/2 to 1cup ham (or spam if you're really into pantry cooking), add a big can of chunked or crushed pineapple (or cut rings up into bite-sized pieces), heat through. If it seems bland, add plain yellow mustard to taste (I usually do 2-4 tablespoons), and serve.
Bonus points if you remember to use the pinapple juice as part of the cooking liquid for the couscous, but just drain the can if you don't.
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    Quote from: bsmith on July 29, 2015, 07:57:36 PM

        We really need to do this. There's a crapton of canned fruit in there. In case of apocalypse, we won't get scurvy.


    If you eat it all up, what will you do to avoid scurvy during apocalypse?? ;) Time for some canned fruit recipes I suppose. There's some sort of jello/creme dessert with canned fruit that's quite delicious. Don't know the details.



If you make a cobbler with canned fruit, no one can tell the difference (don't tell).

Spouse loves peaches, so I guess we could make a peach cobbler. I'm probably the only person in Texas who doesn't like peaches, though. Other fruit in there is stuff like pears and pineapple - not your traditional cobbler fruits, but it might be good. I do like pears.


If you do the pears, add lots of cinnamon and/or lemon or lime juice to bump up the flavor. I'd make a crisp with pears, personally, rather than a cobbler. I'd think the biscuity part of a cobbler might overwhelm them.

Pineapple is great cooked with ham. Here's a quick lazy meal: cook 1cup couscous, dice up 1/2 to 1cup ham (or spam if you're really into pantry cooking), add a big can of chunked or crushed pineapple (or cut rings up into bite-sized pieces), heat through. If it seems bland, add plain yellow mustard to taste (I usually do 2-4 tablespoons), and serve.
Bonus points if you remember to use the pinapple juice as part of the cooking liquid for the couscous, but just drain the can if you don't.



Pineapple is also excellent on the grill ,  or juiced, or blended into a smoothie for the sweetening effect, or in a fuit salad. Pineapple upsidedown cake is good, but I've never made it.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #581 on: August 03, 2015, 06:59:34 AM »
End of summer is always "eat all the old stuff" time in my house. Time to make room for all the goodies of fall. 

Yesterday made soup from 3 packs of frozen pumpkin, some stockcubes and an onion that had started to go off. Had to buy a can of coconut milk, but that was it.
Today will make Cassoulet from stock, beans, chicken and sausage, all from the freezer. Need tomatoes to make it happen, but all in all I feel the project is starting off with a pang. Also will make milkshake from a banana I froze before going on holiday. As a snack I'll eat some of the pistachioes I found in my kitchen. For some reason I have left them there for 4-5 months, even though I love pistashioes.

Next I will make several portions of "emergency oatmeals" to stack in my desk at work. A container of ready mixed quick oat, salt, sugar, spices, nuts and dried fruit. Will stay good for weeks (or months) and so handy for those days I forget to bring lunch, or get peckish in the afternoon. Add hot water, let sit - eat.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #582 on: August 03, 2015, 08:07:43 AM »
End of summer is always "eat all the old stuff" time in my house. Time to make room for all the goodies of fall. 

Yesterday made soup from 3 packs of frozen pumpkin, some stockcubes and an onion that had started to go off. Had to buy a can of coconut milk, but that was it.
Today will make Cassoulet from stock, beans, chicken and sausage, all from the freezer. Need tomatoes to make it happen, but all in all I feel the project is starting off with a pang. Also will make milkshake from a banana I froze before going on holiday. As a snack I'll eat some of the pistachioes I found in my kitchen. For some reason I have left them there for 4-5 months, even though I love pistashioes.

Next I will make several portions of "emergency oatmeals" to stack in my desk at work. A container of ready mixed quick oat, salt, sugar, spices, nuts and dried fruit. Will stay good for weeks (or months) and so handy for those days I forget to bring lunch, or get peckish in the afternoon. Add hot water, let sit - eat.

Fantastic use of your stock!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #583 on: August 03, 2015, 08:14:29 AM »
My fiancÚ and I are going camping for a couple days at the beach nearby and I am cooking up the remaining lentils and quinoa to bring . also the remaining coffee. A baggie of salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Two apples from work and tons of chopped veggies from my parents house the other day :) . filled a gallon bottle I have with water.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #584 on: August 03, 2015, 10:11:28 AM »
Saturday I made a pumpkin pie to bring to a BBQ and used up the can of evaporated milk with a Best Buy date of next week and a can of pumpkin.

Last night we ate the leftover soup put in the freezer last October.  I also served the last of some fresh strawberries and sliced cucumber.  The last of the lime went into my ice water.  :D

Tonight's slow cooker ribs used up the rest of a bottle of BBQ sauce as well as a bit of Worcestershire.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #585 on: August 03, 2015, 01:18:53 PM »
I am working on using up all of that random that ends up in the door of the frig.

Last night I took some of the CSA veggies. Garlic, onion and green beans Chopped them all up and added them to a pan with a bit of sesame oil cooked them up and took some soy sauce, and miso paste mixed with a bit of water to make a sauce and poured over the top of the veggies and cooked it down for a bit and served with rice and kimchi...it was so damn good. I ate the leftovers for lunch.

I still have tons of miso and curry paste to use up. And tons of mustard. So much mustard. But slowly I will get though it all. It took us nearly 2 years to get though our hot sauce hoard.
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #586 on: August 04, 2015, 06:09:29 AM »
One month until the pack out move that can send pantry items, and 6 weeks from the day everything else gets given away. 

My goal is to only buy produce, milk, and bread, and as little as possible of both.  I had a hamburger for breakfast, which shows that while I have plenty of food, I need to push myself a bit to resist the urge to buy the "right" food.  No cereal when I have pasta and canned sauce, and frozen homemade soup in the freezer.  Hot soup when it is 98 with no A/C isn't ideal, but it works my badassity muscles a bit.   

We'll definitely be tossing a lot of half used condiments, but I don't see any other option.  I'll use up mayo on a couple pastas salads (which will dispatch some frozen veggies as well), but most of the rest of it will sadly go to waste. 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #587 on: August 04, 2015, 07:22:50 AM »
No cereal when I have pasta and canned sauce, and frozen homemade soup in the freezer.  Hot soup when it is 98 with no A/C isn't ideal, but it works my badassity muscles a bit.   

For the soups, some pureed veggie soups are actually quite good a bit chilled. For thinner broth soups, it's similar to the Japanese standard of miso soup in the morning - surprisingly yummy once you get over the cultural bias.
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #588 on: August 04, 2015, 04:11:58 PM »
Fantastic use of your stock!
Thank you.

Tomorrow I'll make black bean soup. Had to buy beans, but get to use even more stock from the freezer,  a pepper that's been sitting in the fridge since before I left for holiday and some canned tomatoes.

Then it's on to pasta. I have quite a lot of pasta and rice...

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #589 on: August 06, 2015, 08:29:36 AM »
Had some quinoa and roasted veg for lunch with had been languishing in the freezer for months. Texture wasn't great, but oh, well, food is food.

Bought a large loaf of bread early in the week and haven't eaten much, so planning bacon sandwiches for dinner to use it up! Yum yum.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #590 on: August 06, 2015, 12:50:02 PM »
Last night I made a ground turkey meatloaf which took care of the last tiny bit of Dijon mustard hanging out in the fridge door.  It also used a leftover half bag of plain pork rinds as a binder.  Twice baked cauliflower (think twice baked potatoes only with cauliflower) used up the last of the bacon (Wah, LOL) and cheddar.

I also made bread which used the rest of last year's zucchini harvest, and 2 sad bananas tossed in the freezer in the spring.

I love this thread.  :D


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #591 on: August 06, 2015, 07:21:06 PM »
I didn't officially join this thread, but I have been semi following along and also eating down my food since the spring when I discovered MMM.  I am SINK, so there is no one to blame but me for the stockpiling of food.  Well, I do blame the temptations that Costco fills their aisles with, but still my fault. 

My fridge is now bare bones for at least a month, and as if by magic, I haven't wasted a bit of food due to only putting into it what I know I can reasonably eat.  I am now comfortable letting staples run out, no milk and eggs for a week?  No biggie, I will just eat something else.  I used to throw out spoiled milk, yogourt, eggs etc. on a regular  basis. 

One epiphany that I have had is that my issues lies with the fact that although I love cooking, I hate cooking on weeknights.  My deep freezer is finally getting bare, but I have visions of filling it back up again in the fall with MEALS, instead of INGREDIENTS.  So, I have rounded up a ton of slow cooker and once a month cooking recipes and I will start later on this month putting this plan in place.  I already do this with lasagne, so the concept should work out for me.  Silly really that I haven't done this in the past. 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #592 on: August 07, 2015, 02:27:22 AM »
Several portions of black bean soup in freezer. I ate it with quesedillas made with cheese about to go off, tortillas from the pantry and some frosen pre-cooked chicken. Also have started eating jam. From last fall. Need to eat before I can make more, and the homemade stuff is really good.

I struggle with homemade food and quantities. A small pot of jam is as much work as a big pot of jam. But I still need to work on making less of everything so that I'm not stuck with provisions for over a year when I know full well that berries ripen every 12 months. Ah, well.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #593 on: August 07, 2015, 05:44:42 AM »
Several portions of black bean soup in freezer. I ate it with quesedillas made with cheese about to go off, tortillas from the pantry and some frosen pre-cooked chicken. Also have started eating jam. From last fall. Need to eat before I can make more, and the homemade stuff is really good.

I struggle with homemade food and quantities. A small pot of jam is as much work as a big pot of jam. But I still need to work on making less of everything so that I'm not stuck with provisions for over a year when I know full well that berries ripen every 12 months. Ah, well.


You could always make jam only every two years; unopened jam keeps that long easily. If you have free berries the year in between, freeze for baking, smoothies, sauces, etc. Though all my frozen strawberries seem to be going into yogurt....

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #594 on: August 07, 2015, 08:45:00 AM »
Several portions of black bean soup in freezer. I ate it with quesedillas made with cheese about to go off, tortillas from the pantry and some frosen pre-cooked chicken. Also have started eating jam. From last fall. Need to eat before I can make more, and the homemade stuff is really good.

I struggle with homemade food and quantities. A small pot of jam is as much work as a big pot of jam. But I still need to work on making less of everything so that I'm not stuck with provisions for over a year when I know full well that berries ripen every 12 months. Ah, well.

Jam is an excellent gift. For just about any occasion

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #595 on: August 07, 2015, 07:48:42 PM »
Made zucchini muffins (a friend gave me the zukes from his farm share) that used up date puree, frozen apple sauce, 2 eggs, and some of the whole wheat flour. Breakfast is set for a while. Yum!

My husband made slow cooker chicken and root vegetable stew with rutabaga from the garden, and the rest of the celery, tomato paste, potatoes, onion, chicken stock, and free farm share carrots. Phew!

Edit: I also finished eating the curried greens with garbanzos that I made/froze in July. It was just as delightful.  Made some space in the freezer for the stew!
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #596 on: August 07, 2015, 08:39:55 PM »
Using up some pinto beans and onion I had chopped and stashed in the freezer, by making baked beans for the first time ever.

Savoury muffins to use up self raising flour and fetta.

Managed to use up all our almonds and cashews in a batch of protein balls.

Trying very hard to clear as much as possible out before we move house - four days to eat it all! Well, realistically, much of what I'm doing is converting non- shelf stable ingredients into shelf stable meals and snacks.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #597 on: August 07, 2015, 08:49:23 PM »
Using up some pinto beans and onion I had chopped and stashed in the freezer, by making baked beans for the first time ever.

Savoury muffins to use up self raising flour and fetta.

Managed to use up all our almonds and cashews in a batch of protein balls.

Trying very hard to clear as much as possible out before we move house - four days to eat it all! Well, realistically, much of what I'm doing is converting non- shelf stable ingredients into shelf stable meals and snacks.

Moving is always great motivation:)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #598 on: August 07, 2015, 08:54:06 PM »
I'm actually just about everything I had- except I'm still going thru the tea and cinnamon ( which I love together ) & the cayenne. Other than that I'm done. So I purchased a 1lb. Each of quinoa & lentils, some spinach & a bag of carrots and cooked some of them all together, with a little cayenne & plan to eat this until I'm out. I don't mind eating the same healthy foods for a few days at all. When I'm out, I get something a little different ( different vegetables mostly ) .

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #599 on: August 09, 2015, 08:58:04 AM »
Used up both the peanut better and jelly today.