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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #850 on: May 27, 2016, 10:53:56 AM »
Cleaned the kitchen cupboards this weekend. Stocks are running down very nicely!

However, there were a couple of spices / spice mixes I just don't know what to do with. Does anyone have any ideas or recipes to use up:

  • Jalfrezi spices
  • Tandoori spice mix
  • Chinese 5 spice
  • Ras el hanout
  • Cajun ragin

They are spice packets with no further information on them. I literally have no idea what to do with them. Like, I know jalfrezi is a type of curry, but have no idea how I would go about making one. I suppose I could just use them to season meat? TIA.

http://meljoulwan.com/2013/01/02/paleo-sweet-potato-soup/ uses ras el hanout and is tasty

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/5242279411/slow-cooker-lemongrass-and-coconut-chicken uses Chinese 5-spice and is tasty too

Thank you! The slow cooker is my favourite, and soup is a lunchtime staple for me, perfect suggestions.
 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #851 on: May 27, 2016, 11:54:34 AM »
Cleaned the kitchen cupboards this weekend. Stocks are running down very nicely!

However, there were a couple of spices / spice mixes I just don't know what to do with. Does anyone have any ideas or recipes to use up:

  • Jalfrezi spices
  • Tandoori spice mix
  • Chinese 5 spice
  • Ras el hanout
  • Cajun ragin

They are spice packets with no further information on them. I literally have no idea what to do with them. Like, I know jalfrezi is a type of curry, but have no idea how I would go about making one. I suppose I could just use them to season meat? TIA.

I couldn't remember exactly what was in Chinese five-spice, but I knew I disliked it. So I looked it up and it's anise, clove, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel (at least according to Wikipedia). That explains why I don't like it, since I can't abide anise. Anyway, that's my 2 cents, in case it helps.

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« Reply #852 on: May 30, 2016, 07:01:06 AM »
Thawed and used a packet of frozen preecooked springroll-mix from last year this weekend. I've been avoiding it for months, yet it made very good spring rolls. Appart from a yar of crab meat everything in there is now food from the last 2 months that I know I eat regularly.

Got out a box of coconut milk last night - I plan to make sweetened condenced milk from it. A tiny jar of that stuf costs an arm and a leg ($5) and a box of coconut milk+sugar costs me less than 2.

In tea news I've been drinking ice tea by the gallon the last week. Turns out loose leaf tea, a frech nectarin and a spoonfull of honey makes ice tea better than the one you get out and about. My tea-stash is shrinking.

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« Reply #853 on: May 30, 2016, 05:17:52 PM »
Speaking of tea report - I brought maybe 8 tins of tea to work (honestly the type I don't tend to enjoy, but others do)  - for us staff to drink, but mostly for spa clientele. Excellent.
Mostly down to stock we enjoy at home now - black and green for me and a few others the fiancťe drinks.
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« Reply #854 on: June 01, 2016, 10:10:59 AM »
Cleaned the kitchen cupboards this weekend. Stocks are running down very nicely!

However, there were a couple of spices / spice mixes I just don't know what to do with. Does anyone have any ideas or recipes to use up:

  • Jalfrezi spices
  • Tandoori spice mix
  • Chinese 5 spice
  • Ras el hanout
  • Cajun ragin

They are spice packets with no further information on them. I literally have no idea what to do with them. Like, I know jalfrezi is a type of curry, but have no idea how I would go about making one. I suppose I could just use them to season meat? TIA.

My kids LOVE tandoori cauliflower and peas.  For the cauliflower, I drizzle with oil and seasoning and bake it.  I make two heads at once for my family of five because they love to take it in their lunchboxes.

The Cajun spice is good on potatoes - Cajun fries (think Bojangles) - or eggs or ham and beans.    We add Cajun seasoning to ground beef, corn and black beans when we run out of taco seasoning (or cumin specifically bc I make my own) and it is still good.   Funny, Cajun seasoning is something I would never need to "use up" - it is always being added to my list.

I got a good deal on chocolate chips and now I am wishing I hadn't bought them.   We like cookies and muffins, but I dont really want my kids eating multiples of those every day.   They are bulk so I cannot donate.  Can I use them in a sort of mole sauce?   I think it would be way too sweet and too sweet for sauces is a code word for the leftovers wont get eaten in our house.  No one likes BBQ sauce or sweet ketchup, Miracle Whip or Honey Mustard in my house.   I live with weirdos ;)

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« Reply #855 on: June 01, 2016, 10:20:46 AM »
I got a good deal on chocolate chips and now I am wishing I hadn't bought them.   We like cookies and muffins, but I dont really want my kids eating multiples of those every day.

You can refrigerate or freeze cookie dough. When I make chocolate chip cookies I bake one small pan at a time so there aren't tons of them around to eat all at once.
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« Reply #856 on: June 01, 2016, 11:32:38 AM »
I got a good deal on chocolate chips and now I am wishing I hadn't bought them.   We like cookies and muffins, but I dont really want my kids eating multiples of those every day.

You can refrigerate or freeze cookie dough. When I make chocolate chip cookies I bake one small pan at a time so there aren't tons of them around to eat all at once.


You can also freeze cookies, or you can freeze chocolate chips.

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« Reply #857 on: June 01, 2016, 11:49:43 AM »
I got a good deal on chocolate chips and now I am wishing I hadn't bought them.   We like cookies and muffins, but I dont really want my kids eating multiples of those every day.

You can refrigerate or freeze cookie dough. When I make chocolate chip cookies I bake one small pan at a time so there aren't tons of them around to eat all at once.

Good advice for someone named savedough!

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« Reply #858 on: June 02, 2016, 04:57:05 AM »
Thanks for all the tips savedough! I don't seem to use seasoning mixes much, they're not that common in the UK, but it makes perfect sense that cajun would be good on fries, thank you! Sweet potatoes fries are a favourite so that would be easy.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #859 on: June 03, 2016, 12:50:22 PM »
Used up the rest of the pepperoni, fresh spinach, feta and Greek olives in a salad for today's lunch, finished a bag of flavored sunflower seeds for a snack last night, and warmed up most of the rest of the spaghetti squash from the freezer last night for supper.  I am so glad there is such thing as freezing leftovers.  :)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #860 on: June 06, 2016, 04:04:44 AM »
Leftovers for lunch yesterday and today. Friends were good enough to feed us last night, and what a feast it was!

I have been doing so well clearing out the cupboards that I have loads of clips in the drawer - you know the ones you would put on top of a bag of rice or something after it's opened? I was always scrabbling around for these before, borrowing one from something that could live without it so that something else wouldn't go stale. I was shocked when I saw I had about 10 free at the moment. Things are changing for the better!

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« Reply #861 on: June 06, 2016, 07:38:53 AM »
Love to see all the progress :)

I'm finding it tough to balance between stocking up and eating down. We use to live fairly remotely so we had huge stock up trip a few times a year and would eat down everything in between. Since moving last year to a place where everything is more abundant, I find that I am still stuck in the "hoarder" mindset of not knowing when I will get something again so must buy lots. Of course, sometimes this makes good financial sense. Sometimes, not so much. It is those purchases I am trying to deal with now :)

Our diets have changed over the past year as well so trying to figure that out in relation to our food stocks have been interesting as well. 

My goal this week is to consolidate all the bits and pieces of things and get them into one place so I know what I have to use up.

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« Reply #862 on: June 06, 2016, 11:54:19 AM »
I had done a good job of eating down our stocks, but we've slowly been building them back up.  I will start the process all over again.  Starting with the freezer.

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« Reply #863 on: June 07, 2016, 02:22:36 AM »

I'm finding it tough to balance between stocking up and eating down. We use to live fairly remotely so we had huge stock up trip a few times a year and would eat down everything in between. Since moving last year to a place where everything is more abundant, I find that I am still stuck in the "hoarder" mindset of not knowing when I will get something again so must buy lots. Of course, sometimes this makes good financial sense. Sometimes, not so much. It is those purchases I am trying to deal with now :)


I struggle with this too. I spend ages 'eating down' the freezer, and then mildly freak out that there is nothing in the freezer, and so start stock-piling again.

What I've found works for me is this: I only buy meat and fish when they are marked down, and they go straight in the freezer. No full price meat / fish is to enter the freezer (or our house really. I'm lucky in that I know of a few local places with really poor stock control).

With the knowledge that everything in the freezer was reduced I find it easier to pull stuff out in the morning (because if it's full price stuff in there I worry I'll stop on my way home and find something that's been marked down). And then if I do stop and find something marked down, it's no problem, because I don't have to use it up today - it's destined for the freezer anyway.

Other stuff in there is emergency veggies (apart from peas I don't like the texture of frozen veggies, but would prefer frozen to none), and a few preassembled meals eg beef in red wine, lasagne, and soups.

Since I started buying everything I see that's marked down and freezing it straight away, my turnover has been much more consistent.

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« Reply #864 on: June 07, 2016, 08:16:55 AM »
Good tips, theadvicist!

I'm definitely struggling with the balance between raw foods (I got a 1.5 lambs) and sales foods and foods I want to put up for winter and food I can turn into other foods. I don't have a lot of prepared foods in the freezer, no room! It'  the balance between figuring out what should be eaten and what isn't available in winter and I do want to save. The lamb I might not be able to get again and it is in rather large cuts, perfect for soups and stews and braises...you know all the stuff I don't want to do in the summer!

I think I have to venture into the world of pressure canning. Storing all my bone broth in the freezer takes up a lot of room. I can't throw out bones without making stock...but it is summer and hot so the idea of making soup or something like that is just not appealing at all. But, I'm going to need some room for huckleberries and other goodies that I want for the winter!

Successes: Freezer and pantry are organized and inventoried. Starting to create a list of random herbs/spices and teas I can turn into custom blends for Christmas gifts.

Used up the last of some bean flakes I was given. Contemplating making some refried beans out of our big sack of pintos and dehydrating them for camping.

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« Reply #865 on: June 12, 2016, 06:55:40 PM »
I was off my "try new recipes one week; play pantry games the next week" plan for a bit due to houseguests and a couple of weeks with no cooking whatsoever, but I am back with some victories--made a Basque stew to use up frozen tuna that has been in the freezer a looong time (perfect condition, though) and a selection of veggies from the veggie box, and a Greek shrimp panzanella salad that cleared out a different bunch of veggies, some olives and feta, and frozen shrimp and bread from the freezer. I had gotten the bread as a freebie and wasn't sure what to do with it--I am not a super anti-carber but bread pudding and French toast both seemed like bad ideas. Mixed with lots and lots of veggies and some protein, I feel better about it. I have some other ideas for clearing out bits and pieces but that was enough cooking for one day.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #866 on: June 13, 2016, 12:22:22 PM »
Made a huge pot of delicious bean stew with the last of a huge jar of dried beans, a random chorizo and some ham that's been languishing in the fridge.

Switched to breakfast smoothies for awhile to use up frozen fruit, protein powder and chia seeds.

Threw the last of a jar of relish I canned back in '12 into a bowl of potato salad.

Most of the dried tomatoes went into a batch of carrot/garlic scape pesto, so those should be used up by the time this year's tomato crop starts inundating the kitchen.

Need to put a dent in our stock of mustard.  My husband keeps 3-4 different kinds of mustard around, plus I have a CostCo sized jar of Grey Poupon, and three jars of homemade from a co-worker.  Yes, having 7 different containers of mustard in the fridge is a bit much!

Need to target the lentils next.  I've got a container of mixed tiny lentils that might just go to the chickens, or I'll mix them in with the green lentils for dal.  The French green lentils will make a great salad with carrots and shallots.


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #867 on: June 17, 2016, 10:21:06 AM »
I bought some corn on the cob today. It's covered in a white powder. Is it just sugar / starch, and fine to eat, or has it gone bad?

Thanks to anyone who knows! I've given it a rinse, most of it has come off.

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« Reply #868 on: June 21, 2016, 02:43:27 AM »
I've eaten down my food stash to a point where I now see what my go-to staples really are (pasta: spaghetti, beans: black, red, green and chickpeas, rice: jasmine). As an unexpected and completely random side effect I've started being much more tidy around the kitchen (doing dishes, cleaning away stuff right away etc). Also I've been more adventurous in my cooking. I'm on a asian food journey right now (I like semi-dedicating a month to a region), and have discovered a few nice ways to prepare tofu. I'm also making my own red bean paste (for some reason you can't buy it around here) for testing out those red bean snacks. Also, I love curries, but don't like curry powder.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #869 on: June 21, 2016, 02:54:44 AM »
I've eaten down my food stash to a point where I now see what my go-to staples really are (pasta: spaghetti, beans: black, red, green and chickpeas, rice: jasmine). As an unexpected and completely random side effect I've started being much more tidy around the kitchen (doing dishes, cleaning away stuff right away etc). Also I've been more adventurous in my cooking. I'm on a asian food journey right now (I like semi-dedicating a month to a region), and have discovered a few nice ways to prepare tofu. I'm also making my own red bean paste (for some reason you can't buy it around here) for testing out those red bean snacks. Also, I love curries, but don't like curry powder.

I've found side  benefits of tidiness and trying new recipes too. I think it's because it's so much easier to put things away when you don't have to rearrange everything on the shelf to make room. I hadn't realised how much of my resistance to putting things away (food, clothes, everything!) was due to having to actively make room for them first.

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« Reply #870 on: June 23, 2016, 09:11:00 PM »
I' m totally in on this! I'm sure my husband will think it's awesome too. He always thinks we have enough food, unless we are out of bananas. (Anybody else sing the bananas song when they type the word out??) I have a stand up freezer full of meat that we've had in there for 1-2 years. I didn't do a meat order this year because I knew I wouldn't have anywhere to put it. So, I've been working on eating the meat already. I accidentally bought the wrong kind of rice in a 25# bag. We've been eating it, it's sticky rice so it's good in stir fry or soup, but not as a leftover.
I usually get good stuff from our garden and we have to buy fruit and some vegetables. Which I like to get at the farmer's market. They are usually organic and GMO free. So, count me in. I may not meet your 9 month deadline. But, I'm going to go for the end of the year or so. Actually this year the only meat I have bought has been 2 salmon fillets and a large package of hot dogs. I think I can go without both for a little while.
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« Reply #871 on: June 27, 2016, 03:28:46 PM »
So work has been crazy with 65+ hours work for the last 5 weeks and it appears I am the only one capable of cooking in this house which has resulted in a pantry full of "things". So, although it is swelteringly hot (108 is the coolest day in the last 2 weeks) I decided to make freezer meals to make space. Onion crustless quiche, chili, Moroccan chicken dish (organic chicken on sale this morning - hope my son will eat it or I wasted 2.99) and chicken tikka masala (son loves this). So after throwing away the old takeaway containers, removing the bad salads stuff I completed 15 meals for $20 + what I had in the house. I can now see in the fridge;  now to figure out what to do with the pantry.

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« Reply #872 on: June 27, 2016, 04:41:03 PM »
So work has been crazy with 65+ hours work for the last 5 weeks and it appears I am the only one capable of cooking in this house which has resulted in a pantry full of "things". So, although it is swelteringly hot (108 is the coolest day in the last 2 weeks) I decided to make freezer meals to make space. Onion crustless quiche, chili, Moroccan chicken dish (organic chicken on sale this morning - hope my son will eat it or I wasted 2.99) and chicken tikka masala (son loves this). So after throwing away the old takeaway containers, removing the bad salads stuff I completed 15 meals for $20 + what I had in the house. I can now see in the fridge;  now to figure out what to do with the pantry.

Sounds great. Pantry stuff is usually good for baking. Maybe you could make some quick breads?
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« Reply #873 on: July 28, 2016, 07:00:58 PM »
Making chicken pot pie soup.  Old frozen peas&carrots.  Solid brick of frozen corn. Sliced carrots, starting to shrivel.  Onion, starting to shrivel.  Two -count them- two--partial bags of frozen biscuits.  Using the instant pot.  Chicken, broth, raw carrots, raw onion cook for 20 minutes.  Then add the frozen blocks of veggies.  Then some heavy cream-bought for creme brulee (instant pot).  Will cook the biscuits once the sun goes down. 

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« Reply #874 on: July 29, 2016, 12:42:50 PM »
Lyngi, that sounds wonderful!!!

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Last night I used up the rest of the taco shells for dinner.  Today I'm eating the last of the fresh spinach for lunch along with last night's leftover chicken.

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« Reply #875 on: August 02, 2016, 06:32:26 AM »
I've been injured for the last week (sprained my ankle) and haven't been at the supermarket since Wednesday. As a result, I've been eating what I had here.

I realised just how much food I actually have here. I've still barely scratched the surface. Tonight I've cooked a lazy pasta sauce with chunky pork sausages (found in the freezer). I've also cooked up a chicken curry and a red kidney bean curry. That's lunches and dinners sorted for at least the rest of the week.

Let's see if I can make it to next week before I stop at the store.

I've also got most of a bottle of tequila sitting here. Maybe that'll go with the lemon I've also got :)
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« Reply #876 on: August 02, 2016, 07:17:45 AM »
I always enjoy seeing this thread updated :)

Hope your foot gets feeling better quick, alsoknownasDean!

I'm slowly chipping away at things. Our diet has changed so dramatically the last year or so we are ending up with lots of stuff that we just aren't interested in using, so I have been rehoming what I can.

We are going to a music festival this weekend, so I have taken the opportunity to dig into my dried fruit and nut supply to make a bunch of granola bars, bliss balls and other snacks. Also used quite a bit of our coffee/tea supply by making several batches of each and freezing them in Icecube trays to pack our coolers with. As they slowly melt, we'll have yummy cold drinks and not have to pay festival prices!

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« Reply #877 on: August 02, 2016, 07:45:44 AM »
I really need to do this.  I probably have almost an entire month's worth of meals in my freezer.  On top of that my pantry probably has enough to whip up another few weeks of meals.  I would try to skip the grocery store for a few weeks, but sadly my garden is not doing so well this year, so if I want any fresh stuff, I'll need to supplement.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #878 on: August 02, 2016, 08:32:09 AM »
Used a jar of balsamic jelly I canned in 2010, when I first was learning to can, to make an amazing glaze for the leg of lamb on Sunday.

Used a package of beef liver a couple weeks ago:  soaking it in ACV instead of milk made it more palatable.  Cheaper too! Cooked with lots of onions, mushrooms and butter.   Have one more package to use up. 

Cooked the last of my frozen spinach into a kind of odd breakfast hash with Mexican pork and beans.

Our freezer is actually looking almost spare, which is good since we'll be getting a freezer lamb and probably half a pig soon.

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« Reply #879 on: August 02, 2016, 05:54:28 PM »
 Tonight we fried up some potatoes that needed to be used and dug out some decent spinach from a bunch that is starting to wilt for salads. Dug a couple of burgers out of the freezer and called it a meal.

In a little while, I'm going to put the rest of the spinach and an assortment of other itemS  like some wilted carrots into a curry lentil soup which will make lunches for quite some time for me.

ETA: just  discovered I have no lentils. It's a sad, sad day. On the other hand, this means I used up all the lentils.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #880 on: August 03, 2016, 06:03:04 AM »
With two kids we are always fighting this battle. The thing that gets wasted the most is bagged salad. It seems to last two days in the fridge.

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« Reply #881 on: August 03, 2016, 04:08:43 PM »
Leaving a holiday condo in a day and half, so the "eat down the fridge" game is on. Had leftover ham, 2 carrots and 1 cup of blueberries for lunch.  Kids finished the peanut butter and the jam this morning that we brought from home.

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« Reply #882 on: August 07, 2016, 12:33:15 PM »
Nothing like an upcoming vacation to spur the "use it up" game. Two overripe cantaloupes became agua fresca. Leftover orzo, sliced black olives, tapenade, a red pepper and grape tomatoes along with some pantry ingredients went into a tuna pasta salad. (Looks terrible, tastes delicious). Stuffed some leftover chorizo rice into two random tiny acorn squash that turned up in my produce box. Roasted green beans--I am not very fond of green beans but I like them this way. Since the oven was on, roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes and a couple carrots. The sweet potatoes and carrots got a little burned on the side touching the pan but that was easy to trim off. Tossed the roasted root veggies with a chimichurri inspired sauce based on the Budget Bytes recipe which used up a lemon, some wilted green onions, the last of a bunch of cilantro, a few cloves of garlic, and basil from the pot on my deck.

For the first time in ages I have gotten ahead of the produce drawers...

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #883 on: August 07, 2016, 05:45:44 PM »
Right now I have some lamb ribs and other bony lamb things in the instant pot with red chile sauce and onion.  Will shred it up for a nice taco filling to eat this week, and should result in a nice stock to use for a soup with Mexican flavors when the weather cools.  That just leaves one package of lamb chops until we get this year's lamb in a few weeks.

I finally used up the mixed micro-lentils by adding them to a big batch of hummus.  The hummus also used up some chipotles in adobo that have been hiding in the back of the fridge.

I'm going to commit right now to cooking beef liver this week.  I always have to work myself up to it.  Soaking in ACV instead of milk seemed to work better to neutralize the flavor a bit.

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« Reply #884 on: August 07, 2016, 10:47:30 PM »
Pulled a package of pork loins out of the freezer to marinate and grill tomorrow. Also thawing a whole chicken in the fridge for the day after - will do it in my Instant Pot.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #885 on: August 07, 2016, 11:56:57 PM »
This thread is very inspiring. I think I might set myself a mini-goal - no supermarket shop except for milk this week (hubby cannot live without coffee). In the cupboard/ produce drawer /garden we have plenty. I went through a phase of trying gluten free living and now have lots of half eaten random flours (buckwheat, potato, rice etc).

Tonight it is lentil and pumpkin soup done in the slow cooker. Tomorrow I will have to fashion some sort of pizza base to use up those flours since we also have a bunch of cheeses from when we entertained at the weekend - hey the worst that can happen is that it has to be eaten with a knife and fork.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #886 on: August 08, 2016, 12:35:14 PM »
The wife and kids left today to start their vacation early. I'll be joining them on Saturday. Goal: the fridge will be nearly empty when I leave (with the exception of beer yeast, cheeses that's I'm aging, and some eggs that will keep). That reminds me, I should go eat some salad.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #887 on: August 08, 2016, 05:08:13 PM »
Today our dogs helped with leftover cornbread on the kitchen counter. Unusual behavior, that; I can only assume they really like cornbread, which I didn't know.




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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #888 on: August 09, 2016, 10:07:43 AM »
I need to get in on this challenge. My fiancee and I have a new apartment that we will be moving into on September 29th. My goal is to move as little as possible. I will do a full inventory of our food this week and buy as little food as possible! I want to get more cooking skills under my belt, so this is a good excuse.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #889 on: August 16, 2016, 06:51:58 PM »
Sign me up for this challenge! I went just a tiny bit overboard batshit crazy a couple weeks ago when meat and frozen vegetables were on sale and had to engage in some master level freezer tetris to get everything to fit. I vowed Iíd forego any more stockpiling for the foreseeable future.

In addition to the freezer madness, I also have a fair amount of odds and ends stashed in the cupboards that apparently arenít going to cook themselves, so I need to make some effort to use them up. Iíve been stuck in a bit of rut with cooking lately, sticking to a small set of easy to make meals and meals I can prepare ahead of time and freeze. These ďautopilotĒ meals are great for when life is busy, but rotating the same set of meals each week is getting boring and means a lot of other things are languishing in the cupboards.

Iíve been making some respectable progress on the freezer in the past week. I completely skipped grocery shopping last weekend, and we officially ran out of salad stuff today. I did this deliberately to force us to eat the frozen veggies and it appears to be working.

On Sunday I made a loaf of bread in the bread machine so we wouldnít feel the need to go to the store mid-week when the bread ran out. Man, homemade bread is SO good, I need to do this more often!

I had a lot of fresh fruit on hand too that Iíve mostly eaten down. The bananas and apples all got eaten last week, and now weíre working on the last item, which is unfortunately an entire watermelon. But I diced it all up over the weekend so we can just spoon out a bowl at a time, and as its the only fresh fruit left its slowly disappearing.

I will have to go to the store this weekend for some perishables: yogurt, lettuce, carrots, celery, eggs, and maybe some avocados, but hopefully that will be about it. Also probably some stuff to cook for dog food, but Iím counting that separately from the human food.

Iíve got some recipes planned for later this week that should start using some of the oddball items in the cupboards: this balsamic chicken recipe to use a bottle of balsamic salad dressing that I didnít care for (hoping its better on chicken than salad), and Chicken Taco Cornbread Pie  to use up a package of cornbread mix. Thereís way more stuff to get used but at least this is a start! Weíve had a lot of vet bills lately, so my savings from not grocery shopping will help make up for that.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #890 on: August 16, 2016, 08:49:58 PM »
We successfully skipped a grocery shop last week and ate out of the cupboards! But then spent a fortune this week... but mainly on bulk specials that will last, I hope!

Next challenge: We have used up all our cocoa/ hot chocolate options and we are left with a box of carob powder. I need to incorporate this into a bedtime milky drink that tastes good.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #891 on: August 19, 2016, 06:27:31 AM »
We successfully skipped a grocery shop last week and ate out of the cupboards! But then spent a fortune this week... but mainly on bulk specials that will last, I hope!

Next challenge: We have used up all our cocoa/ hot chocolate options and we are left with a box of carob powder. I need to incorporate this into a bedtime milky drink that tastes good.

I had to do this with some hot chocolate mix I didn't really like. I just mixed it with the stuff I did like - and couldn't tell the difference, it just stretched it further. Might be worth a try. My ratio was almost 1:1 and it was fine, but you can just increase chocolate and reduce carob until you can't notice it.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #892 on: August 19, 2016, 03:11:27 PM »
made a ratatouille  with a eggplant that was lingering in the cupboard , lots of onions, red pepper from the scraps I save for stock and it turned out delicious
plan to repeat this  "N" times

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #893 on: August 19, 2016, 03:17:18 PM »
Finally used up 2 spaghetti squash....man, those things last a long time! I don't even remember buying them! They were fine, btw.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #894 on: August 21, 2016, 03:47:37 PM »
OK I think I did pretty well this week! As planned, I used up some cornbread mix in Chicken Taco Cornbread Pie, and used the last giant carrot for carrot sticks to eat as a side. This was a pretty good recipe that we both enjoyed, which is good because I have one more pack of cornbread mix to go.

The Balsamic Chicken was pretty good, not sure if I'd make it again but since it used the whole bottle of Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing I was aiming to burn, I won't need to :)

Much frozen vegetables and watermelon were consumed.

We've had a bag of mexican hot cocoa mix sitting in the cupboard for longer than I care to admit. This sad mix was rejected by a co-worker, who had purchased it for a fundraiser for another co-worker's kid, only to find out it contained milk products which he couldn't eat because he was vegan. He oferred it up so I brought it home for hubby who loves hot cocoa, but apparently not enough to actually go to the effort of making it with any regularity. I finally put the poor chocolatey powder out of its misery today by making these hot cocoa muffins. I made a few substitutions - using coconut oil which has also been languishing unloved in the cupboard instead of melted butter, and using a mix of whole wheat and white flour since we have an abundance of whole wheat on hand (besides, now it's healthy, right?). The result earned a resounding "meh". They're decent and will suffice for morning snacks at work, but I wouldn't make them again.

Also today, I prepared a chicken salsa casserole for dinner tomorrow, which used some corn tortillas, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, and a can of green chiles, all of which I have embarrasing quantities of. Tomorrow I'll make a big batch of Mexican Rice (which will use up some chicken broth and tomato sauce from the cupboards and the rest of a diced onion sitting in the fridge) - that will be dinner and lunches for several days. Today for lunch, I mixed up some leftover shredded chicken and the last remnants of a bottle of BBQ sauce and spread it on a piece of toast. That was really pretty good.

Hubby's been surprisingly tolerant of this whole endeavor, he's been eating PB&J since the lunch meat ran out, and didn't even complain when we ran out of butter a couple of days before grocery shopping day. We did our shopping Friday and only bought a few things - salad stuff and some fruit, butter, yogurt, bread and eggs. I don't envision buying a while lot next weekend either, I expect we'll save about $100 this month on our normal grocery budget!

On the agenda for this coming week - make my own salad dressing to use some raspberry vinegar, figure out what to do with a can of adobo chiles and a pork roast (ideally resulting in carnitas tacos... mmmm tacos), and use up an open bottle of honey teriyaki glaze sitting in the fridge.
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #895 on: August 21, 2016, 05:49:16 PM »
We successfully skipped a grocery shop last week and ate out of the cupboards! But then spent a fortune this week... but mainly on bulk specials that will last, I hope!

Next challenge: We have used up all our cocoa/ hot chocolate options and we are left with a box of carob powder. I need to incorporate this into a bedtime milky drink that tastes good.

I had to do this with some hot chocolate mix I didn't really like. I just mixed it with the stuff I did like - and couldn't tell the difference, it just stretched it further. Might be worth a try. My ratio was almost 1:1 and it was fine, but you can just increase chocolate and reduce carob until you can't notice it.

So this is what I did:
3 x level tsp carob powder
1/2 tsp brown sugar
shake of ground cinnamon (1/4 tsp?)
add 2/3 hot water to the mug
add one drop vanilla extract
top up with milk, stir and enjoy!

Was delish. Got a whole box of this powder tho!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #896 on: August 22, 2016, 07:31:51 AM »
Started a new batch of Kim Chi this weekend and buzzed up the last of the frozen pineapple to add to it, having seen a recipe for pineapple turmeric Kim Chi recently.

The last can of tomato paste that has been lingering around the house for ages finally went towards thickening a batch of salsa I canned (have been using last year's homemade paste instead of the store bought stuff).

The last few peaches that didn't fit in the canner, and have been in a jar of light syrup in the fridge got dehydrated, along with a bunch of free pears this weekend.

Failed on making liver last week.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #897 on: August 22, 2016, 10:16:10 AM »
Doing pretty well. Before I left on vacation, I mostly cleared out the fridge. Left about 1/2 gallon of milk to spoil. I guess I could have made some cheese before I left.

Since we got back Saturday, we've mostly been eating homemade bread and cheese. Used up some potatoes and onions, along with some homemade yogurt cheese, for crepes yesterday. Last night, we had homemade mozzarella (for which we bought milk) with homemade bread and garden grown basil and tomatoes. Oh, and the last of our homemade wine. Luckily, we've got another batch sitting ready to bottle.

Our next task should probably be clearing out the freezer. There's not too much in there, but I don't recall what it is, which means it's time to eat it or toss it.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #898 on: August 25, 2016, 11:56:52 AM »
About a 1/4 cup tomato paste and take out rice from the freezer went into bison jambalaya for last weekend's camping trip.

Tuesday we ate leftover hot dogs and brats from the camping trip.

DH's garden continues to produce zucchini.  So far this season I've made low carb zucchini bread, lc zucchini fritters, and fried them coated in Parmesan.  Tonight I'm going to make chicken and zucchini stir fry for the first time. :)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #899 on: August 28, 2016, 09:59:39 AM »
Holy crap people, why the hell do I have so much food in my house?? I feel like Iíve been making good progress in this little project - the smaller of the two food cupboards in the kitchen is looking pretty roomy right now, and Iíve cleared enough space in the chest freezer that I can actually find things now - hooray! But the the more I dig into the reserves the more stuff I find that needs to get used. Hereís some of the things I did this week:

I ran out of the green tea I like to drink at work. At home, I have FOUR freaking giant boxes of black or black/green tea that I donít like all that much when prepared as hot tea. So, for the foreseeable future Iíll be making up some refrigerator iced tea each night and taking that to work to drink instead. This may very well last until Iím FIREd :)

I finally finished the bottle of teriyaki glaze from the fridge - it took two separate meals to use it all up: grilled chicken kabobs last weekend and baked drumsticks last night.

Instead of homemade mexican rice, I cooked up two packages of Spanish rice mix I had bought to take camping but we never ate.

What I thought was raspberry vinegar hidden way in the back of the cupboard turned out to be pomegranate infused red wine vinegar. No worries, I still used it for some salad dressing - mixed ľ cup of the vinegar, ľ cup of olive oil, and ľ tsp each salt and pepper. It was quite tasty - not as overpowering as the store bought dressings Iím used to and I could really taste the vegetables in the salad. Bonus points because it has no sugar. I may just continue making my own dressing for ever! I made a second batch on Friday and added some Italian Seasoning to it.

Mixed up a batch of tuna for hubby to have sandwiches - used up one of the two open bottles of mayonnaise that was in the fridge (also leftover from campingÖ in JUNE).

We have SEVEN jars of lentils in the cupboard. I made a batch of lentil tacos, but that only uses 1 cup of lentils, and results in about 3 meals worth. I need to find some more lentil recipes.

Today Iím making a pot of chicken broth, using a couple bags of chicken carcasses and veggie scraps from the freezer. And for dinner tonight, Iíve got some beef stew in the crockpot. I was able to use the last of a bunch of celery in that, and instead of the 1.5 cups of beef broth the recipe called for, I threw in an old can of French Onion soup from the back of the cupboard and Ĺ cup of beef broth thatís been in the freezer forever.

We did our last grocery shop for the month of August yesterday, and it was almost entirely produce and some milk. I did buy some of Sproutís chicken sausage I like to use for our homemade pizza since it was on sale, and bell peppers were on sale for .50 each, but those were the only ďstockpileĒ purchases. I had to stifle a few sobs as we passed by some really good meat deals, but I know theyíll go on sale again. The bottom line is Iíve saved over $100 on my grocery budget for the month, spending just under $200. Letís see if I can beat that in September!