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Title: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on September 02, 2014, 12:33:35 PM
I'm going to revive this challenge because my husband and I are [almost certainly] moving out of state next May.  Since life in our state encourages more of a subsistence lifestyle, we have a freezer full of fruits and veggies, a chest freezer full of moose meat and fish, cellared root veggies, and canned goods.  We do a pretty good job of eating through our stores of food each year but we've never quite gotten to the bottom of the chest freezer.  Well, we don't want to move this food (and when it comes to frozen food, how could we keep it cold through a multi-state and even multi-country--we'll have to drive through Canada--adventure?) so we need to really get to work eating it.  The good news is, it's yummy!  And healthy!  I try to tell myself that when I'm like, "Ugh, we have to eat salmon yet again."
Probably the worst part is that it's the tail end of summer so I'm still filling up our stores of food.  Still canning things, still freezing things, but always things we like to eat.  We just need to buckle down and eat them.  My plan of attack is to make at least one fish meal and 1-2 moose meals per week.  Since those always lead to leftovers, that will take up most of a week's meals right there.  We'll be forced to reduce the amount of bought meat (chicken and pork) that we bring home (monetary savings!).
I suspect that we'll find some badly freezer-burned salmon fillets in the bottom of the freezer, but those won't get wasted either.  They'll go to the dog.

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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on September 11, 2014, 04:26:25 PM
I will absolutely join you!  We have a freezer that keeps filling up (A lot of it is homebaked items or produce from the reduced rack that is about to expire and I buy it dirt cheap and turn it into a casserole or soup or other meal) and a decent pantry. I'd like to work through the inventory we have and force myself to get a bit more creative with meals.

We won't be moving in 9 months but we'll have baby #3 crawling and at that point I'd like to fill the freezer with part of a cow to save on supermarket shopping with 3 in tow....

My goal is also to limit spending to let's say $10 a week for milk and yogurt starter and some fresh produce as we have an abundance of every other staple already in the house.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on September 11, 2014, 04:33:17 PM
I'm still in!  I never completed it the last time around.  We have so many random food items in our cabinets from our impulse shopping. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Wolf_Stache on September 11, 2014, 04:36:52 PM
I'm in. I never finished everything in my cupboards during the last challenge, although I can see the back of them now!

I'm still trying to figure out what to make with a bag of Quinoa and a can of Squash Bisk, for example.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fi(re) on the Farm on September 11, 2014, 04:44:23 PM
I will interestingly watch from the side lines. I'm so busy feeding the freezer and the pantry this time of year and my garden is still producing more than we can it that it would serve no purpose to start eating what I've made.  I will, however, endeavour to eat whatever I've bought that's in my pantry.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on September 11, 2014, 04:47:30 PM
I'm in. I never finished everything in my cupboards during the last challenge, although I can see the back of them now!

I'm still trying to figure out what to make with a bag of Quinoa and a can of Squash Bisk, for example.
Quinoa is the best!  I use quinoa in place of rice.  It's SO good!

I would eat the squash bisque plain...or with a good roll.  I've been meaning to try this recipe for a while now: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/04/focaccia-rolls/
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: LisaCO on September 11, 2014, 09:23:48 PM
Count me in.  I also never finished the last challenge.  I've got a bunch of quinoa to work through too. :-) 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on September 12, 2014, 11:26:26 AM
Our anniversary derailed some of my good intentions for the first week.  :(  It was my husband's turn to make a fancy dinner and he bought a bunch of items which I didn't want to go bad, so those were the first priority.  On the plus side, we've managed to eat pretty much all of it now, so no food waste!  The last we have is a big bunch of fresh basil, so I'll turn that into pesto and freeze it.  Turns out, our baby loves pesto as much as I do.
I did pull out a salmon fillet for tonight, though, and I've figured out our meals for next week, which will include halibut (I was going to try making curried halibut--we'll see how that goes) and one meal using moose meat (stuffed red peppers).

KateH, I'm still putting up food for the winter too!  This weekend or next will probably be the last for our farmer's market so I'll be buying things it's ridiculous to buy here during the winter, such as celery, and putting it in the freezer.

Good luck everyone!  Let us know when you've made some progress.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on September 12, 2014, 11:49:57 AM
We're moving in a month, so I'm going to concentrate on the freezer and refrigerator.  Yesterday I used two defrosted chicken breasts, a pound of frozen corn, and three cans of black beans to make a double recipe of my favorite easy recipe (Chicken Taco Bowls from Budget Bytes).  Two days ago, I made fried rice using a spice pack from our pantry, frozen peas, canola oil, a few onions near the end of their lifespan, and rice we bought when our dog was having stomach issues.  I also recently made a smoothie with frozen strawberries, a too ripe banana, and milk. 

Last night, I was craving something sweet.  I made two chocolate chip cookies using this recipe (http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/perfect-single-serving-size-chocolate-chip-cookies.html).  I didn't have chocolate chips, so I chopped up part of a candy bar that's been in the cabinet since July. 

On my priority list of items to finish:
frozen basil cubes (http://www.dorot.co.il/_uploads/extraimg/Dorot-Basil-tray.jpg) purchased from Trader Joe's
frozen edamame
frozen chicken breasts
cheese - assorted
frozen broccoli, strawberries, and peas

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: carozy on September 12, 2014, 02:19:33 PM
I'll join in although I will still buy bananas and produce.  I have plenty of beans, rice, barley, quinoa, and pasta to get through though.  This will take a loooong time.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on September 13, 2014, 10:45:43 PM
I will interestingly watch from the side lines. I'm so busy feeding the freezer and the pantry this time of year and my garden is still producing more than we can it that it would serve no purpose to start eating what I've made.  I will, however, endeavour to eat whatever I've bought that's in my pantry.

This is us, too.  However, I still find this exercise helpful to focus on using up those random ingredients and reducing excess stores of dry and canned goods, as well as not, say, buying fresh stuff when I have the same thing in the freezer.  It's also a decluttering project for me, and some ingredients sadly get tossed (or preferably composted or fed to the chickens) because we aren't going to eat them and they're clogging the pantry.

I've got some expired canned soups I need to eat for lunches, as well as lots of dry lentils, beans, popcorn, split peas, and yes, quinoa! 

The other day I realized that I had 3 different chile powders, plus a bunch of dried chiles, which I don't cook with as frequently as I used to, so I buzzed all the dried chiles up into powder, mixed them with the other three chile powders to get down to one container, and then stashed the remainder in the freezer, so I shouldn't need to buy any more for a year or more.  This challenge also pushed me to allow myself to run out of certain things, and then reevaluate whether I want to keep them in the house on a regular basis.  For instance, I decided I don't miss red wine vinegar, but I did miss having rice wine vinegar, so I bought some more after being out of it for about a month. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on September 16, 2014, 10:09:09 AM
The challenge is going well. I even invited some friends to do the same and we are having a potluck next week to share our more creative recipes 9I am hoping one man's least favorite concoction is another's favorite!).

So far we've had a lot of filling stews to use up our produce that was about to turn. Lunch today is going to be potato pancakes to use up a bit of applesauce & sour cream we have in the fridge.

I also discovered that we were using less of one or two products and I hadn't realized. So when they went on sale and I bought another 3 containers, we are now at an excess. There's more instant coffee than DH will drink in a year for example. I'm switching as soon as our beans run out and I've been adding it to some more baking for a Mocha flavoring as well.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Zamboni on September 16, 2014, 11:25:52 AM
I'm in as well.  At a minimum I need to clean out the freezer.  I VOW to buy nothing that needs to go in there until EVERYTHING that is in there now is gone.  Not really knowing what is in there, this should be interesting.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on September 16, 2014, 11:53:55 AM
I'm in as well.  At a minimum I need to clean out the freezer.  I VOW to buy nothing that needs to go in there until EVERYTHING that is in there now is gone.  Not really knowing what is in there, this should be interesting.

Haha!  I had the same problem.  I'm still eating down my freezer, but it's in much better shape. 

We're moving in a few weeks, so I really need to get on this!  We're eating pasta with marinara (from the freezer) tonight. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Bob W on September 16, 2014, 12:19:23 PM
We don't have a big freezer, but every now and then we do and "eat down."   Meaning we eat and plan our meals around whatever is in the pantry of freezer until it is all gone but the sugar and flour.    Seems like it is time to do so again as I noticed last night we still had two boxes of last years Thanksgiving stuffing!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on September 16, 2014, 08:09:42 PM
In for this round as well....still chipping away at everything - but looks like we may be moving within the next couple of months.  The bright side is we would be moving south and having a well stocked pantry and freezer is much less of an issue since we will have access to pretty much everything we may desire - including all the things we tend to buy and store :)

Today I crock-potted a couple of slightly freezer burned cornish game hens. Fried the meat up with some Korean Pepper paste and various bits of sauce from the fridge and served with some garlic fried Quinoa (yep we got lots to use up too!)

Bones from the hens are in the crock-pot for some bone stock. Pulled a chicken from the freezer for some sort of dish later in the week. Probably a cornbread topped pot pie using some of the cornmeal we have stashed away.

I made some Anzac brownies using up some of our supply of oats, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate bars my mom foisted upon me.

I buzzed up some three berry syrup I had canned and am using it to flavor some fizzy water made in our soda stream. Adding the leftover dribs and drabs of alcohol we have kicking around have made some great cocktails.

In anyone has some good ideas for stoneground (pretty fine) cornmeal, or pot barley I have a TON of both!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on September 17, 2014, 10:38:59 AM
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In anyone has some good ideas for stoneground (pretty fine) cornmeal, or pot barley I have a TON of both!

I'd use it in mac & cheese/biscuits/as a texture on chicken strips or sweet potato fries,etc/ with a taco pie or some sort of dinner or even breakfast casserole.

You could try cooking it in some water and topping with cheese or egg, a bit like grits. The texture is fine but it could be tasty.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on September 18, 2014, 07:58:13 AM
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In anyone has some good ideas for stoneground (pretty fine) cornmeal, or pot barley I have a TON of both!

I'd use it in mac & cheese/biscuits/as a texture on chicken strips or sweet potato fries,etc/ with a taco pie or some sort of dinner or even breakfast casserole.

You could try cooking it in some water and topping with cheese or egg, a bit like grits. The texture is fine but it could be tasty.

Great ideas :)

I have big plans for using up staples today. I have 3 crockpots going. One with a chai tea concentrate and two for Supper. One a whole chicken and the other Pinto Beans. Dinner tonight: Chicken and Quinoa enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce and refried Pinto beans.

This will use: a chicken from the freezer, the broth from the cornish game hens I just made, tortillas from the freezer, pinto beans from the pantry, a ton of spices, quinoa, that 1/2 can of chipotles in adobo which has been sitting in my fridge forever, several bits and pieces of cheese, home dried peppers from the pantry, the last 1/2 jar of salsa - down from when I started the original challenge with 14 jars of salsa :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Ascotillion on September 19, 2014, 06:54:32 PM
I'm in too! I'll be moving before the year is over, and while I don't have a huge amount of stuff, some staples and bulk purchases would be annoying to take with me.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on September 20, 2014, 08:15:58 AM
I'm in.  We are not (that we know of) moving, but I was reviewing our grocery spending to date earlier this month and it really shot up this year, to about $450/month on average (from about $250/month in 2013).  Partly b/c my husband quit his job (where he got 2 meals each day) and then took up long distance backpacking (where he needed to eat 4-5000 cal/day), so our caloric needs doubled (and then some...), and of course some things have just gotten more expensive (almonds are now almost a dollar more per pound, waaaaaaah).  I made a LOT of bulk purchases of stuff like beans, rice, oatmeal, protein powder, canned tomatoes, and dried fruit, we have gone through a lot of it, but there is also lots of it still taking up space in our apartment! Since the beginning of month wake-up call, I have already been focusing more on using up what we have, and our "food and dining" expenses to date for September are under $100, phew.  I would like to see if we can get down to <$200/month for the rest of the year by shopping the pantry/freezer more aggressively.

My personal version of the challenge will be:

-not to buy new bulk foods if we still have something that is functionally equivalent available.  Like, if I want to make split pea soup but we are out of split peas, too bad, because we still have 15 lbs of pinto beans hanging out in the pantry.

-completely empty out the freezer before our next round of batch cooking.  I have actually been working on this for the past month and there is a pretty big dent already.

-Reinforce the 1 in, 1 out rule we used to have about condiments.  I would like to get some fancy different vinegars, but first I must figure out a use for the 3/4 full bottle of barbecue sauce that has been hanging out in the fridge since May!

One thing I've started doing again is estimating how much the items on my grocery list will cost before I go to the store (used to do this fanatically in grad school when I needed to, but have gotten lax), and if the number seems high, go through and figure out a few things to ax.  Like, this week I was thinking of trying out a new recipe that called for a tahini dressing, but we are out of tahini.  I decided to just make a yogurt dressing (since we already have some yogurt in the fridge), and will pick up tahini some other time (it is pretty cheap per calorie, after all!) when I don't have too many other purchases to make.  I was also thinking we might need to buy some chicken at Costco, but then I did an inventory of things and realized we have ground beef, stew beef, half a duck (????), and fish in the freezer, plus several cans of tuna and sardines: more than enough to last us for a while.  So the chicken can wait also. Then I decided there were a few too many high end vegetables on the list (i.e., ones that cost more than $1/lb), so I swapped one of the recipes in our meal plan for something that is a little more pedestrian and uses up existing supplies more.  Nothing extreme and we will still have plenty of tasty food to eat this coming week, but overall around $50 less on the grocery bill.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Zamboni on September 20, 2014, 10:59:18 AM
started working through the bags of frozen fruit today.  Used up some pineapple and sliced peaches.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on September 20, 2014, 12:04:57 PM
I'm in. I'd like to use up the cupboard items.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on September 20, 2014, 01:29:48 PM
Big Score today.... I was digging through the freezer because I was knew I had a cut of pork that I wanted to make and then I discovered three bags of meals left over from the last time I did "Once a month cooking". One of the meals was my favorite and the Asian Chicken recipe really broke up the monotony of pork/beef we've been eating.

I think this afternoon I may go back in there and inventory everything. I did before the summer but clearly added a few things into the freezer but not on the inventory. It makes me feel a bit nerdy but like an organized nerd who is slowly growing the 'stash by not buying food when there is plenty to be had already.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: LisaCO on September 20, 2014, 06:40:27 PM
We finally made it through all of the bags of frozen fruit - lots of yummy fruit smoothies during the warm weather.  There's still a long way to go, but we did manage to empty one bottle of salad dressing and I finished up one of three boxes of soba noodles.  Next week, I'm starting on the quinoa. :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on September 20, 2014, 09:07:49 PM
Whoo!  I did what felt like a huge amount of cooking today, making good use of the freezer/pantry.  I made:

-Black bean soup (using frozen black beans and canned tomatoes)
-Vegetable frittata (using up some random ends of feta cheese from the freezer, frozen spinach, and the remains of some random olives in the fridge)
-falafel (using chickpeas from the freezer)
-a chickpea, tomato, and eggplant stew (using the rest of the huge can of tomatoes, and the remaining chickpeas in the freezer).

About half the black bean soup is going to be frozen, but overall there is a net increase of empty space in the freezer.  More to the point, grocery expenses for this month are on great track to stay under my $200/month goal (currently hanging out around $120, so I might even manage to stay under $150 as I think next week we will perhaps be able to get away with just purchasing produce--this week I got a few things like 4 dozen eggs and a container of cottage cheese, which drove the bill up a bit).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Write Thyme on September 22, 2014, 11:09:10 AM
Over the weekend I made some pancakes using gluten free flour and chocolate chips that have been hanging out for a long time.

I bought some asian barbequed pork to use up some rice and the sweet chili sauce that's been in the fridge awhile.

I also made a double batch of muffins to use up GF flour, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and peanut butter chips (not in the same muffin!). Not sure what happened because they all had an off taste. Luckily my brother took them.

I also made a box of brownies. I have other boxed mixes to use up. I found some DIY baking mixes that I'm excited to try out, but the boxed stuff needs to go first.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Write Thyme on September 22, 2014, 11:23:15 AM
Oh, and when I was making my work breakfasts for the week (parfaits) I used up a bag of frozen blueberries, and a little bit of the oatmeal that has been open for awhile. Can't wait till that and the other frozen blueberries are gone.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on September 22, 2014, 12:31:37 PM
It's been a good week for us, in terms of using things up.  Last week we ate one salmon fillet and one halibut fillet, which turned out to be ancient and not very tasty.  So the leftovers went to the dog, who was supremely happy about that.  (I will have to check on the fish more thoroughly as I pull it out.  Anything too old/freezer burned will be cooked for the dog, which means saving on pet food so still a win.)
We also made chili using beans from the pantry, home canned tomatoes, corn from the freezer, and a pound of ground moose from the freezer.
I also made some scones and used the last of some cherries I canned two years ago, and used some applesauce from the freezer in oatmeal for my daughter.  Planning to make a giant batch of applesauce muffins once the scones are gone, to use up some applesauce from the pantry (too chunky for my toothless baby to eat).  Makes a nice quick, filling breakfast.
Tonight for dinner, and probably spilling into tomorrow: moose roast.
Next up: another salmon fillet, then clam chowder (clams from the freezer, potatoes and carrots from our garden) and then chicken tortilla soup (found chicken in the freezer!), and moose lasagna.  It's good to know that we can eat so many delicious things with the bulk of it from our own supplies.*

*I am still purchasing a few things as needed, such as milk and veggies, because most of what we have frozen or otherwise stored is protein of one sort or another.  However, all meal planning is still revolving around what we can use up that's already in the house.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on September 23, 2014, 01:16:01 PM
Quote from: WESTOFTHEHUDSON

I think this afternoon I may go back in there and inventory everything.

So glad I made the time to do this. I was able to plan our meals for the next month (and a bit longer but I don't do anymore than that at one time) using what exists in there. I left a pen on the shelf so DH or myself can mark off when we took out one pork shoulder or some frozen juice concentrate. So much better than just guessing if we're out of something or if there is a decent substitute already stored.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Lyngi on September 23, 2014, 09:42:23 PM
Made a zucchini casserole from free  zucchini from a coworker, hairy carrots (sprouted roots), left over stuffing/dressing bag from thanksgiving--YUM.  Going to make frito salad--canned bean, corn, french dressing
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on September 30, 2014, 07:32:43 PM
How's everyone doing?

We did go over our weekly goal for food but the local Hutterites were selling their hormone free turkeys. With holidays approaching (we celebrate voth Canadian & American Thanksgiving in our home), we cut the 19lb'er into quarters and froze separately. With just two of us and pre-schoolers, no way we'd chew through a whole one in one go. We recently started chopping them up so that way, we can roast an amount we're more likely to eat (even after accounting for some leftovers) in one week.

It's great to see our supplies become a bit more manageable. I even found some surprise cookies and homemade sausage a friend gave us awhile back and I just assumed we'd eaten it all.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on September 30, 2014, 09:49:59 PM
Progress report!

-We ate through all the food I made last weekend, except the soup that I froze. Ate some of that for lunch today and expect to make a good dent in it this week.

-Mid-week last week made a meat chili for the husband composed entirely of ingredients from the freezer/pantry.  It's almost gone now.

-Used up the two half-heads of cabbage that had been sitting in the fridge for a while (good thing cabbage keeps forever!).  Slice thin, saute in olive oil with garlic, add a handful of chopped walnuts at the end, and some kale if you want to be trendy-healthy.  Salt and pepper liberally and enjoy.

-Went through the last of my curried walnut stash at work, restocked with the last of the curried walnut stash from home.  Broke out the 3-lb bag of walnuts in the pantry and have them soaking to make another batch.  These are one of my favorite snack foods (yummy, satisfying, not inclined to overeat them).

-Roasted the half duck that was lurking in the freezer, and then used the fat for roasting vegetables.  Bones went into the freezer for making stock at a later date.

-Have been making inroads on the multiple pounds of shredded mozzarella in the freezer.

-Have gone through almost all of the frozen beans: defrost and add a handful to salads, have some beans in lieu of one of my breakfast eggs, etc.

-made some crackers to keep at work for snacks, and took a container of roasted cashew dip from the home freezer to work to eat on said crackers.

I feel like we're doing pretty well--using up a few things each week, but our pantry is still very well-stocked, so we'll be able to continue shopping it for a while.  I am kind of alarmed at how fast we are going through our stock of frozen cheese, but husband says he's okay with dropping it from our diet once it runs out, in favor of eating other items we already own.  Ditto on meat. Grocery total for this month comes to just under $170, well below my <$200/month goal.  We've been discussing switching from meal planning and grocery shopping in 1-week blocks to doing it in 2-week blocks.  We did this for a while a year or so ago, and while it did reduce expenses (and was nice to not spend as much time shopping), the end of week 2 always involved a lot of cabbage and carrots.  We will see if we can plan it better this go-round, or maybe start alternating 1 and 2 week blocks. 

Next weekend we need to start chipping away at our enormous stock of pinto beans.  Time for some veg. chili (and cornbread to finish off the cornmeal), I think!  Husband has also reminded me that we need to get our Christmas puddings started, which will make a dent in the dried fruit (and booze) supply.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 30, 2014, 10:22:48 PM
took a container of roasted cashew dip from the home freezer to work to eat

Recipe please? :-)

-Went through the last of my curried walnut stash at work, restocked with the last of the curried walnut stash from home.  Broke out the 3-lb bag of walnuts in the pantry and have them soaking to make another batch.  These are one of my favorite snack foods (yummy, satisfying, not inclined to overeat them).

Recipe please-please? :-) :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on September 30, 2014, 11:11:19 PM
I am joining to motivate myself to eat out of our freezer for the next 2 weeks. I have a side of beef coming! Took 2 pork loins out for tomorrow nights dinner...progress!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on October 01, 2014, 07:30:03 AM
Used my can of light coconut milk that we've had for two years to make delicious muffins.
Used some of the nutritional yeast that we've had for at least a year; we have a long way to go before that's used up though. Anyone have some good recipes?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on October 01, 2014, 11:29:40 AM
I too have some nutritional yeast to use up. I bought it because I wanted to experiment with cashew "cheese" sauce and the like. After quite a few failed attempts I got tired of wasting cashews. Nutritional yeast seems to overpower every other flavor, and not what I'm looking for in a "cheese" sauce.

I have been making lots of progress - can see the bottom of my freezer (this scares me a little)

Last night made a white bean, red lentil and smoked ham hock soup in the crockpot, all from pantry ingredients.

I have also been making this breakfast bread which is super yummy and is allowing me to use up all manner of dried fruits and nuts and seeds.

http://rhubarbandhoney.com/2014/09/09/raincoast-crisps-bread/ (http://rhubarbandhoney.com/2014/09/09/raincoast-crisps-bread/)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on October 01, 2014, 05:17:14 PM
Made 2 zucchini loaves with 3 freezer bags of shredded zucchini from last year. Baking 2 pork loins for dinner.  Used up jar of Dijon mustard in the pork loin marinade. Score!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on October 01, 2014, 09:50:11 PM
took a container of roasted cashew dip from the home freezer to work to eat

Recipe please? :-)

-Went through the last of my curried walnut stash at work, restocked with the last of the curried walnut stash from home.  Broke out the 3-lb bag of walnuts in the pantry and have them soaking to make another batch.  These are one of my favorite snack foods (yummy, satisfying, not inclined to overeat them).

Recipe please-please? :-) :-)

Here you go, recipes for my weird snacks:

For the roasted cashew dip:  Roast 2 c. of cashews.  Place in food processor and grind into a butter.  Add in 3/4 c. nutritional yeast, then add water 1/4 c. at a time until you get a consistency you like (mine is about the consistency of a smooth nut butter, IIRC it took about 1 c water total, but the dip has been in the freezer for a while!).  Salt to taste.

For the curried walnuts, I soak 3 lbs of walnuts in water for 8 hours or overnight.  Drain off the water, then combine 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp cardamom, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of cloves with 1-2 tsp salt.  You can also add a bit of cayenne if you want some kick.   Coat the walnuts with the spice mixture.  I then pop the nuts in the dehydrator and dry them out that way, but I imagine if you don't have a dehydrator they could also be toasted.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 02, 2014, 04:46:45 AM
Yum, thanks for those! I can see myself cooking those soon :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: tracylayton on October 02, 2014, 07:31:47 AM
I don't have a big freezer but every time I go on vacation, I try to eat up everything that is in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. It's a great time to clean all the shelves and use up food.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on October 02, 2014, 08:45:37 AM
took a container of roasted cashew dip from the home freezer to work to eat

Recipe please? :-)

-Went through the last of my curried walnut stash at work, restocked with the last of the curried walnut stash from home.  Broke out the 3-lb bag of walnuts in the pantry and have them soaking to make another batch.  These are one of my favorite snack foods (yummy, satisfying, not inclined to overeat them).

Recipe please-please? :-) :-)

Here you go, recipes for my weird snacks:

For the roasted cashew dip:  Roast 2 c. of cashews.  Place in food processor and grind into a butter.  Add in 3/4 c. nutritional yeast, then add water 1/4 c. at a time until you get a consistency you like (mine is about the consistency of a smooth nut butter, IIRC it took about 1 c water total, but the dip has been in the freezer for a while!).  Salt to taste.

For the curried walnuts, I soak 3 lbs of walnuts in water for 8 hours or overnight.  Drain off the water, then combine 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp cardamom, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of cloves with 1-2 tsp salt.  You can also add a bit of cayenne if you want some kick.   Coat the walnuts with the spice mixture.  I then pop the nuts in the dehydrator and dry them out that way, but I imagine if you don't have a dehydrator they could also be toasted.

Deeelish! Thanks!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on October 02, 2014, 01:05:14 PM
Used my can of light coconut milk that we've had for two years to make delicious muffins.
Used some of the nutritional yeast that we've had for at least a year; we have a long way to go before that's used up though. Anyone have some good recipes?

So, um, I'm currently breastfeeding and nutritional yeast + flax is supposed to be really good for that.  And it has been, I totally notice a boost when I've been eating those.*  So I've been adding them to a lot of stuff.  The best recipes so far have been adding a bit to banana bread (here's my recipe: http://sisterx83.blogspot.com/2014/03/blueberry-oatmeal-banana-bread.html -- the modified version with the nutritional yeast is at the bottom) and in this baked cranberry applesauce oatmeal (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/10/cranberry-apple-baked-oatmeal/).  For the oatmeal, I just add a Tbsp of nutritional yeast and I'm a tiny bit generous with the applesauce and it's worked very well.  You can't taste the yeast in either of these.

*Don't worry, you won't spontaneously start lactating if you follow these recipes.  :D
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: LisaCO on October 02, 2014, 06:12:11 PM
I'm making progress, slowly but surely.

I used a can of beans, some of the brown rice and spices in black bean burgers.

I work from home, so this challenge has really helped with menu planning.  One box of quinoa down and only 2 to go.  I sautéed some spinach with garlic and pepper, and then threw in the quinoa.  I put an egg cooked over easy on top.

One box or crackers and one box of green tea are also gone.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on October 04, 2014, 04:39:41 PM
Any suggestions on Lima beans? I have a bag of dried ones. I partially used them but didn't seem to rehydrate as well as my other dried beans. Chewy and too soft in the same bean....

Maybe in a spread or in a chili?

I'm getting excited as due to inlaws visiting (they brought a few meals) and two potlucks we were invited to t, we may be able to stretch our inventory out another week.

All we have bought at the store is milk, yogurt, a red onion and a few heads of lettuce and cat food. It took 1/3 less time than usual which was great.  I was tempted to buy some additional items but we could wait to eat them and I had only brought $10 cash with me anyways. I also checked out some new cookbooks from the library and I made a few meals using Asian ingredients I had on had always meaning to prepare. We had great fried rice, wonton soup and pad thai :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on October 04, 2014, 04:57:17 PM
Any suggestions on Lima beans? I have a bag of dried ones. I partially used them but didn't seem to rehydrate as well as my other dried beans. Chewy and too soft in the same bean....

I had a bag that I soaked overnight recently, and the next morning they were...oddd...the skins looked like they had split and bubbled. I ended up popping them out of their skins, throwing then in a crockpot with a smoked ham hock and made a soup. if the texture of the beans suck, buzz it up like I did :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on October 04, 2014, 05:30:20 PM
More progress:

-Ran out of oatmeal at work, so transferred the 5-lb bag in our pantry to the office
-Made a frittata using mushrooms and cheese from the freezer
-have some pinto beans soaking right now to make soup!  Am a little sick of black bean soup every day, so this will be good to mix things up a little.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on October 04, 2014, 05:34:12 PM
Sisterx, thanks so much for the blueberry banana bread recipe. It looks delicious!
Progress:
Used up the quinoa, and we're no t buying more (despite wanting to) until we use up the lentils and rice.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Staff Only on October 06, 2014, 06:46:27 PM
Hubby and I are going to join you for the next 2 weeks with this challenge.  The reason we want to try this is because last week we had the batteries in our escooter ripped out and stolen while it was parked in the supermarket carpark (we live and work in China and petty theft is pretty bad here).  Replacing the batteries set us back 600RMB. 

We spend at least 400RMB per week at the supermarket so the challenge we've set ourselves is to only spend 100RMB per week for the next 2 weeks.  This will include all non-food items we buy from the supermarket as well (shouldn't be too much of a problem as we're pretty well stocked in this area at the moment).  We also have a change bowl which we will be using to buy fresh veggies, eggs etc. from the wet market.

I figure 2 weeks of this will make up for the unexpected loss of 600RMB. 

P.S.  In Australia (where hubby and I are from) there is a pantry challenge known as the "$21 challenge" which means you can only spend $21 in one week on food items at the supermarket and you find the rest of your food from your pantry/fridge/freezer etc.  I've tweaked it a bit for life in China but 100RMB plus some change from the change bowl is roughly A$21.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on October 07, 2014, 11:40:40 AM
Well, I looked in the freezer yesterday and actually had to dig deep to find some ground moose.  We still have plenty of moose roasts to eat up, so I guess I should start concentrating on those for weekend meals.
We also have lots and lots of salmon left, but I'd say that the chest freezer is probably about half empty.  Progress!
We also have a 50 lb. bag of flour, which I've been using to make at least 2 loaves of bread each week.
Finally, I made this baked oatmeal (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/10/cranberry-apple-baked-oatmeal/) which used both applesauce I canned at least 2 years ago, and some of the frozen cranberries I picked a couple of years ago.  I'll have to keep making that until both of them are gone.  Thankfully, it's delicious and filling!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MayDay on October 08, 2014, 06:36:25 PM
Loving this thread!

Ideas I need to remember:
Applesauce muffins (I canned about a 3 year supply last fall oops)
Granola with oats
Frozen cranberries in oats


Things I have made lately: 
Fresh local fruit is done for the year so we dug into the dried pears
Dinner was 100% pantry today (noodles, carrot sauce, cheese my MIL gave us which no one likes plain but is ok on pasta)
Roasted 4 of my butternut squash (my garden stash is about 20 now).
Used up the last if my fresh beets

On the docket in the freezer:
More fruit from summer
A quiche that I froze, that only I like, so will eat for breakfast until it's gone
Veggie burgers
Frozen beets, ugh, I posted about them in the last pantry challenge.  I discovered they were tolerable when mixed into mashed potatoes.  Blech. 

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on October 08, 2014, 06:59:58 PM
Try the beets in smoothies with something stong-flavored (citrus?).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on October 08, 2014, 10:06:25 PM
I want to join in too. Were a family of four looking to move probably Juneish. 
I have a Lot of powdered milk, beans, noodles. 
When I checked the freezer I was surprised I found 5 packages of bacon.  And 6 ham steaks. 
Also a huge bag of steel cut oatmeal.  That my kids won't eat as oatmeal(help)

And the spaghetti sauce seams to have been multiplying in the cabinet when I wasn't looking.

What I've done:  shop at home first,  don't go to the store, get creative on kids school lunches(as much as I can and still have them eat it), eat leftovers for lunch, and instigate freezer night(a random container or containers gets pulled from the freezer and thsts dinner)

I'm learning to substitute too.  I had plain yogurt and strawberry syrup for expresso and it worked.


Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on October 10, 2014, 06:56:03 PM
I love these threads.

I'm approaching this challenge slightly differently. My kitchen is tiny, and I don't buy in bulk, so I'm not worried about using up staples like rice and flour since I only have less than a packet on hand and cycle through it pretty quickly. 

What I do want to do is get through all the random ingredients that have accumulated. You know, the saffron or bulghar or vanilla beans that you bought for a specific recipe and then just sit there because 'they'll keep' and they're not in your regular weeknight repertoire.

What I've done so far:
Leftover cranberry sauce bought for a Christmas in July party got used as jam on toast over the last few weeks.
Packet of frozen mixed vegetables (left behind by a house guest , don't really like) got thrown into a thai red curry with beef and peppers

On the agenda for today:
Lamb and spinach curry (use up 2 packs of lamb from freezer)
Coconut jelly (use up half tin coconut milk, plain gelatin my sister left here)
Chai concentrate (use up end of molasses, cinnamon sticks, english breakfast tea no one drinks)
Pasta sauce (heaps of antipasto left over from a party)

On the list for the next few weeks:
More gelatin
Rice papers for rice paper rolls
Half a pack of corn things
Gluten free flour
Bulghar
Soba noodles
Duck stock from freezer
Sausages from freezer
Fruit mince pies from freezer
Can of borlotti beans
Green tomato chutney

Ideas are definitely welcome!


Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on October 12, 2014, 12:07:43 AM
Needed a fast lunch for ds10 -- cheese quesadilla.  I still have 2 bags Costco size of tori tats to use.
Ate my spicy bean soup with corn muffin in the car.  I was late.
Dinner spaghetti with mushrooms and olives.  Yea

I figured out a sorta coffee creamer I'm ok alternating with the good stuff.  2/3 c powdered milk, 12 oz water, and expresso syrup to taste.  Makes kinda a mock latte when mixed with my coffee in the morning or at least that's what I'm telling myself.

Also needed treats for church.  Used up a can of pumpkin and made a spice pumpkin sheet cake.  Kids like it so it's good.


It's hard to think outside the box when I get pressed for time.  I need to come up with a Clifbar substitute for weekends.  Muffins?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Staff Only on October 12, 2014, 12:40:05 AM
It's been a week now since hubby and I jumped on the band wagon.  We've done really well so far and have stuck to our budget of 100RMB for the week.  Some of the things we did this week were: cooked a yummy meatless meal, had a leftovers night and we've completely cut booze out. 

None of these things have been a challenge for me but my other half has struggled a bit.  He is the cook in our household while I'm the one who...um....wears the moustache?!  Haha!  That sounds really weird.  Anyway, it's been a challenge for him to break out of old habits and think differently about the food we eat.  But hey, he's trying really hard and we've met our goal this week so that's great.

In the meantime, we've had yet another financial setback involving our escooter.  I had an accident earlier this week involving another escooter and the police have confiscated both escooters until the investigation has been resolved (this is standard procedure in China).  So we've been catching taxis to and from work because there is no bus that goes close to my workplace and I sustained an injury in the accident which has prevented me from walking too much.  I was also unable to work at my weekend job because of the injury so I lost some income (1000RMB).  Depending on the outcome of the investigation I may also have to pay for some of the medical costs for the other person involved in the accident.  Not happy Jan!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akt3P8ltLM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akt3P8ltLM)

So even though I was only planning to join this challenge for 2 weeks, I may need to convince hubby to extend for a little while longer.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on October 13, 2014, 11:24:03 AM
It's been a week now since hubby and I jumped on the band wagon.  We've done really well so far and have stuck to our budget of 100RMB for the week.  Some of the things we did this week were: cooked a yummy meatless meal, had a leftovers night and we've completely cut booze out. 

None of these things have been a challenge for me but my other half has struggled a bit.  He is the cook in our household while I'm the one who...um....wears the moustache?!  Haha!  That sounds really weird.  Anyway, it's been a challenge for him to break out of old habits and think differently about the food we eat.  But hey, he's trying really hard and we've met our goal this week so that's great.

In the meantime, we've had yet another financial setback involving our escooter.  I had an accident earlier this week involving another escooter and the police have confiscated both escooters until the investigation has been resolved (this is standard procedure in China).  So we've been catching taxis to and from work because there is no bus that goes close to my workplace and I sustained an injury in the accident which has prevented me from walking too much.  I was also unable to work at my weekend job because of the injury so I lost some income (1000RMB).  Depending on the outcome of the investigation I may also have to pay for some of the medical costs for the other person involved in the accident.  Not happy Jan!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akt3P8ltLM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akt3P8ltLM)

So even though I was only planning to join this challenge for 2 weeks, I may need to convince hubby to extend for a little while longer.

Ouch!  Hope you recover soon and that this is resolved quickly, with no more loss of income/bills.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on October 13, 2014, 08:30:51 PM
That sucks Staff Only, glad you're ok though.

It's all systems go here. Chai concentrate is delicious, just had some of the lamb curry for lunch, pasta sauce is in the freezer and the coconut milk jellies will be dessert tonight with some diced mango. mmmm.

I've even managed to get the man on board, and we cooked up a lovely dinner at his place last night using some wilty veggies from his fridge, sausages in danger of freezer burn and a fresh beetroot from the garden. Breakfast was scrambled eggs with some smoked salmon that needed to be eaten and that last few slices of bread from a loaf that I think had been there since January. He said it smelled like fridge water, but it toasted up ok :)

I thought I had a pretty minimalist pantry, but as I was cooking through my four dishes this weekend I kept finding other things I really should use up! So I have added to the above list: half jar butter chicken curry paste, huge jar turkish hot pepper paste, home made quince paste, a tub of cream (now in the freezer awaiting ideas) and more of those damn frozen vegetables.

My budgeting week ends tomorrow night, there is heaps left over, and I can't see myself needing to get ANYTHING at the shop before then, except perhaps 2 litres of milk for my boyfriend's place. Yay.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on October 13, 2014, 09:41:36 PM
That sucks Staff Only, glad you're ok though.

It's all systems go here. Chai concentrate is delicious, just had some of the lamb curry for lunch, pasta sauce is in the freezer and the coconut milk jellies will be dessert tonight with some diced mango. mmmm.

I've even managed to get the man on board, and we cooked up a lovely dinner at his place last night using some wilty veggies from his fridge, sausages in danger of freezer burn and a fresh beetroot from the garden. Breakfast was scrambled eggs with some smoked salmon that needed to be eaten and that last few slices of bread from a loaf that I think had been there since January. He said it smelled like fridge water, but it toasted up ok :)

I thought I had a pretty minimalist pantry, but as I was cooking through my four dishes this weekend I kept finding other things I really should use up! So I have added to the above list: half jar butter chicken curry paste, huge jar turkish hot pepper paste, home made quince paste, a tub of cream (now in the freezer awaiting ideas) and more of those damn frozen vegetables.

My budgeting week ends tomorrow night, there is heaps left over, and I can't see myself needing to get ANYTHING at the shop before then, except perhaps 2 litres of milk for my boyfriend's place. Yay.

great update! I use Turkish pepper paste every time I make something with tomato paste, adds a great flavour. You could also use it with the bulgar to make either traditional cig kofte http://www.turkishfoodandrecipes.com/2011/05/cig-kofte.html (http://www.turkishfoodandrecipes.com/2011/05/cig-kofte.html)
Or vegetarian: http://turkishfood.about.com/od/MezeStarters/r/Easy-Recipe-For-Imitation-meatless-Turkish-Steak-Tartar-Balls.htm (http://turkishfood.about.com/od/MezeStarters/r/Easy-Recipe-For-Imitation-meatless-Turkish-Steak-Tartar-Balls.htm)
Had a great weekend of using up leftovers. Had Thanksgiving with my aunt - only had to make Brussels and cornbread (both using pantry and freezer ingredients. Sent home with lots of leftover so had Turkey dinner last night with more cornbread, and tonight with fresh popovers. So happy to be using some cornmeal up :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Staff Only on October 14, 2014, 05:14:58 AM
Thanks for the sympathy SisterX and chasingthegoodlife.  My injury is healing much fast than anticipated so I was able to combine walking and bus riding to get to and from work today.  No money was spent on taxis.  Woo!  If my healing progresses at this rate I should be able to make it to my weekend job this Saturday.  Double Woo!

Funny thing happened this morning when hubby went to make himself some breakfast.  He has a habit of eating dinner leftovers for breakfast but I asked him to reconsider this habit during our pantry challenge because leftovers are more expensive per serve than a basic breakfast of toast and tea (plus, with a bit of imagination, leftovers can be revamped into a new meal the next evening).

So hubby opens the fridge and grabs the dinner leftovers out of habit.  Then I heard him call out from the kitchen "you're in my head woman!  I was just about to eat the leftovers for breakfast but then I heard your voice in my head saying toast and tea, toast and tea, TOAST AND TEA!"  So he put the leftovers back and made himself some toast and tea.  Bahahahahaha!!  I must have some sort of mustachian-style Jedi mind trick capabilities.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MandalayVA on October 14, 2014, 10:58:19 AM
I badly need to empty out my chest freezer because it needs defrosting, and slowly but surely I'm getting there.  On Saturday I found a hambone from over two years ago.  Yikes.  But I also had chicken broth and I threw everything in the crockpot overnight.  I cooked some Costco Normandy mix veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, baby and yellow carrots) in the broth, pureed everything with my immersion blender, and added back the meat from the hambone along with a couple of diced-up small ham steaks I also found in the freezer.  Voila, faux split pea soup for lunch this week!  We've on vacation next week but when we come back the Freezer Emptying Jihad is on!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on October 14, 2014, 12:06:52 PM
Well, we re-filled our freezer last night, but all for the cause!  The husband and I assembly lined a bunch of burritos (using a moose roast and part of our giant bag of rice we've had for over 2 years now, plus beans from the pantry) for quick lunches and dinners for crazy days.
Still on track eating fish and haven't had to repeat a meal yet.  I didn't realize we had collected so many salmon recipes.   Even better, BabyX is learning to love salmon, and the (cooked) skins are going to the dog who is super happy about it, so we get to save a tiny bit on dog food.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on October 14, 2014, 08:40:32 PM
Glad your feeling better and able too walk some now.  Taxis are expensive.


I made a real use it up recipe tonight and my husband actually said he liked it.  Yea! Leftover rice, leftover black beans, frozen onions, frozen peppers, frozen flour tortillas, a jar of enchilada sauce, the last of one container of taco seasoning And a pound of hamburger.  They we good enchiladas.  Leftovers for tomorrow.  And two things of frozen meat mix to go into the freezer for opps  I forgot dinner nachos.

I did well this morning too had a jar of Almond butter. The kids won't eat it. So I mixed the almond butter with a jar of peanut butter.  The kids declared it good.  So that's a win also.


But much to the children's dismay we are our of clifbars(ok they haven't found the emergency stash in the car)

I found a 7lb bag of steel cut oats.  What can I make besides oatmeal?  HELP
!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on October 14, 2014, 09:55:50 PM

I found a 7lb bag of steel cut oats.  What can I make besides oatmeal?  HELP
!

I toss a handful of oats in every time I make a smoothie. Anzac Brownies are one of the most amazing food ever: http://www.crew.coop/ (http://www.crew.coop/)

Oatmeal cookies, Anzac Biscuits, topping for crisps, baked apples, thrown into ground meat to stretch it when making meatballs or hamburgers, ground into flour and subbed in for some of the flour when you make bread....I Love oats!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on October 14, 2014, 11:33:30 PM
The Anzac Brownies call for rolled oats.  I have steel cut oats will they still work?

I've used rolled oats to stretch meat before and for topping on crisps but not steel cut oats.  Can they be substituted.  I know the cooking time it way different.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on October 15, 2014, 03:12:13 AM
Shropskr, I am by no means an expert but if I were you I would cook or part-cook the steel cut oats before subbing them into recipes that you think can take the extra moisture (ie meatballs or a crisp will probably be ok, but a cookie recipe might not turn out).

A google for steel cut out energy bar recipe also threw up a lot of results - could you try using them to make your own cliff bar substitutes?

Turns out I didn't need to get milk, but picked up a block of butter after work as I need to make a dessert tonight for an upcoming get together. I could have subbed oil but baked goods just aren't the same without butter, IMHO.

I'm making some cranberry almond squares that will use up the last of the almond meal, sliced almonds, dried cranberries (soaked and subbed for fresh, hope it turns out!) and continue my mission of using up the not so great vanilla essence I've nearly finished. Trying to use it in recipes that don't depend on vanilla being the star.

We had the coconut milk jellies last night with some diced mango from a jar I found in the boyfriend's cupboard, they were really good and I'll definitely make them again when I have some coconut milk to use up.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on October 15, 2014, 11:41:57 AM
The Anzac Brownies call for rolled oats.  I have steel cut oats will they still work?

I've used rolled oats to stretch meat before and for topping on crisps but not steel cut oats.  Can they be substituted.  I know the cooking time it way different.

Crap, sorry in my enthusiasm, I didn't catch that they were steel cut. I'm not sure if it would work
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on October 15, 2014, 08:36:09 PM
Thanks chasingthegoodlife can't believe that I didn't even think to google what I wanted. I tried muffins, breads but with your suggestion I googled "mock peanut butter clif bars" and low and behold they even called for steel cut oats.  LOL :) I had all the ingredients so I made up a batch the kids like them.  Score...

While I was at it I turned some of my steel cut oats into oat flour.  That I know how to use.  Pancakes. Yum.

Thank you guys.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on October 17, 2014, 12:58:54 AM
Oat flour, that's a great idea. Sometimes I wish my cheap food processor wasn't so lousy.

I'm off sick today and was craving some comfort take out food but pulled out some lonely leftovers from the freezer (chinese braised beef), heated up some roast pumpkin from the fridge, made some rice, and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. It was warm and rich and didn't cost anything. Feeling virtuous now. And not all that sick anymore either.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on October 17, 2014, 08:03:05 PM

I had a bag that I soaked overnight recently, and the next morning they were...oddd...the skins looked like they had split and bubbled. I ended up popping them out of their skins, throwing then in a crockpot with a smoked ham hock and made a soup. if the texture of the beans suck, buzz it up like I did :)

Great idea. I have a ham hock in my freezer awaiting to be made into soup. Maybe I'll do that this weekend :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on October 17, 2014, 08:06:37 PM

Coconut jelly (use up half tin coconut milk, plain gelatin my sister left here)



You inspired me...that sounds amazing and I definitely have some coconut milk and gelatin in my pantry.  Thank You!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on October 17, 2014, 08:10:58 PM
 
I found a 7lb bag of steel cut oats.  What can I make besides oatmeal?  HELP[/b]!


 I add oats to every bkaed good I make (muffins, pancakes,etc). I also use them on "power balls" or basically PB (or any other kind of nut butter) rolled in oats, wheat germ, pumpkin and/or flax seeds and really anything else you have on hand. They freeze well, are portable and my kids really love them too so they hardly last more than two days.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on October 17, 2014, 08:40:15 PM
Our "pantry diet" (as my husband dubbed it) continues.  This past week, we were traveling.  We packed a bunch of homemade dehydrated meals from our backpacking box.  At our airport layover, I asked for two cups of hot water at starbucks (which apparently they don't charge for!  I did leave a tip though, as the line behind me was quite long), and 15 minutes later we had a hot pinto bean stew to eat, instead of roaming around and spending too much on airport food.  Then, as part of our trip, we borrowed a car and camp gear from my parents and did a few days camping.  We polished off several more of our meals (black beans, split pea soup, chickpea curry, white bean and garlic soup), plus some assorted nuts and raisins from the snack box.  They were all easy to prepare (just add hot water, and some fat if you want to bump up the texture/flavor a bit), tasty, nutritious, and (best of all), CHEAP (including the electricity our average cost per meal-sized serving is just under $1).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on October 18, 2014, 06:29:16 AM
Ugh.  Now that some cool weather arrived, I was taking an inventory of my dried beans when I found that two old Tupperware canisters of beans had been invaded by a tiny insect--and I mean miniscule!  Grains and beans in glass canning jars were just fine. 

Fortunately I did not lose much but this is a good reminder to perform a steady rotation and keep a good inventory.

In the process of cleaning out the pantry, I found a packet of a mole sauce--best by Sept 30, 2014.  I'll use that tonight.

Tomorrow I am making minestrone soup with all of the miscellaneous veg that is looking less than perky at the moment.

On a happier note, a friend gave me a bag of apples.  Apple pie tonight!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on October 18, 2014, 06:38:23 PM
Well cake cakes turned out to be more of crab rice.  Tasted great though. Husband said we can try again.  We have two more packages of frozen imatation crab

Saw the in laws today. Yea.  They brought us a lot of fresh veg, eggplant, brusslesprouts, kale, peppers, tomatoes, chard, bochoy and more.  So I'll be working around that to.  My first thought. Italian wedding soup, get to use up that sausage, kale, frozen chicken carcasses, more noodles.  Only thing I don't have is the parmizion cheese.(sub Monterey jack?)

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Staff Only on October 19, 2014, 05:00:34 AM
Well, we re-filled our freezer last night, but all for the cause!  The husband and I assembly lined a bunch of burritos (using a moose roast and part of our giant bag of rice we've had for over 2 years now, plus beans from the pantry) for quick lunches and dinners for crazy days.

SisterX, what does moose meat taste like?  I'm curious.

Today marks the end of our second week of participating in this challenge.  Once again, I'm really happy with what we've achieved with sticking to our budget of 100RMB.  One of the meals we tried this week was a Thai red curry using smoked tofu as a meat substitute.  It was really yummy, super cheap and there was so much of it we're going to have it again tonight (no dishes, yay for leftovers night!).

Before moving to China, I didn't know much about tofu and never really saw it as anything but some weird vegetarian food.  My life in China has changed all that.  The Chinese do amazing things with tofu.  I particularly like smoked tofu and marinated tofu.  The smoked tofu we bought for this recipe cost 2RMB.  That's not even 50 Australian cents.  I estimate the entire dish cost about A$4 and it will easily feed us for 2 nights.  The red curry paste and coconut milk came from the pantry, as did the rice.  The veggies and tofu were purchased fresh from the wet market (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet_market#Chinese_Wet_Markets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet_market#Chinese_Wet_Markets)).

Update about my escooter accident:  the police decided the accident was my fault, not because I was doing anything illegal but because I was the one overtaking at the time the accident occurred.  It doesn't matter that the other escooter rider veered into me.....they have all the rights in this particular situation because they were the one being overtaken.

This means I have to pay compensatioin to the other escooter rider (who broke a bone in her shoulder by the way).  After a week of negotiations it looks like I will have to pay 40,000RMB to settle this mess.  This converts to more than A$7,000.  This is obviously not the kind of outcome I was hoping for but there's little I can do about it except grit my teeth, pay up and get on with my life. 

I see this as a temporary setback on my road to financial freedom, and if anything, plan to grow in my badassity skills so I can make the money back in no time.  This whole experience also seems to have flicked a switch in hubby's brain too which will hopefully have some serious positive long-term effects on our ability to save.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on October 20, 2014, 03:49:04 AM
Westofthehudson - let me know how it works out! I've got one more left in the fridge, might try it with some kiwi fruit.

I used up the half jar of butter chicken curry paste tonight with some chicken, peas, roasted cauliflower and rice. Roasted cauli with indian spices was a great success but the curry paste confirmed my existing bias that indian style curries are better with dry spices. It was kinda sweet and fakey tasting. BUT there are four more meals in the freezer for lunches/lazy nights. 

A bag of choux and some pastry cream came out of the freezer last night for dessert with some fresh pear, and I'll use the rest of the pastry cream with some raspberries tonight. Enjoyed two of the fruit mince pies for dinner on Saturday night too, and the rest are at work for midweek snacks.

However, I am ashamed to say that, despite living alone and having a smallish two drawer freezer on the bottom of my fridge which I inventoried when I started this challenge, I just found something totally new in the freezer!?! WTF. A container with nine egg whites. How did I miss that? I feel some coconut macaroons coming on. Or should i think of my waistline and go some egg white omelets instead?

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GumbyPickles on October 20, 2014, 07:31:58 AM
This could be fun, and it's a good idea...I can't tell you how much crap I have sitting there for the past 2 years.  Hopefully it's not too expired....haha
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on October 20, 2014, 11:01:08 AM
I made two batches of limeade last night to use up a container of lime juice.

Continuing to eat down our rice (made vegetable fried rice) and pasta (made pasta twice this weekend) stores.  I used half a jar of gifted marinara sauce (usually make my own).  I'll use the rest later this week. 

 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on October 20, 2014, 12:12:19 PM
SisterX, what does moose meat taste like?  I'm curious.


I always think it tastes very similar to beef, then I eat beef and think, "Oh yeah, they're different."  Moose is so lean that when it's ground, a bit of beef suet or pork lard (that one's good for burgers and meatloaf) is added in so that it doesn't just burn in the pan, so that accounts for a bit of the beefy taste.
A moose roast, on the other hand, has nothing added.  Depending on the age of the meat and how quickly the hunter got it to refrigeration it can be a little gamey, but nothing off-putting.  It's hard to describe a taste, you know?  But we use moose in any recipe which would normally call for beef.  It can even be made into sausage, and now on the very rare occasions when I eat beef I think it tastes a little off. 
Moose is also a tougher than beef, since the animals actually lived lives where they needed to range and whatnot, so their muscles were used.  But a long slow cook fixes that problem, at least in bigger cuts of meat.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on October 20, 2014, 01:47:34 PM
Husband has put a halt on spending, since we did a big stock up at Winco this week. Now its time to eat from the pantry and freezers again! Hope to get my creative juices flowing again by reading the archives on this thread! Thanks for the inspiration!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Chranstronaut on October 20, 2014, 01:51:47 PM
This is a great thread!  I'm working on moving out right now, so this is a goal I definitely need to meet. 

My carnivorous SO is moving out in a week, so he needs to work through any meat before he goes.  I'm not moving out until the end of November, but we did a big trip at Costco last month before we knew we were moving so soon, so I have a ton of stuff to get through on my own.

Any ideas on using frozen berries?  I won't have a blender to make smoothies.  I'm thinking about pies?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on October 20, 2014, 02:06:10 PM
Pies are good!

I would also stew some of the berries (in a pot on the stove, with just a little water and sugar if needed) then add to oatmeal for breakfast, yogurt for a snack etc.

Good luck with your move.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Wolf_Stache on October 20, 2014, 03:25:33 PM
This is a great thread!  I'm working on moving out right now, so this is a goal I definitely need to meet. 

My carnivorous SO is moving out in a week, so he needs to work through any meat before he goes.  I'm not moving out until the end of November, but we did a big trip at Costco last month before we knew we were moving so soon, so I have a ton of stuff to get through on my own.

Any ideas on using frozen berries?  I won't have a blender to make smoothies.  I'm thinking about pies?

Put them in yogurt or oatmeal.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on October 20, 2014, 07:09:23 PM
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Any ideas on using frozen berries?  I won't have a blender to make smoothies.  I'm thinking about pies?
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 I'd second the pies or on top of oatmeal/yogurt but I would also suggest a batch of muffins/scones or waffles/pancakes with them as well. Or popsicles.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on October 21, 2014, 11:45:54 AM
Any ideas on using frozen berries?  I won't have a blender to make smoothies.  I'm thinking about pies?

My husband has also been mixing them into cottage cheese, and we use small frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries) in pancakes on the weekend.  I also mix frozen blueberries into banana bread (I posted the recipe somewhere upthread) and use frozen cranberries in baked oatmeal (also posted that recipe).
But, pies!  Who doesn't love pie?  :D
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on October 23, 2014, 05:29:57 PM
How is everyone doing?

Got word we are moving for sure, so emptying our freezer has become my biggest priority. Yesterday was a Thai chicken coconut milk curry with frozen green beans and peas.

Tonight is broccoli cheese soup in homemade pretzel bread bowls.

Tomorrow will be the same with some sort of frozen veg on the side. Maybe some Roasted brussel sprouts.

Friday will be a lamb (freezer) Ragu and homemade pasta. with a side of...Maybe green beans from the freezer.

I have quite a few containers of apple sauce in the freezer and currently not eating sugar...maybe mixed into oatmeal for as many days in a row as I can stand?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on October 23, 2014, 06:04:34 PM
From the freezer today:

1 organic whole chicken, now in the roaster

1 package of frozen beef from last years side, now thawing (what should I make with chuck steak?)

1 bag of frozen vegetables to go with the chicken

4 cups of frozen blueberries and 2 cups of frozen raspberries (all from a local farm), becoming a crisp in the oven
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on October 23, 2014, 11:41:37 PM
Ran out of time to make dinner. Planned boc choy, shrimp stir fry with rice, but dd7 homework meltdowns made it not happen.  Tomorrow.  Emergency pancakes(oat flour and wheat flour mixed) milk that was turning sour.  Dear husband doesn't like pancakes so he got last nights spaghetti and meatball leftovers.  I swear the spaghetti sauce is multipling in the cabinets I just keep finding more. Lol

Made a double batch of mock peanut butter clif bars as the kids ate all of the last batch.  They wanted them with chocolate so I used m&m's that were left over from an event I went to earlier in the week.

Yesterday made pumpkin cupcakes, but I think I'm the one eating them all.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on October 24, 2014, 11:22:15 AM
I have quite a few containers of apple sauce in the freezer and currently not eating sugar...maybe mixed into oatmeal for as many days in a row as I can stand?

I actually love mixing applesauce and a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg into my oatmeal.  If I have them on hand, almonds or walnuts also get added.  It's sweet but not too sweet, so I don't even miss sugar.

Doing really well.  Made mooseloaf last night, used up some pasta earlier in the week, and tonight we're having some people over for dinner so I'm making smoked salmon linguine.  It's a fancy (but easy) recipe that uses mostly what we already had on hand.  Score!
Going to a birthday party potluck tomorrow, so we'll use up some of our giant bag of chickpeas by making hummus and bring that.
We have events coming up soon (potluck baby shower for friend, my daughter's 1st birthday party, family visits) which should help us use up a lot more really quickly.  Never thought I'd be this happy to see food disappearing from our supplies so rapidly.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on October 24, 2014, 01:30:30 PM
Made a crisp last night with frozen blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

Took 2 bags of shredded zucchini out of the freezer to make a chocolate zucchini cake today for the weekend.

Took out a chunk of chuck steak left from last year's side of beef and put it in the crockpot with this marinade:

http://addapinch.com/cooking/balsamic-roast-beef-recipe/

Plan to make buns this afternoon and serve this shredded beef. I've never made chuck steak/roast before so I hope it turn out!

Edited to add: The chuck steak recipe worked out quite nicely and the kids loved it! Got 70 buns made too!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Staff Only on October 26, 2014, 03:21:59 AM
SisterX, what does moose meat taste like?  I'm curious.


I always think it tastes very similar to beef, then I eat beef and think, "Oh yeah, they're different."  Moose is so lean that when it's ground, a bit of beef suet or pork lard (that one's good for burgers and meatloaf) is added in so that it doesn't just burn in the pan, so that accounts for a bit of the beefy taste.
A moose roast, on the other hand, has nothing added.  Depending on the age of the meat and how quickly the hunter got it to refrigeration it can be a little gamey, but nothing off-putting.  It's hard to describe a taste, you know?  But we use moose in any recipe which would normally call for beef.  It can even be made into sausage, and now on the very rare occasions when I eat beef I think it tastes a little off. 
Moose is also a tougher than beef, since the animals actually lived lives where they needed to range and whatnot, so their muscles were used.  But a long slow cook fixes that problem, at least in bigger cuts of meat.

Thanks for the description SisterX.  I hope I get to try it someday.

It's the end of week 3 of our pantry challenge and our cupboards are very bare indeed.  When it came to lunch yesterday I was wondering what on earth we could eat.  Then I noticed an unopened jar of basil pesto in the cupboard so I grabbed it and whipped up some toast pizzas.  I threw 4 slices of bread into the toaster, then spread basil pesto on them as a base, sliced up half a tomato I found in the fridge and arranged the slices on the toast then picked a few leaves of basil from our balcony garden and arranged them on top of the tomato and then cut up 2 slices of cheese singles and placed little squares of cheese on top of the basil leaves so they wouldn't burn.  Threw them under the grill for a few minutes et voila!  Hubby was very impressed.  Had them again for lunch today.  Yum!

We will continue with the challenge until the end of this coming week (31st of October).  We've already sat down and worked out a budget going forward which we've never really done before.  We're not big spenders normally so there's never been a real need to do so.  But now that we have this unexpected accident compensation we have to pay, I think it's time for us to analyse our situation and make some changes.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on October 26, 2014, 10:08:28 AM
Wow, the ideas being presented are awesome!  I am in for Nov/Dec.  Goal is to only spend $200/month.

Motivation reasons:
- We have been spending nearly $700/mo since April for a family of 4 (not good).  Our 2015 goal is $550/mo so I need to get our mindset in place now.
- Our freezer is full of random meats, veggies, pre-made meals.  Age of some is quite unknown, and a little scary....
- Our pantry is overflowing (I am a sucker for sales, regardless if there are 10 packages of the item already in the house)
- We have a 1/4 cow coming in February, plus need freezer room for Turkey stock-up. 
- Our waistlines need to shrink.  :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on October 26, 2014, 11:06:53 AM
I hosted dinner for 17 last night and cooked WAY too much food (menu of fajitas), so today I'm going to take the leftover rice/beans/beef/shredded cheese and make individual burritos for the freezer.  I wrap them in wax paper and they are super convenient to grab for lunches or quick dinners.  The beef is from a local farm and I slow-cooked it all day yesterday so it's super tender and flavourful.

My freezer/pantry stockpile is getting a bit ridiculous, so I really need to maximize use of what I already have, rather than purchasing more.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on October 26, 2014, 04:07:47 PM
I'm making some rice with a spice packet from the cabinet.  I also tossed in half a bag of frozen peas and a handful of peanuts. 

I also made a dozen hard boiled eggs (snacks for the week). 

I found half a bottle of lime juice (another one), so I'll probably make more limeade.  I made some last week with the last of another bottle. 

We still have a lot of random spice packets, in addition to individual spices. I also have a few random cans of soup. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on October 27, 2014, 02:10:49 PM
Starting again -- just picked up a side of beef from the farm! 250lbs of beef in the freezer plus 50 chickens. Now we REALLY start to eat from the freezer ;-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on October 27, 2014, 02:24:27 PM
Wow, that's some serious beef!

Had some family over yesterday and made a dutch ginger butter cake which went down very well. They brought food too so now I have plenty of leftovers for the next few days.

Also roasted some beetroot from the garden and garlic which will mix with the greek yogurt in my fridge to make a dip. No crackers on hand so I might have to make some. I made this rosemary flatbread in the past and it was nice and easy but not as crisp as I expected (likely due to user error :)) http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/08/crisp-rosemary-flatbread/

Planning a kimchi fried rice using some more of those frozen veggies and half a tub of kim chi from the fridge. Got some miso and tofu as well so will make a little soup to go on the side.

Was telling my mum about the challenge and she is looking at doing something similar. Her cupboards and freezer are packed so I bet she could do wonders.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: sunnyca on October 27, 2014, 03:50:41 PM
Picking up this challenge again.  Still working my way through several boxes of Applegate sausages and oatmeal... I like both, but after this, I'll be taking a looonnnngggg break from both.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on October 27, 2014, 05:52:06 PM
So tonight I'm going to prep this sweet potato and spinach bake for tomorrow's dinner.  I defrosted a package of frozen spinach last week and didn't end up using it, and I have some sweet potatoes that are starting to get a bit soft, so I think this will be perfect.  I'm debating serving it with a pork tenderloin (I have several in the freezer).

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1089637/sweet-potato-and-spinach-bake
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on October 27, 2014, 05:58:36 PM
Tonight is butter chicken from the freezer stretched with some frozen peas. I'm also going to take out a Turkey and get that thawing for later in the week.

Hubby has been making smoothies with some of our frozen fruit for breakfasts. Have to use up some of the stranger ingredients I have in my freezer. Grated casava? wonton wrappers?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on October 28, 2014, 01:13:58 PM
We love making potstickers/dumplings with wonton wrappers.  Also, tortellini or ravioli.  Those are also a good way to use up odds and ends of vegetables.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Chranstronaut on October 28, 2014, 01:43:30 PM
Oh man, I have been doing awful on this challenge.  Routine fell by the wayside as SO was leaving, so I haven't cooked at home in days!  I even forgot to make a sandwich for lunch today and had to get one at the cafeteria.  BLEH.

I have a BUNCH of pasta to use and all the pantry staples.  I think I'll try making some pasta sauce with the canned carrots and tomatoes today and eat up the fruit that's turning.  Later in the week will be black beans and corn.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on October 28, 2014, 02:07:11 PM
@ChransStache, if you have fruit that's turning, you could always turn it into a crisp/crumble.

I posted a recipe fairly recently that used spelt flour (though any whole grain flour would work), unsweetened coconut, nuts and oats, and it was super delicious.  http://definitelynotmartha.blogspot.ca/2014/07/rustic-mixed-summer-fruit-crumble.html  (you could use coconut oil or *gag* margarine instead of butter.  The great thing about a crumble is that it's really forgiving to any substitutions you might want to make, as long as you keep ratios about the same.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on October 28, 2014, 02:29:07 PM
Dumplings! Our family make ours kind of Japanese style (google 'gyoza' for some recipes) with pork, cabbage, and a little soy, sesame oil and ginger. You could sneak a lot of other bits and pieces in too if you had stuff to use up (carrot? Zucchini?). Its a fiddly process but not too time consuming if you make a big batch at once and freeze some for later.

I used up more of the frozen veggies last night in a kim chi fried rice, had a bowl of miso soup with some ground toasted sesame seeds which was lovely.

Made a chocolate milk jelly with some leftover soy milk I bought for my mum's visit, and had some of that with fresh strawberries for dessert. Also finished making the beetroot dip which will be snacks for today and tomorrow.

Today's the last day of my budget week and I have about $50 left over. Need to maybe get a cucumber for tonight, maybe some herbs too. I could make a nice dinner with what I have on hand but I think keeping the veggie level up is more important.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: sunnyca on October 28, 2014, 02:41:54 PM
Grated casava? wonton wrappers?

Cassava cake!!
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cassava-cake/
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on October 28, 2014, 03:15:08 PM
A friend gave me some amaranth.  Ideas for what I should do beyond making cooked breakfast cereal?

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MandalayVA on October 30, 2014, 11:16:08 AM
Making progress.  I made a HUGH JASS batch of chili using three pounds of ground chicken from the chest freezer; Mr. Mandalay has been eating it for dinner.  I also made a huge batch of chicken broth from several bags of bones.  I did have to freeze about three-quarters of it (it went in the fridge freezer rather than the chest) and used the rest to make faux split pea soup for my lunches this week.  Next week's soup will be broccoli cheese and dinners will be Great Northern beans and ham because I found ANOTHER ham bone in the chest.  Also chicken salad for Mr. Mandalay's lunch sandwiches to use up chicken breasts.  I did realize something--because of this we haven't had to buy meat in a month and can probably go another month, which is drastically lowering our grocery bills.   
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on October 30, 2014, 11:20:39 AM
Repurposed some leftovers last night.  A few nights ago, I made marinated pork tenderloin and a sweet potato/spinach gratin.  I also bought some whole wheat pitas last week.

So last night, I took pita, spread it with pesto, topped with chopped onion, green pepper and olives, added some shredded pork and slices of sweet potato from the gratin and put a fine sprinkle of aged cheddar and parmesan on top.  A few minutes in the oven (6 minutes at 450F then 1 minute of broiling) and I had the most delicious flatbreads.

Tonight we'll be eating some of the burritos that I froze after last weekend's dinner party.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on October 30, 2014, 12:09:26 PM
Last night I made a huge batch of Budget Bytes Chicken Taco Bowl recipe (extra beans/corn/everything except chicken).  I shredded the chicken before work this morning.  I'll have a great dinner tonight when I get home.  I also need to segment out the majority of the crockpot into single servings for the freezer.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Chranstronaut on October 31, 2014, 08:13:05 AM
@ChransStache, if you have fruit that's turning, you could always turn it into a crisp/crumble.

I posted a recipe fairly recently that used spelt flour (though any whole grain flour would work), unsweetened coconut, nuts and oats, and it was super delicious.  http://definitelynotmartha.blogspot.ca/2014/07/rustic-mixed-summer-fruit-crumble.html  (you could use coconut oil or *gag* margarine instead of butter.  The great thing about a crumble is that it's really forgiving to any substitutions you might want to make, as long as you keep ratios about the same.

Thanks!  I'm just down to fresh apples now, so I should be able to use them up as is.  I do have 1.5 bags of frozen berries to get through, and a crumble sounds better than a pie for an event I'm going to in a few weeks.

How much cornstarch did you use with the brown sugar?

I'm all about using real butter.  Butter and oil, y'all!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on October 31, 2014, 11:37:52 AM
About 2 Tablespoons.  Thanks for noticing that - I'll fix the recipe!

I'd skip the cornstarch if you are using apples though, because they won't lose moisture as much as the stone fruit and berries did.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MicroRN on October 31, 2014, 05:57:56 PM
I'm in. I never finished everything in my cupboards during the last challenge, although I can see the back of them now!

I'm still trying to figure out what to make with a bag of Quinoa and a can of Squash Bisk, for example.
Quinoa is the best!  I use quinoa in place of rice.  It's SO good!

I would eat the squash bisque plain...or with a good roll.  I've been meaning to try this recipe for a while now: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/04/focaccia-rolls/

Do the Focaccia rolls.  They're fantastic and stupid-easy.  I top them with salt and fresh rosemary from my garden.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: tracylayton on October 31, 2014, 06:11:38 PM
I am leaving town for 10 days and have been eating up my food supply for the past several days. I still have 1 steak and 3 salmon fillets, some grapes, half a loaf of bread, 1 can of tuna fish, some carrots, 6 eggs, half a gallon of milk, 2 cans of soup and some rice. I leave in 3 days and I might just squeak by without a trip to the grocery store! As an added bonus, I can deep clean the fridge, freezer, and pantry before I go!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on October 31, 2014, 07:33:34 PM
My DH has been cooking lately and is using up leftovers nicely.  Leftover rice, beans, half an onion plus some chicken became a tasty stew with homemade chicken broth and it has lasted three meals.  I am admiring his limited shopping.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on November 01, 2014, 11:27:49 PM
Well after being awesome at this for 6 weeks I fell off the wagon for 1.bought pizza fried chicken and pizza.  Ok I was in the er one night ick.  Neurologist made me go.  Ongoing migraines.  Go news ct says nothing wrong, labs say nothing wrong, bad news after 4 different meds they still couldn't break it and sent me home again.  Waisted day.  Oh well.  Head hurts less today.

Kids almost out of clif bars again.  I think even after this is over I'll keep making them way cheaper than store bought. 

Made enchiladas tonight.  Didn't have sauce so looked it up on allrecipies and made my own.  Go me.
Beans are cooking for sweet bean chili.  I'm really the only one that likes it.  I figure the family can eat I one night then I get like 2-3 weeks of lunches out of a batch. I rotate it in the freezer with other frozen soups.  So I don't have the same thing all the time.

I know we're making a difference because we havenot bought hardly ant groceries in 6weeks but I swear the freezer/panty is still full.

Though I am on my last package of lunch meat.  I'll have to decide if I want to replace it or get even more creative with sack lunches for the kids.

Do you think those cooked breakfast sausages(like jimmy dean links) could go in sack lunches as the protein?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Staff Only on November 02, 2014, 06:47:20 AM
Well after being awesome at this for 6 weeks I fell off the wagon for 1.bought pizza fried chicken and pizza.  Ok I was in the er one night ick.  Neurologist made me go.  Ongoing migraines.  Go news ct says nothing wrong, labs say nothing wrong, bad news after 4 different meds they still couldn't break it and sent me home again.  Waisted day.  Oh well.  Head hurts less today.

Don't beat yourself up about it Shropskr.  Your migraine situation sounds really crappy.

Hubby and I finished this challenge on Friday but strangely enough neither of us has bothered to go to the supermarket since then.  Our cupboards are almost bare but we still managed to scrape together a tasty little stir-fry of smoked tofu, garlic and peppers (from the wet market) on a bed of rice.  We have enough rice left over to cooked fried rice tomorrow night.

It occurred to us that we really did learn something doing this challenge.  In the past if our cupboards had gotten that low on groceries we would've been in a panic and may have even gone out to a restaurant (a cheap one of course, but still!!) in order to feed ourselves.  Instead, we did as the locals do.  We strolled across to the wet market, bought some cheap, fresh basics and whipped it into a tasty and nutritious meal with a few staples from the cupboard.  Winning!

Our next challenge is to start tracking our spending here in China but hey, that's a topic for another thread......
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on November 02, 2014, 02:19:28 PM
Great work everyone! I don't think a few runs to the shops for essentials or take out nights when things are frantic undoes the benefits of using up what you have, if you're still getting 80% of your meals/ingredients from what you have on hand isn't that a massive saving?

I'm staying at my boyfriend's place over the long weekend and went to town on his pantry yesterday. Leftover lime marmalade and orange fruit jelly that no one was eating became these biscuits (cookies for y'all up north) http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/blogs/233237601.html and lemons and cumquats from the trees along with several ends of clumpy sugar became a fresh new marmalade for toast.

Saturday night we made pizza dough and used up odds and ends of antipasto, cheese, salami, veggies and homemade beetroot dip on some home made pizzas which got us dinner and next day's lunch for $0, then last night pulled some sausages from the freezer with roast beetroot salad from the garden (bought greens) with the last of the blue cheese, sauteed leeks from the garden, and some homemade sour dough rolls from a mix bf has had since we started dating.

Best of all (for my OCD heart), there is now only ONE open container of sugar, one open butter, one open flour. Quinoa flakes were found to have the DREAD PANTRY MOTH and binned promptly. Use it or lose it people!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on November 02, 2014, 04:31:36 PM
Do you think those cooked breakfast sausages(like jimmy dean links) could go in sack lunches as the protein?

My kids would be in heaven if they had "hot dog sausages" in their lunches! 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on November 02, 2014, 05:06:40 PM
Hope you are feeling better, Shropskr!

Making progress, cooked a turkey that was in the freezer, pulled off all the meat and made stock with the bones. This has been finding it's way into most of our meals over the last few days. Curried Turkey over rice cooked in broth, chopped up turkey in scrambled eggs and leftover rice for breakfast. Lunch/dinner was chopped up turkey simmered in a bit of broth and homemade taco seasoning, served over quinoa cooked in broth and some quick re fried beans made from our supply of pinto bean flakes.

I have been making cashew nut milk out of our large supply of raw cashews - using as a base for healthy hot chocolate, smoothies etc.

While trying to clean out the pantry (possibly the worst possible time?) Hubby and I have decided to go sugar -free as much as possible. Staggering to see how many pantry foods have hidden sugar or how many different types of sugar we do have in our pantry.  Have to package and and move everything in approx 21 days, so thinking that a bunch of unopened sugary things (like jams and such) we'll probably just donate to our local food pantry.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on November 03, 2014, 08:58:05 AM
So last night we had spaghetti, which used up some borderline vegetables, a package of ground beef, one of spaghetti and some tomatoes and sauce.

Tonight I've got a beef stew in the slow cooker, and I used up some of my carrots, potatoes, and a squash from the garden, and I'm serving with a five-minute focaccia, to which I added some rosemary and garlic powder.

We bought 1/3 of a cow last year and I just didn't cook as much beef I guess, so I still have quite a bit left.  We won't be getting it this year, because we are trying to eat through the current frozen stockpile of food.  :)  I'll probably do it again next year though - for what we got, the price was quite reasonable, and the quality was absolutely amazing (local, grass-fed happy cows).

I also need to work on eating through some of the dried legumes I have too - I made a tomato bean soup last night that we can have for lunches this week, and later this week I'm going to make a nice spicy black bean soup, as I've a large bag of dried black beans too.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Chranstronaut on November 03, 2014, 11:08:19 AM
I made pizza twice this weekend to use up some of the gluten I have in the pantry.  It turned out pretty bad, haha!  I've made pizza dough in the past, but I definitely didn't need this enough and ended up with a lumpy, but tasty crust.  I think I'll make vegan hot wings again to use the rest of the gluten up: http://vegandad.blogspot.com/2009/08/ultimate-vegan-hot-wingz.html

Cracked open a bag of frozen green beans.  They were a little freezer burned, so they weren't all that great texture-wise.  I really dig green bean casserole, so I might use them for that instead. 'Tis the casserole season, after all!

Went to the store to get some more produce this weekend.  I'm transitioning to buying more things out of the bulk bins even if it's not the cheapest option.  This way I can control the amount that I bring into the house as I used up the containers in the pantry and avoid food waste.  Only bought rice and a can of tuna from the inner aisles.  Accidentally bought spinach when I have more lettuce to use up.  Probably going to have some big salads this week for dinner.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on November 03, 2014, 12:10:42 PM
Accidentally bought spinach when I have more lettuce to use up.  Probably going to have some big salads this week for dinner.
Spinach freezes well.  I use it in smoothies after I freeze it. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on November 03, 2014, 12:37:19 PM
Westofthehudson - let me know how it works out! I've got one more left in the fridge, might try it with some kiwi fruit.


Awesome! I even tried it using some guava paste I had (mixed it with boiling water first to liquify it more). This is has blown my mind!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on November 03, 2014, 02:31:24 PM
I fell off bandwagon for posting as a severe cold sidelined me from doing much more than basic necessities. Feel much much better now, even with "mom" being out of comission, DH kept going as he coudl easily find what's in the freezer and I used up the last of last year's cow to make a comforting beef stew.

Over the weekend, I could see the light in our freezer upstairs(the one on top of fridge), it was amazing. I did chuck a small bag of turkey insides that DH wanted to save and I didn't and they were super freezer burned. I am also excited as we'll be hosting 3 young adult men who are part of a missionary team for two weeks. I plan on using their appetites to finish off the last of the roasts from our pig and to use up some pasta/rice from the pantry (I have cut down on my personal consumption of those items).

Once their visit is over, we should be down to just a dozen items in the freezer and I have planned for our side of beef to arrive just about then.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on November 03, 2014, 11:00:08 PM
Made Brinner, breakfast for dinner, need to add this to the weekly rotation as we at I'll have a lot of breakfast meats in the deep freeze.

Made a new batch of pb clif bars added 1/2 c sunflower seeds we'll see if the kids notice.  I hope not.  I have a huge bag of the to use up.

Made a new clif bar recipe Chocolate Brownie clif bar.  We'll see how it does.

Also made the Oregon Chai Tea recipe I found here on MMM. Yum.  Though I need to find a way to strain it.  Super nice treat for me.  I can't have the real stuff.  Allergic to honey.

Tomorrow night soup and sandwich.  We have quite an assortment of soup cans and I'd rather not move them.  Beef stew for tomorrow.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on November 04, 2014, 06:48:48 AM
Made Brinner, breakfast for dinner, need to add this to the weekly rotation as we at I'll have a lot of breakfast meats in the deep freeze.

Also made the Oregon Chai Tea recipe I found here on MMM. Yum.  Though I need to find a way to strain it.  Super nice treat for me.  I can't have the real stuff.  Allergic to honey.

Brinner is a staple in this family.  Easy to make and everyone likes it.  For the Chai Tea, strain it thru a coffee filter.  I also use filters to strain crockpot yogurt to resemble greek yogurt. 

Starting to see the back wall in parts of the pantry.  Found a small container of espresso grounds.  The cappuccino machine is currently out of commission (plugged steam froth hose - any ideas on how to fix?) so I mixed the grounds with regular coffee.  Another container bites the dust.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on November 04, 2014, 07:56:25 AM
Tonight will be a leftovers night!  One thing I'm trying to make a practice of, to reduce food waste, is that when I hit a certain point, with the numbers of servings of leftovers (i.e., I have enough leftovers for dinner that night, AND for lunch the next day), then we have a leftovers night.

I have quite a few things right now, so I'm going to tell the kids that tonight is like being at a restaurant, and this is what's on the menu:
- mulligatawny chicken stew with quinoa
- beef stew
- spaghetti and meat sauce
- 9-bean tomato soup

Hopefully they will find the choices appetizing.  Whatever we don't eat will go in tomorrow's lunches, and then I start the process over again.  :)  Fridge is starting to empty out and these meals incorporated quite a few pantry items.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on November 04, 2014, 08:35:54 AM

Also made the Oregon Chai Tea recipe I found here on MMM. Yum.  Though I need to find a way to strain it.  Super nice treat for me.  I can't have the real stuff.  Allergic to honey.

I strain right from my crockpot into a jug using a mesh strainer - easy peasy.

Feeling very bad ass because I haven't been baking as I was out of baking soda and hadn't had a chance to go to the store. Then realized thanks to the internets that I can just use baking soda and cream of tartar. Worked really well for the crackers that I made. Was able to use up some Einkorn Flour my mom had given me, as well as some sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and poppyseeds.

Mixed up some cashew pulp from making cashew milk and some quinoa pulp from making quinoa milk with some coconut oil, date paste, tahini, peanut butter, cocoa, vanilla and instant espresso powder to make some "healthy" fudge. It is actually pretty tasty.

Hubs had homemade apple sauce from the freezer with some granola I made to use up more of the nuts and seeds we have.

My breakfast will be quinoa scrambled eggs with some chopped up roast Turkey and Spinach. (I'll be honest starting to get tired of Turkey)

The plan for dinner tonight is Chicken Parm using up some chicken from the freezer and some jarred sauce and homemade bread crumbs from the pantry. Going to use up the last little bit of dried pasta we have kicking around instead of making fresh. Will also make a side of roasted brussle sprouts with apples and onion to use up the last 1/2 bag of Brussels and apples on their way out.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on November 04, 2014, 11:15:16 AM
Anyone have any ideas of what to do with frozen cantaloupe?  My husband is the only one who likes it, but he's getting pretty tired of mixing it into smoothies.  Any other suggestions?  We don't have all that much left.
We're seeing parts of our upright freezer which haven't seen the light of day in many years.  I added a bit to our stockpile by chopping up, pureeing, and freezing a pumpkin over the weekend, but that will get used up very quickly.
We're having a bit of an off week--hubs and I are just so tired, so we planned a week of sandwiches.  However, we didn't have to buy nearly as much as I thought we would to make the sammiches we want, so the grocery bill was super low.  And, we are using some things we already had around the house: basil from my plants, some cheese, and I made the bread, so used some of our 50lb bag of flour.  Progress!  Other than the sandwiches, we're going to have pesto salmon, which will use up a container of pesto which someone gave to us recently, with sides of sweet potatoes and salad (using up the lettuce I bought for sandwiches and more cheese).  Should be a tasty, easy week of meals.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on November 04, 2014, 11:47:07 AM
If you're willing to potentially sacrifice it, would consider trying to make it into 'softserve?'  I know it works well with bananas, but it *might* also work with canteloupe?  I personally prefer the dark chocolate recipe - http://www.thekitchn.com/magic-one-ingredient-ice-cream-5-ways-peanut-butter-nutella-and-more-171618

You could also try making a dessert soup, or a martini (not especially frugal, hehe).  I've never used it in anything but smoothies, so I'm at a bit of a loss.  Is it tasty enough thawed that it could top a fruit tart? 

I also wonder if it could be pureed into a hot soup.....something with some sweet flavour like a sweet potato, squash or carrot soup?

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on November 04, 2014, 09:15:09 PM
Time for an update--we're doing really well!  Definitely helps that my husband and I are both on board with the project.
We've been having at least 1, usually 2 legume based meals/day.  The 25 lb bag of pinto beans is now more than halfway finished, and we've made a good dent in our dehydrated meals.  I am actually starting to wonder if we will make it to the end of the year without running out of legumes.

Almost out of oatmeal!  I am debating whether or not to replenish this one.  Our rule is that we aren't buying an item if there is a functionally equivalent item available.  We do have a substantial amount of white basmati rice that we are just not going through that quickly and that could be sort of equivalent as it is also a grain.  BUT.  I do not want to eat white rice every day--I enjoy it as something to eat 1-2x/week on very high activity days, but it is not as filling as oatmeal. The other option would be to have more protein shakes and/or legumes for breakfast (right now I switch between oatmeal, a shake, or legumes).  We will probably go with the second option for the next couple of weeks but may restock on oatmeal before our next camping trip.

Also continuing to use up odds and ends in the freezer, it's starting to look decidedly less stuffed now.  Also, although they are not officially included in our "eat everything" diet, I've been making a more concerted effort to use up our herbs and spices, which has led to some experimentation and new recipes. Last weekend I made a really good tomato-vegetable soup with pinto beans and added a spoonful of fennel seeds.  Came out great--my husband kept saying how good it was (and he's usually so-so on tomato based soups).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on November 04, 2014, 09:46:05 PM
Minor battle in the house tonight.....DH wanted to order pizza, but I convinced him that we really didn't need to.  I had been planning to have a leftovers night (transposed to tomorrow), so we made mini pizzas with bagels and english muffins - topped them with ham, olives, onions, jalapeno, deer pepperettes, cheddar and mozzarella.  Super delicious, satisfied everyone's pizza craving and used up more stuff!  :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on November 05, 2014, 12:12:09 PM
Minor battle in the house tonight.....DH wanted to order pizza, but I convinced him that we really didn't need to.  I had been planning to have a leftovers night (transposed to tomorrow), so we made mini pizzas with bagels and english muffins - topped them with ham, olives, onions, jalapeno, deer pepperettes, cheddar and mozzarella.  Super delicious, satisfied everyone's pizza craving and used up more stuff!  :)

Nice!!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on November 05, 2014, 03:08:57 PM
I am now doing the opposite, adding to the freezer and pantry with seasonal items in their last hurrah.  When I stopped to pick up my CSA box, I found a deal on shiitake mushrooms.  They are dehydrating as a I write.  I saved the woody stems for the stock pot.

Last week I found a deal on Asian pears.  Today I made something completely new for me:  Pickled Pears with Ginger. 

I have too many greens in the CSA box so I'll be making more pesto for the freezer.

Perhaps I am preparing for Eat All the Food in Your House--Take 3!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on November 05, 2014, 11:35:20 PM
Did well today made lasagna.  Husband and I agree were tired of spaghetti so lasagna was a way to use it but change it. Ya know.  Also used the 1/3 box of lasagna noodles I had, 1 egg plant mother in law had brought us, and used fettuccine noodles to finish it off.  Creative!  Not bad.  It made two 9x9 pans cooked one froze one.

Just five more jars of spaghetti sauce to go. That I know of anyway.  I swear there multipling when I'm not looking.  Lol.

My son mastered his multiplication facts. So by our rules he chooses dinner.  He says Mac and cheese.  I have 1 box left so. That's what kids get go eat. I'm so proud, it's taken him two years and he's worked hard.  He's earn it.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on November 08, 2014, 11:09:49 PM
My chose to have his friend Simon over to celebrate with us. Simons parents came too cool.  I made chicken pot pie  with what I think was last thanksgivings turkey, a package of chicken, canned mushrooms, frozen chicken broth, and some frozen veg.  Also Simons mom was gluten/dairy free so I mimicked a pie crust with gluten free flour already owned and almond flour.

I didn't buy anything for this ended out with three pot pies.  We ate one and a bit.  Kids had our last box of Mac and cheese as promised.  It went well.

I'm happy.

Oh and the higher dose headache meds seem to be lessening the head pain.  Though the side effects.  loopiness  and studdering are annoying.  Should get less noticeable in a week or two.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on November 09, 2014, 12:59:12 PM
I went to Trader Joe's on Friday to pick up a few sweet treats for a tea party/lunch I'm attending today.  I also picked up a few items to help us through the week.  We're moving next Saturday. 

I'm in freezer eat down mode.  I've defrosted several single serving dinners for the next few days.  I made smoothies for the week with the remaining spinach (tossed in the freezer), frozen strawberries (still have about 0.25 pounds left), a overly ripe banana, the last of the yogurt, and milk. 

I need to hard boil some eggs to get rid of about 2 dozen eggs. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on November 10, 2014, 08:05:01 AM
We cleaned out our fridge this weekend and it is AMAZING how clear it looks.  We've really cut down on our stockpile of stuff and I'm super happy.

Freezers are still pretty stuffed, so I'm working on those. 

Last night, I made this chili pasta from Budget Bytes and it was awesome because it used up a slightly-freezer burned package of ground beef, some of my frozen corn (somehow, I amassed three bags), some of my frozen black beans (I cook them dried and freeze in 2 c portions), a can of tomatoes, a can of kidney beans, and a half box of fusili that had been laying around.  Everyone loved it and it made a ton of food, so I'm looking forward to the leftovers.

Tonight I have two chicken breasts thawing, and I'll stir fry them with onion, mushroom and celery and combine with a package of noodles, soy sauce and curry powder to make singapore noodles.

I think I have to cave and get groceries though.  Once the celery and mushrooms are done, I'm pretty much out of non-root vegetables, and I'm now completely out of fruit (though I did use up my last pomegranate....love them so much, but they are a ton of work and I always procrastinate on getting the arils out). 

I recently got a new (free!) cookbook, and in it is a recipe for grilled sweet potato slices topped with spiced lentils and a squash sauce.  I have everything to make it, so I think we'll have that one night for dinner.  DH is dubious of the deliciousness of this meal, so I may need to add something else to it to make him want to eat it.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on November 12, 2014, 10:43:33 AM


Also made the Oregon Chai Tea recipe I found here on MMM. Yum.  Though I need to find a way to strain it.  Super nice treat for me.  I can't have the real stuff.  Allergic to honey.


Would you mind linking or reposting the recipe? Thanks!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on November 12, 2014, 10:51:07 AM
We're still chugging along. It's been interesting to find alternatives to certain items. DH and kids like to eat potato chips at lunch as a small side to soup/sand routine. I made some from scratch using processor and oven and no one even noticed. I got more compliments and was able to add some chili powder to DH's chips but leave it plain for the pre-schoolers.

We are getting down to some of our more processed items in the pantry but we may leave a few of them there for just in case we get caught short days. After this week the freezer will be re-filled as I'll be adding my 40 frozen 'Big Cook' meals. They'll be going on the bottom so we can continue to eat the oldest items and empty pantry.

to do this big cook I'll bo going over our initial goal of not spending more than $10/week but the meals will last us well into the New Year.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on November 12, 2014, 01:24:46 PM


Also made the Oregon Chai Tea recipe I found here on MMM. Yum.  Though I need to find a way to strain it.  Super nice treat for me.  I can't have the real stuff.  Allergic to honey.


Would you mind linking or reposting the recipe? Thanks!

My version is here: http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/fire-drill!-skip-this-week%27s-grocery-shop/msg47338/#msg47338 (http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/fire-drill!-skip-this-week%27s-grocery-shop/msg47338/#msg47338)

It is also in the recipe index. Someone else has a slightly different recipe as well, I can't remember where it is.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on November 13, 2014, 01:07:20 PM
Thx for posting chai recipe.  Ipad would NOT let me copy and paste.

We've just been coasting along here.  I've been sick.  So soup, soup soup.  I did a count 11 cans chicken noodle, 7 cans tomato, so no danger of running out anytime soon.  And that doesn't touch the freezer.  Wedding soup, black bean, sweet bean chili, onion,  I think we're still good.  Lol

Brinner last night. Sausage eggs, peppers. Yum.  And the kids do love those sausages in their lunches.  Yea.

I did break down and buy some more lunch meat, bread, and husband food.  I do need to keep the natives happy on this journey.

Tonight more fish fillets, beets(from grandma), and rice.

I also figured out that I could put that bag of frozen butternut squash we won't eat into the kids smoothies.  WIN

This challenge really does help you think creatively.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on November 13, 2014, 02:28:09 PM

Great progress Shropskr! How is everyone else doing?

Making progress, but cheating outrageously. Have decided that giving away food to other foodies stuck in the barren North is almost as good as eating ourselves - especially because we are moving back to where the rest of the family is, and I am sure they will let us help them eat up their bountiful pantries :)

Turned our last lamb into an amazing ragu, which also used up 1/2 an open bottle of wine we weren't crazy about, the last little bit of caramelized onion and fig jam my sister made and a bunch of other odds and ends. Froze 2 meals worth so when those hectic nights hit over the next 2 weeks we are ready to go.

I took out our last chicken which I will be crock potting. I'm sick and out of bone broth, makes me cranky!

We still have a few fish fillets, a box of frozen chicken breasts and two roasts left - I'll probably give away some of the chicken breasts and one of the roasts.

A lone package of puff pastry will be turned into an appetizer to take to a friends house tomorrow night as well.

Other then that I have been cleaning and consolidating the fridge  (lord we have a lot of condiments, we use a lot of condiments, but still!) and will be giving any that I don't think I can use up to a friend of mine. She is probably the only person in town who would know what to do with cans of sugar cane, grated cassava, quince paste and other assorted goodies.  She will also be getting my frozen herbs and hot peppers, they will make her meals so much better.

Keep on eatin' :)

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on November 13, 2014, 03:56:33 PM

Great progress Shropskr! How is everyone else doing?

We're doing OK, cheating also.  But grocery spending is only 50% of where we were last month, so good progress.  Made a master list of meals where we had at least 80% of the ingredients in-house.  There were over 30 meals on the list.  Weekly cooking list ideas come from the master list, helping to clear out random items.  Found a big skirt steak in the freezer and turned it into four different meals (beef stroganoff, Vietnamese noodle soup, beef stew w/ bulgur wheat, beef with broccoli).

One big plus was finding a large bag of spearmint in the spice section.  Been using that to make tea.  Love mint & honey tea!

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Miamoo on November 15, 2014, 12:12:25 PM
Also on the opposite end as I'm still canning and freezing as certain things come up for sale dirt cheap for the holidays. 

But, as we did last year . . . starting 1 January, I won't be buying anything other than fresh produce, milk, eggs until April or May. (And then the lettuce starts) Works out well. 

I have tried freezing eggs when they're cheap - only once - wasn't happy with the results.  Has anyone else tried this? Maybe I did something wrong.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on November 15, 2014, 02:13:30 PM
Also on the opposite end as I'm still canning and freezing as certain things come up for sale dirt cheap for the holidays. 

But, as we did last year . . . starting 1 January, I won't be buying anything other than fresh produce, milk, eggs until April or May. (And then the lettuce starts) Works out well. 

I have tried freezing eggs when they're cheap - only once - wasn't happy with the results.  Has anyone else tried this? Maybe I did something wrong.

We have one more week of our fall CSA (greens intensive and roots).  I need to make Carrot Top Chimichurri and do some other creative and freezable things with greens.

Looks like either you or I will need to start Round 3 of this thread in the new year.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Miamoo on November 15, 2014, 02:44:39 PM

"We have one more week of our fall CSA (greens intensive and roots).  I need to make Carrot Top Chimichurri and do some other creative and freezable things with greens."

What the heck is Chimichurri?

I just freeze the greens in zip lock bags - one pound increments - can be laid flat in the freezer.  Saves space.  Pull out a bag when a winter recipe calls for it.

I'm going to pm you cuz I have questions!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on November 15, 2014, 03:03:43 PM
I'm joining late but I have a few things I need a creative inspiration boost to use.   

We have four jars of pepper jelly (gifts and wedding favors) that I don't know what to do with.  Any ideas other than crackers and cream cheese?

I have four lbs of chia seeds.   We make chia pudding once or twice a month and I use them as an egg substitute sometimes for baking.

Bread crumbs, lemon pepper and spicy breader mixes.  We don't eat a lot of meat, but it bought these to bread fish a whole ago and need to use them up or else toss them.  We don't eat meat often enough to use them that way.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on November 15, 2014, 03:30:39 PM


I have four lbs of chia seeds.   We make chia pudding once or twice a month and I use them as an egg substitute sometimes for baking.


We sprinkle chia (and hemp) on our morning oatmeal and also on yogurt with cut up fruit such as a sliced banana.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on November 15, 2014, 05:29:31 PM


I have four lbs of chia seeds.   We make chia pudding once or twice a month and I use them as an egg substitute sometimes for baking.


We sprinkle chia (and hemp) on our morning oatmeal and also on yogurt with cut up fruit such as a sliced banana.

I throw Chia seeds into smoothies, into muffins, into crackers, into granola, on top of oatmeal. You can also make a chia seed drink or chia seed jam as well :)

I finished off the last of my fish and shrimp on a decadent lunch with our best friend who has been helping us ferry things around in his truck while we are getting ready to move :)

I can see the bottom of my deep freeze - the last few bits and pieces are looking pretty lonely. We have purchased no groceries since the beginning of October except for milk, eggs and bananas :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on November 15, 2014, 05:36:05 PM


I can see the bottom of my deep freeze - the last few bits and pieces are looking pretty lonely. We have purchased no groceries since the beginning of October except for milk, eggs and bananas :)

@swick: You rocked this challenge! I don't remember the last time I saw the bottom of my freezer! Nice job on not buying groceries either! Wow!!!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on November 15, 2014, 06:25:33 PM
Bread crumbs, lemon pepper and spicy breader mixes.  We don't eat a lot of meat, but it bought these to bread fish a whole ago and need to use them up or else toss them.  We don't eat meat often enough to use them that way.

Here's a good recipe for the bread crumbs.  He uses a piece of bread but I've used bread crumbs successfully.

http://blogs.kqed.org/essentialpepin/2011/09/11/zucchini-and-tomato-gratin/

Otherwise, put them on top of casseroles, or toast them with some butter in a pan and put them on top of noodles. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Noodle on November 15, 2014, 08:04:55 PM
I had wandered off from this challenge for awhile but need to get back to it as I am now on a countdown to moving by February 1. It will be in-town, so I won't have to throw away food unless I want to, but would still like to minimize how much makes the trip. For dinner tonight, I made green beans with orange sriracha sauce that used up some fresh green beans in the fridge and some orange marmalade and a box of Asian noodles. Discovered that they were in the clearance bin because the peanut noodle mix had some kind of hoisin sauce packet instead of the peanut sauce. Oh well, tasty anyway and probably healthier than the peanut sauce. Tomorrow I am making a vegetarian chili in the crockpot that will nibble away at some bulgur I have on hand. Also, if I have the energy, a yogurt cake to use up fresh lemon juice and whole-milk yogurt. For dinner a few nights ago, made corn waffles from a mix--one more batch and the mix will be gone. Also did a smoothie to use frozen fruit and some wilting greens. Unfortunately I did not get the greens to fruit ratio quite right, but at least it was healthy...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on November 16, 2014, 01:09:46 AM
I'm bored of our use it up menu. I'm bored of spaghetti, nachos(hides beans/rice), Brinner, soup, fish.  Ack.  Time to start thinking.  I believe I just used my last package of hamburger yea(boo) it's so easy.

Crab anyone???
Bacon??
Spaghetti sauce?
Beans? Got black, red, great northern white


I still have tons of ingredients just not my normal go to ingredients. I have to actually cook. Yeep.
Ok. Deep breath.  I can try crap cakes again.  The crab cake/rice failure tasted good.

Beans maybe try a corn black bean side dish with my fish fillets.(I dont wanna eat anymore fish)

Need a yummy dish to look forward to orange chicken stir fry? I have the sauce.

Or maybe say screw it and just defrost for the whole week and try again later... ;)  We'll have mystery meals.  Sometimes I'm not sure what's in that Tupperware until after its defrosted. Laughs.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Maya on November 16, 2014, 09:23:21 AM
Can a newbie join? I've recently filled up our freezer doing some batch cooking, and now with an expensive month or two, it's time to eat through the reserves. Will have to conserve some for the next week or two as a friend has been buying some of the meals since she started back to work, but my eventual goal is so defrost the freezer so it would be helpful to empty it out!

Main challenge will be using up the stashed breastmilk, but I'm sure my dd will drink some of it when I go back to work in February. I'd love he space from it, but need to keep it a little longe :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on November 16, 2014, 12:10:58 PM
I'm bored of our use it up menu. I'm bored of spaghetti, nachos(hides beans/rice), Brinner, soup, fish.  Ack.  Time to start thinking.  I believe I just used my last package of hamburger yea(boo) it's so easy.

Crab anyone???
Bacon??
Spaghetti sauce?
Beans? Got black, red, great northern white


Do you like Boston Baked Beans?  It uses both bacon and whatever combo of beans you want.  I'm currently making it using a ham hock and a combo of pinto and cranberry beans.  But most recipes call for bacon or salt pork.  Alton Brown and Martha Stewart both have good recipes. 

As for crab, make a hot crab dip.  Here's a good recipe that gets rave reviews from friends.  I downgrade the amount of jalapenos but if you like spicy, this one is good.  You can also substitute other cheeses for Monterey jack and parm-reggio. 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/hot-jalapeno-crab-dip-recipe.html
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: lizfish on November 16, 2014, 12:30:32 PM
Inspired by this thread we are having coconut milk pana cotta tonight. It's going to use up two random things the coconut milk and gelatine as well as the tinned fruit I'm going to serve with it. Had to add fresh milk but we would have had that anyway.

We don't have an extensive freezer collection or a chest freezer so I guess eating everything in our house shouldn't be that difficult but we'd run out of actual food pretty quick and be eating branston pickle and savoury seeds for breakfast!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on November 16, 2014, 01:02:16 PM
Shropskr - I second a crab dip  idea :)

Also for fish, I make fish cakes they are stupid easy and offer a nice variety and can use any type of fish. I use those nothing else instant mashed potato packages from costco - it would be a little more work to use regular potatoes, just boil and mash em. I just poach the fish in the milk/water mixture you have to boil for the potatoes with whatever spices I want (usually I do a curry fish cake) take out the fish and flake it, add the potato flakes and make the mashed potatoes and add back in the fish and some frozen peas. Form into cakes and roll in panko/bread crumbs whatever you have and pan fry. Takes all of about 1o minutes and we usually serve with chutney.

For the bacon you could make a carbonara if you have pasta t use up, or fry it and crumble into some fried rice, or add it to some baked beans as suggested!

Sometimes I'll use beans and spaghetti sauce as a base for Chili - with enough spices, you can't tell.

I make a white bean dip with great Northern beans, usually I end up cooking too much and the leftovers gets made into veggie burgers :) (sorry I don't really have recipes, I kinda cook on the fly)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Ascotillion on November 17, 2014, 02:50:34 AM
I had my uni exams a few weeks ago and unfortunately gave into some tempting fast foods (my main weakness!) during study nights, but now that they're over I decided to tackle my fridge and freezer. There were a lot of meals in there that I was just passing up for newer things, so I decided that I would eat EVERYTHING.

Here's what my fridge looks like now!


I'm going shopping tomorrow, with a bunch of cheap recipes that I can freeze - the cycle starts again!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on November 17, 2014, 08:21:37 AM
We're doing quite well!  Our family of four is at $157 for groceries so far this month, and we are eating like kings.  I'm trying the trick another poster mentioned of just going 'one more day' without groceries to try to eat up food we already have.

I was super proud of last night's dinner.  It started when my husband mentioned he wanted some rice and dal for dinner (lentil curry), but since I had time, and I had a big bag of dried chickpeas sitting in the cupboard, I decided I could also cook up the chickpeas, use some for dinner, and freeze the rest (I freeze cooked beans in 2 cup portions and then use them like canned beans).

So without getting any groceries in over a week, this is what came together:
- basmati rice pulao (done with turmeric, a cinnamon stick, carrot brunoise, cumin seeds and a touch of salt)
- fresh naan (never made it before, but it was easy and turned out surprisingly well)
- red lentil dal
- channa sag (chickpeas done with coconut milk, a block of frozen spinach, half a tomato chopped up and some spices)
- cilantro-mint chutney (was SO stoked to remember I had both these herbs)

It was a great use of some dried goods I've had sitting around for a while, and the meal was so delicious.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Maya on November 17, 2014, 09:04:41 AM
MMM sounds yummy fodder!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on November 17, 2014, 09:24:56 AM
MMM sounds yummy fodder!

Thanks!

Just remembered that I also made a banana cake from some frozen bananas that had been chilling out in my fridge.  I took Smitten Kitchen's crackly banana bread recipe, multiplied it by 1.5 and baked it in a bundt pan (I can't find my loaf pan for some reason).  Another good use of pantry staples - frozen bananas, whole wheat flour, coconut oil, millet, etc. :D  And we have breakfast and snacks for a few days too.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on November 17, 2014, 12:14:49 PM
I can try crap cakes again.

I love this typo.  Or was it a typo?

Crab dip is good, especially if you've got holiday parties/family get-togethers coming up.  You can pawn it off on others and they'll think you're super generous for bringing something so "rich".  :)
Got two weeks of family in town.  Good in some ways (more people to help eat things!) and bad in others (my mom prefers not to eat mammals, so no moose meat).  So I bought some chicken for this week, but we'll do salmon still and the other meals I've planned all use up mostly what we already had so we'll still be eating down the freezer.
Also, my daughter's first (!!) birthday party is this weekend, so I'll be using up some stuff for that, like our giant bag of dried chickpeas (for hummus) and flour in the cake, baking chocolate, etc.  We'll do something with our smoked salmon as well.
With Thanksgiving next week, I'm planning to use up the last of our wild cranberries in sauces.  Yum!  And we're almost out of wild blueberries (boo!  we love those), and down to only 2 jars of canned applesauce. 
I also have the problem of using up some frozen breastmilk, since I don't want to stop breastfeeding yet.  Realized yesterday, though, that the musical I'm in the orchestra for started rehearsals and it's right over my daughter's bedtime, so the husband is going to be defrosting milk to give her at bedtime on nights when I'm gone over the next few months.  Perfect!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on November 17, 2014, 02:36:56 PM
I totally love reading about everyone's creative solutions :)

Lunch is a bag of frozen mixed Asian veggies ( I make myself) with a splash of coconut milk and a bit of thai curry paste and some leftover chicken.

Dinner will be more chicken and Spinach from the freezer probably made into a Indian style curry and served over Quinoa.

I made some freezer fudge out of cooked quinoa, the leftover cashew pulp from making cashew milk, some chia seeds, cocoa, dates, raisins, coconut oil and other bits from the pantry.

I am also experimenting to make a cashew based pie to take to our friends for dinner tomorrow as we have all recently cut way back on the sugar. We'll see how it goes over :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Noodle on November 17, 2014, 09:39:48 PM
Over the weekend, did a yogurt cake that used up the ends of two yogurt containers and some leftover orange juice. Since I have a cold at the moment, I suspect I will be taking the opportunity to make some smoothies and hopefully make a dent in the frozen fruit situation.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on November 17, 2014, 10:55:43 PM
Typo crab cakes.  But hey the other sounds good too.

Did the crab dip.  Less spicy version.  It is good.  We ate it with Ritz.  Kids had tortilla chips for dinner.  Thanks for the idea.  Will have for leftovers Wednesday. 

Had leftover enchiladas today.  I'm getting pretty good at making and rolling them.  Kids get cheese burritos first night, cheese quesadillas second night.

I was really adventurous yesterday I cooked our uncarved halloween pumpkin.  And made pumpkin spice cupcakes using some almond flour, oat flour, and normal flour.  Yum.  Extra  pumpkin is frozen in chunks for smoothies.   

Also using some expired but not bad almond milk in those smoothies.  Those poor smoothies are so far gone from what they started as.  they  truly have become use it up smoothies.  I even saved 1/2 c of cooked beets to throw into the next batch. 

My kids have smoothies for breakfast at least twice a week.  It's the best/easiest way I've found to get fruits/vegetables into them.  My youngest likes it mostly frozen calls it ice cream.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on November 17, 2014, 11:57:34 PM
A house guest made a meal for us today which included canned peas. I have always served frozen peas (well, cooked from frozen ... you know what I mean!) and the family did not like the canned peas at all!! Now I have a whole glad ware container of them in my fridge. Any suggestions of how I can use them up, well disguised? The house guest is gone, so I could just pitch them, but hate to waste food when its perfectly good.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: homehandymum on November 18, 2014, 12:09:17 AM
If it's the texture they hate (and it is for me!), you could try soup?  Like pea and ham soup.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Primm on November 18, 2014, 04:57:38 AM
I don't think a shepherd's pie is complete without peas, so you could do something like that. The peas go mushy in the pie anyway, so the icky texture of canned peas (which I HATE, by the way) would be somewhat disguised.

Or, if you're me, you'd just throw them out...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on November 18, 2014, 07:29:23 AM
I don't think there is any saving canned peas.  They are cooked beyond the point of being edible.

I had 2/3 of a large cabbage in the fridge yesterday - I took half of it to make coleslaw, and with the other half, I'm trying to make sauerkraut for the first time.

Otherwise, dinner tonight is pulled pork, made from a pork shoulder that's been languishing in my freezer for a year (with the last of a cajun rub I had put together a while ago) and I think I might try my hand at cornbread tonight. 

Also, I made chapati to go with my leftover indian food last night - it wasn't quite as good as the naan, but it was really quick and everyone loved it.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on November 18, 2014, 01:27:12 PM
Glad I'm not the only one who finds canned peas disgusting! haha! I think I will just pitch them! Funny thing is, our house guest was raving about canned peas, as in "Oh you guys should try them! You'll love them!" ACK!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on November 19, 2014, 10:07:01 AM
Our fridge is almost empty as we leave for vacation tomorrow.   The only things left are a couple smoked chicken legs, half an onion, a half gallon of milk, some yogurt the kids will eat for breakfast, one half a purple cabbage, one half a green cabbage and purple carrots (the remainders of our last CSA).   Dinner tonight?  A small batch of chicken and dumplings with carrots, onion and the leftover chicken meat.  The cabbage will likely not get eaten because we are cabbaged out (four heads in two weeks and I'm having asian cabbage salad for lunch today), so I'll either leave it until we get back or chop it up and freeze it for stir fry. 

I took a complete inventory of our freezers and fridge and will do the pantry when we get back.  Since we were leaving for vacation, I focused on the fridge and the fresh/fruit and veggies we had.   We did really well this month.   I spent only $125 for a family of four which included 10 lbs of butter that was on sale for under $2.00/lb, a price point we rarely see in MT and many boxes of cereal for $1.00, another price point we don't see often for the cereal I am ok buying for the kids.

I made some gummies using jello and gelatin we've had forever, muffins and seedy crackers for the trip.   This helped use up a lot of odds and ends in the pantry and freezer (dried dates, brown bananas, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, garbanzo bean flour) and will hopefully keep our airport food costs down.

Thanks for the tips, ideas and inspiration.  I've always been a meal planner, but this has really encouraged me to be more creative in using the odds and ends - like making gummies instead of regular jello!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on November 19, 2014, 10:56:10 AM
Way to go, Savedough!

I unplugged the deep freeze today! Still have quite a bit of stuff to use up thoguh, moving day is next Monday :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Chranstronaut on November 19, 2014, 11:31:20 AM
I had to throw out some food from the freezer this weekend :(  I had meat left from my SO before he moved out to his new job.  I tried to give it away to another meat eater, but they backed out.  It's also past the printed expiration date so the food bank won't take it.  I'm bummed.

This leaves me a little bit of frozen veggies and fake meat to get through by the end of the month - should be no problem.  I'm still trying to find homes for any opened spices or baking supplies that I won't use up.  I've got some cans and unopened goods that I should be able to donate or take with me when I move out.

I cooked a bunch of food for a friends-giving last weekend and got rid of all my frozen green beans and frozen berries.  I made Fodder's berry crumble and it was a HUGE hit!  Thanks for the recipe!  The leftovers were excellent too.

I also followed 4alpaca's tip to freeze some of my spinach.  I expected it to get mushy, but it's very still very light and leafy when I checked on it.  I'll probably use it in stir fry or casserole.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Maya on November 20, 2014, 01:06:56 PM
Doing well this week!

Made some Indian food for lunch as I needed rice for another recipe, so we had dal, curried carrots and rice. So yummy. Will do that again. Must have cost $2 for 4 portions and that's rounding up!

Tonight is stuffed peppers using pork, with tomato sauce over top and roasted acorn squash.

Tomorrow have a potluck lunch so I'm bringing egg salad sandwiches.

My goal this week was to avoid the grocery store till I needed milk. Should make it till Friday so a week with just the veggies from my Costco run last week. Usually I need to do another shop to come up with meal ideas.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on November 23, 2014, 12:09:04 AM
My week turned out to be incredibly busy, but I did great anyway.

On Tues night in less than ten minutes I Fed 4 people. 2 cans chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Then I was back out the door again, sans kids and hubby they had 15 more minutes before they had to leave.

Wednesday leftover crab dip.

Thurs clif bars. Really What's a mom to do. Kids get off the bus at 4:22. And we leave at 5:00 to be back at the school for a function.  Breakfast sausage for a snack when we get home again then bed.

Friday Alfredo sauce with broccoli over noodles nice and cheesy. 

Saturday was the frozen  lasanga from the freezer.

Wow I'm tired just thinking of the past week.   
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: ashley on November 23, 2014, 12:28:52 PM
I've only been buying produce for the past few weeks, and my pantry is looking so much more manageable! I love it. There are still a number of things I need to get through, though. Any (vegan) ideas for using up the following?

- Full jar of roasted soy nut butter. The flavor is sort of toasty. Not bad, but not delicious enough that I want to eat it on toast. I'm really at a loss.

- 4 pounds of millet. I don't even like millet, really. I cooked a bunch of it last week with coconut milk and raisins (other pantry items, yay!), and it was edible for breakfast, but not something I'm excited to make again.

- De-germinated white cornmeal. I bought a 5lb bag of this (Martha White brand) at the dollar store several months ago, and it makes the weirdest cornbread. It doesn't behave like the yellow cornmeal I'm used to. The flavor just tastes really off to me. Is this the refined, hull-stripped version of cornmeal? That's what it seems to be, and I don't like it. I've been using little bits of it at a time to sprinkle into bread pans and under pizza dough, but I want it gone faster than that. What is this stuff supposed to be used for?

- Two packages of rice paper. Spring rolls are obvious, but I'd like to do something else with at least some of them. Has anyone ever successfully cut these into strips and cooked them as rice noodles?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: homehandymum on November 23, 2014, 01:40:10 PM
Would the soy nut butter sub for peanut butter in a satay?

And if the cornmeal is what I think it is (white, really finely powdered? Also known as cornstarch?), we use it a lot for sauce thickening - gravies, cheese sauces, that sort of thing.  Maybe have a look at coconut custards? 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Miamoo on November 23, 2014, 04:30:38 PM
Oops.  Derailed again.  Beautiful broccoli crowns for .39/# (many pounds in the freezer now).  Sweet potatoes .29/#.  20#'s to can.

Just started a list of everything I have between freezer and pantry and all the meals I can make from said stash.

Pre New Years Resolution.  No more groceries.  (Except fresh produce & dairy)  Pretty much all the good sales are over with after the holidays anyway. 

Wish me luck.

Signed,

The-compulsive (?) can't-pass-up-a-bargain-food-hoarder.  (But it will be eaten - guaranteed)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: ashley on November 23, 2014, 10:07:56 PM
Would the soy nut butter sub for peanut butter in a satay?

And if the cornmeal is what I think it is (white, really finely powdered? Also known as cornstarch?), we use it a lot for sauce thickening - gravies, cheese sauces, that sort of thing.  Maybe have a look at coconut custards?
It's not cornstarch. It's somewhere between the texture of coarse cornmeal and flour. There's a picture of cornbread on the bag, so maybe I just need to try again with a different recipe. It didn't work at all in my regular go-to cornbread.

Satay might be good. Thanks for the idea!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on November 24, 2014, 07:40:33 AM
Pre New Years Resolution.  No more groceries.  (Except fresh produce & dairy)  Pretty much all the good sales are over with after the holidays anyway. 

The-compulsive (?) can't-pass-up-a-bargain-food-hoarder.  (But it will be eaten - guaranteed)

Same here.  Turkeys are $0.49/lb but the stores require a $25 extra purchase to get the price.  Have two turkeys so far.  Also couldn't pass on the $1.29 pineapple at Aldi. 

Some of you appear to have a flair for Indian cooking.  Is there a good recipe website/book to recommend? 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Miamoo on November 24, 2014, 08:01:33 AM
Pre New Years Resolution.  No more groceries.  (Except fresh produce & dairy)  Pretty much all the good sales are over with after the holidays anyway. 

The-compulsive (?) can't-pass-up-a-bargain-food-hoarder.  (But it will be eaten - guaranteed)

Same here.  Turkeys are $0.49/lb but the stores require a $25 extra purchase to get the price.  Have two turkeys so far.  Also couldn't pass on the $1.29 pineapple at Aldi. 

Some of you appear to have a flair for Indian cooking.  Is there a good recipe website/book to recommend?

Butterballs were .89/# at Aldi here a few weeks ago, otherwise same deals here.

I've never tried Indian but you might find something here:  http://thegutsygourmet.net/#world%20recipes

(Really good Armenian & Middle Eastern recipes)

Can't wait for others suggestions!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on December 02, 2014, 08:34:56 AM
Back from vacation and we came home to a very empty fridge, but full freezers and pantries so I can start to really make a dent in them.
Hoping to use blueberries, greens, sausage, shrimp, tomatoes, chicken thighs, green beans and cilantro out of the freezer this week and pasta, barley, apples, garlic, onions, spaghetti squash, artichoke hearts, chickpeas and tahini from the pantry.  I may also try to get my act together and make dog treats from oatmeal and meat/veggie scraps we save.
Menu:  Cheesy Noodles and Peas (requested by my preschooler for his first day home meal)
Spaghetti Squash with Greens and Sausage
Cheater Paella - it is not authentic, but we like it and I can adapt it to use up so many things
Authentic Falafel with Tahini Sauce and a green salad (The recipe is from my friends mom, written in Arabic, which I don't speak or read, and translated for me). 
Sweet Tea Brined Chicken and Green Beans

I will be buying groceries, because I'm trying to use what we have as the base of meals, not exclusively, and we like to have a mix of fresh produce as well.  I'm setting my budget at $30/week for Dec.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Chranstronaut on December 02, 2014, 11:13:55 AM
Good job everybody!  Keep it up!

I finished the first part of my challenge -- I moved out!  I was able to eat everything in the freezer except a loaf of sourdough I made a long time ago. Much of the pantry was packed up and brought with me in boxes.  Anything that was unopened was donated to the food bank.  A lot of food in the fridge went to waste, which breaks my heart.  I did an okay job eating through the dairy and produce, but condiments and random items all got tossed.

My second half of the challenge will be to do it all again, by eating everything in my two-box "pantry" that's left over from the old house.  This should be pretty straightforward, as I have access to my roommate's pantry basics as well.  I'll plan to supplement fresh foods at ~$20 a week, but I'll be seeking to avoid waste instead of avoiding cost, so this might be a tough limit to meet.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: halftimer on December 03, 2014, 04:10:44 PM
I have been loving reading the great ideas here for using up food. We have identified the awkward items in our pantry and freezer and now are working through them and NOT replacing. Made some chocolate 'haystack' refrigerator cookies with some cereal crumbs and the last of the homemade crunchy peanut butter that were haunting me, and they turned out great. Used up the spice mixes, condiments, and pantry items that were given to us by family that moved out of country. Those took some research since they do not have the same food buying habits as us at all. I still have half a jar of mincemeat (spiced fruit mix) that I can't seem to finish off - any ideas?   We already made a curried chicken sauce with some of it, but it was not a family favorite.  Maybe a spoonful would add some flavor to hot oatmeal?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: homehandymum on December 04, 2014, 12:37:49 AM
Spiced fruit mix would be a nice addition to a fruit bread or a loaf cake - it would taste like hot cross buns :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on December 04, 2014, 12:10:56 PM
Spiced fruit mix would be a nice addition to a fruit bread or a loaf cake - it would taste like hot cross buns :)

Ah, you've reminded me that it's time again to make Stollen!  (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stollen)  That will use up my currants and the last of the candied fruit I bought years ago.  :)
My brother has requested that when we go visit for Christmas we bring a moose roast or two, and we'll bring some salmon in the cooler as well.  A treat for the family, and it helps us use up some more of those.
I used up half of the turkey carcass to make a giant pot of turkey noodle soup (and used a few pantry/freezer items in the process), then made a giant pot of chili and cornbread last night.  My husband said, "I think I'm just going to let you take care of dinner for the rest of the week, because you're nailing it.  Soooo good."  :)
Our top freezer is looking pretty barren and the chest freezer is only about half full.  Woo!  I can't wait until we get to the point where we can move everything from the chest freezer into the top freezer and UNPLUG.  That's going to be a glorious day.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on December 04, 2014, 10:31:24 PM
Ok back to it.

Made more pb clif bars and brownie clif bars.  I'm about halfway through that faint 7lb bag of steel cut oats.  Yea.  And oh the money I'm saving on clif bars oh my......   I think I'm going to add this to my permanent cooking/mixing repertoire.

Made chicken white bean chili with some of our great northern beans.  Eh not great leftovers will be eatable but nothing great.

Bought some sausage. It was cheaper than hamburger to make red chili with next week.

I figured that at least for December my plan is.
1 day Brinner,
1 day soup,
1 day beans,
1 day fish,
1 day fun as per husbands decree
Last day will be leftovers or noodles

Well that's the plan anyway.  Not my ideal food but it's what I've got and it definitely needs eaten.

Oh and one more thing we finally finished all of the peanut butter mixed with the almond butter. Yea so no more apb and j here.  Sooo what did I do.  I go and take a brand new jar of peanut butter and the sunflower butter that nobody eats and mix them together. That's right now we have spb and j.  I feel like a chemist.  But now there eating it.   What's next the tahini? Tpb and j? :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on December 05, 2014, 07:39:39 AM
Bought some sausage. It was cheaper than hamburger to make red chili with next week.

Did similar substitution this week.  Used a pork roast in place of beef for pot roast.  DH actually liked it better, plus it was noticeably less expensive.  It's pretty common in my extended family to economically substitute pork for beef, without sacrificing flavor.

Cold weather is allowing us to use up the various loose packets of cocoa and hot apple cider.  DH is also making a good dent in the homemade salsa.   
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on December 05, 2014, 12:58:40 PM
Well, the Paella was a no-go.   I have a recipe using barley that is really good, so I figured I'd use up our wheat berries.  They take significantly more water so when I got home the crockpot  and wheat berries were dry toasted.  They taste awesome, but wont work in paella, so we are using them as salad toppers.  My baby calls them "crunchies" and eats them as a snack.   Not wasted, but not on the meal plan either.

We had to eat eggs, sausage, toast and apples for dinner.   So I didn't get to use up my frozen tomatoes, artichokes or red peppers.   However, I can make it this weekend, so not all is lost.  I'll just push everything back a day and have to add eggs to the grocery list sooner than anticipated.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on December 05, 2014, 02:29:19 PM
So when I first posted in this thread around the end of October I had no intention of moving, I just wanted to reduce waste and clear some space in the kitchen.

WELL. It seems I have tempted fate because my boyfriend and I have bought a house together and will be moving in in late February. That means all freezer items need to be gone by then, and we'll be combining two households worth of dry goods and spices so the bigger dent we can make in those beforehand the better. The apricot tree, peach tree, fig tree and veggie patch should also be delivering a generous haul over the next few months that I don't want to waste. Hopefully our families can help us out with those.

Some frozen pasta sauce and and ends of spaghetti met their match last night, along with some left over bits in the fridge. I have pulled out some duck breasts for tonight, which I'll serve with some asparagus and beetroot from the fridge, and a bag of overripe banana chunks which will become banana bread.

Next on the radar are: duck stock, frozen egg whites, rice paper roll wrappers, polenta, burghal, soba noodles, a whole frozen duck, frozen celery, the last packet of frozen vegetables, a few frozen sausages and a frozen chorizo.

Most of these things are super delicious so it will be a fun challenge :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: halftimer on December 05, 2014, 05:54:37 PM
Spiced fruit mix would be a nice addition to a fruit bread or a loaf cake - it would taste like hot cross buns :)

Thanks Homehandymum  I'll have to try that with this languishing mincemeat in the fridge
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on December 08, 2014, 04:15:49 AM
The chorizo bit the dust today, along with the end of the pappardelle. Making a dent in the red pepper paste and bulgar, and have a few ideas for the polenta.

I actually wrote up a bit of a meal plan this morning, which is very unlike me, to make sure I get those few ingredients I need to make what I already have 'make sense'.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: RunningWithScissors on December 08, 2014, 10:18:58 AM
Loving this thread.  Hubby and I are doing the challenge, only because we bought duplicates of numerous items one day when we shopped without a list and it made us realize how much stuff we have squirreled away in cupboards and freezers.  I typically have a full freezer in the fall as I keep my garden harvest there.  Turned my tomatoes into 73 jars of salsa a couple of weeks ago, which emptied out nearly a quarter of our upright freezer. 

We've been buying mostly eggs, milk, bread and a few fresh veggies and using up all the starchy staples (beans, lentils, rice, oatmeal, pasta) and meat.  I have to review the receipts for the last month, but it's had an impact on our food costs - probably cut them by half.  With FI on the horizon, we're more and more motivated to see how low we can drop our costs.

My crockpot is certainly getting a workout.  We freeze the carcasses of roast chicken, and bones from the bulk packages of thighs (learned how to de-bone in my first job in a butcher shop!) and throw them all in with veggie trimmings/peels and spices.  Typically, I'd think nothing of throwing this stuff out, but it makes a wonderfully flavorful stock.  The results are turned into hearty soups with orzo/rice/barley and the leftover bits of meat or just broth.  The last batch of broth allowed me to repurpose the leftover meat bits, with frozen mixed veggies and leftover gravy into several chicken pot pies.  As we were eating them, we agreed that this nearly 'free' meal was one of our favorites.  Egg frittatas are also one of our 'go-to' meals with equal measures egg and veggie/meat bits, and spicy curry over rice.

I don't think we'll ever completely clear out the pantry since there's always a stash of seasonal baking ingredients.  As long as I don't have to discard usable staples, I'm happy.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on December 08, 2014, 01:23:50 PM
I don't think we'll ever completely clear out the pantry since there's always a stash of seasonal baking ingredients.  As long as I don't have to discard usable staples, I'm happy.

Same here.  It's more about using all the one-time purchase items that are taking up valuable pantry and freezer space.  I found a bag of beer bread mix in a box that was shoved on the top shelf.  Beer Bread with Garlic Dip for the holidays plus more useful pantry space?  Score!

Another benefit of this thread is the really unique food ideas.  Growing up in the rural part of the Midwest, most dinners revolve around meat and potatoes.  So hearing people make all these awesome different types of food has given me the courage to attempt a vegetable curry tonight - use up some lentils.  Of course, I have ham sandwiches on stand-by for DH because there is no knowing how he is going to react.  ;-) 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: tomita on December 09, 2014, 07:55:58 PM

Bones from the hens are in the crock-pot for some bone stock. Pulled a chicken from the freezer for some sort of dish later in the week. Probably a cornbread topped pot pie using some of the cornmeal we have stashed away.

can you share the recipe for cornbread topped pot pie ? My family loves pot pies
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on December 10, 2014, 03:00:18 AM
I used up some of the soba noodles today in a spicy miso broth with prawns and vegetables. It was awesome. As others have said above, I have not been suffering by the challenge to eat up all these tasty but somewhat unusual ingredients that get ignored day to day.

I also made a small thai red curry using the rest of the prawns and veggies, and adding the last packet of those blah frozen vegetables. Hurrah! They are out of my life. Curry is going straight back in the freezer and will get used up over the next few weeks for work lunches.

The move has got me thinking strategically about not acquiring more than I need. I was out of self raising flour and about to buy more when I noticed the boyfriend already had 2 bags. One of those is now living at my place, which will save us trying to find space to store 3 bags when we combine pantries. I also stopped myself replacing a few cleaning products today, which I can make do with Jif and disinfectant for the next little while.

After the next few days of Christmas parties and events is over I'm hoping to make inroads with the duck stock (+ more soba?) and the polenta.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on December 10, 2014, 08:18:54 AM
I successfully made curry!  Originally was going to be veggie curry but I cheated and put some chicken in it and used chicken stock.  The visual chicken enabled DH to eat it without complaining.  Bag 1 of lentils is gone.  Bonus was that the curry tasted even better the next day - similar to how stew seems to taste better after sitting for a while.

On to researching what to do with rice noodles....
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on December 10, 2014, 01:00:32 PM
Beans in the crockpot for black bean chili.  My hope is with black beans instead of kidney my husband won't hate it so bad.  We will see.

Saw the neurologist Monday for my migraines.   He said I need to lose weight, stop caffeine, no gluten, and no dairy.  So extra kinks are being added in.  Guess the kids really want noodles in their lunches.
I put all the gluten stuff left in one overflowing Costco Huggies box, except the flour and stuff in fridge/freezer.

Dec 31 is husbands last day at work, two week break then he starts looking for work in the new city. So things could start moving fast or not.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on December 10, 2014, 01:30:56 PM
I successfully made curry!  Originally was going to be veggie curry but I cheated and put some chicken in it and used chicken stock.  The visual chicken enabled DH to eat it without complaining.  Bag 1 of lentils is gone.  Bonus was that the curry tasted even better the next day - similar to how stew seems to taste better after sitting for a while.

On to researching what to do with rice noodles....

Way to go, GardenFun! 

Beans in the crockpot for black bean chili.  My hope is with black beans instead of kidney my husband won't hate it so bad.  We will see.

Saw the neurologist Monday for my migraines.   He said I need to lose weight, stop caffeine, no gluten, and no dairy.  So extra kinks are being added in.


I don't know if it would help you at all, but I use to get really severe migraines and the single biggest thing that helped was cutting out sugar. You naturally eat less gluten, lose weight (by making no other changes at all, I have lost 14 lbs so far since mid october) and eat far less of the chemicals/preservatives/colorants that can trigger migraines.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on December 11, 2014, 10:31:42 AM
Over the summer I made quite a large batch of gingered rhubarb marmelade.  I halved the sugar and didn't up the pectin enough so it came out sorta runny and then I never found/made the time to re-do it with more pectin.  I was wondering what to do with it all and have finally figured out that it's the perfect way to spice/sweeten up my oatmeal in the mornings.  Score!  The slightly runny consistency just means that it's easier to stir into the oatmeal.
Also, we ran out of maple syrup and I've challenged myself not to buy any more until after we move.  It's hard, I love maple syrup.  However, the marmelade also goes really well on the pancakes I like to make (zucchini pancakes-- http://www.diaryofalocavore.com/2008/08/zucchini-pancakes.html-- and barley pancakes) and the pumpkin waffles I make are plenty delicious with just butter.  Yay!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: halftimer on December 11, 2014, 06:47:49 PM
Over the summer I made quite a large batch of gingered rhubarb marmelade.  I halved the sugar and didn't up the pectin enough so it came out sorta runny and then I never found/made the time to re-do it with more pectin.  I was wondering what to do with it all and have finally figured out that it's the perfect way to spice/sweeten up my oatmeal in the mornings.  Score!  The slightly runny consistency just means that it's easier to stir into the oatmeal.

Hmm, now I've learned that mincemeat and gingered rhubarb marmelade can both get used up as great oatmeal toppers. I think oatmeal may be the cure-all for pantry clean ups.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Kaivalagi on December 13, 2014, 12:06:15 PM
Really enjoying this thread! We are trying to spend less in the run up to Christmas and want to use up some bits in the cupboards and freezer so will join too :) I made a HUGE batch of veggie chilli which utilised a number of tinned beans/tomatoes and it is lovely!

I have a lonely tin of mushy peas which I have no idea what to do with! I'm really not a fan... I inherited them from an American friend who was moving back to the states who apparently loved them, but not enough to eat that last can :S Perhaps I could put them into a split pea soup and hope for the best.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on December 13, 2014, 04:57:59 PM
In part of Australia they have something called a 'pie floater' - which is a meat pie resting on a bed of mushy peas or pea soup. It is quite nice as a novelty, and tomato sauce hides a multitude of sins.

Otherwise I say pea soup all the way. How about a pea and ham soup? That is generally quite forgiving and you could add some extra frozen peas to even out the taste and texture.

Dinner plan for next three nights is chilli and cornbread, Vietnamese rice paper rolls, and minced pork and green beans over rice with miso soup. All I will need to buy is some ground pork and veggies, the rest will come from the cupboards.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: lizzzi on December 13, 2014, 05:02:53 PM
I saw a restaurant review for a British Columbia place that catered to Australians, so made a lot of meat pies. They had this one where they put mushy peas on top of the meat pie, and then poured gravy over the whole thing. I've never eaten anything like that, but it looked appetizing. (Full disclosure: I'm a Yank…have never eaten a mushy pea in my life.)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on December 14, 2014, 02:08:17 PM
Meal plan changed slightly due to boyfriend requesting some sausages (from the freezer yea!) which I will serve with rosemary and parmesan polenta chips and beetroot/rocket/feta salad.

Cornbread muffins turned out only so-so, I should have put more mixture into each one but I wasn't sure how much they would rise. Taste good though, and those and the chilli will be great for lunches.

Polenta is almost used up already! I found a good looking recipe for polenta pancakes which I will probably make this week to eat with the stewed apples I prepped yesterday from the last 2 Granny Smiths that were getting a bit old.

Took the container of egg whites out this morning to make some macaroons when I'm home by myself this week.

Freezer is looking pretty empty!!!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on December 14, 2014, 11:01:17 PM
Husband gave notice de 31 is his last day. 

He is dissatisfied with the beans and I mean all beans :(

Easy freezer food this week I think.  Frozen Italian wedding soup leftovers, canned tomato soup(or frozen clam chowder),  frozen leftover white bean chili might make corn muffins, frozen chicken pot pie.    Think I'll take the week off.  lol
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on December 27, 2014, 02:17:07 PM
How are we all going on the Christmas leftovers?

We didn't even host Christmas here, but somehow have managed to accumulate quite the collection. Of course, since we hate waste (and love food) this must be USED UP ASAP.

So far we have managed:
2 lunches using up chicken and salads
1 dinner using up prawns, salads, and some rolls from the freezer
1 dinner using up antipasto type stuff and old cheese from the fridge with homemade pizza dough (Jamie Oliver's simple recipe, worked much better than the one I used last time).
Leftover fruit salad, chocolate, pies and biscotti for snacks.

I walked to the store yesterday and bought only milk and bacon (requested by boyfriend, bacon is an essential item in our household). I think that should last us for another day or two, as we still have plenty of bits and pieces and will be attending a family BBQ today.

The leftover alcohol will be 'decluttered' at New Years :)

I also spent a few hours making stewed apricots and apricot jam with the excess harvest from our tree, and will give some of this away to the family today.

Right now it's looking like I will be moving out of my apartment in a month. I need to schedule a dinner party to get rid of that frozen duck!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on December 27, 2014, 04:29:40 PM
I cooked 7 pounds of the 10 pounds of potatoes we have that are starting to sprout.  I have another 3 pounds.  My DH is loving all of the potatoes. 

I have a few pounds of chicken and beef in the freezer.  I'll defrost it next week. 

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on December 27, 2014, 05:04:03 PM
Hoping to feel well enough to throw it all out tomorrow (weeklong stomach flu).

ETA I mean all the leftovers from last week's early celebration - the only one we attended thanks to the flu - I don't have anything else to be thrown out.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: alleykat on December 27, 2014, 05:45:46 PM
I would like to join this thread. I have one more meal left from Christmas dinner and then I need to start attacking my cupboards and freezer.  I have so much stuff that I am overwhelmed.  From here on out, I will only buy essentials at the market until I use what I have.

As far as junk food, I have a ton. First up under attack will be the Christmas desserts. I am hoping I can polish them off in the coming week and then I will identify something one by one for elimination.

I need to be more mindful in the grocery store each week.  I have great intentions for what I buy, however, it never ends up the way I plan and, I shamefully admit, I end up tossing too much.  I will attempt to put a stop to this in 2015.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on December 27, 2014, 05:57:33 PM
I'm with ya, @alleykat! I need to go on a grocery store fast until we get some of these mountains of food used up! Made a turkey curry for dinner tonight. It has mashed potatoes, frozen veggies and sweet potato in it!

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/25053/christmas-leftovers-turkey-curry.aspx
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: tracylayton on December 27, 2014, 05:58:33 PM
My son is visiting his dad for 8 days, so it is just me at home. I am planning not to buy anything from the grocery store until the day he gets back. I have a couple of mystery shops at restaurants (totally reimbursed) that will help.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: lizinbmore on December 31, 2014, 09:42:20 AM
Not quite eating everything in the house, but I declared this past December to be no-grocery month other than picking up a little fresh produce at the farmer's market each week to have fresh vegetables.  It was shockingly easy to do even including a holiday dinner party for some coworkers.  Obviously, I had a lot of food in the pantry and freezer. 

But it got me doing more scratch cooking including making homemade pasta, quiche crust, baking bread, etc.  It also helped me be more careful of foods that are going bad.  For instance, I had a lot of bread that was getting stale at one point that I might have thrown away at another time.  Instead, I made bread pudding for dessert that was excellent with homemade chocolate sauce. 

The amazing part is that there is still so much food around so I am thinking of doing this every other month for the next few months.  It started some better habits for me that I will definitely be thinking more about in the future. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on December 31, 2014, 10:41:54 AM
The amazing part is that there is still so much food around so I am thinking of doing this every other month for the next few months.  It started some better habits for me that I will definitely be thinking more about in the future.

Same here.  Thinking about doing every 3rd month as a "cleanse the pantry/freezer" month.  With the rate of food sales around our area, it can be done without missing out and having to buy items at full price.  As always, insane clearance items are an exception to the rule.  ;-)

In regards to Christmas, we received bags and bags of candy - from friends, in the kids' Christmas socks, in our socks, etc.  I want to keep it to eat throughout the year but don't want it sitting around tempting us.  Any ideas?  Freeze the extra?  It is mostly candy like tootsie rolls, skittles, gum, Mary Jane caramels, etc. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on January 01, 2015, 05:27:57 PM
Garden Fun,

I like your idea of  "doing every 3rd month as a "cleanse the pantry/freezer" month".  I am going to see how well I do with that and let you all know.

I have a lot of things that just sit and do not get eaten, it is almost as if they are invisible.  So my goal is to eat them up, including supplements.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 02, 2015, 03:57:27 AM
-Used up several cups of almond flour in a gf fruit crisp.
-Brought blueberries into kitchen freezer in ice cream pail to use for daily smoothies. Most of the berries are in the deep freeze which is far away from the kitchen.
-Found (!!) chia seeds in the back of my pantry and moved them into a jar in the fridge with the hemp seeds and ground flax for morning oatmeal.
-Found coconut flour and so need to research what I can make with it.
-Used up 4 lbs of ground beef from side of beef and took out 4 lbs of stew beef to thaw for a big stew this weekend

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SailAway on January 03, 2015, 04:34:37 PM
I read this whole thread today and I'm starting tomorrow. My pantry and freezer have gotten out of control, DH teases me that I hoard food. In some ways it's good because I stockpile things when they're on sale, meaning I don't often have to buy one thing at full price (hello six cans of organic pumpkin for 25 cents per can)

But it's too much right now, I don't know what I have and stuff will expire/go to waste.

So tomorrow I'm making chili in the crockpot so I'll have time to do a little inventorying and meal planning. I will still be buying dairy, eggs and veggies. And let's be honest, bacon. But this should cut down on grocery spending. Good thing as this will be a spendy month with propane and car/homeowners insurance.


-Found coconut flour and so need to research what I can make with it.
I love coconut flour but it's supper dry and absorbent so it needs tons of liquid and eggs. I prefer it blended with almond flour for baking. You can also dust chicken in it for chicken nuggets. I can point you to my Pinterest dessert board if you are interested. :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on January 03, 2015, 04:51:16 PM
I'm going to join in on this. It will tie in nicely with the other thread, sticking to a grocery budget for 2015.

First of all we are a family of four, two adults, DS 16 and DD 14. I am a gluten free celiac which adds a little challenge but can be done. I have quite a large garden and grow a lot of our food. We have a LOT to use up. 

We also have a little farm so we do currently have some of our own meat in the freezer we will be using up as well.

Looking for new ideas for frozen strawberries and blueberries, anything but a smoothie.

Used up a big package of flour tortillas going stale by making egg and sausage burritos for the freezer for breakfasts. Eggs are usually from my chickens but we only have chicks right now so only store bought eggs until June. 

We also used up the bottom of a container of ricotta cheese by making gluten free raviolis for the freezer. Those suckers are expensive to buy, time consuming to make but DH helped me.

Made scratch bread, regular and gf and whipped up a broccoli, potato, carrot chedder cheese soup. I had some limp veggies in the drawer.

Great to join in, read almost all the posts, inspired already.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder on January 04, 2015, 02:30:24 PM
Working at getting through all the Christmas-influenced leftover groceries.

Today I made a cabbage soup using some beef bones that had been kicking around in the freezer, 1/2 head of cabbage, some sketchy celery, onions, can of tomatoes and some barley.  It's pretty tasty!

And tonight I'm making a spanish rice dish with some peppers, onions, cilantro, as well as some sausage and shrimp that have been sitting in the freezer for a bit.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on January 04, 2015, 03:58:58 PM
Made a test batch of  this soup: http://definitelynotmartha.blogspot.ca/2014/12/the-perfect-gift-in-jar-curried-lentil.html (http://definitelynotmartha.blogspot.ca/2014/12/the-perfect-gift-in-jar-curried-lentil.html)

Will definitely be making some for Christmas gifts next year! Used up some of two kinds of lentils, curried powder, dried apples and I threw in some dried shredded zucchini my mom had sent from her garden. Turned out great!

Still have lots of stoneground cornflour so that will be the next in my list of projects. Thinking of making a skilled corn and beer bread with some Whistler brewing company chestnut ale (which is amazing) left over from Christmas.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 04, 2015, 05:24:33 PM

Looking for new ideas for frozen strawberries and blueberries, anything but a smoothie.


Have you ever tried making your own jam with the frozen fruit?  Tried it last winter and was shocked how good it tasted. 

Maybe strawberry muffins?   
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on January 05, 2015, 06:34:45 PM

Looking for new ideas for frozen strawberries and blueberries, anything but a smoothie.


Have you ever tried making your own jam with the frozen fruit?  Tried it last winter and was shocked how good it tasted. 

Maybe strawberry muffins?   

Thank you. I didn't mention, part of my "use it up stockpile" is 1 1/2 dozen jars of strawberry jelly.   I grow them and had a bumper crop last year.  I did find a gluten free strawberry bread recipe I tried that everyone loved.  DH said you couldn't even tell it was GF so I'm going to start making it for the weekends and anytime I need to take a little something somewhere.

Today I ate a couple of ever so slightly freezer burned pieces of chicken, a barely soft apple and a leftover zuke/potato pancake for lunch.

Dinner was more exciting with a pork loin I had marinated and frozen, home canned applesauce, pretzel buns for them (I have no idea when or why I even bought those) and a roasted butternut squash.

My lunch tomorrow will be dinner again.

I'm also going to get up 5 minutes earlier to make french toast for my teenagers. I have half a loaf of homemade bread to use up, some frozen pumpkin purée to toss in and no cereal left in the house.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 06, 2015, 09:30:37 AM
I have been eating down frozen food in our freezer.  Today I'm eating sweet potatoes with cranberries (leftover from Thanksgiving).   Yesterday, I ate some chicken pieces with champagne mustard for dinner and leftover chicken taco bowl for lunch. 

My breakfast smoothies were made on Sunday.  I used up the last of my frozen spinach (buy a large bag of baby spinach and freeze it), frozen raspberries, frozen blueberries, and milk.  I still have frozen strawberries and mangoes left. 

We have a lot of condiments.  What do you do with excess jam or lemon curd? 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on January 06, 2015, 09:52:04 AM
We have a lot of condiments.  What do you do with excess jam or lemon curd?

I have used leftover plain white rice to make a cheaters rice pudding - sprinkle some sugar or coconut sugar over leftover rice while warm, spread out into a pan to cool off. Make some whip cream and flavor as you like (usually I just do a bit of vanilla and almond extract, powdered sugar if you want it sweeter) and top with a quick fruit sauce. You could slip some jam into the sauce. I have folded in leftover lemon curd into the whip cream and it is awesome! fold the rice in. Pretend it is a fancy dessert that took all day to make.

Also I use a dollop of jam or jelly in savory dishes that call for sugar or a sweet element. It adds a whole bunch of flavor. Apricot jam goes well in tangines and Middle Eastern Dishes. Grape or apple jelly really adds to tomato dishes (especially spaghetti sauce) and helps balance the acidity of the tomatoes.

Any fruit jam + vinegar of choice + cold pressed oil of choice + seasoning (clove of crushed garlic, salt, pepper, herbs) + squirt of Dijon or grainy mustard = awesome vinaigrette.

Basically if you consider it a form of sweetening you'll find lots of places for it :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 06, 2015, 11:00:25 AM
We have a lot of condiments.  What do you do with excess jam or lemon curd?

I have used leftover plain white rice to make a cheaters rice pudding - sprinkle some sugar or coconut sugar over leftover rice while warm, spread out into a pan to cool off. Make some whip cream and flavor as you like (usually I just do a bit of vanilla and almond extract, powdered sugar if you want it sweeter) and top with a quick fruit sauce. You could slip some jam into the sauce. I have folded in leftover lemon curd into the whip cream and it is awesome! fold the rice in. Pretend it is a fancy dessert that took all day to make.

Also I use a dollop of jam or jelly in savory dishes that call for sugar or a sweet element. It adds a whole bunch of flavor. Apricot jam goes well in tangines and Middle Eastern Dishes. Grape or apple jelly really adds to tomato dishes (especially spaghetti sauce) and helps balance the acidity of the tomatoes.

Any fruit jam + vinegar of choice + cold pressed oil of choice + seasoning (clove of crushed garlic, salt, pepper, herbs) + squirt of Dijon or grainy mustard = awesome vinaigrette.

Basically if you consider it a form of sweetening you'll find lots of places for it :)

Thanks!  I'll try to make a vinaigrette this weekend!  I want to stop buying salad dressing, but I've been hesitant to try to make my own. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 06, 2015, 12:58:34 PM
4alpacas There are some GREAT dressing recipes online -- once you switch to homemade, you'll never go back! The taste is far superior -- and no preservatives and weird, unpronounceable ingredients!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 06, 2015, 01:18:47 PM
4alpacas There are some GREAT dressing recipes online -- once you switch to homemade, you'll never go back! The taste is far superior -- and no preservatives and weird, unpronounceable ingredients!
Awesome!  All of this encouragement is going to make me feel guilty if I don't try it out this weekend.  I regularly eat salads, so the reduction in salad dressing will carve about $3-$4/month off my grocery bill. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on January 06, 2015, 01:19:58 PM
Thanks!  I'll try to make a vinaigrette this weekend!  I want to stop buying salad dressing, but I've been hesitant to try to make my own.

Salad dressings are a great place to start to learn how to freestyle in the kitchen. You can experiment and make as much or as little at a time as you like. The basic ratio is 3 parts oil to 1 part acid (vinigar, lemon juice etc) I usually do enough for just a couple of servings or a serving bowl  at a time so it is always fresh and can be changed depending on what you are making.

Have fun experimenting, the ingredient cost is so minimal, if it isn't perfect, it isn't a huge loss. Keep tasting as you go, trust your tastebuds, if it needs a crack of pepper, a little more acid, a bit of salt, a  hint of sweetness. I add the ingredients and shake them up in a mason jar. It takes seconds and allows you to control your ingredients. besides being really expensive a lot of salad dressings have crap ingredients.

One of my favorites: Balsamic Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
3 parts cold pressed oil (usually olive, but any nut oils are very nice too)
1 part Balsamic Vinegar
1 squirt of grainy/dijon mustard (this primary acts as an emulsifier and makes the oil and vinegar blend into a silky dressing instead of separating like they naturally do)

To taste:
Maple syrup
Cracked black pepper
Salt (a little garlic salt is nice if you do not use fresh garlic)
Minced fresh garlic - I like the freshness a little goes a long way but makes it yummy

Shake it up, taste, adjust seasonings, taste again until you like it :)

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 06, 2015, 01:55:32 PM
We have a lot of condiments.  What do you do with excess jam or lemon curd?

I make crockpot yogurt and use jam and homemade granola in the individual servings.  We also put jam on pancakes or waffles in place of syrup.  One of my favorite breakfasts came from watching Mr. Food - he took two frozen waffles, put PB&J on them, put the two waffles together, then slowly toasted the combo in a skillet.  Melts the PB&J while creating a crispy outside.  My gosh I love that meal!     
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gopackgo2 on January 06, 2015, 02:47:18 PM
This is a really inspiring thread!

Today I made a big crockpot of sauerkraut from my cabinet and some frozen chicken/apple sausages.

I found a petite ham (2 lbs) in the freezer and am making it in the crock tomorrow with a sugar free apricot jam glaze.

I usually buy a two-pack of broccoli cheese soup from Costco (I do the vast majority of my shopping at Costco and Aldis) for the weekend, but I have all of the ingredients to make a roasted red pepper and tomato soup.

I also have a lone package of cream cheese, and a freezer full of grass-fed ground beef, so I'm going to make a Mexican dip this weekend (with pork rinds for dipping, we're low-carbers) to go along with the soup.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: dorothyc on January 06, 2015, 07:50:14 PM
I still have half a jar of mincemeat (spiced fruit mix) that I can't seem to finish off - any ideas?   We already made a curried chicken sauce with some of it, but it was not a family favorite.  Maybe a spoonful would add some flavor to hot oatmeal?

If you like fruitcake this is a good recipe:

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/sweet/christmas-sherry-mincemeat-cake.html
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gopackgo2 on January 07, 2015, 09:24:59 AM
I successfully made curry!  Originally was going to be veggie curry but I cheated and put some chicken in it and used chicken stock.  The visual chicken enabled DH to eat it without complaining.  Bag 1 of lentils is gone.  Bonus was that the curry tasted even better the next day - similar to how stew seems to taste better after sitting for a while.

On to researching what to do with rice noodles....

I just noticed your tagline - you can't even get away from us here :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gopackgo2 on January 07, 2015, 09:28:56 AM
I'm going to join in on this. It will tie in nicely with the other thread, sticking to a grocery budget for 2015.

First of all we are a family of four, two adults, DS 16 and DD 14. I am a gluten free celiac which adds a little challenge but can be done. I have quite a large garden and grow a lot of our food. We have a LOT to use up. 

We also have a little farm so we do currently have some of our own meat in the freezer we will be using up as well.

Looking for new ideas for frozen strawberries and blueberries, anything but a smoothie.

Used up a big package of flour tortillas going stale by making egg and sausage burritos for the freezer for breakfasts. Eggs are usually from my chickens but we only have chicks right now so only store bought eggs until June. 

We also used up the bottom of a container of ricotta cheese by making gluten free raviolis for the freezer. Those suckers are expensive to buy, time consuming to make but DH helped me.

Made scratch bread, regular and gf and whipped up a broccoli, potato, carrot chedder cheese soup. I had some limp veggies in the drawer.

Great to join in, read almost all the posts, inspired already.

Regarding the strawberries/blueberries:  I take them out of the freezer, pour some coconut milk over them and have them for dessert a couple of nights per week. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on January 07, 2015, 12:16:23 PM
Gopack2: That sounds good. Wish I could get my teenagers to eat more berries.

I had the best success today with using up. I had a smidgen of frozen pumpkin leftover and thawed in the fridge and a little bit of roasted butternut squash left over from dinner. I didn't have a full cup of squash and I wanted to make pumpkin cookies. I boiled up some partly limp carrots, puréed them and added them to the recipe. 

Voila....the best "pumpkin" cookies ever, even made them gluten free.

I had one little piece of cod in the freezer, I made three fish cakes, ate half today, half tomorrow for lunch.  Loving this game!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gopackgo2 on January 07, 2015, 12:54:41 PM
I started my small 2 pound ham in the crockpot this afternoon using a sugar free apricot jam I melted up in the microwave with some added dry mustard as a glaze.

I normally put a small amount of orange or other citrus juice in the bottom of the crock to keep the ham from drying out, but I didn't have any citrus.

I did, however, have some Harvest Tea teabags from Trader Joes that contain cinnamon, cloves and citrus, so I popped that into the slow cooker along with a smidge of water.  It smells heavenly!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on January 07, 2015, 01:06:25 PM
Back!  My comp finally died and our baby came and houseguests left. I  kept up the challenge until freezer was emptied ( except for our bread supply). It was very liberating!

We bought a lamb and half a cow and are back to eating out of our now replenished stash. I am grateful to have everything we need except for lettuce in the house, particularly in these frigid Canadian temps....
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: irishbear99 on January 07, 2015, 02:28:08 PM
Hi, I'd love to join in on this challenge. I've just recently committed to actual meal planning and shopping from a list, and I think this thread will help me stay accountable. Tonight I plan to take an inventory of the pantry and then plan next week's meals around what's in there. I know we'll have to shop for fresh produce and a little meat, but I should be able to cut down on what we have to purchase.

Also, there's half a Costco-sized bag of Quaker instant oatmeal stored in the pantry that needs to be eaten. I like oatmeal just fine, but won't usually choose it if there are other breakfast options in the house. There's also about a half-dozen English mufins and some cereal left, but I'm committing to not buying more of either until the oatmeal is gone. (I do have a Costco-sized bag of frozen strawberries in the freezer that'll help with depleating the oatmeal.)

We usually do our grocery shopping on Fridays, so I'll be sure to post our menu for next week and how the shopping goes this weekend.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 07, 2015, 02:49:37 PM
I successfully made curry!  Originally was going to be veggie curry but I cheated and put some chicken in it and used chicken stock.  The visual chicken enabled DH to eat it without complaining.  Bag 1 of lentils is gone.  Bonus was that the curry tasted even better the next day - similar to how stew seems to taste better after sitting for a while.

On to researching what to do with rice noodles....

I just noticed your tagline - you can't even get away from us here :)

I know!  It's like a bad dream.  ;-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on January 07, 2015, 03:17:00 PM
Love this thread! With so many social obligations, return to work and getting the house ready to rent out we've eaten out a lot the last few weeks, but continue to plug away at using up. I took my own advice and made pie floaters with some frozen baby peas on Sunday and we loved them. Easy back up meal for the future. The rest of the peas and some frozen oven chips will get used up tonight in fish and chips. Also working through some preserved peaches and wheat bran in the morning oatmeal.

Am confident now that I will be moving out with an empty freezer, yay to no food waste.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on January 07, 2015, 06:26:32 PM
My DD14 was giving me a hard time today.  "Please go buy cereal moooooom." Don't you love it when they say Mom that way?

No, I will not. Eat the frozen waffles, frozen pancakes, other kind of cereal you had to have, grab a homemade breakfast burrito, scramble an egg, a scoop of yogurt, fruit and granola or any one of the dozens of options here in the house. I can't stand it when she just eats dry cereal anyway, she won't even put milk on it, there is no nutrition to that. Problem solved.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on January 09, 2015, 06:52:59 AM
I have a 21 lb Hubbard squash.    Ideas?    I haven't even moved it from the garage because I have no idea what to do with it.   My son guessed the weight and won it.  He's 4 :). 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 09, 2015, 08:26:18 AM
I have a 21 lb Hubbard squash.    Ideas?    I haven't even moved it from the garage because I have no idea what to do with it.   My son guessed the weight and won it.  He's 4 :).

Had to Google Hubbard squash.  Wow, those things are big!  Looks like they are best used as a pumpkin substitute. 

One of my go-to squash recipes is to peel off the rind with a knife, cut squash into 1" cubes, mix together with some olive oil, salt and pepper, then roast in oven at 400F for around 40-50min, or until they are cooked and a little brown on the outside.   

Other options include pumpkin muffins, cakes, pancakes, soups.  I've seen quite a few lentil/pumpkin/curry soups floating around a few threads. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: lizzzi on January 11, 2015, 06:40:14 AM
So I'm leaving to go out-of-state today…am out of everything, but didn't want to grocery shop…had some little dibs and dabs of lentils and split peas…not really enough for a recipe…combined them, added some leftover vegetables…used L.B. Jamison chicken soup base…made myself a sort of vegetable soup/stew for supper. Had enough leftover to freeze for when I get back.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: alleykat on January 11, 2015, 06:54:25 AM
Bagels in the freezer gone.  Half bags of frozen vegetables gone.  Few muffins in freezer up next and a giant bag of 5lb corn up next. It will be nice to clean out the freezer. Today, I am going to organize my pantry and put things in order to use.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on January 11, 2015, 08:59:23 AM
I am inspired by this thread too.  I found a hidden Excel meal planner in my computer by mistake (looking up the word MEAL) and am trying it.  I have listed what I have in the house including sauces, canned goods, frozen meals and have made a menu until the end of the month. 

I have varied it so that each frozen dish appears once a week alternating with something freshly made.  I have made three shopping lists, one for each week.  Yesterday we used up yams and fish.  To use up disparate sauces we will be having sweet and sour stir fry plus lots of curries and chinese dishes.

I will be making some veggie chill and then adding a few bits of sausage from the freezer to my DH's bowl.  We will be having dip to use up the frozen spinach, lipton's soup and mayonnaise.

Any ideas for mung beans? They are dry and in the freezer.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 11, 2015, 03:42:49 PM
Any ideas for mung beans? They are dry and in the freezer.

My gosh, thought I was a well-versed cook but am starting to doubt my cooking skills.  Had to look up mung beans on google!  I'm starting to feel like Penny on BBT where she has to go home and look up words in the dictionary after conversations with Leonard. 

One interesting option was to soak them in water and sunlight, then put them in darkness for a week to get bean sprouts.  Thought that was kind of cool - but not sure it will work on dried ones.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on January 13, 2015, 02:07:41 AM
Made a chicken tagine tonight which used up some olives, preserved lemons and a good bit of the burghal, along with some wilty veg from the fridge. Didn't have the white wine the recipe called for so subbed some sherry that has been hanging round for YEARS. I think it was originally bought for a paella recipe that turned out gross anyway.

Also had some friends over for a 'free garage sale' on the weekend and offloaded some doubles of herbs, spices etc onto friends who will use them.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on January 13, 2015, 07:45:11 AM
I've only ever had mung bean soup.   Soup seems to be the cure-all for how to use up ingredients.   You could use them to make a hummus type dip too, or soak, cook, grind and make cracker type snacks.

We made pizza this weekend and cinnamon rolls.  I was able to use some of a giant coconut oil container, tomato sauce from the freezer and a can of artichokes that had been around for a while.  The best part was that my little ones ate every bite on their plates and asked for more.   They are pretty adventurous - ate okra, sausage and tomatoes last night but needed some coaxing - but it is still nice to not have to ask them to eat all of their dinner, not just the fruit and peas.

I'm trying to get through my tea and hot liquid stash (we don't do coffee) while it is cold because I don't drink tea in the summer.  However, I copied down the chai concentrate recipe and think this could be a great way to use some tea during the summer to make cold chai.  I'd never thought of doing this, and I'm usually pretty creative in the kitchen.

Thanks so much for the ideas.    I still haven't cracked open that Hubbard - I have a 6 lb pie pumpkin to use as well, but after finishing up a butternut squash, several acorn squash, little pie pumpkins and one I cant remember the name of - my kids and husband are a little squashed out right now.

Does anyone have a tried and true recipe for muffins or other baked goods made with squash?  I've made (incredible!) cinnamon rolls using sweet potato, so I might try that too.   I've also made potato foccacia bread, so I might play around with the recipe and make savory squash bread.   It only uses 1/2-1 cup though and I'll have a lot of cups from that 21 lb beast.     We have another baby coming in April, but it will be Christmas before I'd need baby food and I'll probably have next years crop to make baby food from.     I may just bake it and freeze it and let the ideas come later. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Shropskr on January 13, 2015, 11:32:25 AM
I've been using up our Halloween pumpkin and some frozen butternut squash no on liked in the kids morning smoothies.

I do have a pumpkin muffin recipie but like you said it only calls for a can 19 oz? Of pumpkin.  I've even made gf pumpkin loaf turned out ok.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 14, 2015, 03:20:51 PM
Throwing away about 0.50 worth of food a month.  So far this month it is 3 slices canned pineapple.

I made a low carb taco bake Monday using ground turkey which was on sale last month, and used a coupon.  I utilized 1/2 can leftover chilies from DH's chili Saturday, and about 1/4 cup tomato sauce from the freezer from September 2014.  DH bought me a roll of freezer tape, and I mark Rubbermaid food containers w/ the contents and date using a Sharpie.

There is something reassuring and calming about the waste not want, not effect of using up things. :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on January 14, 2015, 04:47:56 PM
I agree! Maybe it's my need for control, but there is something calming about using up all the stray bits. Having space also makes it easier to keep everything organised and visible, so it sometimes feels like MORE of a back up stockpile than when you have no idea what's in the packed freezer :) I use masking tape for my freezer labels, works really well and peels off easily.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 14, 2015, 04:52:46 PM
I agree! Maybe it's my need for control, but there is something calming about using up all the stray bits. Having space also makes it easier to keep everything organised and visible, so it sometimes feels like MORE of a back up stockpile than when you have no idea what's in the packed freezer :) I use masking tape for my freezer labels, works really well and peels off easily.

Where do you put the freezer labels? I'm in desperate need of organizing my 2 deep freezers .. ugh!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 15, 2015, 10:31:34 AM
I agree! Maybe it's my need for control, but there is something calming about using up all the stray bits. Having space also makes it easier to keep everything organised and visible, so it sometimes feels like MORE of a back up stockpile than when you have no idea what's in the packed freezer :) I use masking tape for my freezer labels, works really well and peels off easily.

Where do you put the freezer labels? I'm in desperate need of organizing my 2 deep freezers .. ugh!

Personally, I put the freezer tape either across the lid or around a side.  Either works really well.  To start, maybe keep proteins on one side of your freezer, veggies on the other, and misc in the middle?

Added:  I keep proteins in the bottom freezer drawer, veggies in the drawer above it, fish and a frozen gallon of water (to take up space) on the shelf above, and leftover containers on the shelf above that.  The door holds a small baggie of celery bits, vodka :D, chilled beer mugs, and rolls of ground meat.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 15, 2015, 05:15:18 PM
I've been thinking this same thing about my tea CUPBOARD.  I think there must be about 15 types of tea in there! I do love tea, and drink probably 4 large mugs a day, but really need to get a handle on this overstock!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 16, 2015, 07:10:15 AM
Had a similar tea stash with at least 8 different types of tea squirreled away.  Currently down to two types and told myself that I'm not buying more until I'm on the last container.  Feels good to get rid of the "meh, that was OK" varieties.  Soon I get to shop for the varieties I really love. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on January 16, 2015, 12:19:26 PM
If the flavor is not very strong, you can use it to brine poultry.   I got an apricot tea, I wasnt a fan of and used it in this recipe.   I've made it a dozen times and couldnt tell a difference when I used the herbal tea.

http://bakedbree.com/sweet-tea-brined-chicken

The other thing I've done with too much tea is add it in place of water to scones or other baked goods.   It's a subtle flavor difference, but somehow makes the dish seem guest worthy. 

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: acorn on January 16, 2015, 07:05:42 PM
Power went out for ~5h last night. Tripped a circuit breaker late at night and didn't want to wake up my landlady at 2am to reset it (she's the only one with the keys to the mains). No big harm since I kept everything shut, but just to be on the safe side, I'm going to cook everything in my fridge tonight. Food in the freezer should be ok.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: alleykat on January 16, 2015, 09:46:43 PM
Took a couple of boxes of power bars to work.  Wasn't getting to them, didn't care for them, so figured I will grin n bare it for breakfast.  I couldn't finish one because of the taste so I put them out for people.  The other flavor isn't so bad so I will eat those.  At least, they didn't go to waste.  Also, finished a package of cookies.  Will organize my pantry and begin using stuff done. Need to come up with some new recipes.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on January 17, 2015, 01:31:19 PM
This business of eating down the pantry is quite fun.  We are having some odd mixtures of stuff but the shelves are thinning out. I also gave away some food we no longer consume and had to toss some sauce that had a rusted top (how long have we had that???)

I need help eating the boatload of miso we have, any ideas???
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on January 17, 2015, 02:11:13 PM
This business of eating down the pantry is quite fun.  We are having some odd mixtures of stuff but the shelves are thinning out. I also gave away some food we no longer consume and had to toss some sauce that had a rusted top (how long have we had that???)

I need help eating the boatload of miso we have, any ideas???

Quite frequently we will make an "instant" miso soup if we are feeling a little under the weather. Miso, bone broth, a little grated garlic and ginger, splash of soy sauce and sesame oil and whatever mix-ins you want (I make my own freezer packs of shredded Asian veggies) leftover rice, grains, noodles, bits of chopped up protein from the fridge - whatever needs to be used up. I'll take out hubby's portion and crack an egg into mine to soft poach - the yolk makes it slightly thicker and richer.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: alleykat on January 17, 2015, 04:16:42 PM
I have been dragging my feet on tossing some junk food.  I have so much in the house and really cant see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It hasnt stopped since Halloween.  I was determined to get through it because I keep bringing it in, but at this point, I am not sure it is worth it.  I need to lose  about 10 lbs and am getting nowhere fast.  So, yup, I am going to get up off my keaster and start tossing some things. I hate to be wasteful but just have so much and it is not worth consuming it all. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on January 19, 2015, 07:20:43 AM
I have been dragging my feet on tossing some junk food.  I have so much in the house and really cant see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It hasnt stopped since Halloween.  I was determined to get through it because I keep bringing it in, but at this point, I am not sure it is worth it.  I need to lose  about 10 lbs and am getting nowhere fast.  So, yup, I am going to get up off my keaster and start tossing some things. I hate to be wasteful but just have so much and it is not worth consuming it all.

I don't know if you have a food bank near you, but our food bank loves it when we bring candy. The director told me that they put handfuls of it into the emergency boxes they pass out.  She said it's not great nutrition but everybody loves a piece of candy and it makes folks smile. To even out the score I will take a bag full of cans of soup and leftover candy to donate.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on January 19, 2015, 01:51:32 PM
It's been a fun creating new meals around here. I have been trying to use up all the home canned products we have. We found a bongs jar of mango chutney which was great. We thought we had used it all up.

I also did a taco bar so we could use up some produce and beans.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 19, 2015, 03:19:07 PM
Took a turkey out of the freezer to thaw from Thanksgiving when turkeys were cheap.

Cooking up 4 lb. of ground beef from freezer supply (side of beef) to use in taco salad and other meals this week.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 19, 2015, 05:51:30 PM
Do any of you have an alternative food item to chips?  We have all this food in the house but DH keeps buying chips!  Something salty/crunchy that I can make ahead of time so he can snack on it when he gets home from work.   
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 20, 2015, 10:45:37 AM
Do any of you have an alternative food item to chips?  We have all this food in the house but DH keeps buying chips!  Something salty/crunchy that I can make ahead of time so he can snack on it when he gets home from work.

I'm a low carber and instead of chips, I eat pepperoni slices, fresh veggies, fried radishes or pork rinds.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 20, 2015, 11:45:42 AM
Do any of you have an alternative food item to chips?  We have all this food in the house but DH keeps buying chips!  Something salty/crunchy that I can make ahead of time so he can snack on it when he gets home from work.
I got my DH off tortilla chips by air popping popcorn (or you could do it on the stove).  I melt a little butter and add a little bit of Parmesan cheese. Popping corn is cheap, doesn't take up much space in the pantry, and is shelf-stable.  Also, popcorn is a perfect snack. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 20, 2015, 11:11:51 PM
4alpacas Thanks for the reminder about popcorn! Doh!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 21, 2015, 03:57:01 PM
4alpacas Thanks for the reminder about popcorn! Doh!
I'm a HUGE fan of popcorn.  When I want something sweet, I'll make kettle corn.  I've put sriracha on it.  I've used cinnamon and sugar.  Old Bay is another favorite. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 21, 2015, 06:23:42 PM
4alpacas Thanks for the reminder about popcorn! Doh!
I'm a HUGE fan of popcorn.  When I want something sweet, I'll make kettle corn.  I've put sriracha on it.  I've used cinnamon and sugar.  Old Bay is another favorite.

Thank you MountainGal and 4alpacas.  Great ideas that I can try!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Lyngi on January 21, 2015, 06:30:52 PM
Made navajo tacos (fry bread) with some REALLY old beignet mix.  Used a can of chili,  cans of beans, can of tomato sauce, old spices.   Used the last of left over shredded cheese.   Close to expiring sour cream. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 22, 2015, 10:27:17 AM
This weekend I'm planning to cook 4 different recipes to help use up canned goods, frozen vegetables, and panko

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/04/sriracha-chicken-strips/
http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/09/snap-challenge-creamy-chicken-black-bean-enchiladas/
http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/05/kung-pao-chicken-vegetables/
http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/01/not-butter-chicken/

I have to purchase 5 pounds of chicken breasts ($1.99/pound).  We have almost everything else! 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on January 22, 2015, 11:01:22 AM
We're at the point where our chest freezer is less than half full.  We're even starting to run low on fish and I've had to purchase frozen fruit, since we were almost totally out.  I even bought beans for chili, because we had none left.
I also solved the "what to do with the frozen breastmilk" dilemma because my daughter, it turns out, has a milk allergy.  Doh!  So she's going through the stash (and I'm still nursing her a bit too).

Things to do soon to clear more space:
Cook up the freezer-burned fish for the dog.
Use up some of the baking items/dried fruit/nuts.
Cook another moose roast.
Make zucchini pancakes this weekend.

The one complicating factor: my husband and I are planning a "cut" in Feb.  (Weight cut.)  So we'll be eating a bit less, but we're going to make sure it's healthy food so probably we'll be eating even more fish, more smoothies (goodbye, frozen fruits/veggies). 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 22, 2015, 02:51:18 PM
New trick:  We usually end up tossing 1/2 can refried beans.  This week I added them to cooked ground beef to stretch the meat.  I made 7 burritos for the freezer.  Next up:  Breakfast burritos.  :)

Sunday we smoked a 7.5 pound pork butt bought on sale with coupons.  That night we had it by itself with sides.  Some of the meat went into fried burritos Tuesday night.  DH has been eating some for lunch.  Tonight I'll make ham steaks for supper.  The ham hock will go into the crock pot with dried beans tonight.

Monday morning I put a whole chicken in the slow cooker.  I shredded it that night for quesadillas, put some on two salads for my lunches, and DH has been eating some for lunch.  The 6 cups of broth will be used for African Soup.

Monday night I processed 6 large chicken breasts:  2 plain went into freezer bags separately, 2 packages of 2 breasts each were put into bags with spicy orange sauce for later use.

Currently I am working on using up a carton of unsweetened almond milk.

Later on this month:  Fun with Beef Roast.  Stay tuned.  :D
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 22, 2015, 04:56:14 PM

Later on this month:  Fun with Beef Roast.  Stay tuned.  :D

This is great, MountainGal! Made me smile!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 22, 2015, 05:00:24 PM

Later on this month:  Fun with Beef Roast.  Stay tuned.  :D

This is great, MountainGal! Made me smile!

Thanks, 67mama!  When I'm in the right mood, I LOVE cooking.  I just don't care for the messy aftermath, LOL!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 23, 2015, 09:23:11 AM
Made beef stroganoff using the free meat I got with a wine purchase during Christmas (welcome to WI).  Combined with the ridiculously cheap noodles purchased on clearance and free onions from the garden stash, the whole meal cost around $2 total.  Score!

Now onto the fish....have salmon in freezer but can't work up the desire to eat it.  I know I'll probably be surprised how good it is once I cook it, but every time it is mentioned as an option, DH gets a "that doesn't sound good, we may order pizza that night" look on his face.  Which results in this face from me.... :-/
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 23, 2015, 09:46:55 AM
Now onto the fish....have salmon in freezer but can't work up the desire to eat it.  I know I'll probably be surprised how good it is once I cook it, but every time it is mentioned as an option, DH gets a "that doesn't sound good, we may order pizza that night" look on his face. Which results in this face from me.... :-/

LOL, GardenFun!  We have a version of this at our house.  When I try new recipes and ask DH what he thinks, his responses:  Pretty Good, Good, Different.  If it's the latter, I know not to repeat it.  ;)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 23, 2015, 10:15:05 AM
Now onto the fish....have salmon in freezer but can't work up the desire to eat it.  I know I'll probably be surprised how good it is once I cook it, but every time it is mentioned as an option, DH gets a "that doesn't sound good, we may order pizza that night" look on his face. Which results in this face from me.... :-/

LOL, GardenFun!  We have a version of this at our house.  When I try new recipes and ask DH what he thinks, his responses:  Pretty Good, Good, Different.  If it's the latter, I know not to repeat it.  ;)
I'm not a great cook, so I keep a frozen pizza round for my DH's "pizza look."
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on January 23, 2015, 01:50:55 PM
Now onto the fish....have salmon in freezer but can't work up the desire to eat it.  I know I'll probably be surprised how good it is once I cook it, but every time it is mentioned as an option, DH gets a "that doesn't sound good, we may order pizza that night" look on his face. Which results in this face from me.... :-/

LOL, GardenFun!  We have a version of this at our house.  When I try new recipes and ask DH what he thinks, his responses:  Pretty Good, Good, Different.  If it's the latter, I know not to repeat it.  ;)

I have gotten into the habit (whenever possible) of giving Hubby a taste test of whatever I am making before serving and asking him what he would change. Sometimes it is perfect, sometimes he wants more spice or more acid or whatever. He gets to feel like he is helping and his feedback is important to the finished dish, and he always eats it :)
I'm not a great cook, so I keep a frozen pizza round for my DH's "pizza look."
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 25, 2015, 11:37:34 AM
Now onto the fish....have salmon in freezer but can't work up the desire to eat it.  I know I'll probably be surprised how good it is once I cook it, but every time it is mentioned as an option, DH gets a "that doesn't sound good, we may order pizza that night" look on his face. Which results in this face from me.... :-/

LOL, GardenFun!  We have a version of this at our house.  When I try new recipes and ask DH what he thinks, his responses:  Pretty Good, Good, Different.  If it's the latter, I know not to repeat it.  ;)

I have gotten into the habit (whenever possible) of giving Hubby a taste test of whatever I am making before serving and asking him what he would change. Sometimes it is perfect, sometimes he wants more spice or more acid or whatever. He gets to feel like he is helping and his feedback is important to the finished dish, and he always eats it :)
I'm not a great cook, so I keep a frozen pizza round for my DH's "pizza look."
My DH would add cheese and salsa to everything I made. 

I spent more time than usual in the kitchen yesterday.  I planned 5 recipes that used up a lot of stuff from our kitchen.  My DH and I are in a food rut.  Last week, we went out to eat twice because we didn't like what we had in our kitchen.  4 of the 5 recipes were new.  All of the recipes used chicken breasts, so I didn't have to buy a bunch of different cuts of meat.  I bought another 5 pounds of chicken breasts for my bulk cooking this weekend, but I used the last of the chicken in the freezer too. 

This weekend I've done a great job of getting rid of canned goods that we've had for too long.  I made enchiladas with the enchilada sauce.  I used 3 cans of diced tomatoes, a can of black beans, a can of green chilies, and a few small cans of tomato sauce.

I made a huge pot of mashed potatoes because we have a huge bag of potatoes that started to sprout.  I also used an onion that has grown a green shoot.  I still have a few pounds of potatoes and two onions. 

I also brewed a large pot of iced tea with wedding favor tea bags.  I still have another five tea bags, so I will probably brew a bit more tea today. 

I've been running our rice cooker quite a bit (ours can only make 4 cups at a time).  Most of the dishes that I made are served with rice.  When I freeze individual portions, I freeze the rice in the bag with the rest of the food.  It makes "packing" my lunch a breeze.  I'm considering buying mason jars to store my single serving meals, but I think the jars will take up too much freezer space.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 26, 2015, 02:37:39 PM
Nice work, 4alpacas!

This weekend's mission was to use up the unsweetened almond milk:

DH put some in his almond flavored cereal
I made several homemade java mochas
Made cauliflower curry soup for the first time.  YUMMY!  4 servings
Made a huge mound of almond flour blueberry pancakes for the first time.  Not too bad.

All but 2 TBS or so was used up.

Saturday I made ham hocks and beans from last weekend's pork butt.  Comfort food!

I also washed Romaine for this week's lunches, boiled and processed eggs, and made Eggplant Parmesan for the first time last night.  DH liked it, but carefully cut off the skin.  SIGH.

The 6 cups of chicken broth from last week will be made into African peanut soup tomorrow.  I did toss about a cup chicken from last week because we didn't get to it in time.  It was hiding out in DH's fridge lunch drawer.  I've gotta keep an eye on that.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on January 26, 2015, 03:41:19 PM
Using turkey stock and freezer turkey meat, along with celery flakes/carrots/onions and gnocchis to make some turkey and dumpling soup.  The gnocchis are a few years old and the celery flakes were an "oh my gosh, how old are these things!" find in the pantry.  Also found some rice pilaf hanging out with the celery flakes, so easy side dish to make in the next week or so.   
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 26, 2015, 11:42:56 PM
Used up 6 cups of frozen blueberries today making a triple batch of the excellent blueberry muffin recipe posted below (from tammysrecipes.com) -- only 40 pounds to go! Ugh! I bought too many blueberries 2 summers ago!

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Soft, sweet, and bursting with blueberries: these blueberry muffins are our favorite homemade blueberry muffins, and super easy to make, too!

Yield:
12 muffins

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup milk, warmed in microwave
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and oil. Add the warm milk and vanilla extract.

3. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and stir.

4. If using fresh blueberries, wash and drain them, and then stir into batter. If using frozen blueberries, place them in a colander and run hot tap water over them for about 20 seconds. Drain berries for 5-10 seconds, then stir into batter.

5. Use muffins papers or grease 12 muffin cups (can also use mini muffin pans). Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. If making mini muffin size, bake for about 14 minutes.

Muffins are done when top springs back.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on January 27, 2015, 10:52:31 AM
Does anyone have experience using almond milk to make a white sauce?  I mentioned earlier that my daughter is allergic to milk and I'm trying to figure out how to keep making some of our favorite things with milk substitutes.  I looked it up and people have tried it but I'm curious how it actually tastes?  I don't want to ruin an entire meal by trying it and then finding out that we all think it's nasty.
I suppose I should just make a tiny test batch, huh?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: homehandymum on January 27, 2015, 12:52:28 PM
Does anyone have experience using almond milk to make a white sauce?  I mentioned earlier that my daughter is allergic to milk and I'm trying to figure out how to keep making some of our favorite things with milk substitutes.  I looked it up and people have tried it but I'm curious how it actually tastes?  I don't want to ruin an entire meal by trying it and then finding out that we all think it's nasty.
I suppose I should just make a tiny test batch, huh?

I haven't used almond milk, but I have had success with white sauces and chowders etc using rice milk - which you can make really cheaply yourself.  I wouldn't use rice milk for everything, since it's basically just white water, and the nut milks have way more nutrition, but for a sauce, the absence of any particular flavour and sweetness of its own is a big bonus.

recipe here (scroll down the post):  http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2013/09/dairy-alternative-homemade-rice-milk-2/
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: JLR on January 27, 2015, 02:49:49 PM
I'm going to join in on this, as my husband's contract at work finishes next week and we are not sure what to expect over the coming weeks.

I based our shopping list off pantry items last fortnight. This week I'm going to base it off fridge items (eg. using up sauces and meal bases).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 27, 2015, 04:15:14 PM
We've started to acquire weird food items again.  We received a few gift baskets around the holidays.  Our friends also bring food over when they hang out.  I'm not sure what to do with two jars of olive bruschetta, a bag of IKEA meatballs, and a jar of lemon curd.  We also have an insane amount of meyer lemons. 

Any advice?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on January 27, 2015, 04:32:38 PM
We've started to acquire weird food items again.  We received a few gift baskets around the holidays.  Our friends also bring food over when they hang out.  I'm not sure what to do with two jars of olive bruschetta, a bag of IKEA meatballs, and a jar of lemon curd.  We also have an insane amount of meyer lemons. 

Any advice?

Olive Bruschetta - if you like olives (we don't) you could mound a thick layer on slices of baguette and warm them up in the oven for a few minutes. Maybe sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese??

IKEA Meatballs - you could add these to a marinara sauce. Or you could make sweet and sour meatballs (google for a sauce or I have one if you'd like?)

Jar of Lemon Curd - my kids like it on homemade biscuits. Its almost like lemon meringue pie filling. Could be good on those sweet (but expensive) Rainforest Crackers from the health food store.

I received a few odd items in gift baskets as well, so that is a good reminder to me to get them out and USE them up!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on January 27, 2015, 04:41:51 PM
We've started to acquire weird food items again.  We received a few gift baskets around the holidays.  Our friends also bring food over when they hang out.  I'm not sure what to do with two jars of olive bruschetta, a bag of IKEA meatballs, and a jar of lemon curd.  We also have an insane amount of meyer lemons. 

Any advice?

Olive Bruschetta - if you like olives (we don't) you could mound a thick layer on slices of baguette and warm them up in the oven for a few minutes. Maybe sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese??

IKEA Meatballs - you could add these to a marinara sauce. Or you could make sweet and sour meatballs (google for a sauce or I have one if you'd like?)

Jar of Lemon Curd - my kids like it on homemade biscuits. Its almost like lemon meringue pie filling. Could be good on those sweet (but expensive) Rainforest Crackers from the health food store.

I received a few odd items in gift baskets as well, so that is a good reminder to me to get them out and USE them up!
Good ideas!  I'll have to make some biscuits this weekend.  http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/07/basic-biscuits/

We have a few people coming over for the Superbowl on Sunday.  I think the Sweet and Sour Meatballs sound like a nice snack item (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-sweet-and-sour-meatballs/).  I will probably put out chips and salsa.  I'm thinking about making kettle corn for something sweet.  http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-and-salty-kettle-corn-rachael-ray-271419

I received a two lovely gift baskets this year, but I've struggled to eat the last bit.  I hate the idea of food going to waste, so I need to get creative!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on January 27, 2015, 07:17:51 PM
I have had a cooking breakthrough at my house. I was injured last week and DH and my teenagers are pitching in.

On Saturday I had them thaw some meat and on Sunday they cooked.

We made homemade granola to go with yogurt for snacks. Gluten free pumpkin waffles from scratch and popped into the freezer for breakfast. DH made two meatloafs for dinners this week and a potato augratin kind of thing.  Some sweet tea from scratch and some gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

DH said to me today, "it's so nice to have food ready to eat in the house."  Breakthrough!!!!!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on January 28, 2015, 11:09:33 AM
We've started to acquire weird food items again.  We received a few gift baskets around the holidays.  Our friends also bring food over when they hang out.  I'm not sure what to do with two jars of olive bruschetta, a bag of IKEA meatballs, and a jar of lemon curd.  We also have an insane amount of meyer lemons. 

Any advice?

Funny the odds things that people have.  I love olives and I mix them with chicken salad, or put them on salad or make muffalettas.   
I would kill for some Meyer lemons.   We make candied lemons from them and use the cooking syrup as tea sweetener all year long.  I haven't had any since leaving CA.  You can also make a lemon cake using the peel and all.  Salad dressings, lemonade, marinade for meat, lemon green beans.    Lemons are not something I have trouble using up :)

I do, however, have a bag of Bob's Red Mill gluten free baking mix that we really don't like.   Gluten free is not for me.   Can I mix it 50-50 or 75-25 with regular flour in regular recipes?

I also finally cracked open the 21 lb Hubbard squash.  We've made enchiladas, shrimp curry, muffins and I put two gallon sized bags of diced squash in the freezer and have 6 cups of roasted puree for baked goods.   The thing took up my whole island!  We roasted the seeds and they were wonderful.  My kids ate them all in two days but only because I made them wait the first day.

I have had a cooking breakthrough at my house. I was injured last week and DH and my teenagers are pitching in.

On Saturday I had them thaw some meat and on Sunday they cooked.

We made homemade granola to go with yogurt for snacks. Gluten free pumpkin waffles from scratch and popped into the freezer for breakfast. DH made two meatloafs for dinners this week and a potato augratin kind of thing.  Some sweet tea from scratch and some gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

DH said to me today, "it's so nice to have food ready to eat in the house."  Breakthrough!!!!!

That's awesome.  Did you see a lightbulb above his head?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on January 28, 2015, 11:21:52 AM
Does anyone have experience using almond milk to make a white sauce? ...  I looked it up and people have tried it but I'm curious how it actually tastes?  I don't want to ruin an entire meal by trying it and then finding out that we all think it's nasty.
I suppose I should just make a tiny test batch, huh?


I haven't used almond milk, but I have had success with white sauces and chowders etc using rice milk - which you can make really cheaply yourself. 


I regularly make "cheesy" sauces that are vegan - I use a combination of almond milk, soaked raw cashews, nutritional yeast & other ingredients for seasoning depending on the dish. You can probably find some by googling - the cashews add a creamy texture. I like it, but I have been limiting dairy for many years, so my taste expectations may be different than yours.

This is a really good source for very tasty dairy-free recipes, by the way, by my favourite cookbook author, Isa Chandra Moskowitz - http://www.theppk.com/

Oh, and be sure to used "original unsweetened" almond milk! you don't want vanilla or sugar ;)

Thanks for the link!  I'll look through it.
And, always unsweetened almond milk.  At the very least, I don't think my 1-yr-old needs a whole bunch of added sugar in her diet.  If I want it sweetened for something I can do it myself.  :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on January 28, 2015, 11:25:10 AM
We've started to acquire weird food items again.  We received a few gift baskets around the holidays.  Our friends also bring food over when they hang out.  I'm not sure what to do with two jars of olive bruschetta, a bag of IKEA meatballs, and a jar of lemon curd.  We also have an insane amount of meyer lemons. 

Any advice?

Funny the odds things that people have.  I love olives and I mix them with chicken salad, or put them on salad or make muffalettas.   
I would kill for some Meyer lemons.   We make candied lemons from them and use the cooking syrup as tea sweetener all year long.  I haven't had any since leaving CA.  You can also make a lemon cake using the peel and all.  Salad dressings, lemonade, marinade for meat, lemon green beans.    Lemons are not something I have trouble using up :)

I do, however, have a bag of Bob's Red Mill gluten free baking mix that we really don't like.   Gluten free is not for me.   Can I mix it 50-50 or 75-25 with regular flour in regular recipes?

I also finally cracked open the 21 lb Hubbard squash.  We've made enchiladas, shrimp curry, muffins and I put two gallon sized bags of diced squash in the freezer and have 6 cups of roasted puree for baked goods.   The thing took up my whole island!  We roasted the seeds and they were wonderful.  My kids ate them all in two days but only because I made them wait the first day.

I have had a cooking breakthrough at my house. I was injured last week and DH and my teenagers are pitching in.

On Saturday I had them thaw some meat and on Sunday they cooked.

We made homemade granola to go with yogurt for snacks. Gluten free pumpkin waffles from scratch and popped into the freezer for breakfast. DH made two meatloafs for dinners this week and a potato augratin kind of thing.  Some sweet tea from scratch and some gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

DH said to me today, "it's so nice to have food ready to eat in the house."  Breakthrough!!!!!

That's awesome.  Did you see a lightbulb above his head?

You could see it...."ting" :)

Now about your gluten free flour.  I have celiacs so I bake a lot gluten free but I am not a fan of bob's blends. I am assuming you have flour and not a biscuit mix.  If you have the GF flour that already has xanthan gum in it so I think you would be fine to blend it in with regular flour.

The more of the gf flour you use the denser your product will be so if you're trying to hide it I would go 75/25 regular to GF.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 28, 2015, 11:55:08 AM
Making Fathead pizza for the first time tonight with my own homemade sauce.  This will use up leftover olives and tomato sauce.  :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: nora 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas 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/
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun 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.   
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife 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?




Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun 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. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama 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!!!!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun 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! 

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Write Thyme 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Fodder 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun 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?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: KD 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. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas 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?

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: KD 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas 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.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun 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. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PatStab 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: KD 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! ;)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: shusherstache 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin 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!"
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun 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.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: JetsettingWelfareMom 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough 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
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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun 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. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal 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.  :) :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on March 05, 2015, 11:10:18 AM
Swick,

I have never used the irish moss but I got it for thickening things like raw parfaits.  The nori I am thinking of using to wrap hors d'ouevres. 

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on March 05, 2015, 04:47:08 PM
Time to check in again.  We have been doing SO WELL with this, for the most part.
Down to one box of salmon fillets in the freezer, and we've been managing to work at least one fillet into our weekly meal planning.  Still need to dig out all of the freezer-burned ones and cook those for the dog.
Almost out of moose, except for some roasts.  Those might end up moving with us, but if they do it's not a big deal.
Used a bunch of our frozen celery in the past few weeks.
Making some progress on the baking items, too, and the jars of preserved food.  Also, the only noodles we have left are half a box of lasagna noodles.
Even with all the progress we've made, I still feel like our house is full of food, which it is.  I just had to stock up on some things, like dog food and frozen peas (my daughter loves to have peas as a snack) and frozen fruit.  But I also know that they'll get used up really fast, so I'm trying to focus on all the progress we've made on things which don't get used up as quickly.
It's very odd to think that we're in the home stretch (about 3 months to go).  Doesn't really feel like it yet, with the winter blues (March sucks here--the fifth month of winter is tiring, especially knowing that spring is still about 2 months away) and mid-semester stress and whatnot.  But, we're hanging in there and things will get much easier soon.  At the very least, the return of the sun means that it's easier to get outside so we don't have cabin fever.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on March 06, 2015, 09:52:35 AM
Recently:

Used the rest of a 1/2 bag frozen green beans with a half jar Alfredo sauce.

Made gumbo and used up a bit of frozen tomatoes and 2 cups homemade broth.

Finished the frozen tomato paste on Eggplant Parmesan.

Next week is eat out of the freezer week since I'm closing in on my shop once a month day.  There is leftover gumbo and elk meatballs to nosh on.  Oh, and some African peanut soup.  :)

And I've been working on leftover alcohol from my BD party last month.  :D

If anyone has a recipe for spicy Italian ground sausage, I'm all ears.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cashstasherat23 on March 06, 2015, 10:38:54 AM
Recently:

Used the rest of a 1/2 bag frozen green beans with a half jar Alfredo sauce.

Made gumbo and used up a bit of frozen tomatoes and 2 cups homemade broth.

Finished the frozen tomato paste on Eggplant Parmesan.

Next week is eat out of the freezer week since I'm closing in on my shop once a month day.  There is leftover gumbo and elk meatballs to nosh on.  Oh, and some African peanut soup.  :)

And I've been working on leftover alcohol from my BD party last month.  :D

If anyone has a recipe for spicy Italian ground sausage, I'm all ears.

For spicy Italian sausage, I love this recipe! http://paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizza-spaghetti-pie/

So good, and makes a ton of healthy, delicious servings. I make a tray once every couple of months and then freeze it...have a whole stack in my freezer right now, cut into individual portions, and eat them down as I go along! 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on March 06, 2015, 12:12:33 PM
Recently:

Used the rest of a 1/2 bag frozen green beans with a half jar Alfredo sauce.

Made gumbo and used up a bit of frozen tomatoes and 2 cups homemade broth.

Finished the frozen tomato paste on Eggplant Parmesan.

Next week is eat out of the freezer week since I'm closing in on my shop once a month day.  There is leftover gumbo and elk meatballs to nosh on.  Oh, and some African peanut soup.  :)

And I've been working on leftover alcohol from my BD party last month.  :D

If anyone has a recipe for spicy Italian ground sausage, I'm all ears.

For spicy Italian sausage, I love this recipe! http://paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizza-spaghetti-pie/

So good, and makes a ton of healthy, delicious servings. I make a tray once every couple of months and then freeze it...have a whole stack in my freezer right now, cut into individual portions, and eat them down as I go along!

This is perfect!  Thank you!  And I appreciate the fact it's low carb.  :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on March 07, 2015, 09:07:03 AM
Recently:

Used the rest of a 1/2 bag frozen green beans with a half jar Alfredo sauce.

Made gumbo and used up a bit of frozen tomatoes and 2 cups homemade broth.

Finished the frozen tomato paste on Eggplant Parmesan.

Next week is eat out of the freezer week since I'm closing in on my shop once a month day.  There is leftover gumbo and elk meatballs to nosh on.  Oh, and some African peanut soup.  :)

And I've been working on leftover alcohol from my BD party last month.  :D

If anyone has a recipe for spicy Italian ground sausage, I'm all ears.

For spicy Italian sausage, I love this recipe! http://paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizza-spaghetti-pie/

So good, and makes a ton of healthy, delicious servings. I make a tray once every couple of months and then freeze it...have a whole stack in my freezer right now, cut into individual portions, and eat them down as I go along!

Thank you, I know what we're having for dinner now!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on March 11, 2015, 10:30:36 PM
We have actually been doing pretty well with this, but now it's time to get serious as we probably ARE moving in the next 3 months.  I feel like we don't have "much" in the way of food on hand right now but I need to do an inventory this weekend and make a plan for using up the rest of it...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on March 12, 2015, 12:21:33 PM
We've gone through a lot of can goods in the past month.  This week I'm attacking our freezer.  We have a lot of food from my bulk cooking (frozen as single servings)and premade Trader Joe's food from impulse purchases. 

Monday night: We had penne with a pesto sauce made from frozen basil.  I also had a small bag of pine nuts (used half the bag).
                        Made a double batch of granola bars.  We used all of our quick oats, all of our honey (used 3 different containers), and a few cups of stale Cheerios.  The granola bars will be breakfast for the week.
Tuesday night: Frozen TJ's naan.  Made hummus from a can of chickpeas.  We each had a glass of milk to finish off our half gallon. 
Last night:       We split a bag of penne arrabiatta and chicken tamales (both from Trader Joe's).  We still have 4 more tamales in the freezer. 

For lunch, I've been eating the frozen single serving meals from my bulk cooking.  Unfortunately it has been a week of my biggest cooking flops--a bland curry, meatballs, and (not) butter chicken from Budget Bytes.  I need to force myself to eat the mediocre things I cook, but it's just so hard. 

We have a lot more stuff in our freezer!  I'm going to defrost a few chicken breasts for dinner tomorrow night.  Tonight, I will have another random TJ's premade food meal.  Tamales and mashed sweet potatoes. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on March 12, 2015, 06:44:09 PM
This week is going better.  Spent $35 on dairy, eggs, fruit/veggies and a few necessary household cleaners.  Found a use for the ham hock - lentil and ham soup.  Yum!

Starting to see the back of the freezer and empty shelf space in the pantry.  Only sad part is realizing both spaces need a good cleaning.  :-(
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Zamboni on March 12, 2015, 07:41:06 PM
I'm leaving town for a week in about a week, so planning to try and avoid any sort of grocery shop this week.  There is plenty of food here to eat!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on March 16, 2015, 01:51:02 PM
New goal is to reduce monthly spending from $300 to $200.  Spent $195.05 last Friday.

We ate last month's remaining cowboy beans from the freezer with last night's smoked ham.  Delish!  Thursday night we ate half the leftover elk meatballs from the freezer.  And there's STILL more....

Am planning on making coconut shrimp this upcoming weekend to use up the last bit of last year's dried coconut.  Wednesday I'm going to make ham hock and beans with last night's ham hock...  Now, about that last can of evaporated milk.... ;)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on March 16, 2015, 02:38:47 PM
I love hearing how everyone is doing!

I'm totally bummed that I forgot about a acorn squash in our cold room and it went moldy :(  Our wipe board on the fridge idea has saved quite a few other odds and ends from going off though.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: dorothyc on March 17, 2015, 10:11:18 PM
New goal is to reduce monthly spending from $300 to $200.  Spent $195.05 last Friday.

We ate last month's remaining cowboy beans from the freezer with last night's smoked ham.  Delish!  Thursday night we ate half the leftover elk meatballs from the freezer.  And there's STILL more....

Am planning on making coconut shrimp this upcoming weekend to use up the last bit of last year's dried coconut.  Wednesday I'm going to make ham hock and beans with last night's ham hock...  Now, about that last can of evaporated milk.... ;)

Here's an Australian recipe that uses evaporated milk, from the $21 dollar challenge cook book:

Carnation Pasta
300g spaghetti or pasta
1 tbsp oil
3 cups sliced vegetables (e.g. red capsicum (pepper), courgette (zucchini), mushrooms)
375ml can Carnation evaporated milk
1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
3⁄4 cup grated cheese
Salt & pepper
Cook pasta to directions. Heat oil in pan, add vegetables and cook two minutes. Add combined Carnation milk, cornflour and mustard. Bring to boil, stirring. Stir in cheese and simmer for one minute. Toss through cooked pasta and season to taste.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on March 18, 2015, 12:19:26 PM
I have lots of empty spaces these days, which is gratifying, and I think I may put a jug of water in the freezer to save a few pennies on electricity since it is so empty.

My problem foods are weighing on me, they are still there, untouched, waving at me from the cupboard, or are they giving me the middle finger? 

I think it is time to make a few specific food commitments or I may be staring the same things in the eye next March.
1.  All dried beans, peas cooked by April 7th
2.  All irish moss consumed by April 7th
3.  Donate the canned soups which I will never touch by this weekend
4.  Corned beef consumed by this weekend
5.  Pick three vitamin type supplements and use daily until gone, rinse, repeat.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on March 18, 2015, 03:58:03 PM
We've been successful eating from our freezer.  We had a few random meals, and we still have quite a few items left.  We have a lot of premade meatballs (IKEA and TJ's turkey) in the freezer.  We have a few more tamales, a few frozen dinners, lots of frozen vegetables, and a little bit of frozen fruit. 

My big success last night was using a few cups of stale Honey Nut Cheerios in the granola bars I made.  Normally I would just toss the box.  I also used part of a bag of sliced almonds that have been on the shelf for a while.  The granola bars are weekday breakfasts. 

I also have two bananas that are overly ripe, so I will try to make a small loaf of banana bread tonight. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on March 20, 2015, 08:59:31 AM
I don't know how I ended up with so much cocoa powder in my house.  I was assigned to bring cookies to an event tonight and am making chocolate crinkles to use up some of that cocoa.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on March 20, 2015, 09:22:05 AM
I don't know how I ended up with so much cocoa powder in my house.  I was assigned to bring cookies to an event tonight and am making chocolate crinkles to use up some of that cocoa.

I know the feeling! Last year I ended up making a couple of different flavours of "Instant Hot Chocolate" mix for Christmas to use up some of my surplus. Actually, I've had requests for more so I will probably end up doing it again this year. I have some TJ freeze dried raspberries I haven't had a chance to use that would be fun.

I used up some in some chocolate cupcakes that took to a family potluck last night too. The spices and things like cocoa are really my downfall, I feel like I am using them all the time, but never enough to feel like I am putting a dent in my supply. Next up...finding a use for beet powder...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: CaribbeanMustachian on March 20, 2015, 11:30:42 AM
We've done well with our Lenten abstinence from meat, alcohol and soda for the past 30 days. Today we're starting this challenge today. Thanks to all of you, for the great info on this post!

Day #1 menu - breakfast (eggs and spinach omelet), lunch/ dinner - (stewed fish with peppers and onions, rice, salad).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on March 20, 2015, 01:44:49 PM
New goal is to reduce monthly spending from $300 to $200.  Spent $195.05 last Friday.

We ate last month's remaining cowboy beans from the freezer with last night's smoked ham.  Delish!  Thursday night we ate half the leftover elk meatballs from the freezer.  And there's STILL more....

Am planning on making coconut shrimp this upcoming weekend to use up the last bit of last year's dried coconut.  Wednesday I'm going to make ham hock and beans with last night's ham hock...  Now, about that last can of evaporated milk.... ;)

Here's an Australian recipe that uses evaporated milk, from the $21 dollar challenge cook book:

Carnation Pasta
300g spaghetti or pasta
1 tbsp oil
3 cups sliced vegetables (e.g. red capsicum (pepper), courgette (zucchini), mushrooms)
375ml can Carnation evaporated milk
1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
3⁄4 cup grated cheese
Salt & pepper
Cook pasta to directions. Heat oil in pan, add vegetables and cook two minutes. Add combined Carnation milk, cornflour and mustard. Bring to boil, stirring. Stir in cheese and simmer for one minute. Toss through cooked pasta and season to taste.

Awesome!  Thank you for taking the time to post it.  :)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This week was an "eat it or freeze it" week.  DH and I focused on eating all the leftovers (breakfast casserole, chicken and eggplant casserole, some baby bok choy, buffalo chicken salad in a doggy bag, etc.).  A leftover blue cheese burger patty went into the freezer.  I processed a load of fresh produce Wednesday night.  He said he felt like a vegetarian at lunch yesterday.  :D

Sunday I'm going to make coconut shrimp to use the last of some dried coconut bought last fall.  I'll serve with zoodles (zucchini noodles) since I mistakenly bought some more zucchini when we already had some.  :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on March 20, 2015, 06:24:21 PM
I cooked one of the dreaded cans of soup and added onions, stewed tomatoes and cabbage to make it palatable and topped it with goat cheese, scallions and bacon.  it was actually quite good and now I can check off one more box on my eating down the pantry list.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: acorn on March 21, 2015, 10:33:55 PM
Any tips/recipes for using up a liter of maple syrup? I got a jug from Costco late last year, but I've decided to cut down on carbs (so no pancakes). I've been using it as a sweetener for tea, but it's going to take a while to use up a liter of it...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on March 22, 2015, 01:16:00 AM
Any tips/recipes for using up a liter of maple syrup? I got a jug from Costco late last year, but I've decided to cut down on carbs (so no pancakes). I've been using it as a sweetener for tea, but it's going to take a while to use up a liter of it...

I use it basically as a sugar substitute - especially tasty as a sweetener in homemade granola :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on March 23, 2015, 05:05:45 PM
Any tips/recipes for using up a liter of maple syrup? I got a jug from Costco late last year, but I've decided to cut down on carbs (so no pancakes). I've been using it as a sweetener for tea, but it's going to take a while to use up a liter of it...

I use it basically as a sugar substitute - especially tasty as a sweetener in homemade granola :)

Agree.  It is also great in baked oatmeal. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on March 23, 2015, 05:25:47 PM
Any tips/recipes for using up a liter of maple syrup? I got a jug from Costco late last year, but I've decided to cut down on carbs (so no pancakes). I've been using it as a sweetener for tea, but it's going to take a while to use up a liter of it...

Salad dressing or marianade (I have a lime/maple/chipotle/oil dressing that works well on almost anything, especially salmon)
sweetener for lemonade
on top of plain yogurt with some fruit
instead of palm sugar for coconut curry or Vietnamese dressings or satay or peanut sauce
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on March 23, 2015, 06:20:29 PM
Salad dressing or marianade (I have a lime/maple/chipotle/oil dressing that works well on almost anything, especially salmon)

Ohh, any chance you can share? I think you have a dressing that combines ALL my Hubby's favorite foods :)

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Cressida on March 23, 2015, 10:59:37 PM
Salad dressing or marianade (I have a lime/maple/chipotle/oil dressing that works well on almost anything, especially salmon)

Ohh, any chance you can share? I think you have a dressing that combines ALL my Hubby's favorite foods :)

haha, me too! DH drinks leftover lime juice straight, and goes through like a liter of maple syrup a month. And who doesn't love chipotle.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on March 24, 2015, 04:56:12 AM
Salad dressing or marianade (I have a lime/maple/chipotle/oil dressing that works well on almost anything, especially salmon)
Ohh, any chance you can share? I think you have a dressing that combines ALL my Hubby's favorite foods :)

I modified & extremely simplified a couple of recipes from the Rebar cookbook (Rebar is/was a restaurant in Victoria BC), combining the dressing for the Santa Fe Pasta salad and the Painted Desert salad.

the base recipes are here, but I don't follow them, just the idea
http://seachangeseafoodsandgifts.ca/painted-desert-salad/
http://www.eatmedelicious.com/2007/08/santa-fe-pasta-salad.html

No real amounts, just a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of lime juice, 1-2 tsps of maple syrup, 1-2 tsps of chipotle puree, salt.  Then adjust to taste.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on March 24, 2015, 12:42:35 PM
[quote author=plainjane link=topic=23139.msg601121#msg601121 date=
I modified & extremely simplified a couple of recipes from the Rebar cookbook (Rebar is/was a restaurant in Victoria BC), combining the dressing for the Santa Fe Pasta salad and the Painted Desert salad.

the base recipes are here, but I don't follow them, just the idea
http://seachangeseafoodsandgifts.ca/painted-desert-salad/
http://www.eatmedelicious.com/2007/08/santa-fe-pasta-salad.html

No real amounts, just a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of lime juice, 1-2 tsps of maple syrup, 1-2 tsps of chipotle puree, salt.  Then adjust to taste.
[/quote]

That is awesome, Thanks plainjane! The recipes look great, and I know my mom has their recipe book - it's one of her favorite places.  I'll have to borrow it from her :)

I used up the last of my dried apricots, left over canned tomatos and some rosemary that I was given in supper last night. I made a take on a tagine http://www.alanabread.com/chicken-apricot-ginger-rosemary-tagine/ (http://www.alanabread.com/chicken-apricot-ginger-rosemary-tagine/) it is one of my favorite recipes.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on March 30, 2015, 05:52:30 AM
Hi everyone, loving this thread and all the creative ideas you come up with!

I have a jar of pumpkin pie spice languishing in the cupboard. Being a Brit I don't have much use for it, but I'm thinking it would add some nice flavour to homemade granola, or muffins, or pancakes. Yay!

I also have a question I wonder if anyone can help with. I'm going to make burritos tonight (ground beef filling), and I often hear of people freezing them for lunches etc. I'd love to try this, but I'm not sure about defrosting / reheating. Is it best to microwave straight from frozen? Or defrost first? I'm thinking the tortilla will go soggy if I defrost, but I wasn't sure about microwaving cooked frozen meat. Would I use a defrost setting, or just go 'high' from the outset? Thanks.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on March 30, 2015, 10:45:16 AM
Hi everyone, loving this thread and all the creative ideas you come up with!

I have a jar of pumpkin pie spice languishing in the cupboard. Being a Brit I don't have much use for it, but I'm thinking it would add some nice flavour to homemade granola, or muffins, or pancakes. Yay!

I also have a question I wonder if anyone can help with. I'm going to make burritos tonight (ground beef filling), and I often hear of people freezing them for lunches etc. I'd love to try this, but I'm not sure about defrosting / reheating. Is it best to microwave straight from frozen? Or defrost first? I'm thinking the tortilla will go soggy if I defrost, but I wasn't sure about microwaving cooked frozen meat. Would I use a defrost setting, or just go 'high' from the outset? Thanks.
I usually stick with rice, beans & cheese in my frozen burritos, so beef might be different.  I just wrap a frozen burrito in a paper towel and microwave on high. 

I made cookies for a picnic with friends instead of buying cupcakes.  I had to go out and buy chocolate chips, but I used items we had in the house for the rest.  I made thumbprint cookies with lemon curd (a gift) and plum jam (a gift).  I also made flourless chocolate chip cookies (http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/04/flourless-chocolate-cookies/). 

We've been slowly eating down our freezer.  I ate a frozen pot pie for lunch last week.  We have a lot of frozen vegetables and fruit to eat now. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Cressida on March 30, 2015, 07:23:02 PM
I also have a question I wonder if anyone can help with. I'm going to make burritos tonight (ground beef filling), and I often hear of people freezing them for lunches etc. I'd love to try this, but I'm not sure about defrosting / reheating. Is it best to microwave straight from frozen? Or defrost first? I'm thinking the tortilla will go soggy if I defrost, but I wasn't sure about microwaving cooked frozen meat. Would I use a defrost setting, or just go 'high' from the outset? Thanks.

My technique is (1) defrost for 2 minutes, (2) heat for 30 seconds, (3) let cool for a few minutes (or else it can be pretty molten). This works for me - the tortilla isn't soggy at all.

I should say, usually the burrito has been in my bag for a couple of hours when I go through this process, so it's probably somewhat thawed already.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MMMdude on March 30, 2015, 08:00:13 PM
My brother is a hunter and I have a whole bunch of moose stew and sausage that has been sitting in my freezer for about a year.

I simply bbq'd the sausage and it was....OK i guess.  Have a few more packs to go and I'll BBQ again with no other alternative.  I'm thinking if i threw it in a pasta dish it might mellow the overall taste.  Any other ideas?

I have slow cooked the stew before and it was pretty decent but not a homerun.  Anyone have any moose stew recipes?

Overall we have done really well the first three months of the year.  Have spent $425 on food (two of us) on average each month to start the year.  This includes toiletries and cat/dog food.  Where we live groceries are pretty expensive so might not be outstanding for others.  This is alot lower than the $600+ we have been averaging.  If we do eat out it's either with a Groupon (whenever they have a discount deal) or at a place that has a weakly deal such as Wing Wednesdays or whatever.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on March 31, 2015, 02:48:33 AM
Thanks Cressida and 4alpacas for the burrito advice! I'll try some with just beans and some with meat and see which I prefer, now I have a better idea of how to reheat. This is making me hungry!

Because I had been working on emptying the freezer I was able to take advantage of a great deal when I saw it - Hereford beef nearing it's sell-by date marked down from £4.19 (for a 1/2 lb) to 99p! I bought everything they had in stock, hence the burritos! I see lots of marked down meat due to poor stock control in a local store; my plan is to always use meat from the freezer for meals and to only buy meat that I see reduced. Since we only have it a few times a week this should be very doable.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on March 31, 2015, 10:02:01 AM
My brother is a hunter and I have a whole bunch of moose stew and sausage that has been sitting in my freezer for about a year.

I simply bbq'd the sausage and it was....OK i guess.  Have a few more packs to go and I'll BBQ again with no other alternative.  I'm thinking if i threw it in a pasta dish it might mellow the overall taste.  Any other ideas?

I have slow cooked the stew before and it was pretty decent but not a homerun.  Anyone have any moose stew recipes?

Moose can be pretty hit or miss, I would personally take the meat out of the casing for the sausages and use it in a chili, stretched ( and tamed) with some ground beef if it is really strong tasting. Also, Spices...the more spices you use with moose the better :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on March 31, 2015, 11:58:09 AM
My brother is a hunter and I have a whole bunch of moose stew and sausage that has been sitting in my freezer for about a year.

I simply bbq'd the sausage and it was....OK i guess.  Have a few more packs to go and I'll BBQ again with no other alternative.  I'm thinking if i threw it in a pasta dish it might mellow the overall taste.  Any other ideas?

I have slow cooked the stew before and it was pretty decent but not a homerun.  Anyone have any moose stew recipes?

Overall we have done really well the first three months of the year.  Have spent $425 on food (two of us) on average each month to start the year.  This includes toiletries and cat/dog food.  Where we live groceries are pretty expensive so might not be outstanding for others.  This is alot lower than the $600+ we have been averaging.  If we do eat out it's either with a Groupon (whenever they have a discount deal) or at a place that has a weakly deal such as Wing Wednesdays or whatever.

I'm not sure what the exact recipe is but my MIL said that she made moose stew recently with red wine AND Guinness as a base and it turned out really well.  I'm guessing that the strong flavors of those mellowed the moose and the acids tenderized it a lot.  Not sure what herbs and spices she used, though.  Or perhaps try a boeuf bourguignon?  It's strongly flavored and utilizes a very long, slow cook so the meat will have plenty of time to tenderize.

Most of the moose I use is ground or as a roast, sorry.

I hear you on the grocery prices.  My husband, toddler and I manage to only spend about $400/month, but we buy very little meat because we've had so much moose and fish in the freezer, and I garden/preserve during the summers.  I also do things like making our own bread to save money.  :(  Wish I could have the grocery budget a lot of people on these forums claim.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on April 01, 2015, 08:19:51 AM
Just successfully made pilau rice! Yay! That will make our occasional 'takeaways' even better - I usually buy a premade curry and rice to share from the supermarket, and then we get a real naan from the takeaway. Now I will make a huge batch and freeze in portions so it's just as easy as reheating the bought one on those no-cook night!

Recipe was easy if anyone wants it - melt a large knob of butter in a pan. Add 1 cup of basmati rice and stir until coated. Add 2tspn garam masala (not sure how authentic this recipe is, I was trying to use this up), stir to coat, and then add 1.5 cups boiling water. Cover with tight-fitting lid, simmer on lowest setting for 10-15 minutes without stirring until rice is done.

Which spice jar to tackle next...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on April 02, 2015, 02:05:12 AM
Amalgamated the contents of 2 deep freezers into 1 today --- gave me a really good idea of what we have left and will help with meal planning. Sadly, had to throw out some badly freezer burned items. *Bonus: power bill will drop until late summer/early fall when we add farm fresh berries, 50 chickens and a side of beef. **Double Bonus: single freezer now running is smaller, very full and located in the cool basement -- excellent for our power consumption!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on April 07, 2015, 01:32:34 PM
Finally ate down the freezer to the point that I only had 2 servings max of chicken, fish, beef and pork.  Ordered 1/2 pig and should be nearly out of meat when it is ready for pick-up. 

Made lentil and ham bone soup that was utterly fantastic.  No more throwing away scrumptious ham bones. 

Pantry contents have slowly been depleted, prompting DH to state "we have no food".  I pointed to all the canned and frozen vegetables, flour, rice, etc.  To which he responded "We have a bunch of items to make food, but we have no food!".  I took this as a compliment that we were eating healthy items instead of processed crap.  DH was not amused his scolding was turned into a compliment.  :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on April 07, 2015, 01:48:47 PM

Pantry contents have slowly been depleted, prompting DH to state "we have no food".  I pointed to all the canned and frozen vegetables, flour, rice, etc.  To which he responded "We have a bunch of items to make food, but we have no food!".

Sounds like my complaintypants teenagers: "We don't have any FOOD! We just have ingredients!"

Used up a bag of perogies from the deep freeze - fried them and some onions and added a dollop of sour cream to each plate.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on April 08, 2015, 10:53:40 AM
I tried stuffing the contents of the chest freezer into the upright freezer and it didn't work.  But the chest freezer is *dangerously* low.  Also, I did find a whole bunch more dog fish (I mean, fish only fit to cook up for the dog because it's so freezer-burned -- most of it is labeled 2010, ouch) so we're saving money on dog food and it's not only really good for her but she loves it.
Now if only I could get our ridiculously picky cat to eat it too, but he hates anything but a few flavors of wet food and his dry stuff.
I also made a meal plan for this week and most of it is, you probably guessed it, fish.  So sick of fish.
We still have about four moose roasts which need to be taken care of.  I'm thinking we'll use one or two as a duty meal and try to give the others away to friends.  Other than that our only supply of moose is four more 1-lb. packs of ground moose meat and about 12 packs of moose jerky sticks which I'm trying to get my husband to eat (I can't stand them).
Found and used one last jar of tomatoes I canned last summer, used some frozen rhubarb as a dessert for an Easter potluck, and used one of our boxes of cornstarch.  Our cupboards are looking mighty bare.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on April 08, 2015, 11:06:27 AM
It is time for me to look at the door of the fridge again and to eat up those processed condiments never to replace them.  Also, it is time to get serious about the nutritional supplements -they cost a bundle and I do not want to waste them.

My fridge, freezer and pantry got super low a few weeks back and the pantry is still very empty looking which i am enjoying.  I think I would enjoy the English method of having a tiny fridge and shopping each day for fresh food- somehow storing food makes me tired.  It is as though all the cans and boxes and bags are saying "Slacker!  You haven't eaten me yet!!!"
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on April 08, 2015, 03:50:24 PM
Trying to clean out the freezer before the U-pick season begins.  Last night we ate raviolis with kale pesto; tonight we are having black bean enchiladas with a tomatillo sauce from last fall.  I can't quite do one of those "don't shop in April" challenges because I'd run out of basics but I am determined to clean out this freezer! 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cats on April 09, 2015, 10:01:00 PM
Well, it turns out we are moving in three weeks!  Just across town, so moving non-perishables is not a huge deal, however....we are going to need to clean out the freezer!  This weekend I am NOT going to cook any main dishes for the week ahead, we're going to live entirely off freezer meals.  Kind of excited :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on April 10, 2015, 05:25:11 AM
Well, it turns out we are moving in three weeks!  Just across town, so moving non-perishables is not a huge deal, however....we are going to need to clean out the freezer!  This weekend I am NOT going to cook any main dishes for the week ahead, we're going to live entirely off freezer meals.  Kind of excited :)

Good luck with the move cats, and enjoy a week off cooking!

I am enjoying making lots of salad dressings, but I have a question, if anyone can answer it.

I don't like mustard, so what else can I put in dressing to 'emulsify' things? I'm just doing oil / vinegar / seasoning at present, and I'm getting some lovely flavours, but the consistency is not right. Would a pinch of cornflour work to bring everything together?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on April 10, 2015, 06:01:25 AM
I am enjoying making lots of salad dressings, but I have a question, if anyone can answer it.

I don't like mustard, so what else can I put in dressing to 'emulsify' things? I'm just doing oil / vinegar / seasoning at present, and I'm getting some lovely flavours, but the consistency is not right. Would a pinch of cornflour work to bring everything together?

Egg yolk can work, but consistency is generally a question of more/better whisking.  Perhaps a bit of buttermilk? 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on April 10, 2015, 07:43:24 AM
I am enjoying making lots of salad dressings, but I have a question, if anyone can answer it.

I don't like mustard, so what else can I put in dressing to 'emulsify' things? I'm just doing oil / vinegar / seasoning at present, and I'm getting some lovely flavours, but the consistency is not right. Would a pinch of cornflour work to bring everything together?

Egg yolk can work, but consistency is generally a question of more/better whisking.  Perhaps a bit of buttermilk?

Also try adjusting your ratio of oil and vinegar.  3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar makes a thicker dressing.  How do you mix it?  I've had great luck with the jar shaking method. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on April 10, 2015, 08:53:21 PM
I am enjoying making lots of salad dressings, but I have a question, if anyone can answer it.

I don't like mustard, so what else can I put in dressing to 'emulsify' things? I'm just doing oil / vinegar / seasoning at present, and I'm getting some lovely flavours, but the consistency is not right. Would a pinch of cornflour work to bring everything together?

Egg yolk can work, but consistency is generally a question of more/better whisking.  Perhaps a bit of buttermilk?

Also try adjusting your ratio of oil and vinegar.  3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar makes a thicker dressing.  How do you mix it?  I've had great luck with the jar shaking method.

Corn starch won't act as a binder unless you heat it.

How do you feel about mayo? If you don't want to use straight raw egg yolk, the egg yolk in mayo is a great emulsifier. A tbsp in most dressings will hold everything together. Adds a creaminess to the mix, which can be ok - depends on the dressing I guess. I think people use chia and flax for this stuff too, but I think chia seeds have a texture like gritty boogers.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on April 14, 2015, 01:41:32 AM
Thanks for the dressing suggestions everyone! I mix it in a Chefn bottle with whisk kind of built in if you know what I mean, but if that's not available I use a jar. Generally use a 2:1 ratio (just because it's marked on the bottle!) so will try upping the oil.

I'm not a massive fan of mayo - wouldn't put it on a sandwich for example, but I'm fine with it as an ingredient or in small amounts. I'm guessing it would make the dressing spoil more quickly though? I will certainly give it a try in a small batch and see how I like it, thank you.

I'm also going to expand my personal kitchen challenge a little and add in kitchen consumables that I want to use up and not replace. Already finished - those ice cube bags where you fill them with water and then freeze them, and allegedly they then break up into perfect ice cubes in a bag, but actually, in my experience you just end up with ice welded to the side of a plastic bag in ridiculous shapes. All gone. Next up, paper sandwich bags which I thought would be better for the environment than plastic but which don't work because they allow snacks to get soggy, and bread to dry out. Nice idea, but will not be replacing.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on April 14, 2015, 12:20:28 PM
My favorite homemade salad dressing lately is a blend of mayo and sour cream with a squirt of lemon juice, dashes of onion and garlic powder (and whatever else I'm in the mood for) and a bit of sweetener (I use Splenda, but the recipe calls for sugar).

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It is Freezer Fixin's week!

Yesterday:  Leftover blue cheese burger patty for lunch.  Leftover elk meatballs and African peanut soup for supper.

Today:  More leftover elk meatballs for lunch.  Tonight (DH is out of town) I'll eat leftover chicken gumbo and rest of the soup.

Also found in the freezer were two homemade burritos which went into DH's lunch yesterday.  We have a bunch of homemade chicken broth, so I'll make soup next week.

So glad I started using freezer tape last year to label everything.  It takes the guess work out, LOL!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on April 14, 2015, 10:14:42 PM
Yay! 

I logged in after a long long time precisely because my recent attempts to throw out less food got me started thinking about the folks around here.  I knew that there would be some kind of grocery/cooking challenge going on, but it's especially nice to see another "Eat All the Food in Your House" thread.  Gotta go look for the "Fire Drill Thread" too.

Anyway, on topic ...

Last night I cooked two batches of rice and veg to make single serve freezer meals - I made sure I used up ends and bits of veg like the last few pieces of limp celery, part of a head of cabbage that's been in the fridge for a bit, and peeled and finely chopped broccoli stalks.  And one pot used some tofu that has been in my freezer for a long time - but defrosted it and checked it out and it seemed ok, so in it went!

Also made 3 small quiches, using the tops of aforementioned broccoli, an onion (I almost never finish up a bag before they sprout) and all but 1 egg that I had in the fridge.  I saved the egg, because I also have a chocolate cake mix and some defrosted-from-the-freezer pumpkin puree, which together with the egg will make lovely muffins.  The cake mix came from my mom's place, when I helped her clean out her cupboards recently.  (As if I don't have enough stuff in my own cupboards to use up!)

Sadly, I did find bags of both couscous and quinoa in my cupboard that had been there so long that they'd gone off, based on the smell.  You'd think I'd never participated in a gauntlet challenge before ... crazy!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on April 17, 2015, 04:59:51 AM
PJ!  How nice to see you here! I hope all goes well for you.

My goal of cleaning out the freezer before the new produce comes in has not quite gone to plan, but progress is being made.  I stopped at the farmer's market on Wednesday where I bought lettuce, arugula, some hydroponic tomatoes.  Nonetheless I put a small dent in the freezer stash.

One day I made a "Mexican" hash from a yukon gold potato, a sweet potato, onion, plus peppers, corn and chicken from the freezer.  I used up an open jar of salsa from the fridge that was of questionable age.

I still have a few sweet potatoes left from the bushel that I bought in the fall. I store them in the garage.  Because they are not washed, they keep amazingly well. But I need to use these up too before it gets too hot.

I also need to make some cookies or something with the peach jam I put up last summer.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: dorothyc on April 17, 2015, 09:29:16 AM

I also need to make some cookies or something with the peach jam I put up last summer.

How about jam tarts? You could use a mini muffin pan for the mold if you don't have tart pans.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/rainbow-jam-tarts/
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 17, 2015, 09:47:42 AM
Discovered that most of my bag 10 kg of potatoes (bought 4 or so days ago) were green. Not going to work for my plan of (ironically) "green" potatoes. |

Have spent the morning making a ginormous batch of potato pancakes and some freezer packs of shredded par-boiled potatoes for hashbrowns. Reused the freezer bags too.

Fell good about not letting them to to waste...I sure didn't feel like dealing with them today as I already have a full day of cooking planned. However, crispy potato pancakes with some blistered cherry tomatoes and a poached duck egg for breakfast made it all worth it :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on April 17, 2015, 11:04:01 AM
PJ!  How nice to see you here! I hope all goes well for you.

Thanks!  It's nice to be seen!  I'm experiencing my semi-annual or annual urge to get myself, my house, and my finances in order, so rather than just peeking at the blog and forums every couple of months without signing in, I thought I'd better get some stuff done.  And accountability always helps!

However, crispy potato pancakes with some blistered cherry tomatoes and a poached duck egg for breakfast made it all worth it :) 

swick, that does sound good!  For me, breakfast was a piece of chocolate cake.  :-) 

I used the chocolate cake mix I brought home from mom's, a little more than a cup of fairly liquid pumpkin puree from the freezer, one egg, a "glug" of oil (technical term!).  The original instructions call for water, 2/3 cup of oil, and 3 eggs.  My way is much healthier, albeit still resulting in chocolate cake!  I understand you can use any cake mix with just 1 can of pumpkin puree, to make mini muffins that are only 1 WW point.  I got the idea for this from my sister, who used to do WW.

Oh, and I added a handful of really lovely dried cranberries.  So good!  Rich and moist, with little jewels of cranberry periodically.  I don't much like orange veggies, so this is one way I can get myself to happily eat pumpkin!

Also, last night I identified something else to use - a single serve packet of strawberry lemonade (part of a gift basket who knows how long ago!)  Having no nutritional value, I could have just thrown this out.  I don't drink a lot of juice type drinks, and don't love strawberries or lemonade.  But I decided to try to think of a way to use it ... and I did.  I've been buying plain yoghurt to add to my dog's food, but am not acclimatized to the taste yet myself.  So I added some of the drink powder to a bowl of yoghurt, let it sit for a bit, and it was lovely.  Mild taste and more lightly sweetened than buying it already flavoured.  Makes me wonder just how much sugar there is, in my usual vanilla yoghurt?!?!

Next on the "use up" hit list - a little jar of some kind of spread that I brought back from a trip a while ago - need to determine if it's still good, and if so, how to use it!

Helpful tip:  I'm finding I'm more likely to use the things I need to use up if I take them 1 at a time out of their normal spot in the cupboards, and place them all by themselves in a highly visible place.  As in: 

"Oh yeah!  I need to open that package of quinoa and see if it's still good!"
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on April 17, 2015, 11:08:48 AM
I am enjoying making lots of salad dressings, but I have a question, if anyone can answer it.

I don't like mustard, so what else can I put in dressing to 'emulsify' things? I'm just doing oil / vinegar / seasoning at present, and I'm getting some lovely flavours, but the consistency is not right. Would a pinch of cornflour work to bring everything together? 

Sorry for the second, separate post - I had to go back a page to look for this quote ...

So, I don't make my own salad dressing, but I once heard that adding in small amount of milk helps hold together the oil and vinegar (a teaspoon or so - depending on the quantity of dressing?)

I haven't tested it, but it might be worth a try.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 17, 2015, 12:02:03 PM
I love your posts, PJ :) Always thrilled when you find your way back to posting!

Your cake sounds awesome!

Oh, to figure out how sugar is in your vanilla yougurt, 4 g = a teaspoon. So for example one of those tiny little 113 cups of Activia vanilla yogurt have 4 tsp of sugar. But of course, we mustachains never buy little tubs of yogurt. So you have to figure out your typical serving size and maths it out. Hubby use to get Astro vanilla and it has 13 g per 1/2 cup. He figures he probably has 1 1/2 cup serving for breakfast so that is almost 10 tsp JUST from his yogurt. We actually measured it out into a bowl, he as shocked. Regular yougurt with a splash of vanilla extract and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey is a good substitute - and regular yougurt is often on sale.

I'm going to bake a bag of sweet potatoes today - not sure how I will use them yet. We were going to make some dog treats - I totally forgot I burned out the motor on my dehydrator :( Sweet potatoes, if you can find em on sale make AWESOME cheap dog treats!

I have some buttermilk I need to use up today as well. Thinking about making some pancakes that  can just freeze and Hubby can pop in the toaster oven for breakfasts.

I also have a couple of bananas I have left get all soft and squishy, muffins or cookies or something tasty is on the menu :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: dorothyc on April 17, 2015, 01:15:56 PM
Regular yougurt with a splash of vanilla extract and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey is a good substitute - and regular yougurt is often on sale.

I buy the large tubs of plain yogurt, too, and I actually prefer to eat yogurt Indian or Middle Eastern style - with some shredded cucumber or carrot, salt, pepper, cumin, maybe a sprinkle of sumac.

I also have a couple of bananas I have left get all soft and squishy, muffins or cookies or something tasty is on the menu :)

Overripe bananas can be peeled and broken into chunks and frozen in a bag for later use in muffins or smoothies, no need to thaw.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 17, 2015, 01:28:32 PM
Regular yougurt with a splash of vanilla extract and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey is a good substitute - and regular yougurt is often on sale.

I buy the large tubs of plain yogurt, too, and I actually prefer to eat yogurt Indian or Middle Eastern style - with some shredded cucumber or carrot, salt, pepper, cumin, maybe a sprinkle of sumac.

I also have a couple of bananas I have left get all soft and squishy, muffins or cookies or something tasty is on the menu :)

Overripe bananas can be peeled and broken into chunks and frozen in a bag for later use in muffins or smoothies, no need to thaw.

Great suggestions:) I too prefer the Indian/Middle Eastern way of using yougurt - Developed a taste for it that way when I lived in Turkey. One thing I have noticed though is plain yougurt over here is more...well tangy? and usually watery...it isn't quite as appealing.

I purposely let a couple of bananas get mushy it is a great excuse to bake :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on April 17, 2015, 02:51:03 PM
DorothyC--thanks for the jam tart link.  My go-to jam cookie recipe is from Quaker Oats, an oatmeal bar with jam filling.  Quite delish.

Swick--you are brilliant!  It has never occurred to me to freeze potatoes for hash browns.  This seems wise on two levels i.e. to prep something that might go bad but also to have something on hand that is partially prepared.  May I ask about technique both for freezing and for cooking?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 17, 2015, 03:45:50 PM
DorothyC--thanks for the jam tart link.  My go-to jam cookie recipe is from Quaker Oats, an oatmeal bar with jam filling.  Quite delish.

Swick--you are brilliant!  It has never occurred to me to freeze potatoes for hash browns.  This seems wise on two levels i.e. to prep something that might go bad but also to have something on hand that is partially prepared.  May I ask about technique both for freezing and for cooking?

Thanks Worsted Skiens :) Umm to be honest, I totally winged it, so you might want to look on the internets for proper instructions. I just shredded the potatoes with my food processor attachments (along with an onion cuz I had it to use up) and rinsed in some cold water then par-boiled in a pot of boiling salted water till they were about 1/2 way cooked and blanched them in cold water. Wrung them out really well (Squeezed in a clean cotton dish towel) and vacuum sealed.

 I have never done it before, but if it works, I think it will be a major win. Seems like I'm always struggling to use up potatoes that go faster then I expect and I'm usually tempted (but never succumb) to those horribly expensive freezer hash browns.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on April 17, 2015, 06:42:02 PM

 I have never done it before, but if it works, I think it will be a major win. Seems like I'm always struggling to use up potatoes that go faster then I expect and I'm usually tempted (but never succumb) to those horribly expensive freezer hash browns.

Exactly!  As I said before, brilliant idea!  Good luck with it and I will be trying it too.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: tofuchampion on April 17, 2015, 08:16:47 PM
Oh, to figure out how sugar is in your vanilla yougurt, 4 g = a teaspoon. So for example one of those tiny little 113 cups of Activia vanilla yogurt have 4 tsp of sugar. But of course, we mustachains never buy little tubs of yogurt. So you have to figure out your typical serving size and maths it out. Hubby use to get Astro vanilla and it has 13 g per 1/2 cup. He figures he probably has 1 1/2 cup serving for breakfast so that is almost 10 tsp JUST from his yogurt.

That's not all added sugar, though. Some of it is naturally occuring in the milk used to make the yogurt, so even plain yogurt has some sugar (though obv much less!). I don't know if there's any way to know how much is added sugar; I suppose you could compare equal amounts of plain vs. flavored/sweetened.

Anyway, hi. I'm in on the eat-all-the-food thing. I have huge bags of quinoa, lentils, oats, and brown rice from Costco that I've had for months and barely touched. Lots of odds and ends, including some canned things that I've had since before we moved nearly a year ago. It's really not that much food, but I have a pretty tiny kitchen, so it gets cluttered fast. I think my first step is going to be to do an inventory of everything I have, then figure out what I can make with it.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 17, 2015, 11:07:55 PM
Oh, to figure out how sugar is in your vanilla yougurt, 4 g = a teaspoon. So for example one of those tiny little 113 cups of Activia vanilla yogurt have 4 tsp of sugar. But of course, we mustachains never buy little tubs of yogurt. So you have to figure out your typical serving size and maths it out. Hubby use to get Astro vanilla and it has 13 g per 1/2 cup. He figures he probably has 1 1/2 cup serving for breakfast so that is almost 10 tsp JUST from his yogurt.

That's not all added sugar, though. Some of it is naturally occuring in the milk used to make the yogurt, so even plain yogurt has some sugar (though obv much less!). I don't know if there's any way to know how much is added sugar; I suppose you could compare equal amounts of plain vs. flavored/sweetened.

You are right, Here in Canada they are not required to break out added sugars and naturally occurring. Our plain yougurt has 3 g per serving or for my hubby's serving size 9 g or just over 2 tsp.  It really is the added sugar that is the bad stuff, but you are right pretty much anything that ends in -ose is some type of sugar.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on April 19, 2015, 10:49:45 AM
I've been half-ass attempting this challenge the last few months.  While it has cleared out some interesting items from both the pantry and freezer, the urgency to completely commit wasn't there.  But now there is a real reason to eat down the freezer.  Picked up 1/2 pig this week and found out that the 1/4 beef will be delivering in a month.  Uh oh!  Even playing freezer tetris, this is going to be a tight fit.  Time to get serious! 

First item - Rutabagas.  Currently two 1-gallons bags worth blanched in 1" cubes.  Ideas?  Can they be roasted after being in the freezer?  Maybe mashed potatoes with rutabagas mixed in?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: handsnhearts on April 19, 2015, 01:21:43 PM
I am moving in 3 weeks(EEK!)  and have been doing this all along. 

Last night, ate up the last of the frozen hamburgers.  Made coleslaw to go with it from a cabbage hanging around for a while, a older carrot, and a new apple that DD had taken 1 tiny bite of and then threw down the stairs (the joy of 2.5 years old!)  I used up the rest of the mayo I had made on Easter for the egg salad.  It sounds like the salad dressing mentioned earlier.  The recipe I based it on called for sour cream and mayo, but I don't do the dairy, so I just used the mayo, mixed with apple cider vinegar, powdered mustard, honey, sugar(which is super old and has been in its jar for months untouched), and celery seeds.  Came out delicious!  Oh and I pulled out the Vslicer/mandoline to shred everything.  It is only the 2nd time I have used it since it arrived as my christmas present.

The flour and white rice are all gone, and the oats have 1 more scoop left.  I have been steadily emptying canning jars of nuts and dried fruits.  Although I'm not sure how much this really helps the move because I'm not getting rid of them. 

I still have a jar of boring salsa to use, and a jar of millet and of quinoa.  Maybe I should throw them in the rice cooker and use them up now.  If I cook them, I might eat them...

we are going to have to go to the grocery store today though... no eggs, no milk!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 21, 2015, 09:49:45 AM
Had quite a bit of success yesterday. Had a bit of a panic to use up a bag of roasted sweet potatoes before they went bad.

Ended up making Sweet potato brownies - using up pantry ingredients

Sweet potato buttermilk cornbread - used up the last of a carton of buttermilk that has been hanging in the fridge, a good bit of the Costco size of jalapeno peppers I have been sloowly working through, some organic cornmeal that has been taking up space in my freezer forever. Must remember that Hubby really likes cornbread...I have A LOT of cornmeal to use up.

"Fridge" chilli - Used the last of several tomato products and salsa, some kidney beans, ground beef, a bunch of spices I'm trying to work through as well as some mostly limp celery - which I kept not wanting to use because it was bitter, apparently a long sit in the fridge mellows it? An onion that was starting to sprout and some roasted red peppers from the freezer.

Trying to create some freezer space for the chicken and lamb order we have coming in. The tons of cornmeal I have is taking up some serious room, anyone have any ideas?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on April 21, 2015, 12:05:25 PM
The tons of cornmeal I have is taking up some serious room, anyone have any ideas?

I haven't tried them, but pumpkin cornmeal pancakes sound delicious.  http://www.somethingswanky.com/pumpkin-cornmeal-pancakes/

Or you could do what I did and put your cornmeal in an old oatmeal container after the cornmeal box breaks, never label the cornmeal as cornmeal, and many moons later catch your husband pulling out the box of cornmeal to put in his smoothie. 
"Hon, why are you putting cornmeal in a smoothie?" 
"What?  I'm putting oats in." 
"Uh, no.  You're not.  That's cornmeal." 
"But the box says OATS.  Why would you put cornmeal in a box that says OATS?!" 
"The other box broke.  Why wouldn't you check what it is?"
"I shouldn't have to!  It says oats, I expect there to be oats."
"It looks absolutely nothing like oats!" 
"...I thought maybe you'd ground them up somehow.  No wonder my smoothies have been gritty."

That conversation actually happened just last night.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 21, 2015, 12:32:23 PM
Or you could do what I did and put your cornmeal in an old oatmeal container after the cornmeal box breaks, never label the cornmeal as cornmeal, and many moons later catch your husband pulling out the box of cornmeal to put in his smoothie. 
"Hon, why are you putting cornmeal in a smoothie?" 
"What?  I'm putting oats in." 
"Uh, no.  You're not.  That's cornmeal." 
"But the box says OATS.  Why would you put cornmeal in a box that says OATS?!" 
"The other box broke.  Why wouldn't you check what it is?"
"I shouldn't have to!  It says oats, I expect there to be oats."
"It looks absolutely nothing like oats!" 
"...I thought maybe you'd ground them up somehow.  No wonder my smoothies have been gritty."

That conversation actually happened just last night.

Thanks for sharing, this made me giggle :) I can totally see that conversation taking place in our house!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Cressida on April 22, 2015, 08:33:37 PM
I also have a question I wonder if anyone can help with. I'm going to make burritos tonight (ground beef filling), and I often hear of people freezing them for lunches etc. I'd love to try this, but I'm not sure about defrosting / reheating. Is it best to microwave straight from frozen? Or defrost first? I'm thinking the tortilla will go soggy if I defrost, but I wasn't sure about microwaving cooked frozen meat. Would I use a defrost setting, or just go 'high' from the outset? Thanks.

My technique is (1) defrost for 2 minutes, (2) heat for 30 seconds, (3) let cool for a few minutes (or else it can be pretty molten). This works for me - the tortilla isn't soggy at all.

I should say, usually the burrito has been in my bag for a couple of hours when I go through this process, so it's probably somewhat thawed already.

Circling back on this one regarding soggy tortillas. I keep the burritos wrapped in plastic in the freezer, and I remove the plastic and wrap in a paper towel when I reheat them. Today I accidentally forgot to remove the plastic first and the result was unpleasantly slimy. So that was a good lesson.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on April 22, 2015, 10:19:11 PM
I love your posts, PJ :) Always thrilled when you find your way back to posting!

Your cake sounds awesome!

Oh, to figure out how sugar is in your vanilla yougurt, 4 g = a teaspoon. So for example one of those tiny little 113 cups of Activia vanilla yogurt have 4 tsp of sugar. But of course, we mustachains never buy little tubs of yogurt. So you have to figure out your typical serving size and maths it out. Hubby use to get Astro vanilla and it has 13 g per 1/2 cup. He figures he probably has 1 1/2 cup serving for breakfast so that is almost 10 tsp JUST from his yogurt. We actually measured it out into a bowl, he as shocked. Regular yougurt with a splash of vanilla extract and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey is a good substitute - and regular yougurt is often on sale.

(waves at swick) 

Thanks!  I like it when I find myself back here posting, too! 

Anyway, oh wow!  First, fascinating that it sounds like your husband and I like the same yoghurt!  (Unless he was eating the vanilla flavoured "Smooth and Fruity" one.)  This is the one that I tend to buy:

http://www.astro.ca/products/astro_original_naturally_flavoured_french_vanilla_650g_family_tub#.VThuGbl0xow (http://www.astro.ca/products/astro_original_naturally_flavoured_french_vanilla_650g_family_tub#.VThuGbl0xow)

Secondly, oh wow!  13 grams of sugar vs 3, eh?  Guess I'll have to make this a permanent switch, not just for the sake of giving the dog some plain yoghurt.  Even if I added back in half as much sugar, I'd be better off.

Anyway, on the "eating up all the food" front, I don't have much progress to report from the pantry.  Because last Friday night, I got to bring home a ton of leftovers after an event at the church, even after insisting that others take some of the stuff home.  So I've just been concentrating on trying to eat up that stuff before it goes bad.  So I'm eating all the food that I brought into my house while I was trying to eat all the food that was already in my house.  I think I only get partial credit for that!  (But the food is very good, and quite healthy stuff too, so saving me money and helping me eat well)

And on the subject of trying not to let things go to waste, I've also been supplementing the dogs' regular food with odds and ends that aren't that appetizing to me, but aren't actually "off" yet.  One of my dogs needs to be tempted to eat, the other is ravenously hungry due to a medication she's on.  So I'm adding in the occasional officially expired but not yet rotten egg (cooked), some grated wrinkly apple, ditto with potato (after cooking it - dogs shouldn't be given raw potato), leftover rice, etc.  Less food waste + less money spent on enticing dog treats = happy dogs and happy owner.  I'm careful to keep it to a small percentage of their overall food intake, and vary it so as not to imbalance their diets too much.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 23, 2015, 11:06:08 AM
(high five PJ!)

It is indeed the same brand of yougurt. I'm pretty sure it is all the sugar that makes it so darn tasty :(

I would think using up leftovers that would have been thrown out definitely counts!

I should be supplementing some of our pups food too - great idea! The problem with her is she is pretty picky. She loves cheese in all forms...to the extent that If I open the fridge door open the cheese drawer and and rustle a ziplock bag she will run in from outside wherever she is...If I do any of those steps singularly, I get no response from her. She loves carrots, but they have to have a certain crunch to them or she won't eat them. She did love some leftover roasted sweet potato.

This is the recipe I used for the cornbread, if anyone is interested. I left out the honey  and spices and added some chopped pickled  jalapeno, garlic powder and some shredded cheese. I also used the regular flour version http://www.barefeetinthekitchen.com/2013/01/roasted-sweet-potato-and-spice-cornbread.html (http://www.barefeetinthekitchen.com/2013/01/roasted-sweet-potato-and-spice-cornbread.html) Everyone loved it and it has stayed super moist. Going to finish it off for breakfast :)

I'm going to toodle over and revive the No grocery shopping thread...see you there?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on April 23, 2015, 10:05:04 PM
Hmm ... "Eat All The Food In Your House" ...

(http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.5eXn9DHDQ77s6JeqZ4NGgw&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0)

That means I get to eat the whole box, right?  Or, even, both of the boxes my mom bought for me?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: FrugalKube on April 24, 2015, 01:19:03 AM
I think Im going to have to jump on this and look through my cupboards and freezer!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: handsnhearts on April 24, 2015, 07:43:25 AM
Ok.
Ate up spaghetti and can of tomato sauce and used last pack of ground beef from freezer.

I might do a freezer chili with the leftover beef and the other fridge stuff, but I don't think DD will eat it, so maybe not.

The thing I am struggling with is pickles. I have pickled green tomatoes, pickled peppers, and piccalilli relish but they are starting to be a few years old and we are not eating them. There are 2 open jars of bread and butter pickles in the fridge, but the texture is soft, so we are not really eating them. No one else wants them. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on April 24, 2015, 07:44:27 AM
Trying to create some freezer space for the chicken and lamb order we have coming in. The tons of cornmeal I have is taking up some serious room, anyone have any ideas?

Tamale Casserole (cornmeal topping)
cornmeal muffins with raspberry jam filling
cornmeal pancakes
polenta (google Italian polenta recipes)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: handsnhearts on April 24, 2015, 07:53:01 AM
Trying to create some freezer space for the chicken and lamb order we have coming in. The tons of cornmeal I have is taking up some serious room, anyone have any ideas?

Tamale Casserole (cornmeal topping)
cornmeal muffins with raspberry jam filling
cornmeal pancakes
polenta (google Italian polenta recipes)

Cornmeal pizza crusts with extra cornmeal underneath to allow the pizza to slide into the oven or grill.
I loved cornmeal mush for breakfast when I was a kid. You can use the leftovers,it's like smooth polenta, and then shape it into a load or log while still warm. Chill, then slice and fry fro lunches, dinners, snacks. Can freeze for toasting, (but then it doesn't help with the freezer space issue).
Cornbread stuffing for a chicken or turkey
Corn crackers?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: CaribbeanMustachian on April 24, 2015, 07:57:52 AM
We're 36 days into this challenge and happy to report we can see what’s in our freezer.

The first two weeks were full of guessing what’s for dinner. The system was freezer find (main dish) and pantry (sides). Would pull out a mystery package and prepare a meal based on the contents. This proved easier than planning meals because I like the cooking gauntlet feeling.

Some of the creations included: curried chicken with roti (naan), geera pork with rice and peas, jerk snapper with carrots, corn and okra, pork carnitas with yellow rice or tacos, steamed fish with ginger and chives.
 
Yesterday we went to lunch at one of our favorite spots. The owner thought we had moved. Was nice to hear, we had her pack most of it to go. Sharing the meal around our dining table was the best feeling ever. Thanks to everyone on this post for giving us encouragement and recipe ideas!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: CaribbeanMustachian on April 24, 2015, 11:28:37 AM
Here's a Jamaican recipe that uses cornmeal. It's called "Festival".

4 oz. Cornmeal, 4 oz. Flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp Salt, 2  tbsp Sugar, 4 oz. Water, Oil for frying. Mix all ingredients in a bowl excluding water. Slowly add water, kneading to form soft dough. Divide into 8-12 small balls. Roll each ball between your palms to form long, slender "fingers" or "spinners" as they say. Heat oil and fry dough until golden brown. Remove the festival and lay on a paper towel to drain. Serve by itself, with fish or chicken.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on April 25, 2015, 05:30:35 AM
Happy to report that the freezer supply of last year's veg from local farms has been consumed with the exception of one packet of pumpkin and a bit of kale.

I used the last of the strawberry jam in some oatmeal cookie bars.

Next up:  working on dried beans to restock the fairly empty fridge with some grab and go dishes.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: nora on April 25, 2015, 05:50:22 AM
Today I cracked this hugebag of macadamia nuts that we have had in our pantry for ages. I have to admit to throwing out a small handful at the end that looked too small to be worth the effort. It took over an hour with a metal plate, a hammer and a pair of vicegrips. And tonight we ate half of them on icecream with chocolate sauce. Nyum nyum.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Cressida on April 26, 2015, 09:18:24 PM
Pantry was getting unmanageable so today I cleared it out pretty ruthlessly. Why did I have items expiring in 2013? ugh, so bleeping wasteful.

Anyway, I have 5 5.5-oz cans of tomato juice with "best by" dates of 2/26/15. Apparently this is an item that I don't utilize regularly. (I kind of wonder what I used the sixth can for, back in 2012 or whenever.) I figure they're probably still OK, but I'd like to use them soon. If anyone has any thoughts regarding this somewhat pedestrian ingredient, I'd be happy to hear them.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on April 26, 2015, 11:00:51 PM
Pantry was getting unmanageable so today I cleared it out pretty ruthlessly. Why did I have items expiring in 2013? ugh, so bleeping wasteful.

Anyway, I have 5 5.5-oz cans of tomato juice with "best by" dates of 2/26/15. Apparently this is an item that I don't utilize regularly. (I kind of wonder what I used the sixth can for, back in 2012 or whenever.) I figure they're probably still OK, but I'd like to use them soon. If anyone has any thoughts regarding this somewhat pedestrian ingredient, I'd be happy to hear them.

I've used tomato/vegetable juice as part of a soup base, and I've also used it to cook a kind of "Spanish rice" dish with added veggies.  Dilute according to what else you're adding!  Can also use it to stretch a small quantity of tomato sauce when making lasagna, and because it makes the sauce pretty runny, you can skip pre-cooking the noodles (although when I do that, I don't put a top layer of noodles on). 

Basically, think of things you use tomato sauce for and go from there.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Cressida on April 26, 2015, 11:50:40 PM
Pantry was getting unmanageable so today I cleared it out pretty ruthlessly. Why did I have items expiring in 2013? ugh, so bleeping wasteful.

Anyway, I have 5 5.5-oz cans of tomato juice with "best by" dates of 2/26/15. Apparently this is an item that I don't utilize regularly. (I kind of wonder what I used the sixth can for, back in 2012 or whenever.) I figure they're probably still OK, but I'd like to use them soon. If anyone has any thoughts regarding this somewhat pedestrian ingredient, I'd be happy to hear them.

I've used tomato/vegetable juice as part of a soup base, and I've also used it to cook a kind of "Spanish rice" dish with added veggies.  Dilute according to what else you're adding!  Can also use it to stretch a small quantity of tomato sauce when making lasagna, and because it makes the sauce pretty runny, you can skip pre-cooking the noodles (although when I do that, I don't put a top layer of noodles on). 

Basically, think of things you use tomato sauce for and go from there.

Oh, that's a good idea, rice cooking liquid. I can see soup base too, if I give it some thought (I tend to be a recipe-based cook, but I do make substitutions). thanks!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on April 27, 2015, 09:10:20 AM
The last of the freezer kale will go into the chick pea/tomato stew that is simmering on the stove.  I'll serve that for dinner over whole wheat couscous.

My freezer had been looking pretty pitiful given my desire to use up last year's harvest.  After receiving inspiration from this thread, I have added some bags of future hashbrowns.  This morning I cooked a large pot of chick peas some of which we are eating for dinner. The rest are now frozen in one or two cup containers for future meals.

Yesterday I made burger buns, some of which made their way to the freezer. My husband made ground turkey/lemon/scallion/feta burgers.  One each for dinner, one for his lunch today and two for the freezer. 

I am happy to do a thoughtful restocking.  The key thing for me is not to bury the older pantry/freezer stuff with newer, losing those items that are already there.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 27, 2015, 06:54:47 PM
Help: gram flour! (As in, flour made from chickpeas). What can I do with this? Could I use it in place of wheat flour to make tortillas?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 27, 2015, 07:14:02 PM
Help: gram flour! (As in, flour made from chickpeas). What can I do with this? Could I use it in place of wheat flour to make tortillas?

You can make hummus starting from gram flour. I haven't done it myself but remember someone talking about it somewhere on the forums.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: handsnhearts on April 28, 2015, 01:10:07 AM
Help: gram flour! (As in, flour made from chickpeas). What can I do with this? Could I use it in place of wheat flour to make tortillas?

Make a socca or farinata flatbread. So good!  And easy quick.

Sister is visiting from out of town. Made dinner at home from ingredients at home, rather than out to eat. She said it was tastier and healthier than going out!  I made zucchini noodles sauted in olive oil and salt. Tomato sauce with the precooked ground beef, and leftover fresh parsley, rest of garlic. Baked carrots in olive oil and dill. Heated up harder sourdough baguette, after moistening. Was edible then instead of trash. Used up 14 oz can of diced tomatoes and can of tomato sauce. Pantry is looking more empty all the time.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on April 28, 2015, 07:28:08 AM
Last night before bed, had the last of one container of yoghurt.  I'm really bad for losing interest in it and throwing out the last 1/4 - 1/3 of the container.  I bought a new container of yoghurt on Sunday though, so I know I need to keep eating it! 

Added to the yoghurt was the last serving of some tinned mandarin orange segments that was quite far past expiry.  Still fine, though I didn't bother to save the juice this time to try to find a way to cook with it.  I bought several of these plastic bottles of fruit a while back, thinking that they would be good for eating when I was out of fresh fruit and in between shopping trips.  Surprisingly (not!) I don't think to look in my cupboard for fruit!  So I keep forgetting to use them.  I'm down to one bottle left of peach segments.  It's on the list to be used up too.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on April 28, 2015, 01:47:00 PM
Biggest recent win: my MIL was visiting and bought one of the giant packs of fresh basil, rather than the small one like I asked for.  Then she left.  Instead of letting all that extra basil go bad I turned it into pesto, then combined it with homemade hummus (using up more of that giant bag of dried chickpeas!).  The only bad part was that I made way, way too much and my toddler, apparently, does not like it.  (Pesto, ok.  Hummus, ok.  Pesto hummus, nose wrinkled in disgust and food spat out.  Ah, toddlers!)  So I gave some to my landlady when I saw her yesterday, and will try to give some to our babysitter and our good friend/neighbor today, in addition to eating quite a bit of it for lunch.  Spreading goodwill.  :)

I think I've finally pulled out our last pack of ground moose meat for tonight's dinner.  There might be one more lurking somewhere, but I'm pretty sure this is the last.  Need to get back on my game and remember to cook up more of those awful fish fillets for the dog. 

Have used up dates and raisins, and got through a small portion of our stash of nuts, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and coconut.  I made German chocolate energy bites with all that and it's been my sweet treat all week.  Knowing that I don't have the stuff to make more has helped me portion them out really well, since I didn't want to run out.

Will be making yummy peanut butter maple cookies next weekend using the last of my barley flour, from a recipe found on the sack of said barley flour.  Yum!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on April 28, 2015, 01:56:54 PM
 

Have used up dates and raisins, and got through a small portion of our stash of nuts, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and coconut.  I made German chocolate energy bites with all that and it's been my sweet treat all week.  Knowing that I don't have the stuff to make more has helped me portion them out really well, since I didn't want to run out.

Will be making yummy peanut butter maple cookies next weekend using the last of my barley flour, from a recipe found on the sack of said barley flour.  Yum!

ohh don't suppose you could share both those recipes? I make a batch of energy bites every week and am always looking for new recipes. And barley flour...well I dont have any of that...but i have a belndtec and about 25 lbs of barley (something I will never buy in bulk again!)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on April 28, 2015, 03:26:54 PM
 

Have used up dates and raisins, and got through a small portion of our stash of nuts, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and coconut.  I made German chocolate energy bites with all that and it's been my sweet treat all week.  Knowing that I don't have the stuff to make more has helped me portion them out really well, since I didn't want to run out.

Will be making yummy peanut butter maple cookies next weekend using the last of my barley flour, from a recipe found on the sack of said barley flour.  Yum!

ohh don't suppose you could share both those recipes? I make a batch of energy bites every week and am always looking for new recipes. And barley flour...well I dont have any of that...but i have a belndtec and about 25 lbs of barley (something I will never buy in bulk again!)

Here are the energy bites:  http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/02/08/german-chocolate-fudge-bites/.  If you're wondering about my use of raisins, it's because I had about a tablespoon of raisins left in the container and tossed those into the mix in addition to the dates.

For the cookies, I'll actually have to look at it when I get home and type it up, since the recipe is actually just found on the bag.  :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on April 29, 2015, 05:33:37 AM
Speaking of barley...

I can't imagine having 25 pounds of it on hand!  I usually just buy a smaller quantity in the fall for soup season.  I have about a cup leftover though and this week it is going into a tweaked version of this Budget Bytes recipe:

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/09/baked-barley-mushrooms/

I have some shiitake mushrooms in the pantry that I dehydrated last fall. I plan on adding some of these to the dish.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on April 29, 2015, 07:12:35 AM
One bag of rutabagas gone!  Roasted them the same way as potatoes.  Next time I'll cut back on the pepper because they already have a peppery flavor to them. 

Made it through 1st communion weekend without taking everyone out to eat.  That was a big win.  Cleared out a flank steak, ground pork, ground beef, chicken thighs, cheese and the big 5lb ham from the freezer. 

On schedule for this week - turkey dinner. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on April 30, 2015, 11:12:01 PM
Came home starving today!

Quite a long time ago, someone gave me some packages of instant oatmeal.  I don't know how old they were at the time, but I'm still working my way through them.  They smell fine, they taste fine - it's basically just oatmeal, sugar and spices, so am not too worried.  But I would like to use them up.  They're too sweet on their own, so I mix half a packet with some regular oatmeal. 

Some oatmeal, with half a banana from the freezer mushed in - filled me right up!  And only a couple of packets of the oatmeal left.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on May 01, 2015, 07:45:36 AM
^Great idea to mix the oatmeal to cut down sweetness. 

Turkey is cooked.  Family will gnaw on it for a few days, then it will become stock.  Next on the list:  two ham bones for lentil and ham soup.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: tofuchampion on May 01, 2015, 08:12:47 PM
My fridge & freezer are empty! Well, they were, before I went grocery shopping. ;) Now to attack the cupboards. I'm going to make a big batch of something involving rice, lentils, and tomatoes, and eat it all week. I think I might donate some of the canned goods. I am never going to eat canned green beans and am not really sure why I bought them.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Lyngi on May 02, 2015, 07:52:41 PM
I can see the back of one of my cupboards.  Ate a carton of roasted red pepper and tomato soup--expired in 2013.  It was kind of thick, but I'm not sick or dead.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on May 02, 2015, 08:29:59 PM
I have a little jar of ... I don't know exactly how to describe it ... sort of a vegetable based pate/spread?  I bought it a few years ago while away on a trip in France, but decided it didn't look appetizing after all, and it has been sitting in my cupboard all this time.  It expired within the last year.  Couple of days ago, I brought home some melba toast from my desk drawer stash, determined to open it and see if it was still worth eating. 

It doesn't smell bad, or taste spoiled.  I had a little bit a couple of hours ago and no ill effects (so far!)  But it is just ... unappetizing.  It has potato in it, along with other veg, so I might try cooking up a couple of potatoes and seeing how it goes mixed in with them. 

In other news, having re-stocked my freezer with a variety of rice dishes over the last few months (making a pot with various veg and sauces and legumes periodically, and freezing in portion controlled containers) I have been enjoying eating different types of rice for dinner, or grabbing a container to take to work. 

Some are definitely better than others.

Today was broccoli cheddar.  :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on May 05, 2015, 12:35:23 PM
Here's the recipe for the barley peanut butter cookies.  They're really good!  Made a batch last night and brought most of them in to work today, after we snitched a few.  :)

Barley flour down.  Found a stash of homebrew that I've been using to make beer bread, so slowly working through that too.

And of course, more fish.  Always more fish.  Tonight it's fried clams.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on May 05, 2015, 01:09:31 PM
Awesome, thanks for the recipe!

I have a bunch of bones simmering in the crockpot to make Ramen broth - chicken, duck, oxtail, pork = several bags out of the freezer :)

In my other crockpot I have some beef stew going that used up the last of a bunch of different root veggies and will be extra tasty with some cornmeal "something" to use up a bit more of my cornmeal supply.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on May 05, 2015, 02:46:16 PM
I have a little jar of ... I don't know exactly how to describe it ... sort of a vegetable based pate/spread?  I bought it a few years ago while away on a trip in France, but decided it didn't look appetizing after all, and it has been sitting in my cupboard all this time.  It expired within the last year.  Couple of days ago, I brought home some melba toast from my desk drawer stash, determined to open it and see if it was still worth eating. 

It doesn't smell bad, or taste spoiled.  I had a little bit a couple of hours ago and no ill effects (so far!)  But it is just ... unappetizing.  It has potato in it, along with other veg, so I might try cooking up a couple of potatoes and seeing how it goes mixed in with them. 

In other news, having re-stocked my freezer with a variety of rice dishes over the last few months (making a pot with various veg and sauces and legumes periodically, and freezing in portion controlled containers) I have been enjoying eating different types of rice for dinner, or grabbing a container to take to work. 

Some are definitely better than others.

Today was broccoli cheddar.  :-)

Last night was garbage night.  I was gathering up stuff for the "green bin" and looking in the fridge for anything that might have gone off since last week.  Stared at the little jar of vegetable pate.  Debated whether or not I really was going to eat any more of it.  Decided that it was unlikely, and reminded myself that it was a sunk cost - whether I ate it or not was not going to get back the money I'd spent on it.  Ditched it.

In other news, the rice with veggies container I pulled from the freezer to bring with me today was not as lovely as the broccoli cheddar I had a couple of days ago.  Too bad.  I ate it anyway.

Since it's been a couple days since I posted, also want to report that after eating quite a lot of rice lately, I've been working on getting some more variety back in my diet.  I did cook some potatoes, and ate some with my rice lunch.  (Yeah, a bit carb heavy but it was a smallish container of rice, and potato is technically a vegetable, so that makes it healthy, right?)  Also made pasta the other day, and added some sundried tomato (have had part of a jar sitting in the fridge for quite a while now) and also some roasted red peppers that I prepped in the fall and froze, then never got around to eating over the winter.  I also added my first harvest from this year's garden ... but that's for the gardening thread!  Added some spices that I have trouble using up, a little balsamic and some grated parmesan.  Yum!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on May 05, 2015, 04:13:13 PM
Made lemon cheesecake bars from a box of mix that has been in the pantry forever.  Hopefully they are still ok.  I don't really smell lemon coming from the pan so there may be a small initial taste test to determine if it is edible - kind of like being the royal food taster for the family....
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on May 07, 2015, 04:36:12 AM
Defrosted some bass fillets last night to discover there were 3 in the pack, and we only needed 2. I cooked the other one up anyway, and will make fishcakes to stretch it for a meal for 2. It was actually my husbands idea - despite cooking fishcakes regularly in the past it didn't come to mind at all. I was staring at it, wondering how I would make it feed two of us. Bingo!

Roast chicken sandwich for lunch, that will be the sixth (and final) meal from that small chicken.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: handsnhearts on May 08, 2015, 02:47:35 PM
mail carriers are doing a food collection tomorrow.  I put a bag of non-organic spaghetti that I will probably never eat as we have 2 organic ones still uneaten.  A can of fava beans, a single serving soymilk (too much sugar, they don't taste good to me anymore), a sardines with harrissa I thought looked interesting but I won't eat it because of the red peppers, a box of butternut squash soup, a jar of baby food, and a box of organic shells and cheese that always looks gross and DD never eats.  I have been eating the pantry down good, so I know we will never eat these.  Better it go to someone else who may appreciate it. 

Last night made pasta salad and finished up bag of pasta fusili, marinated mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, green olives, and almost finished the sun-dried tomatoes. 

Last week I finished up the scraps of 2 almond butter and 1 peanut butter jar with peanut noodle sauce.  pantry, freezer and fridge are dwindling, but moving day is in 1 week!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: tomita on May 08, 2015, 03:26:55 PM
used the paleo crock pot cabbage +meat balls recipe
and as a side dish made rice in the rice-cooker with our home made stock, yum..
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on May 19, 2015, 04:14:32 PM
Already posted in another thread about using up the last of the cabbage that I had in the fridge last night, making a couple of pots of bean/cabbage/potato stew with different flavour profiles.  Took some of the chickpea curry one to work for lunch today. 

Just came home a little while ago, and had a nice big bowl of homemade ice cream (made by someone else and given to me) along with some canned peaches.  I have now officially opened the last jar of fruit that is past its expiry date.  Still delicious, and went very well with the soursop ice cream.  I'm going out to a movie with my sister tonight, and I'm planning to sneak some snacks in with me (shh, don't tell!).  I've got some cans of pop that've been in the fridge for more than a year, and some cheese straws that I got at the same time as I got the ice cream.  Salty snacks, for the win!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on May 20, 2015, 04:12:12 AM
Well it is a good thing that I had a lot of empty freezer space.  Dear neighbors moved.  They had a stand alone freezer and needed to get rid of a surplus of shrimp and flounder.  What a gift!  Five pounds of shrimp and six fish fillets.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on May 20, 2015, 02:57:54 PM
Sorry you lost such good neighbours worstedskeins, but how nice of them to leave some friends behind in your freezer!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: jooles on May 21, 2015, 10:08:42 AM
What a goal!  I do something I call "eat down the house", but it is just a 1 week goal to make every meal from food we have on hand and buy as little supplementing food as possible.  The spirit of this challenge has led me to seeing foods in new ways and being much more open to eating "creatively".  Ultimately it has meant spending much less $$ on food.

We're scheduled to move in July and we've been working to eat down the house so that when we list our property for sale and potential purchases are lloking things over all the cupboards, fridge and freezer look spacious (are not full of stuff).

It's fun and useful.  Great to have like-minded folks here.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Worsted Skeins on May 21, 2015, 03:01:10 PM
Sorry you lost such good neighbours worstedskeins, but how nice of them to leave some friends behind in your freezer!

I am bummed that they moved.  Obviously they were not reading this thread in the months leading up to their departure! Actually what happened was sort of interesting.  Their house was on the market for only a few weeks when a buyer offered cash and said he wanted to move in immediately.  So that was that.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on May 22, 2015, 03:06:40 AM
Just wanted to say a quick thank you for all the ideas in this thread. My average grocery shopping is £215 / month, and so far in May it has been £59! And we have been eating very well (we were away for a few days. But honestly, we are most months).

The best thing is that with space in the freezer whenever I see 'Ooops' meat I can jump on it. Haven't paid full price for meat since I found this thread.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on May 23, 2015, 06:06:38 PM
I forgot to update when this happened, but a few weeks ago I managed to stuff everything from the chest freezer into the fridge freezer and UNPLUG!!!  I danced around the kitchen and my husband laughed at me.  Then he got irritated for a few days when things jumped out of the freezer at him every time he opened it.  :)  But we ate some more down so that problem has been solved.  In fact, it's now only about half full.
To get rid of our halibut, and as an excuse to see friends here before we leave (next week already!), we threw a little party and cooked up some beer battered halibut.  Best part: it used homebrew, halibut, and some of our flour and spices.  Didn't have to buy anything except some vegetables for a side and lard to fry in.  Husband told me it was some of the best halibut he'd ever had.  We also gave away two more giant salmon fillets to a friend.
We've been cooking up so much freezer-burned salmon for the dog that she actually walked away from her bowl the other morning, all droopy-eared and sad, like, "Oh, it's salmon again."  She got about four steps away, then perked up again and rushed back to the bowl.  I could practically hear her thinking, "Wait, what am I talking about?  It's salmon!!!"
We still have a bunch of chicken broth to use up, but it's far too hot to make soup.  (Upper 80s in Fairbanks in May?  Holy hell.)  Also have some frozen peas to use up, but that should be easy enough. 
Even if we don't use it all up, what we've got frozen should be easy enough to take with us, at least as far as my in-laws' house.
Wheee!!  I still can't believe how much progress we made on this, and a lot of it is due to the support and inspiration I found in this thread.  Thank you all!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on May 24, 2015, 02:18:55 PM
I put some dried red beans in the crockpot.  They should be ready tomorrow morning.  I hope the amounts are right.  I used one bag of beans and then filled the medium crockpot to the top and put it on low.  It is an experiment.  If it works then we shall be eating a lot more beans in the future.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on May 24, 2015, 04:23:06 PM
I forgot to update when this happened, but a few weeks ago I managed to stuff everything from the chest freezer into the fridge freezer and UNPLUG!!!  I danced around the kitchen and my husband laughed at me.  Then he got irritated for a few days when things jumped out of the freezer at him every time he opened it.  :)  But we ate some more down so that problem has been solved.  In fact, it's now only about half full.
...

Even if we don't use it all up, what we've got frozen should be easy enough to take with us, at least as far as my in-laws' house.
Wheee!!  I still can't believe how much progress we made on this, and a lot of it is due to the support and inspiration I found in this thread.  Thank you all!

Yay for making sure you don't have to waste much, if anything when you move!

I put some dried red beans in the crockpot.  They should be ready tomorrow morning.  I hope the amounts are right.  I used one bag of beans and then filled the medium crockpot to the top and put it on low.  It is an experiment.  If it works then we shall be eating a lot more beans in the future.

Beans soak up a lot of water while they cook, so depending on the size of your crockpot, and the size of the bag of beans, you may need to divide into two batches to cook, in order to get enough water in there.  Try to keep an eye on it the first few hours to see how it seems to be doing.  You can always take some out, stash them in the fridge, and restart with them tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on May 25, 2015, 01:32:56 AM
I put some dried red beans in the crockpot.  They should be ready tomorrow morning.  I hope the amounts are right.  I used one bag of beans and then filled the medium crockpot to the top and put it on low.  It is an experiment.  If it works then we shall be eating a lot more beans in the future.

Did you soak the beans first?  I always do that.  They soak up a lot of water in that time (usually overnight, for me) and then the next morning it's much easier to judge how much water they actually need to cook because they won't plump up quite as much during the cooking phase.

Coincidentally, also have red beans in the CrockPot tonight.  :)  HusbandX is having some friends over to play a game tomorrow night so I'm making a giant batch of red beans and rice.  It will use up our last onion, a spare bell pepper my husband accidentally bought (thought we needed more for a recipe than we did), and some of our giant surplus of both red beans and rice.  Total win.
Going to the grocery store tomorrow for the last time before we move.  Have about four things on the list to see us through the few days before we leave.  I'll be buying dates so that I can make more energy bites, which will use up some of our nuts, and we'll have them for road snacks on the trip.
Have begun packing kitchen items up.  Shit's gettin' real.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on May 26, 2015, 12:29:06 AM
@wintersun, Did the beans turn out ok?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on May 27, 2015, 04:43:31 PM
Husband back on his diet so all he wants is salad and chicken breast for dinner.  Enables me to go through all the single serving containers of meals squirreled away in the freezer.  Lunch was ham and lentil soup.  Dinner is jambalaya. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: somecobwebs on May 28, 2015, 12:57:58 AM
Replying to subscribe to this cool thread! Will read more later :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: benjenn on May 28, 2015, 05:23:25 AM
Since we'll be moving the end of July (when we RE!), I'm now inspired to go through our pantry and fridge today to see what I can either use or get rid of so we don't end up moving boxes and boxes of food stuff.  :)  I used to have a bad habit of picking up something that looked interesting at the store and then just never getting around to using it.  We might have some interesting meals ahead of us.  Thanks to everyone on this post for the inspiration!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: LiveLean on May 28, 2015, 11:26:46 AM
I'm the declutterer in our house. I was going to go to the store to grab a cake mix -- as I usually do -- for Mother's Day when the wife told me to just grab one from the pantry, along with some icing.

An hour later, I served cake to wife and sons, who pronounced it awful. Wife asked if I forgot an ingredient.

It's cake. Not difficult to make.

I checked the best-by date on the box -- February 2013. The icing was even older.

I went through the pantry and pulled out everything. Tossed out dozens of expired items. Set dozens of unexpired items aside for local food pantry. We've since been eating through the freezer. Found some good fish we had frozen a few months back.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on May 29, 2015, 04:31:02 AM
I used to have a bad habit of picking up something that looked interesting at the store and then just never getting around to using it.  We might have some interesting meals ahead of us.  Thanks to everyone on this post for the inspiration!

Along these lines I used up a box of tiny pasta grains (looked almost like squashed rice) that was languishing in the back of the cupboard. DH asked with horror, "are they LENTILS?" to which I replied, "It's tiny pasta, but you're always welcome to make something for yourself if you don't want it". Obviously he lapped it up and had seconds. And I've got leftovers for lunch. Only a tiny box out, but it feels like a larger weight has lifted, as I wasn't sure what to do with it.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on May 29, 2015, 04:54:01 AM
The random "I've never seen THAT before, let me buy it"-items is my challenge, too. I curently have a box of vacuumpacked chestnuts. No idea what one makes with chestnuts, but I'll have to figure it out.

On the note of using up food I've boiled all the dried lentils, beans and so on languishing in the back of my cupboards (there may or may not have been duplicates of several of them...) and put them in the frezer. Luckily I rediscovered how good lentils and beans are in the prossess, so they'll be eaten soon.

I also found a bag of sesame-seeds gone out on date that still taste good and have been putting them randomly in all from oatmeal (not a hit) to baked goods (bagels with sesame seeds is a winner) and vegies (am now adicted to brocoli with sesame seeds). Randomness often leads to good food.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on May 29, 2015, 05:04:30 AM
The random "I've never seen THAT before, let me buy it"-items is my challenge, too. I curently have a box of vacuumpacked chestnuts. No idea what one makes with chestnuts, but I'll have to figure it out.

On the note of using up food I've boiled all the dried lentils, beans and so on languishing in the back of my cupboards (there may or may not have been duplicates of several of them...) and put them in the frezer. Luckily I rediscovered how good lentils and beans are in the prossess, so they'll be eaten soon.

I also found a bag of sesame-seeds gone out on date that still taste good and have been putting them randomly in all from oatmeal (not a hit) to baked goods (bagels with sesame seeds is a winner) and vegies (am now adicted to brocoli with sesame seeds). Randomness often leads to good food.

So there are a few of us then! I find Aldi (my favourite supermarket) particularly dangerous for the 'ooooh, new to me!' phenomenon, because of the specials, especially ones that focus on different cuisines. I've decided if I don't have an exact recipe / meal in mind, I don't buy it.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: nikki on May 29, 2015, 06:13:17 AM
Yay I love these challenges! Mostly because I like reading all your posts and trying to imagine what your pantries, freezers, and fridges can possibly look like. Are they like the TARDIS, bigger on the inside?

I'm not sure I can fully participate in this one because it might not really be much of a challenge. I've been challenging myself to spend only 20,000w (~$18 USD) each week on food, which has resulted in an almost-empty fridge and freezer by every Saturday! The real fun is making a shopping list that results in three meals a day for seven days from almost nothing.

What I would like to work on is using up spices I don't usually use, like mustard seed, marjoram, sage, fennel seed, and celery salt. There's also some cream of tartar and poppy seeds in the "baking spice" section to deal with. And I have far too much rosemary...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on May 29, 2015, 10:28:40 AM
What I would like to work on is using up spices I don't usually use, like mustard seed, marjoram, sage, fennel seed, and celery salt. There's also some cream of tartar and poppy seeds in the "baking spice" section to deal with. And I have far too much rosemary...

Add a 14oz can of stewed or diced tomatoes to 3-4 cups cooked noodles (elbows or shells work great).  Top with 1 Tbsp olive oil, cap of red wine vinegar, black pepper and celery salt to taste.  Voila - light main meal or great side dish. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: nikki on May 29, 2015, 06:51:00 PM
What I would like to work on is using up spices I don't usually use, like mustard seed, marjoram, sage, fennel seed, and celery salt. There's also some cream of tartar and poppy seeds in the "baking spice" section to deal with. And I have far too much rosemary...

Add a 14oz can of stewed or diced tomatoes to 3-4 cups cooked noodles (elbows or shells work great).  Top with 1 Tbsp olive oil, cap of red wine vinegar, black pepper and celery salt to taste.  Voila - light main meal or great side dish.

That sounds good, but diced tomatoes are about $4 a can in Korea, so I avoid those. Fresh tomatoes are maybe $1 each--also not the on the top of my shopping list.

I forgot to mention that I don't have access to the same ingredients! Red wine vinegar? Hah! :-p

I think that's another reason I like this thread. I read about all these strange ingredients people have accumulated elsewhere! I suppose I could do the same thing with Korean ingredients, but I tend to stick to what I know I can cook with for Korean foods.

I sprinkled some celery salt in spinach pancakes I made last night. I didn't really notice a different taste, though, so it was probably too masked. I guess I'll just dump little bits of things into dishes and see what happens.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: somecobwebs on May 29, 2015, 09:47:58 PM
Trying to eat down on the following pantry items:

Easy to Use:
pancake mix, technically a few months expired
tons of boba mix and tapioca balls
stale cinnamon cookies
mole sauce
jam
apple butter
stir fry sauce
mustard

Need Help:
dried coconut strips (need to be cooked somehow; I can't eat them raw)
molasses, technically expired
muffins that nobody liked
pumpkin puree
tamarind chutney

Any ideas? I've been mashing the stale cookies into pie crusts. Right now I am thinking of mixing the pancake mix with the pumpkin puree to make a.... pumpkin pancake thing?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Kerowyn on May 30, 2015, 01:05:36 PM
Ooh, this is a great thread! I've been meaning to make a list of the things I need to use up in my pantry. My husband and I are hoping to move out in a couple of months (currently we live in a house with roommates and hate it, or at least I hate it) so it would be great to have our stuff cleared out of the pantry. I know I have arborio rice that I haven't even opened, dried mushrooms to go in that risotto, some noodles, tons of chia seeds...

somecobwebs, pumpkin pancakes are awesome! And I don't think molasses really expires--it's basically sugar. Make gingerbread!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on May 30, 2015, 01:46:01 PM
Ooh, this is a great thread! I've been meaning to make a list of the things I need to use up in my pantry. My husband and I are hoping to move out in a couple of months (currently we live in a house with roommates and hate it, or at least I hate it) so it would be great to have our stuff cleared out of the pantry. I know I have arborio rice that I haven't even opened, dried mushrooms to go in that risotto, some noodles, tons of chia seeds...

somecobwebs, pumpkin pancakes are awesome! And I don't think molasses really expires--it's basically sugar. Make gingerbread!

Molasses is good in homemade granola/bars.  Flavor is strong but use 1/4 cup and it won't overpower. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Villanelle on May 31, 2015, 01:47:20 PM
Three months out from an international move, I'm about 6 weeks into some version of this challenge.  My goal for now it just to have 2-3 meals a week where at least the main ingredient is something from the back of the cabinet.  Unfortunately, this means we are eating a lot more processed food than I'd like. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on May 31, 2015, 08:42:20 PM
Used frozen turnips from 2013 in a roasted mix of cubed turnips, sweet potatoes and russet potatoes.  The peppery flavor of the turnips balanced the sweetness of the potatoes.  Even DH ate it and deemed it worthy of repeat cooking - and he is definitely not a sweet potato fan. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on May 31, 2015, 10:46:17 PM
Today I ran out of rice! (Background: I buy rice by the 50 pound bag(s)). Huge eat-down-the-larder win.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: dudde_devaru on May 31, 2015, 11:27:35 PM
Today I ran out of rice! (Background: I buy rice by the 50 pound bag(s)). Huge eat-down-the-larder win.
How much was the 50lb bag and where? I pay $15 for srilanka/Indian 20lb bag
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on June 01, 2015, 04:28:52 PM
Today I ran out of rice! (Background: I buy rice by the 50 pound bag(s)). Huge eat-down-the-larder win.
How much was the 50lb bag and where? I pay $15 for srilanka/Indian 20lb bag
Almost certainly Costco - probably the business Costco - but possibly Cash and Carry. One of the restaurant supply places around here. Looking online I see Calrose is currently $30 for 50 pounds and Jasmine is $37.64. There isn't a 50# bag of Basmati/Indian rice, but the Jasmine is pretty much the same on a price per pound basis. The 20# of Kirkland Sig Basmati is $29.40, so that's twice what you are paying!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: dudde_devaru on June 01, 2015, 04:50:53 PM
Today I ran out of rice! (Background: I buy rice by the 50 pound bag(s)). Huge eat-down-the-larder win.
How much was the 50lb bag and where? I pay $15 for srilanka/Indian 20lb bag
Almost certainly Costco - probably the business Costco - but possibly Cash and Carry. One of the restaurant supply places around here. Looking online I see Calrose is currently $30 for 50 pounds and Jasmine is $37.64. There isn't a 50# bag of Basmati/Indian rice, but the Jasmine is pretty much the same on a price per pound basis. The 20# of Kirkland Sig Basmati is $29.40, so that's twice what you are paying!
Thanks for the update! I will drop by some small restaurant and ask them for the source of their rice. For sure, they won't pay MSRP like the consumers
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on June 02, 2015, 04:32:47 AM
Peeled some sweet potatoes for a recipe and then baked the skins for some yummy chips the next day. Used up some brown sugar with a "best" by date of 2014 (obv. those dates are not regulated/do not mean expired) in some cookies for my husband. Also used up the last of my frozen garbanzo beans, so now I have to buy some more dry beans to cook/freeze.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on June 02, 2015, 07:10:54 AM
Need Help:
dried coconut strips (need to be cooked somehow; I can't eat them raw)
molasses, technically expired
muffins that nobody liked
pumpkin puree
tamarind chutney

Any ideas? I've been mashing the stale cookies into pie crusts. Right now I am thinking of mixing the pancake mix with the pumpkin puree to make a.... pumpkin pancake thing?
http://www.donalskehan.com/2011/10/roast-pumpkin-coconut-and-chilli-soup/
I recomend this. Trust me, you will wish there was more pumpkin puree to be used up.
Possibly you could also toast/cook the coconut strips and eat on/with it?

Re the muffins: Depending on where in the world you live (the definition of muffins varies greatly) you could make breadcrumbs for meatballs and the like?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on June 02, 2015, 11:12:48 PM
Well, we've started our move.  Currently visiting family before leaving the state, but we're already 500 miles away from where we'd been living.  Anyway, the final tally for food: one small to medium box (depending on your definition) of spices and baking items.  One small-ish cooler filled with frozen foods, most of which my MIL tossed as soon as we got here because it wasn't worth taking up freezer space with seriously old fish.  One medium box filled with canned food, mostly home-canned salmon which we hadn't even realized was in the cabinet above the refrigerator.  (When I opened it up my husband slowly closed it while whispering, "Shhh...just pretend it never happened.")  The final box we brought down was a cooler, mostly filled with condiments (still good, will be used by my in-laws) and a few items like cheeses.  So, not bad, all things considered!  I'm quite proud of us.
My part in this challenge is officially over.  Thank you guys for help and inspiration!  I'll still read along as I have time, and offer suggestions if I have any.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on June 03, 2015, 04:33:30 AM
Well done, SisterX! That's inspiring!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on June 03, 2015, 07:51:39 AM
One medium box filled with canned food, mostly home-canned salmon which we hadn't even realized was in the cabinet above the refrigerator.  (When I opened it up my husband slowly closed it while whispering, "Shhh...just pretend it never happened.") 

I am still laughing 5 minutes later about this!  That's awesome....
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 03, 2015, 08:30:32 AM
One medium box filled with canned food, mostly home-canned salmon which we hadn't even realized was in the cabinet above the refrigerator.  (When I opened it up my husband slowly closed it while whispering, "Shhh...just pretend it never happened.") 

I am still laughing 5 minutes later about this!  That's awesome....

This happens at our house quite a bit :) Great job at getting it all sorted out!

I'm still plugging away, really we have as much new food coming into the house as going out, but at least it is getting rotated through. I opened an old jar of Avjar that has been giving me the stink eye from the pantry. I have used it as a soup base - white beans, chicken stock, avjar, some frozen spinach and a cut up sausage. Was very tasty! Also added some along with Mexican spices to the crockpot of chicken thighs I have going. The plan is shredded chicken flautas with crockpot refried beans for supper.

I also used some of the white beans I cooked up to make a white bean dip with fried capers. Yes, Fried capers are a thing and they are easy, and delicious! Mind blown! You basically just drain em, dry them real good and fry them in a bit of olive oil until they are toasted and crunchy. I forsee my stock pile of capers (yes I stock pile weird things) being used up quick!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on June 05, 2015, 12:20:03 PM
Help! I have a bunch of Almond Flour (meal) and Coconut Flour I need to do....something....with.

Anyone have any awesome ideas/recipes? We are complete omnivores, so I can mix and match these flours with grain-based flours or whatever, but am totally fine with GF/Paleo/Etc recipes if they taste awesome.

Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on June 05, 2015, 01:50:29 PM
Help! I have a bunch of Almond Flour (meal) and Coconut Flour I need to do....something....with.

Anyone have any awesome ideas/recipes? We are complete omnivores, so I can mix and match these flours with grain-based flours or whatever, but am totally fine with GF/Paleo/Etc recipes if they taste awesome.

Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!

I make a cheese cake crust from almond flour.  Either flour can be used to make cheddar biscuits.  Almond cookies are good with the almond flour, too.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Runrooster on June 05, 2015, 07:36:16 PM
Somecobwebs, i also have three large cans of pumpkin puree, bought when I was doing more baking (low fat) and before my mom grew some in her garden.  I made a pumpkin custard with one can but wished I had only made half, basically pumpkin pie filling.  Good, but too much.  Pumpkin gnocchi, pancakes, muffins, bread pudding.  I'd been looking for a spicy soup so I'm going to try that recipe, but maybe start with just half and add sausage. I think you could throw it in a brownie mix instead of fat, too.  What about pumpkin ice cream?

Tamarind chutney is fabulous, I use it as the back taste in peanut sauce, along with Lemon/lime juice.  I also mix it with coriander/mint chutney and put it on potatoes, hard boiled eggs, bread.  You could do small amounts of hot sauce if you don't have green sauce, its kind of cloying for me to eat plain.  On top of yogurt, with salt/cumin/pepper.  Its basically brown ketchup.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Kerowyn on June 07, 2015, 08:20:32 AM
Yesterday I made two different dishes that between them used five items from my list to use up! I only actually finished one of them, but hey, it's progress, and I'm definitely going to be making them again. The first was a stir-fry with broccoli, cashews, and shirataki noodles--and I discovered that I love shirataki and will probably be making it a lot in the future. At $2 for a bag that makes two meals, it's definitely less expensive than my other favorite noodles, and it's really easy to prepare. The second was risotto, which is fun to make and also delicious. I'll have to make it a lot in order to use up my arborio rice before we move, but I think I can do that.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Noodle on June 07, 2015, 07:41:44 PM
This project was on hold while I moved (just across town, so the food came along) but the accumulating of ingredients always seems to run ahead of the cooking. Latest project was a batch of Nutella brownies, which took care of two partial jars of Nutella, the end of a bag of chocolate chips, and a small jar of "gourmet" cocoa powder someone had given me as a gift.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on June 08, 2015, 09:22:43 AM
Almond meal: makes really excellent shortbread. Same as standard wheat flour shortbread, pretty much. Butter, sugar, almond meal, a bit of salt, almond extract. Portion and bake until lightly golden. Tasty kids lunch snack, and more filling than a standard cookie.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Penny Lane on June 08, 2015, 12:39:59 PM
I add pumpkin puree to my chili when I have it-- you can't pick out the exact flavor, but makes it taste richer; also avoids having to use sugar etc to make a baked item.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 08, 2015, 01:51:59 PM
I Like Erica's idea of Almond shortbread! I have been contemplating doing the same thing with my overflow of corn meal - but we are trying to cut down on Sugar which makes pretty much everything with Cornmeal seem not as tasty.

I did make some savory cornmeal muffins using the last of my jar ajvar which turned out pretty tasty. Also made a huckleberry honey corncake. Hubs and I are suffering through some seasonal allergies after moving and apparently having local raw honey is a good way to get your body use to some of the pollens and plants in an area...I think it is a good enough excuse :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on June 08, 2015, 02:05:11 PM
How do you feel about fat? I mean, if you are ok with something that's fatty/fattening and are just avoiding sugar, here's a thing I did recently that was AWESOME - a dough of about 4 parts masa harina to 1 part cornmeal. Salt to taste, water to make a thick dough. Roll it out about 1/4" thick, slice into strips that are, let's say, the rough size of a Frito. Deep fry. Additional salt on top. ZOMG good. Here's a photo. I can find an exact recipe if'n ya want.

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Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 08, 2015, 02:17:34 PM
How do you feel about fat? I mean, if you are ok with something that's fatty/fattening and are just avoiding sugar, here's a thing I did recently that was AWESOME - a dough of about 4 parts masa harina to 1 part cornmeal. Salt to taste, water to make a thick dough. Roll it out about 1/4" thick, slice into strips that are, let's say, the rough size of a Frito. Deep fry. Additional salt on top. ZOMG good. Here's a photo. I can find an exact recipe if'n ya want.

(https://igcdn-photos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t51.2885-15/11355942_673859552758367_1602946838_n.jpg)

Ohhh those look amazing! I would love the recipe! I have come to the sad realization that my body does better when it is sugar free :(
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on June 08, 2015, 03:59:11 PM
I made a spice cake/bread using up plain yoghurt and old prunes that really needed to go,  perfect for work snack with my mid morning coffee. We have an excess of self raising flour at the moment so have been trying to sub that into recipes that call for plain/baking powder.

The items we need to use up now are: canned sardines, canned mussels, icing sugar, bread mix, palm sugar, kale from our garden, and rationalise all the half used jars of tomato relish and chilli sauce. Will need the boyfriend on board for the last part, he loves trying these but always returns to the same few.




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Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 08, 2015, 04:29:30 PM
and rationalise all the half used jars of tomato relish and chilli sauce. Will need the boyfriend on board for the last part, he loves trying these but always returns to the same few.
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Sounds a lot like Mr. Swick. I have been using up the random jars of tomato based products and chili sauces in savory things. Added to chicken stock makes a tasty soup base - base for crock potted meat - savory muffins  - I have been using this recipe and subbing the salsa for whatever needs to be used: http://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2014/03/spicy-salsa-muffins.html (http://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2014/03/spicy-salsa-muffins.html)

Hot sauces - I have found a really good dead simple pantry meal that tastes great hot or cold - Peanut noodles: http://dinnerthendessert.com/5-ingredient-asian-peanut-noodles/ (http://dinnerthendessert.com/5-ingredient-asian-peanut-noodles/)

I usually add some herbs from the garden or leftover bits of shredded meat or whatever we happen to have. It is surprisingly filling so one pot served Hubs and myself for several days.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on June 08, 2015, 04:33:49 PM
I would love the recipe! I have come to the sad realization that my body does better when it is sugar free :(
Mine too. But I love all the foodz so much. But I love fitting in my pants, too. Damn these tradeoffs.

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)

Some large qty. of fat for frying. I used mostly lard. This is totally up to you but make it high heat.

Mix all ingredients together, and knead the dough a bit. Dough should be like play doh almost. If it's crumbly, add a bit more water.

Plop the dough on a sheet of parchment and top with another sheet of parchment. Roll dough out betwnen the parchment until it's a big circle about 3/8" thick (or a bit thinner if you want more like chips and less like cornmeal fries).

Slice the dough into strips maybe 1/2 inch wide, and 2 or 3 inches long. It doesn't have to be perfect.

Heat up some oil or lard or whatever to about 375, or until a tester corn strip bubbles when you drop it in. Fry the strips in batches until they are golden brown and delicious, about 4 minutes???

Use a big slotted spoon to transfer the strips to a cooling rack to drain, and sprinkle with a bit more salt as they come out of the hot fat.

Eat warm, with guacamole if possible.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on June 09, 2015, 02:35:40 AM
Used up some expensive chocolate chips that I bought for a very specific recipe that have been hanging around for far too long. Made brownies, they aren't amazing (I kind of 'adapted' the recipe to what I had on hand, it was a bit of a throw it all in and see job), but they are pretty tasty. So glad that container is gone.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: celticmyst08 on June 09, 2015, 11:22:21 AM
I need to get in on this! We made our quarterly Costco run the other day and while putting food away, I kept discovering things in the cupboards that have been sitting there for ages. So I think our goal for the next couple weeks is to only buy produce from the grocery store to supplement what's stocked up in the pantry.

Also, our balcony garden is absolutely exploding, too, so I have more mint, parsley, rosemary, and thyme than I know what to do with. Pretty soon I'll have a bunch of basil too (we got a late start on growing it from seed, so the plants are only a couple inches tall now). Any ideas? I've made a lot of roast chicken/potatoes/veggies using the rosemary and thyme (SO GOOD), we've put parsley/mint in salads, mint in mojitos, etc. (Can I just say, I will never pay for a mojito in a restaurant again after learning to make them myself!)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: somecobwebs on June 10, 2015, 11:40:14 PM
Update:


dried coconut strips - tried to soften with water, but results were pretty mixed. oh well.
pumpkin puree + pancake mix - Alas, came out poorly! Used too much of the puree, and it was just... overwhelming.



http://www.donalskehan.com/2011/10/roast-pumpkin-coconut-and-chilli-soup/
I recomend this. Trust me, you will wish there was more pumpkin puree to be used up.
Possibly you could also toast/cook the coconut strips and eat on/with it?

Re the muffins: Depending on where in the world you live (the definition of muffins varies greatly) you could make breadcrumbs for meatballs and the like?

Somecobwebs, i also have three large cans of pumpkin puree, bought when I was doing more baking (low fat) and before my mom grew some in her garden.  I made a pumpkin custard with one can but wished I had only made half, basically pumpkin pie filling.  Good, but too much.  Pumpkin gnocchi, pancakes, muffins, bread pudding.  I'd been looking for a spicy soup so I'm going to try that recipe, but maybe start with just half and add sausage. I think you could throw it in a brownie mix instead of fat, too.  What about pumpkin ice cream?

Tamarind chutney is fabulous, I use it as the back taste in peanut sauce, along with Lemon/lime juice.  I also mix it with coriander/mint chutney and put it on potatoes, hard boiled eggs, bread.  You could do small amounts of hot sauce if you don't have green sauce, its kind of cloying for me to eat plain.  On top of yogurt, with salt/cumin/pepper.  Its basically brown ketchup.

I add pumpkin puree to my chili when I have it-- you can't pick out the exact flavor, but makes it taste richer; also avoids having to use sugar etc to make a baked item.

Hooray, thank you all! Those sound like much better pumpkin puree options for the rest of my jar.  And that's a great tip for tamarind chutney! I'll experiment with mixes and proportions until I find something that I like.

Crumbs in meatballs, hm? It's worth a try, I suppose! Would they be good in hamburger too, I wonder?

Also, SisterX - congratulations on your truly momentous accomplishment!

I have more mint, parsley, rosemary, and thyme than I know what to do with. Pretty soon I'll have a bunch of basil too (we got a late start on growing it from seed, so the plants are only a couple inches tall now). Any ideas?

You can freeze fresh herbs in stock or water in ice cubes to use for later :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on June 15, 2015, 11:47:46 PM
Also, SisterX - congratulations on your truly momentous accomplishment!


Thank you!  We arrived at our destination late last week and now we're trying to settle in, which is even harder because we're staying with my folks until we get on our feet/get jobs sorted out and figure out what would be the best place to live in relation to the jobs.  So we're getting settled, but it's not really our space so we also can't settle in as we would if it was our own space.  We're trying to make my old bedroom seem homey and usable for two adults, not the easiest task.  I should start posting more on the decluttering thread, since I'm getting rid of a LOT of junk that was in my old room!  And then I'm going to help my parents declutter, which they're excited about.  It will be an interesting summer.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on June 17, 2015, 05:19:05 PM
I am joining in again.  I have wasted so much food lately, it is awful.  So I have made a list of what I have now and am cutting down on shopping unless it is necessary in order to consume an existing food.  Pots are boiling as I write!  What do you all do with corn in large quantities?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: somecobwebs on June 18, 2015, 02:07:35 AM
I am joining in again.  I have wasted so much food lately, it is awful.  So I have made a list of what I have now and am cutting down on shopping unless it is necessary in order to consume an existing food.  Pots are boiling as I write!  What do you all do with corn in large quantities?

Chili! I've also made spiced corn soup, which came out really well :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on June 18, 2015, 07:49:23 AM
I am joining in again.  I have wasted so much food lately, it is awful.  So I have made a list of what I have now and am cutting down on shopping unless it is necessary in order to consume an existing food.  Pots are boiling as I write!  What do you all do with corn in large quantities?

Chili! I've also made spiced corn soup, which came out really well :)

Potato/Corn soup
Texas Caviar
Corn Salad
Corn and butter - family favorite.  ;-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on June 19, 2015, 06:38:01 PM
somecobwebs, would you be willing to share the recipe for spicy corn soup? 

I am really enjoying doing this this time. It is like a game this week.  I have been throwing strange things in pots together and enjoying the results.  It feels like playtime in the kitchen!  I have my list on the table and when I finsih a meal I check off what I have eaten to reduce the list.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Ascotillion on June 21, 2015, 03:36:12 AM
In my family I have a reputation for being a spice connoisseur (despite not having a huge tolerance for it) so I have a lot of hot sauce gifts from Christmases and birthdays here and there. With that in mind, I'm tackling a bag of dried kidney beans and digging through my giant bag of brown rice for lunches this week - spicy burrito bowls! I can use a different sauce each day!

I also used up an old bag of almond meal, some desiccated coconut and half a bar of cooking chocolate and made some pretty nice muffins, and I'm planning a big batch of oatmeal cookies during the week. My housemate doesn't cook at all so the idea of making food from scratch is a miracle to him, and I think he's about to start praying to my altar :P
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on June 22, 2015, 04:53:39 AM
My housemate doesn't cook at all so the idea of making food from scratch is a miracle to him, and I think he's about to start praying to my altar :P

I once offered a guest pouring cream, or whipped cream with a dessert. When he selected whipped cream, and then watched me pour the cream into a bowl and start whipping, his head about exploded.

When I asked what he thought 'whipped' cream meant, he was like, 'Er, I dunno! I never knew you could do that! I just thought it only came in a can!'. OMG.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Villanelle on June 22, 2015, 09:01:47 AM
We've been doing Happy Hour for Dinner more frequently.  We have lots of cheeses and lots of wine.  I supplement it with bread and some meats, and maybe a cheese spread of some kind (made with spices I already have, of course).  We can easily make a meal of that, and it is using up some of the stuff that is less obviously a meal, as well as our nice wines which we can't ship when we move. 

I've also been hitting the liquor cabinet.  No, not like that!  Any time I make something that needs a liquid, I add a spash of vermouth or even vodka or rum. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: celticmyst08 on June 22, 2015, 09:32:08 AM
We've been doing Happy Hour for Dinner more frequently.  We have lots of cheeses and lots of wine.  I supplement it with bread and some meats, and maybe a cheese spread of some kind (made with spices I already have, of course).  We can easily make a meal of that, and it is using up some of the stuff that is less obviously a meal, as well as our nice wines which we can't ship when we move. 

Bread and cheese is always a favorite! The grocery store across the street has fresh baguettes for $0.99 that we pick up and then eat with whatever leftover veggies, cheese, deli meat, etc we have sitting around. Easy and seems a lot fancier than it is. ;)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 22, 2015, 12:50:49 PM
We have been doing the antipasta platter dinner too, it has been to darn hot to cook and is always a favorite.

In an effort to reset ( and hopefully figure out what I'm allergic to) Hubs and I are planning on doing a whole 30 in September. Our reasoning being that we will have our lamb in and garden ready to harvest so it should be easier :)

So we are trying to eat up our stores of stuff that isn't whole 30 complaint for the next couple of months and save the money to spend on whatever we may buy to supplement that, and restock our stores for the winter.

I have used up our stock of various Asian noodles. I love how easy they are to use, Going to have to switch to something a little more thought/prep intensive - perhaps some of that Quinoa.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on June 22, 2015, 02:57:50 PM
We have been doing the antipasta platter dinner too, it has been to darn hot to cook and is always a favorite.

In an effort to reset ( and hopefully figure out what I'm allergic to) Hubs and I are planning on doing a whole 30 in September. Our reasoning being that we will have our lamb in and garden ready to harvest so it should be easier :)

So we are trying to eat up our stores of stuff that isn't whole 30 complaint for the next couple of months and save the money to spend on whatever we may buy to supplement that, and restock our stores for the winter.

I have used up our stock of various Asian noodles. I love how easy they are to use, Going to have to switch to something a little more thought/prep intensive - perhaps some of that Quinoa.
I'm impatient when it comes to cooking, so I cook quinoa or rice in bulk every few days.  I only have to heat it up in the microwave to accompany dinner, which would be less time than cooking most Asian noodles. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 22, 2015, 03:17:29 PM
Good point 4alpacas, we don't have a microwave though...we didn't use the one in our last house much and it was a built in so since moving, we really haven't missed it, except for the odd thing like that.  Usually bulk grains go with hubby for lunch, since he has a micro at work :)

Does make you get creative though, for example, I "roast" veggies in my panini press all the time. Last night was some fresh garlic scapes, lightly oiled salt and peppered and on to the press, so easy and tasty!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on June 22, 2015, 03:37:37 PM
Good point 4alpacas, we don't have a microwave though...we didn't use the one in our last house much and it was a built in so since moving, we really haven't missed it, except for the odd thing like that.  Usually bulk grains go with hubby for lunch, since he has a micro at work :)
During the week, our microwave is our most used appliance.  I eat a lot of brown rice and quinoa, and they both take such a long time to cook. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on June 22, 2015, 06:16:25 PM
Things are still going well although I need to eat that cauliflower.  I am thinking cauliflower cheese?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on June 23, 2015, 02:50:27 AM
My personal favourite for cauliflower is cutting it into big bouquets, salt, pepper and oil and pop it in the oven on 400 degrees until ever so lightly charred on the edges. Then a drizzle of parmesan and back in a few min. Sans parmesan this is the preparation for cauliflower soup, but to be honest: the cauliflower rarely last long enough to become soup...

This week marks the transition from spring to summer. I always struggle with these times of year: my fridge still has vegies that will need frying or baking but I simply want to eat things like sandwishes or salads. Oh, well.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on June 23, 2015, 07:28:24 AM
We struggle with spring to summer cooking too.  Those first few salads are great, then when the weather is nice and toasty, DH asks for pot roast. 

Found a lost bag of pinto beans in the pantry.  I soaked them overnight and am cooking them on the stove.  This is the second time I've tried cooking beans.  Hopefully this batch turns out creamier than the first attempt.  Are there any secrets/additives I should put in there?  So far the beans are cooking in the water used to soak them, no salt or other additives.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 23, 2015, 08:00:56 AM
We struggle with spring to summer cooking too.  Those first few salads are great, then when the weather is nice and toasty, DH asks for pot roast. 

Found a lost bag of pinto beans in the pantry.  I soaked them overnight and am cooking them on the stove.  This is the second time I've tried cooking beans.  Hopefully this batch turns out creamier than the first attempt.  Are there any secrets/additives I should put in there?  So far the beans are cooking in the water used to soak them, no salt or other additives.

This is the recipe I use for refried beans which are awesome! http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/01/08/crockpot-refried-beans/ (http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/01/08/crockpot-refried-beans/) It is a crock pot recipe - but you could throw in some bullion (I use better than bullion) and the onion and follow the rest of the steps afterwards.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun on June 23, 2015, 11:59:33 AM
We struggle with spring to summer cooking too.  Those first few salads are great, then when the weather is nice and toasty, DH asks for pot roast. 

Found a lost bag of pinto beans in the pantry.  I soaked them overnight and am cooking them on the stove.  This is the second time I've tried cooking beans.  Hopefully this batch turns out creamier than the first attempt.  Are there any secrets/additives I should put in there?  So far the beans are cooking in the water used to soak them, no salt or other additives.

This is the recipe I use for refried beans which are awesome! http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/01/08/crockpot-refried-beans/ (http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/01/08/crockpot-refried-beans/) It is a crock pot recipe - but you could throw in some bullion (I use better than bullion) and the onion and follow the rest of the steps afterwards.

Thanks for the recipe!  Never thought about putting milk in them. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 23, 2015, 03:06:13 PM
I'm pretty sure that is the secret to the  "creamy" re-fried beans you get at restaurants. Makes a good dip/sandwich spread if you have leftovers - ohhh and makes a great quesadilla filling!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: wintersun on June 24, 2015, 04:47:04 PM
We are eating some odd things lately but boy are they tasty.  Today: bacon wrapped dates stuffed with cheese.

Now to figure out what to do with the bag of lentils…any ideas?  I have kale and chicken as well.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: sunnyca on June 24, 2015, 06:10:12 PM
We are eating some odd things lately but boy are they tasty.  Today: bacon wrapped dates stuffed with cheese.

Now to figure out what to do with the bag of lentils…any ideas?  I have kale and chicken as well.

Made this the other night and everyone raved- including little kids that *hate* lentils and beans.  I'd just replace the spinach with kale and sausage for chicken (I used chicken sausage in mine).

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/10/lentil-sausage-stew/

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 24, 2015, 08:24:12 PM
I'm going to attack this with some gusto, now, as it looks like I'll be moving house in approximately six weeks and I don't want to move too much from the pantry. Fridge (with built-in freezer) is generally okay as we only have such a small one that we can't stock up too much, but I bet there'll be a few things there that need using up.

First items on the list: wine frozen in cup-size servings, small portion of pearl barley, arborio rice (no prizes for guessing what we'll do with that!), wheat flour both plain and self-raising, and caster sugar. I don't eat much sugar or wheat but I have a work morning tea next week for which I can use up plenty of both in making some melting moments. Flour can also be used in Irish Soda Bread which the BF has discovered he loves and which I love baking. I think I'll do a pantry audit on the weekend so we can plan around the bits and bobs we need to use up before we move.

A while back I posted about chickpea flour and what I could do with that - well, in the end I made up a pizza dough recipe using chickpea flour and yoghurt as the two main ingredients. Worked brilliantly!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on June 25, 2015, 02:39:58 AM
We are eating some odd things lately but boy are they tasty.  Today: bacon wrapped dates stuffed with cheese.

Now to figure out what to do with the bag of lentils…any ideas?  I have kale and chicken as well.

I cook lentils in stock and then chuck in roasted veggies (peppers, onions, courgettes, carrots) for work lunches. Can add cubes of feta cheese / roast chicken etc, or a can of chickpeas for more protein and variety.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 25, 2015, 06:54:16 PM

A while back I posted about chickpea flour and what I could do with that - well, in the end I made up a pizza dough recipe using chickpea flour and yoghurt as the two main ingredients. Worked brilliantly!

wha???? I don't know what to think, my brain does not commute...but I want to try! Recipe please?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 25, 2015, 07:23:09 PM

A while back I posted about chickpea flour and what I could do with that - well, in the end I made up a pizza dough recipe using chickpea flour and yoghurt as the two main ingredients. Worked brilliantly!

wha???? I don't know what to think, my brain does not commute...but I want to try! Recipe please?

Roughly: 300g chickpea flour, 300g yoghurt (the thick, greek-style stuff), 3 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons salt, and any other herbs / flavourings you like (I added a lot of dried basil).

Mix well, wrap in plastic and rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Then I just pressed the mixture into two small-medium sized pizza trays. Needed quite a bit of flour on my hands for the stickiness factor. Baked them for about ten minutes to crisp them slightly before adding toppings and cooking as per normal. They definitely go soggy if you don't bake them before topping!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on June 25, 2015, 09:08:37 PM
Thanks, HappierAtHome :) going to have to try this out!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Ascotillion on June 29, 2015, 02:35:13 AM
He Who Does Not Cook (my housemate) takes up half of the small freezer we have with a lot of pizzas and curries and other pre-made meals. Since we split it neatly by shelf I tend to ignore all of his stuff, until he said to me last week "can you put your stuff back on your shelf? I need more room." Lo and behold, there was a 1kg each of icy beef and pork mince I must have dumped there after going to the market! I whipped up a double batch of these meatballs (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/meatball-nirvana/detail.aspx) with half of it and made a lasagne with the other half. Lunches (and some dinners) for this week sorted, plus a huge amount of meatballs in the freezer for easy meals later on down the track. My housemate even got a slice of lasagne, which he raved about - that will never stop feeling nice!

I was on a roll so I thought I'd look in the cupboard to see what I could use, but I'm stuck on a lot of my baking/vegan cooking supplies. Anybody have ideas for agar-agar flakes or glucose syrup? Hah.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gatortator on July 05, 2015, 04:22:45 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 :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Mrs.LC on July 05, 2015, 08:55:03 PM
One of our goals for the second half of this year is completely revamp the pantry. We find that we still have been buying and storing food based on a family of four but two of the household members have long grown up and moved away. Now that I'm not working every day I have more time to cook and  am no longer using pantry items that I used to. Time to get organizing!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on July 06, 2015, 03:44:21 AM
Had an impromptu BBQ on Saturday, so I smothered the ribs with some BBQ sauce DH had taken from a restaurant and not used. Glad to be rid of it!

I have also been able to reduce the number of tupperwares in my cupboards by using stuff up and then not replacing it. My days of buying things because they look 'interesting' and not because I have a specific meal in mind are over! Thanks in no small part to this thread :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on July 06, 2015, 10:24:40 AM
Welcome, FliXFantatier!

Great job, theadvicist! I am probably always going to be a magpie when it comes to interesting ingredients, but I am slowly getting better :)

We have had quite a few wins the last couple of days. My mom's garden, and the flower beds...and anywhere she sprinkled compost... is exploding with spicy Asian lettuce. It's too strong to eat as a salad green, so I have sauteeing it with some garlic and using it in everything! I made a quinoa, lentil, greens stirfry with some veggie sausage that had been languishing in our fridge, which will feed us lunches for the rest of the week. Happy to use up some quinoa and lentils!

We got some broccoli in our CSA which was amazing but the stalks were long and spindly and rather tough. I boiled them in the water as I steamed the tops and buzzed it up and strained it. Used as a base for some "green" mashed potatoes using potato flakes from our pantry.

Made some Kimchi (my first attempt) with some napa cabbage and green onions from our CSA and a bunch of spices from my never-ending supply. It is really tasty and goes well with all of the above.

I have a bunch of bags of Vietnamese coffee in my pantry.  I love, love, love to make traditional Vietnamese coffee but can't handle the sugar load anymore. I have been cold-brewing it and using it for iced lattes and finding interesting places to use it up.

I found a "Ethiopian Coffee pancakes" and used my concentrate, they were delish! Then I made a chia seed pudding out of the coffee substitute and milk (yay! for using up chia seeds) and we have been having it for breakfast over some cherries from the freezer.

Still working on the cornmeal :) Made another batch of cornbread a couple of days ago, might make some more this week.

How is everyone else doing?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on July 07, 2015, 07:53:42 AM
I've been reading a lot about food waste lately (David Evans, Food Waste; National Resources Defense Council, Wasted; etc.), and it's really gotten me fired up to avoid wasting any food. So I'm back for this challenge.

I cracked open the fridge yesterday intent on making brassica chips, when lo and behold, I find the ingredients for cucumber garbanzo bean salad completely forgotten by me and on the turn. Undeterred, I made the salad with the barely squishy cuke (still crispy with a few bits of squish near the end, which I ate) and yellowed parsley, and it was utterly delicious. Best I've ever made and with no ill effects.

I have a lot of food projects going, and I don't have enough time to get to them all. I think I'm a bit too ambitious with how I schedule my time. How do you handle it? One food project a night or a few on one weekend day? 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on July 07, 2015, 09:50:23 AM
I have a lot of food projects going, and I don't have enough time to get to them all. I think I'm a bit too ambitious with how I schedule my time. How do you handle it? One food project a night or a few on one weekend day? 
I don't overschedule myself in the kitchen.  I plan to make 1-2 recipes/weekend.  I have the groceries delivered the day before (delivery on Saturday, cook on Sunday). 

I assume that I won't cook on a weeknight. 

I'm lazy.  I've come to terms with that, so it helps a lot with food waste.  I now focus on foods that I can eat without any processing (e.g. berries instead of watermelon). 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on July 07, 2015, 10:38:12 AM
Quote from: Nancy link=topic=23139.msg721569#msg721569 date=1436277222
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I have a lot of food projects going, and I don't have enough time to get to them all.[/b] I think I'm a bit too ambitious with how I schedule my time. How do you handle it? One food project a night or a few on one weekend day? 

Good job on the salad!

I work from home, so that gives me more flexibility. Usually a lot of my meals/projects don't take a huge amount of actual hands-on time, so it is easier to fit in. My biggest issue is to remember to do the prep for a lot of things the night before - pop the coffee grounds in water for cold brew, mix the dough for a no-knead bread, soak the beans...

In the winter it is a lot of braises and crockpots and set it and forget it type of meals.

In the summer it's a lot of make the staples ahead of time and just combine in creative ways with whatever needs to be used up, or do the prep so raw stuff gets eaten.

I'm pretty luck that Mr. Swick likes cooking and helping me in the kitchen so the extra pair of hands helps gets more done on weekends. He also knows I am more likely to make tasty food if I have a clean kitchen to start with so he'll occasionally get up earlier then me and give the kitchen a quick clean before I start - or help with dishes along the way to make clean up easier.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on July 07, 2015, 04:10:45 PM
Things have slowed down a bit here as we get the pantry into good shape and house projects take centre stage. Used up the last of the sardine stockpile last night - we have really enjoyed the recipes (sardine arrabiata pasta and fritters with warm salad) so will buy more eventually. Still have a tin of smoked mussels that may become pasta.

Other items on the agenda are self raising flour, icing sugar, jasmine tea, and still the 5 million bottles of chilli sauce. Luckily, we like all of those things. Have been experimenting with subbing icing sugar for regular in baking when I don't think it will make much of a difference and so far it has work out ok. New rule introduced to never buy any more icing 'mixture' cut with flour as it makes gluten free baking too complicated trying to remember which is which.

Anyone have a good recipe for using up some home made apricot jam that cooked a little too long and isn't quite right?



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Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on July 07, 2015, 04:16:25 PM
Anyone have a good recipe for using up some home made apricot jam that cooked a little too long and isn't quite right?
I use weird jam-ish things in thumb print cookies.  Similar to this recipe. (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/thumbprint-cookies-i/)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on July 07, 2015, 04:24:47 PM

Anyone have a good recipe for using up some home made apricot jam that cooked a little too long and isn't quite right?

Use it in a savory application? This apricot, rosemary, ginger chicken tajine is one of our favorite recipes. You could use less/no honey and substitute the jam. I usually just use whole chicken thighs and shred the meat once it is done, much easier.

http://www.alanabread.com/chicken-apricot-ginger-rosemary-tagine/ (http://www.alanabread.com/chicken-apricot-ginger-rosemary-tagine/)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on July 07, 2015, 04:29:11 PM
Love both ideas, will try soon!


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Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: DonkeyGirl on July 09, 2015, 12:28:13 AM
I would like to join!

My husband and I moved out of Alaska for the first time several years ago and now live on the "Wet Coast," where winter rain and wind storms mean lots of downed trees and branches and occasional power outages. I worry about my frozen goods during these outages, so I think eating down my frozen stores to a reasonable amount is a good idea. I have more than enough shelf stable goods for emergency stores.

In particular, I have a chest freezer full of salmon I have been working away at for a month or so now. Both my parents and in-laws send it down from time to time, and until recently I mostly ignored it since my husband never asks for it. The hubby and I grew up in Alaska, so we've eaten a lot of salmon over the years and it's not really exciting food anymore, however healthy. Some of it is smoked, but unfortunately their recipe is a little strong for my taste. We've given some away and traded some for grass fed beef, which was awesome. I found a few freezer burned regular fillets, so I baked those and my dogs feasted on them for several meals.

I'm not terribly fond of most salmon recipes, but I discovered I like salmon salad as well as I like tuna salad. My husband loves it, and he typically likes salmon even less than I do. So needless to say, it has been a non-stop salmon salad bonanza at the Mo household. I've also found that I can "cut" the smoked fillets with canned salmon, unsmoked filets, or even canned tuna and it balances the flavor nicely.

Cheers!


Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 09, 2015, 01:08:46 AM
How is everyone else doing?

Getting there... about a month now until I move house, so I've been using up some dried beans and dahl as well as canned goods.

The real issue is that without batch cooking waiting for me in the fridge and freezer, I'll turn to takeaway, so I still want a reasonable amount of ready-made (by me) meals on hand throughout the move.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on July 09, 2015, 05:02:58 AM
Welcome, J Mo! Now I want salmon.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on July 09, 2015, 07:40:55 AM
Welcome, J Mo! I wish I had your salmon problem :)

I totally get the desire to have some ready made meals Happier, it makes it a lot easier!

I thought I was doing better - then I discovered two more ice cream pails of staples that got lost in our move and I only have JUST gotten around to unpacking (we moved in Dec) On the bright side they were filled with some Turkish Gum my Hubby loves and was all sad because we were out of, and some vacuum packed loose leaf tea.

But it was also full of tea bags (we are trying to get away from) and I thought I was doing good on using up. Oh well Guess we will have a variety for ice tea for the rest of the summer.

Just formally met our new neighbour across the ally, he came over to ask if he could borrow our smoker in the fall. I wasn't sure if it was usable, it is home built, came with the house, is probably 50 years old and needs some serious repair work. I said he's welcome to take a look. Turns out he is pretty confident he can fix it up and show us how to use it. Got to talking all about foodie projects - hunting, gardening, raising ducks and such. Sounds like he'll be a great resource to help us learn, and someone who I can share some of my pantry goodies with :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: jrubin on July 09, 2015, 12:00:33 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible 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
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: jrubin 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick 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 (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 (http://www.food.com/recipe/taco-bell-taco-sauce-60254)

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: cashstasherat23 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!

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Erica/NWEdible 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX 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) (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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: DonkeyGirl 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) (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! :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nickels Dimes Quarters 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.

NDQ
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick 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
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: jrubin 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 :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Villanelle 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. 

Two months until we move out. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: DeltaBond 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on July 15, 2015, 06:52:23 PM
Tossed a small freezer containerful of leftover fried peppers, onions, and potatoes into tonight's curry.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MoustacheKnittah 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick 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 :)
http://www.bojongourmet.com/2010/06/stolen-granola.html (http://www.bojongourmet.com/2010/06/stolen-granola.html)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion 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 fiancé ( we live apart ) & a bag of peanuts.
Drinking up my coffee with cinnamon and soymilk. And my huge box of black tea.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural 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).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Faraday on July 29, 2015, 08:42:44 PM
I'm going to revive this challenge ... "Ugh, we have to eat salmon yet again."
...
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!!!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: DonkeyGirl 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GardenFun 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. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: bsmith on July 31, 2015, 07:35:04 AM
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Quote from: riverffashion on July 29, 2015, 08:18:39 PM

    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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on July 31, 2015, 06:25:56 PM
Quote
Quote from: riverffashion on July 29, 2015, 08:18:39 PM

    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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on July 31, 2015, 07:14:22 PM
Quote
Quote from: riverffashion on July 29, 2015, 08:18:39 PM

    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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on August 03, 2015, 08:14:29 AM
My fiancé 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: seemsright 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Villanelle 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. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje 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...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal 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

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: FIRE Artist 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. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural 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....
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion 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
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy 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!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion 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:)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion 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 ) .
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Villanelle on August 09, 2015, 08:58:04 AM
Used up both the peanut better and jelly today. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gaja on August 09, 2015, 10:58:04 AM
I would like to join!

My husband and I moved out of Alaska for the first time several years ago and now live on the "Wet Coast," where winter rain and wind storms mean lots of downed trees and branches and occasional power outages. I worry about my frozen goods during these outages, so I think eating down my frozen stores to a reasonable amount is a good idea. I have more than enough shelf stable goods for emergency stores.

In particular, I have a chest freezer full of salmon I have been working away at for a month or so now. Both my parents and in-laws send it down from time to time, and until recently I mostly ignored it since my husband never asks for it. The hubby and I grew up in Alaska, so we've eaten a lot of salmon over the years and it's not really exciting food anymore, however healthy. Some of it is smoked, but unfortunately their recipe is a little strong for my taste. We've given some away and traded some for grass fed beef, which was awesome. I found a few freezer burned regular fillets, so I baked those and my dogs feasted on them for several meals.

I'm not terribly fond of most salmon recipes, but I discovered I like salmon salad as well as I like tuna salad. My husband loves it, and he typically likes salmon even less than I do. So needless to say, it has been a non-stop salmon salad bonanza at the Mo household. I've also found that I can "cut" the smoked fillets with canned salmon, unsmoked filets, or even canned tuna and it balances the flavor nicely.

Cheers!

If you haven't used all of the smoked salmon yet, it is very tasty with a creamy sauce and pasta. There are loads of different recipes out there, but I usually just bring cream to boiling, add lemon juice and some seasoning, maybe some vegs, add salmon (smoked or unsmoked), stir and serve. The cream and cooking remove the strongest smoke flavour.


We have recently moved, but with the stash we brought, what we have bought, and gifts recieved, there is enough to last for a long time. I want to make room for the good deals on mutton that will come in october, so we should be eating from the stash. To keep it simple, we have made a dinner list of simple meals that we know we will cook and eat:
-pancakes
-reindeer lasagna
-tortellinis
-deer tacos
-pizzas with different leftovers
-ham and maccaroni casserole
-wok with pork
-springrolls
-nuggets
-schnitzels
-chili con moose
-porridge (rice, oatmeal...)
-fish filets with creamy sauce
-pytt-i-panne (hash)
-tuna pasta
-cauliflower soup
-tomato soup
-reindeer stew

My biggest challenge is a pound of frozen whale meat. I want to make some sort of stew, to be sure to cover any taste of cod liver oil. But maybe a wok with plenty of chili could be an idea? If it was fresh, I would have just boiled it with plenty of salt and blubber, but this has been frozen for some months.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on August 09, 2015, 11:16:30 AM
I would like to join!

My husband and I moved out of Alaska for the first time several years ago and now live on the "Wet Coast," where winter rain and wind storms mean lots of downed trees and branches and occasional power outages. I worry about my frozen goods during these outages, so I think eating down my frozen stores to a reasonable amount is a good idea. I have more than enough shelf stable goods for emergency stores.

In particular, I have a chest freezer full of salmon I have been working away at for a month or so now. Both my parents and in-laws send it down from time to time, and until recently I mostly ignored it since my husband never asks for it. The hubby and I grew up in Alaska, so we've eaten a lot of salmon over the years and it's not really exciting food anymore, however healthy. Some of it is smoked, but unfortunately their recipe is a little strong for my taste. We've given some away and traded some for grass fed beef, which was awesome. I found a few freezer burned regular fillets, so I baked those and my dogs feasted on them for several meals.

I'm not terribly fond of most salmon recipes, but I discovered I like salmon salad as well as I like tuna salad. My husband loves it, and he typically likes salmon even less than I do. So needless to say, it has been a non-stop salmon salad bonanza at the Mo household. I've also found that I can "cut" the smoked fillets with canned salmon, unsmoked filets, or even canned tuna and it balances the flavor nicely.

Cheers!

If you haven't used all of the smoked salmon yet, it is very tasty with a creamy sauce and pasta. There are loads of different recipes out there, but I usually just bring cream to boiling, add lemon juice and some seasoning, maybe some vegs, add salmon (smoked or unsmoked), stir and serve. The cream and cooking remove the strongest smoke flavour.


We have recently moved, but with the stash we brought, what we have bought, and gifts recieved, there is enough to last for a long time. I want to make room for the good deals on mutton that will come in october, so we should be eating from the stash. To keep it simple, we have made a dinner list of simple meals that we know we will cook and eat:
-pancakes
-reindeer lasagna
-tortellinis
-deer tacos
-pizzas with different leftovers
-ham and maccaroni casserole
-wok with pork
-springrolls
-nuggets
-schnitzels
-chili con moose
-porridge (rice, oatmeal...)
-fish filets with creamy sauce
-pytt-i-panne (hash)
-tuna pasta
-cauliflower soup
-tomato soup
-reindeer stew

My biggest challenge is a pound of frozen whale meat. I want to make some sort of stew, to be sure to cover any taste of cod liver oil. But maybe a wok with plenty of chili could be an idea? If it was fresh, I would have just boiled it with plenty of salt and blubber, but this has been frozen for some months.

Hav to ask: what is reindeer lasagna?
Also, whale meat? That's a new one . where do you live, or how/why?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gaja on August 09, 2015, 11:40:40 AM
I would like to join!

My husband and I moved out of Alaska for the first time several years ago and now live on the "Wet Coast," where winter rain and wind storms mean lots of downed trees and branches and occasional power outages. I worry about my frozen goods during these outages, so I think eating down my frozen stores to a reasonable amount is a good idea. I have more than enough shelf stable goods for emergency stores.

In particular, I have a chest freezer full of salmon I have been working away at for a month or so now. Both my parents and in-laws send it down from time to time, and until recently I mostly ignored it since my husband never asks for it. The hubby and I grew up in Alaska, so we've eaten a lot of salmon over the years and it's not really exciting food anymore, however healthy. Some of it is smoked, but unfortunately their recipe is a little strong for my taste. We've given some away and traded some for grass fed beef, which was awesome. I found a few freezer burned regular fillets, so I baked those and my dogs feasted on them for several meals.

I'm not terribly fond of most salmon recipes, but I discovered I like salmon salad as well as I like tuna salad. My husband loves it, and he typically likes salmon even less than I do. So needless to say, it has been a non-stop salmon salad bonanza at the Mo household. I've also found that I can "cut" the smoked fillets with canned salmon, unsmoked filets, or even canned tuna and it balances the flavor nicely.

Cheers!

If you haven't used all of the smoked salmon yet, it is very tasty with a creamy sauce and pasta. There are loads of different recipes out there, but I usually just bring cream to boiling, add lemon juice and some seasoning, maybe some vegs, add salmon (smoked or unsmoked), stir and serve. The cream and cooking remove the strongest smoke flavour.


We have recently moved, but with the stash we brought, what we have bought, and gifts recieved, there is enough to last for a long time. I want to make room for the good deals on mutton that will come in october, so we should be eating from the stash. To keep it simple, we have made a dinner list of simple meals that we know we will cook and eat:
-pancakes
-reindeer lasagna
-tortellinis
-deer tacos
-pizzas with different leftovers
-ham and maccaroni casserole
-wok with pork
-springrolls
-nuggets
-schnitzels
-chili con moose
-porridge (rice, oatmeal...)
-fish filets with creamy sauce
-pytt-i-panne (hash)
-tuna pasta
-cauliflower soup
-tomato soup
-reindeer stew

My biggest challenge is a pound of frozen whale meat. I want to make some sort of stew, to be sure to cover any taste of cod liver oil. But maybe a wok with plenty of chili could be an idea? If it was fresh, I would have just boiled it with plenty of salt and blubber, but this has been frozen for some months.

Hav to ask: what is reindeer lasagna?
Also, whale meat? That's a new one . where do you live, or how/why?

The why is because we prefer using wild animals when cooking meat. We believe that puts less pressure on the environment (feeding animals with food humans could eat, vs. animals making use of stuff we can't eat), and that the wild animals live better lives than the ones on mega farms. My father hunts reindeer, deer and moose, and fishes. I get whale meat from family in the Faroes and Norway, both places it is hunted as humanly as possible, from sustainable populations (pilot and minke whale, respectively). http://www.whaling.fo/ http://www.fisheries.no/ecosystems-and-stocks/marine_stocks/mammals/whales/whaling/#.VceP1fk0PVo

We also prefer modern cooking to the old (very bland) recipes. Reindeer lasagna is normal lasagna, with reindeer meat instead of beef.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on August 09, 2015, 01:46:28 PM
I would like to join!

My husband and I moved out of Alaska for the first time several years ago and now live on the "Wet Coast," where winter rain and wind storms mean lots of downed trees and branches and occasional power outages. I worry about my frozen goods during these outages, so I think eating down my frozen stores to a reasonable amount is a good idea. I have more than enough shelf stable goods for emergency stores.

In particular, I have a chest freezer full of salmon I have been working away at for a month or so now. Both my parents and in-laws send it down from time to time, and until recently I mostly ignored it since my husband never asks for it. The hubby and I grew up in Alaska, so we've eaten a lot of salmon over the years and it's not really exciting food anymore, however healthy. Some of it is smoked, but unfortunately their recipe is a little strong for my taste. We've given some away and traded some for grass fed beef, which was awesome. I found a few freezer burned regular fillets, so I baked those and my dogs feasted on them for several meals.

I'm not terribly fond of most salmon recipes, but I discovered I like salmon salad as well as I like tuna salad. My husband loves it, and he typically likes salmon even less than I do. So needless to say, it has been a non-stop salmon salad bonanza at the Mo household. I've also found that I can "cut" the smoked fillets with canned salmon, unsmoked filets, or even canned tuna and it balances the flavor nicely.

Cheers!

If you haven't used all of the smoked salmon yet, it is very tasty with a creamy sauce and pasta. There are loads of different recipes out there, but I usually just bring cream to boiling, add lemon juice and some seasoning, maybe some vegs, add salmon (smoked or unsmoked), stir and serve. The cream and cooking remove the strongest smoke flavour.


We have recently moved, but with the stash we brought, what we have bought, and gifts recieved, there is enough to last for a long time. I want to make room for the good deals on mutton that will come in october, so we should be eating from the stash. To keep it simple, we have made a dinner list of simple meals that we know we will cook and eat:
-pancakes
-reindeer lasagna
-tortellinis
-deer tacos
-pizzas with different leftovers
-ham and maccaroni casserole
-wok with pork
-springrolls
-nuggets
-schnitzels
-chili con moose
-porridge (rice, oatmeal...)
-fish filets with creamy sauce
-pytt-i-panne (hash)
-tuna pasta
-cauliflower soup
-tomato soup
-reindeer stew

My biggest challenge is a pound of frozen whale meat. I want to make some sort of stew, to be sure to cover any taste of cod liver oil. But maybe a wok with plenty of chili could be an idea? If it was fresh, I would have just boiled it with plenty of salt and blubber, but this has been frozen for some months.

Hav to ask: what is reindeer lasagna?
Also, whale meat? That's a new one . where do you live, or how/why?

The why is because we prefer using wild animals when cooking meat. We believe that puts less pressure on the environment (feeding animals with food humans could eat, vs. animals making use of stuff we can't eat), and that the wild animals live better lives than the ones on mega farms. My father hunts reindeer, deer and moose, and fishes. I get whale meat from family in the Faroes and Norway, both places it is hunted as humanly as possible, from sustainable populations (pilot and minke whale, respectively). http://www.whaling.fo/ http://www.fisheries.no/ecosystems-and-stocks/marine_stocks/mammals/whales/whaling/#.VceP1fk0PVo

We also prefer modern cooking to the old (very bland) recipes. Reindeer lasagna is normal lasagna, with reindeer meat instead of beef.

Got it. Excellent. When I was a baby and we lived in the mountains, my dad would hunt. And so we ate bear, deer, snake, etc.
And now he's been living in Alaska for around 30 yrs. and his friends always give him their catches (any sea find) or hunts- specifically parts they wouldn't be interested in, like the head, etc. So he got a moose head, and he got very creative with dishes and it fed him for quite a while . dads the one who got me into Mustachianism :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on August 09, 2015, 02:08:26 PM
Where I live whale is considered to be best-tasting where seared quickly on high heat. So I'd recomend slicing it thinly (easiest done when the meat is semi-frozen), marinating in flavour of your choice and then made into a sort of stir-fry. I also imagine seared ginger-marinated whale to be excelent topping on nigiri - but that I haven't yet tried.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gaja on August 10, 2015, 08:50:36 AM
Got it. Excellent. When I was a baby and we lived in the mountains, my dad would hunt. And so we ate bear, deer, snake, etc.
And now he's been living in Alaska for around 30 yrs. and his friends always give him their catches (any sea find) or hunts- specifically parts they wouldn't be interested in, like the head, etc. So he got a moose head, and he got very creative with dishes and it fed him for quite a while . dads the one who got me into Mustachianism :)

My parents like sheep heads, but I'm sure they haven't tried moose head. I guess it would be difficult to prepare them the same way, there is no way that giant head would fit in a normal pot. But there must be plenty of good meat in the cheeks and tongue, so it is strange that we don't use more of it.

Where I live whale is considered to be best-tasting where seared quickly on high heat. So I'd recomend slicing it thinly (easiest done when the meat is semi-frozen), marinating in flavour of your choice and then made into a sort of stir-fry. I also imagine seared ginger-marinated whale to be excelent topping on nigiri - but that I haven't yet tried.
Thank you, that sounds like a good idea. Thin slices, marinade, and some nice vegetables. Maybe some noodles. Doesn't take to long to prepare, either.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on August 11, 2015, 02:18:02 PM
Ate the frozen leftovers from an office party and garden broccoli leftovers from a dinner. It was delish, free, and made space in the freezer.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SisterX on August 11, 2015, 11:38:43 PM
Where I live whale is considered to be best-tasting where seared quickly on high heat. So I'd recomend slicing it thinly (easiest done when the meat is semi-frozen), marinating in flavour of your choice and then made into a sort of stir-fry. I also imagine seared ginger-marinated whale to be excelent topping on nigiri - but that I haven't yet tried.
Thank you, that sounds like a good idea. Thin slices, marinade, and some nice vegetables. Maybe some noodles. Doesn't take to long to prepare, either.

I've never tasted whale so this is a shot in the dark, but could you do some sort of sushi?  My husband and I sear tuna for sushi.  Or you could maybe do a fried sushi, to cook it?

If that sounds gross, I Googled it out of curiosity and came up with this list of ways to cook whale meat:
http://herrickreport.com/whalerecipes.html?hc_location=ufi
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on August 13, 2015, 06:35:48 AM
I have been so good at using up fresh foods or freezing stuff that won't last, that my freezer, is, once again, approaching full.

Lots of nice things in there, and loads of fun spices in the cupboard, so it's time to start menu planning!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on August 13, 2015, 07:30:36 AM
Nice job, advicist! Same here. I just blanched/froze a bunch of basil. Once I finish decluttering, I'm going to buy a small deep freezer for all the lovely large batch meals.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on August 14, 2015, 08:25:24 PM
What to do with a container of sour cream?

We had to toss out a few bagels today.  I did use 5 over ripe bananas for banana bread yesterday.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on August 14, 2015, 08:49:17 PM
What to do with a container of sour cream?

We had to toss out a few bagels today.  I did use 5 over ripe bananas for banana bread yesterday.


Sour cream is a nice light dessert with sliced strawberries mixed in (add sugar optional).
Or add sweetener to sour cream for dessert topping (similar to cool whip).
BTW, super ripe bananas are excellent when frozen- just peel and place in a bag , and into the freezer. It turns into a ice cream like treat (and healthy). also excellent addition to smoothies in summertime to cool you down.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on August 15, 2015, 03:20:03 AM
There are many recipes online for things like sour cream coffeecake, and in other baked goods. Here's a few suggestions too:

http://www.myrecipes.com/how-to/7-ways-with/ways-to-cook-with-sour-cream#more

http://www.thekitchn.com/help-what-to-do-with-leftover-81406
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gaja on August 15, 2015, 09:41:39 AM
I don't know if your sour cream is the same as our, I think bacterial cultures and fat content varies, but we use a lot of sour cream in sauces and casseroles. One of my father's favorite left over dishes go something like: Sliced sausages or other types of left over meat, onions, boiled potates, carrots and swedes, fry lightly in a large pan, add a box of sour cream, cook for 2-3 minutes, serve. I like to add a dollop of chilli paste or some spices, to get a bit fresher taste.

Waffles with sour cream get really crunchy, and you can use it in porridge instead of milk or water. All baking (breads, buns...) get better with sour cream.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on August 15, 2015, 09:49:49 AM
Brown rice cooked up with kidney beans. Mmm. I will hav a side of raw veggies to complete the meal or a veg smoothie.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gaja on August 15, 2015, 10:10:24 AM
We cooked up a large portion of lasagna yesterday, from food in the pantries. Got rid of some old cheese, meat from the freezer, and pasta. One portion went back into the freezer, the rest was eaten for lunch, dinner and breakfast.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Ox05 on August 16, 2015, 08:46:02 PM
Finally worked through some Bulgar wheat (delicious, healthy and affordable... but also REALLY easy to ignore). Combined it with some chicken, sauteed potatoes/onion, and a pouch of Tasty Bite Vegetable Tikka Massala. Surprisingly simple to make, healthy, cheap, and delicious. Thanks for challenging me!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on August 17, 2015, 01:59:57 AM
Did a full inventory of the freezer on Saturday (cold hands!).

Took out some salmon for dinner. Was informed with one hours notice that we had an unexpected dinner guest (which was a nice suprise), so had to scramble for what to do.

Contemplated fish cakes to stretch the two fillets, but I also had a lovely pork loin in the freezer which, with more notice, I definitely would have served. So I defrosted that under running water and saved the salmon for Sunday. Cobbled together a quick mozarella and tomato salad to start, since we didn't have many potatoes.

Made a sauce for the pork from onions, garlic, an apple and an individual pot of chicken stock, which has been hanging around for ages. All in all a very yummy dinner, and I was pleased with myself for not suggesting we go out or get take away just because it was last minute.

I also discovered I have enough ends of chicken fillets for a meal. When I get a bird with lots of breast meat I shave a bit off and freeze it. I've now got enough of these 'extras' for chicken fajitas, which will feel like a free meal!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on August 17, 2015, 11:06:29 AM
Nice Job everyone!

OX05 - for bulgar. I make a vegetarian version of Cig Kofte. Loosely based on this recipe: http://www.unrulybliss.com/recipe/turkish-red-lentil-lettuce-wraps/ (http://www.unrulybliss.com/recipe/turkish-red-lentil-lettuce-wraps/) They are awesome, everyone in my family loves them! They are great wrapped in lettuce, but the filling can also be fried into little patties much like a falafel - but way tastier!

I have been finding my biggest "Use it up" challenge has been the fresh veggies that we have been getting from the Garden and CSA. Living up North and not having access to fresh veggies for so many years has made me get into the habit of not being very good at remembering to cook with them. 

I have a big crockpot of fennel, onions and apple that I am caramelizing. Will serve with a pork loin roast I found in the freezer for dinner tonight and leftovers for the next couple of days. Planning on making a pan of roasted root veggies to go along with it.

I have been making No-knead bread but substituting 1/2 a cup of the flour for the cornmeal I have been trying to use up for ages (Making progress, I just had way too much) it has been working out very well.

Does anyone have any suggestions for fresh green beans? Usually, I give them a quick stir-fry in garlic and top with some toasted almonds, but it is starting to become monotonous. I do know this is a good problem to have!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gaja on August 17, 2015, 12:11:39 PM
Made a batch of pancakes yesterday from a liter of sourmilk (kefir) and a bit of sourcream that were almost two months past the date. Really fluffy and nice pancakes, that disappeared almost as fast as I could make them.

Dinner today was the last of our eggs with some tomato soup and pasta. For tomorrow, I've pulled out some pork, think I'll be making a stir fry.

I'm already seeing more space in the freezer and fridge. Not really seeing as big a difference in the food budget as I was hoping for, but maybe if we keep this up...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on August 17, 2015, 12:18:08 PM
Nice Job everyone!

OX05 - for bulgar. I make a vegetarian version of Cig Kofte. Loosely based on this recipe: http://www.unrulybliss.com/recipe/turkish-red-lentil-lettuce-wraps/ (http://www.unrulybliss.com/recipe/turkish-red-lentil-lettuce-wraps/) They are awesome, everyone in my family loves them! They are great wrapped in lettuce, but the filling can also be fried into little patties much like a falafel - but way tastier!

I have been finding my biggest "Use it up" challenge has been the fresh veggies that we have been getting from the Garden and CSA. Living up North and not having access to fresh veggies for so many years has made me get into the habit of not being very good at remembering to cook with them. 

I have a big crockpot of fennel, onions and apple that I am caramelizing. Will serve with a pork loin roast I found in the freezer for dinner tonight and leftovers for the next couple of days. Planning on making a pan of roasted root veggies to go along with it.

I have been making No-knead bread but substituting 1/2 a cup of the flour for the cornmeal I have been trying to use up for ages (Making progress, I just had way too much) it has been working out very well.

Does anyone have any suggestions for fresh green beans? Usually, I give them a quick stir-fry in garlic and top with some toasted almonds, but it is starting to become monotonous. I do know this is a good problem to have!

Green beans are excellent in eggs ( lighly cook first unless sliced to small pieces ).
Excellent addition to salads, with cooked or raw ( I love them raw ).
Great raw with hummus or dip.
Green bean casserole: add cream of mushroom, onions, salt, pepper and top with dried onions ( and bake ).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on August 17, 2015, 12:32:02 PM
[quote author=riverffashion link=topic=23139.msg771323#msg771323 date=1439835488

Green beans are excellent in eggs ( lighly cook first unless sliced to small pieces ).
Excellent addition to salads, with cooked or raw ( I love them raw ).
Great raw with hummus or dip.
Green bean casserole: add cream of mushroom, onions, salt, pepper and top with dried onions ( and bake ).
[/quote]

Thanks for the suggestions!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on August 17, 2015, 07:08:07 PM
[quote author=riverffashion link=topic=23139.msg771323#msg771323 date=1439835488

Green beans are excellent in eggs ( lighly cook first unless sliced to small pieces ).
Excellent addition to salads, with cooked or raw ( I love them raw ).
Great raw with hummus or dip.
Green bean casserole: add cream of mushroom, onions, salt, pepper and top with dried onions ( and bake ).

Thanks for the suggestions!
[/quote]

This is a great thread for new ideas isn't it? Love it.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Ox05 on August 17, 2015, 08:05:01 PM
Swig! Thanks for the advice, I'm totally going to fry the rest up as patties tomorrow to mix things up a bit!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on August 19, 2015, 06:26:05 PM
Another way to use up green beans: can them! My sister has been pickling green beans for years and they are quite tasty.

I like steamed green beans as one of the beans in 3 bean salad (I also use pintos, chickpeas, kidney beans -- whatever adds up to 3 beans). There are lots of easy recipes for this online.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gatortator on August 19, 2015, 08:19:43 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for fresh green beans?

Green bean tacos are awesome! 

It's similar to making peppers and onions for fajitas-- but replace the peppers with green beans and skip the meat.  I flavor it all with cumin, chili powder and garlic.   Serve with tortillas and your preferred taco fixings!


Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: seemsright on August 23, 2015, 08:33:41 PM
I figure out how to make homemade tofu from dry soy beans. It took two days. But the texture is a 1000 times better than the store bought stuff. Fried it up with some miso and soy sauce and served over salad with homemade peanut seaseme dressing...even my 5 year old went nuts for it. Yea for not only saving some cash but making food with what is on hand.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on August 23, 2015, 08:40:34 PM
Used up a bag of Costco shrimp that was in the freezer -- made a fresh veggie stir fry with 3 zucchini, 2 onions, 2 bell peppers, a small bag of carrots, some questionable celery and a homemade stir fry sauce -- threw in the cooked shrimp at the last minute. Dinner was delicious!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on August 23, 2015, 09:52:29 PM
I figure out how to make homemade tofu from dry soy beans. It took two days. But the texture is a 1000 times better than the store bought stuff. Fried it up with some miso and soy sauce and served over salad with homemade peanut seaseme dressing...even my 5 year old went nuts for it. Yea for not only saving some cash but making food with what is on hand.

That's super exciting! I never thought about making tofu (although I've made a million other things from scratch). And the completed meal sounds delicious.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on August 24, 2015, 03:07:43 AM
Thanks to my freezer audit earlier this week, I knew we had enough scraps of chicken breast to make fajitas without buying chicken. So I defrosted them all and was glad to use them up. One bag was dated 2012 (!) and had a little freezer burn, but oh well, serves me right for not using it up sooner.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on August 24, 2015, 12:44:34 PM
Used up the rest of the almond flour to make breakfast pizzas yesterday.

Used up the three overripe bananas to make banana bread last night.

I'll use up the rest of the plain pork rinds to bread chicken legs tonight.

Tossed 1/2 cup strawberries yesterday.  We didn't get to them in time before leaving for vacation last week, and I neglected to toss them into the freezer.  :(  However, that's it for food waste this month.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on August 24, 2015, 03:20:43 PM
I've used up all my stock, so made new on the frozen chicken bones today.

Also been really enjoying ods-and-end salad the last few days. Only rule is: put in all and soundry you will eat from fridge and pantry. Todays lunchsalad was red onion, olives, feta, some sausage, tomatoes, pineaple (all random leftovers), a heap of lettuce and plenty of herbs to liven things up. It's quite the creative prosess: I've never har this fun with salads before.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on August 25, 2015, 02:04:09 PM
This is going to be pleasant for my wallet.
Spent $ 19 this weekend for every last food-item I need until next week. And then I only need some milk, fresh fruit and cheese to last another full week.

Today made two more lunchsalads with ods and ends. Hope capers fits  - found  a jar in the back of my fridge and made use of it.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on August 26, 2015, 09:42:37 AM
Soaked and boiled a pot of pinto beans for instead of opening a can of refried beans for burritos last night.  DH bought a HUGE bag of pintos earlier this year, and we've slowly been going through it.  Used up the last evelope of very strong taco seasoning mix.  Blegh.  I'll continue making my own blend.

Zucchini will go into tomorrow's Crock Pot lasagna, as will a container of homemade tomato sauce from the freezer.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on August 26, 2015, 09:55:03 AM
This is going to be pleasant for my wallet.
Spent $ 19 this weekend for every last food-item I need until next week. And then I only need some milk, fresh fruit and cheese to last another full week.

Today made two more lunchsalads with ods and ends. Hope capers fits  - found  a jar in the back of my fridge and made use of it.

Popped capers are life transforming! Drain em, pat em dry and heat up a bit of olive oil. When really hot, add the capers and stir them around until they begin to golden and crisp. Just a minute or two. Drain em on paper towel. I add em to everything.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on August 28, 2015, 01:20:39 AM
Popped capers are life transforming! Drain em, pat em dry and heat up a bit of olive oil. When really hot, add the capers and stir them around until they begin to golden and crisp. Just a minute or two. Drain em on paper towel. I add em to everything.
Thank you for the tip. Will try. :)

Today I'm making pumpkin soup with the very last of last years pumpkin puree. Good to have it out of the freezer before the new pumpkin season. Also using up half a can of coconut milk and some of the never-ending supply of home grown chilies.

Made croutons from old stale bread for the first time ever this week. Can't believe I've never made them before. Takes next to no time - tastes amazing. Now I'm looking forward to testing out different herbs and a bit of cheese with them and so on..
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on August 28, 2015, 02:48:06 AM
Had dinner all prepped and ready to cook when husband called to tell me he wouldn't be home for dinner! Cooked it and froze it all, as we're away for the weekend and it wouldn't have lasted all chopped up. Glad to have a ready done meal in the freezer I guess, but I was annoyed at the time.

Without this thread I may have just let my annoyance take over and wasted most of it, but now I wouldn't dare!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 1967mama on August 29, 2015, 10:07:25 PM
Used up a jar of extra virgin olive oil today, just in time for it to be replaced by a 3L tin I picked up for $16.99. It was the last one on the shelf so I asked for a rain check for 2 more :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on August 30, 2015, 05:18:39 AM
Working on some chocolate right now ;-) that counts, right? It was in my pantry!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on August 30, 2015, 07:18:03 PM
Working on some chocolate right now ;-) that counts, right? It was in my pantry!
Totally!

I used leftover whipping cream (used to make tikka masala a few weeks ago), a little hot fudge, and strawberries to make a dessert because I was craving something sweet. 

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Juslookin on September 03, 2015, 05:10:30 AM
I've been reading and catching up. We had a pipe burst over the winter and cause major damage to our first floor and kitchen. I was without a kitchen for most of the summer. The result was massive food bills.

We set up a makeshift kitchen in the basement with an electric burner, microwave and toaster oven but it was a challenge to say the least.

Now that I have my kitchen back, (and it's gorgeous), I need to get back to eating down our stock.
I have two fridge/freezer combos, a chest freezer and an upright freezer. I actually have another chest freezer but we emptied that in the spring and it sits unplugged.

We grow a lot of our fruit and veggies. We have raised our own chicken and pork. Right now I am raising a beef cow. So at certain times of the year we can fill those freezers up easy. This year with the work in the house, (we did it ourselves, my husband is a wonderful carpenter), we didn't process anything out of the garden, we're just eating it. This is fine because I still have an overabundance from last year.

I will do a freezer inventory this week and get on track. I'd like to save a ton of food money this month.

So last night's dinner was chicken quesadillas for two of us and shepherds pie for the other two. I didn't have enough beef or chicken leftovers for four so I combined them. I thawed a gluten free strawberry cake and we all enjoyed desert, a rarity.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Dexterous on September 13, 2015, 01:44:36 AM
We embarked on this task a month ago without posting, and right as we about finished... our friends moved across country.  They provided us all of their food that they didn't want to transport, which completely filled our cabinets/freezer.  It's now time to start over, with some foods we typically don't eat!  Fun.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on September 13, 2015, 11:41:50 AM
We embarked on this task a month ago without posting, and right as we about finished... our friends moved across country.  They provided us all of their food that they didn't want to transport, which completely filled our cabinets/freezer.  It's now time to start over, with some foods we typically don't eat!  Fun.

Excellent! Free food, money saved, great challenge :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on September 28, 2015, 06:05:18 PM
Salad with spinach, romaine lettuce, carrot, apple. Corn tortillas, hot sauce, and salt. I eat a plant-based diet, but was expecting to not fill up. I did and was pleasantly surprised.
Also, I don't enjoy fruit in salads ordinarily but figured I needed to bulk up the meal so added & was actually good.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: YellowCat on September 29, 2015, 01:50:34 AM
I'm in! I'll be moving from Germany to the US in just 12 days! I have a tiny kitchen, so not a huge stash of food, but still need to get through the random bits and bobs floating around in there...I've planned to make some veggie burgers to use my canned beans, sweet potatoes, and breadcrumbs (still leaving me with an excess of breadcrumbs!) and need to find a good use for 1/2 jar of tart cherry jam. It's awesome jam but I'm not much of a jam eater - bought it for my mom - and don't want to buy any baking supplies to turn it into something else. Does anybody have a good, vegetarian recipe for something savory one can make with cherry jam? I'm thinking of mixing it with balsamic vinegar for some salad dressing, or with fresh tomatoes & veggies for a chopped relish type thing. Dunno. What are your thoughts? I'm hoping to be ~zero waste when I leave on the 10th, though worst case scenario I contribute to the great German compost pile...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on September 29, 2015, 06:01:26 AM
need to find a good use for 1/2 jar of tart cherry jam. It's awesome jam but I'm not much of a jam eater - bought it for my mom - and don't want to buy any baking supplies to turn it into something else. Does anybody have a good, vegetarian recipe for something savory one can make with cherry jam?

Couscous, roast squash or sweet potato and a spiced cherry jam/onion compote/chutney on top with some nuts?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: YellowCat on September 29, 2015, 07:11:08 AM
That sounds tasty - thanks! Will have to think about how to spice it properly...probably with something reasonably hot, like cayenne. Onion, cherry, and cayenne pepper chutney could work!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on September 29, 2015, 12:59:29 PM
I'm in! I'll be moving from Germany to the US in just 12 days! I have a tiny kitchen, so not a huge stash of food, but still need to get through the random bits and bobs floating around in there...I've planned to make some veggie burgers to use my canned beans, sweet potatoes, and breadcrumbs (still leaving me with an excess of breadcrumbs!) and need to find a good use for 1/2 jar of tart cherry jam. It's awesome jam but I'm not much of a jam eater - bought it for my mom - and don't want to buy any baking supplies to turn it into something else. Does anybody have a good, vegetarian recipe for something savory one can make with cherry jam? I'm thinking of mixing it with balsamic vinegar for some salad dressing, or with fresh tomatoes & veggies for a chopped relish type thing. Dunno. What are your thoughts? I'm hoping to be ~zero waste when I leave on the 10th, though worst case scenario I contribute to the great German compost pile...

My coworker has an excellent recipe with tart cherries-
Soak in whiskey 24 hrs at least.
Sauté cherries in butter.
Add sauted mushrooms & Worcester sauce .
She uses as a steak sauce, but could be used for anything I image.
I am vegan, so would use probably coconut oil as substitute for butter.
Probably good over sauted greens, brown rice or quinoa.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Gray Matter on September 29, 2015, 03:33:32 PM
I have a slight twist on this.  DH and I overspent this month on groceries (damn Costco!), and I want to make it up in October.  So, my goal for a family of five:

$600.00     October's monthly grocery allotment
-272.31      Amount overspent in September
-100.00      School lunches for October
$227.69    Total Amount Budgeted for October Groceries

This won't be easy, but should be doable as we have food in the pantry and freezer, including a turkey, and still have a box of veggies each week from the CSA (not sure when that stops, but sometime in October).  It'll be made a little more challenging by the fact that I'm hosting my mom and aunt for a long weekend, and we're taking friends to the cabin for another weekend, but with lots of planning and foresight (NOT my forte), we should be OK.

I'll check in periodically this month.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on September 29, 2015, 04:16:30 PM
I have a slight twist on this.  DH and I overspent this month on groceries (damn Costco!), and I want to make it up in October.  So, my goal for a family of five:

$600.00     October's monthly grocery allotment
-272.31      Amount overspent in September
-100.00      School lunches for October
$227.69    Total Amount Budgeted for October Groceries

This won't be easy, but should be doable as we have food in the pantry and freezer, including a turkey, and still have a box of veggies each week from the CSA (not sure when that stops, but sometime in October).  It'll be made a little more challenging by the fact that I'm hosting my mom and aunt for a long weekend, and we're taking friends to the cabin for another weekend, but with lots of planning and foresight (NOT my forte), we should be OK.

I'll check in periodically this month.

If you tell us what you hav, perhaps we can offer up ideas :).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Kaikou on September 29, 2015, 05:06:34 PM
this sounds like foun! :0

so do we list what we have in house and then people share recipes?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on September 29, 2015, 05:08:17 PM
this sounds like foun! :0

so do we list what we have in house and then people share recipes?

Yes, excellent!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on October 05, 2015, 09:04:25 AM
What's your favorite recipe involving cucumbers?
-Have done: cucumber salad, tabbouleh, pickles, cucumber muffins
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on October 05, 2015, 09:22:24 AM
What's your favorite recipe involving cucumbers?
-Have done: cucumber salad, tabbouleh, pickles, cucumber muffins


Cucumber is really good in smoothies. Gives a sort of light sweet taste and nice smooth texture. Blend with any combination of fruits or veg. And some some of milk (iuse substitute, am vegan)
Kale, spinach, apple, banana, pineapple, any kind of melon or berry, mango, carrot, celery are all good options.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on October 06, 2015, 12:13:15 PM
I'm jumping back in.  We've acquired a lot of weird food items in the past few months.  Our freezer is overflowing.  Our shelves are full, and I'm still shopping for new food. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on October 06, 2015, 02:35:23 PM
Im out of black tea, so I've decided not to buy more- just quit caffeine (which I've done a few times over the years). Looking forward to the natural energy that always follows :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on October 06, 2015, 05:00:15 PM
Smoothies! They totally fell off my radar. Thanks! Also good on you for quitting caffeine!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: YellowCat on October 07, 2015, 12:19:36 PM
Well, I'm in the last few days before I move and I've done all the cooking I'm going to do. Most of my leftover fresh veg, onions, olives, etc. got turned into a surprisingly tasty pot of rice & beans ++ tonight. I've got enough leftovers to keep me through the remainder of my time here, lined up neatly in the fridge. I gave some usable food to a colleague who lives in the same building (rice, breadcrumbs, an extra head of garlic) and I think the pitch pile will be as follows: a bit of fresh ginger, a few Tbsp jam (I tried hard but can't eat all of it!), and yogurt my mom bought a few weeks ago & didn't finish (I'm wildly lactose intolerant, and couldn't eat it if I wanted to). Germany is big on composting so I don't feel very guilty for the (minimal) waste. I've also got some great bread spread in the fridge and I'm thinking of having that for breakfast Saturday before I leave, with just a little bit of celebratory German bread. Which happens to be the best bread in the whole world...so! Pretty pleased. I'm excited to repeat the experience when I return home to various half-empty containers of bits & bobs. It's actually quite fun :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Gray Matter on October 09, 2015, 04:58:47 AM
Doing OK so far on the grocery budget--have spent about $47 out of a budget of $227 for the month (for five of us--trying to make up our deficit spending from last month).  Plan on cooking a small turkey that's taking up space in my freezer this weekend and making a few meals from that.

The biggest challenge will be next week when I'm hosting my mom, dad, and aunt Thursday-Sunday.  I haven't been good at entertaining on a budget in the past, so that will be an interesting challenge for me.

One kinda funny thing.  I had some bread dough in the freezer and wanted to bake it to go with crockpot split pea/potato/broccoli soup (getting creative with whatever's in the fridge).  It was a busy day with lots of coming and going, so I tried speed up the rising process by putting it covered in the oven at a low temperature.  Despite coating the cling wrap, it still stuck and in pulling it off, the whole loaf collapsed.  I baked it anyway, and oh. my. god.  It was so delicious.  Dense and chewy and WAY better than the usual light and fluffy stuff.  The kids devoured it--we ate a whole loaf in one sitting.  Sometimes things are salvageable in unexpected ways.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on October 10, 2015, 12:42:49 AM
Glad to see this thread still going as I could use it right now.

I have tons of work travel this month, so avoiding buying stuff that won't get eaten will be a huge plus.  In addition, we have a beef quarter coming shortly, so making room in the freezer will make it way easier to put the new meat in in some sort of order. 

Have some beans and grains that I need to admit we're never going to eat, so they need to be cooked up and fed to the chickens.  Also need to suck it up and figure out what to do with the heart and tongue from last year's beef quarter.

Haven't been doing smoothies but have a couple cans of pumpkin and lots of vanilla whey powder, so "pumpkin pie" smoothies are going to be a staple breakfast for the workdays that I'm not out of town.  I've also been working on eating down the stash of various fruit preserves by mixing them into plain yogurt.  I got way overzealous with the jam-making when I first learned to can, but we never have toast, so there aren't many opportunities to use the stuff.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: seemsright on October 10, 2015, 04:21:20 PM
Glad to see this thread still going as I could use it right now.

I have tons of work travel this month, so avoiding buying stuff that won't get eaten will be a huge plus.  In addition, we have a beef quarter coming shortly, so making room in the freezer will make it way easier to put the new meat in in some sort of order. 

Have some beans and grains that I need to admit we're never going to eat, so they need to be cooked up and fed to the chickens.  Also need to suck it up and figure out what to do with the heart and tongue from last year's beef quarter.

Haven't been doing smoothies but have a couple cans of pumpkin and lots of vanilla whey powder, so "pumpkin pie" smoothies are going to be a staple breakfast for the workdays that I'm not out of town.  I've also been working on eating down the stash of various fruit preserves by mixing them into plain yogurt.  I got way overzealous with the jam-making when I first learned to can, but we never have toast, so there aren't many opportunities to use the stuff.

Beef tongue makes great tacos.
Beef heart makes great BBQ beef put the heart in the crock pot cover with BBQ sauce and then cook on low all day. It is so good with some raw onion on a roll or not. One of my fav
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Gray Matter on October 11, 2015, 06:18:01 AM
I have a slight twist on this.  DH and I overspent this month on groceries (damn Costco!), and I want to make it up in October.  So, my goal for a family of five:

$600.00     October's monthly grocery allotment
-272.31      Amount overspent in September
-100.00      School lunches for October
$227.69    Total Amount Budgeted for October Groceries

This won't be easy, but should be doable as we have food in the pantry and freezer, including a turkey, and still have a box of veggies each week from the CSA (not sure when that stops, but sometime in October).  It'll be made a little more challenging by the fact that I'm hosting my mom and aunt for a long weekend, and we're taking friends to the cabin for another weekend, but with lots of planning and foresight (NOT my forte), we should be OK.

I'll check in periodically this month.

If you tell us what you hav, perhaps we can offer up ideas :).

This is me (Miss Two-Twenty-Seven Until November) and I've already fucked it up.  Made it until October 10.  I haven't quite figured out how to wrangle Costco.  I like going there, because some things are much cheaper than I can find at any of the other local grocery stores, but I ALWAYS OVERSPEND.

I put a turkey on (had been residing in my freezer forever--decided to cook it and get multiple meals out of it), did some menu planning for the next week (which includes entertaining my folks and an aunt for four days), and I went with a list of fill-in ingredients.  But then I wasn't thinking of the fact that everything you buy is in bulk, so instead of the one can of black olives I need for my recipe, I now have eight.  Same with diced tomatoes, quinoa, etc.  Grand total = $270.

But I did some things right, too, so I don't want to count it as a complete failure.  I went off a list, I didn't buy impulse purchases, and I didn't buy anything prepackaged (which, I'll be honest, we normally do).  So...a failure that with potential to redeem?  I've kicked the goal for ending up flush in the grocery budget into the next month, hoping I can get half-way there this and the rest of the way there by the end of next month.

Once I get through my houseguests, then I'll be looking for advice for some random ingredients.  I don't mind serving unusual combinations to my own immediate family, but prefer recognizable dishes for guests, thus all the fill-in ingredients.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on October 11, 2015, 08:35:38 AM
Glad to see this thread still going as I could use it right now.

I have tons of work travel this month, so avoiding buying stuff that won't get eaten will be a huge plus.  In addition, we have a beef quarter coming shortly, so making room in the freezer will make it way easier to put the new meat in in some sort of order. 

Have some beans and grains that I need to admit we're never going to eat, so they need to be cooked up and fed to the chickens.  Also need to suck it up and figure out what to do with the heart and tongue from last year's beef quarter.

Haven't been doing smoothies but have a couple cans of pumpkin and lots of vanilla whey powder, so "pumpkin pie" smoothies are going to be a staple breakfast for the workdays that I'm not out of town.  I've also been working on eating down the stash of various fruit preserves by mixing them into plain yogurt.  I got way overzealous with the jam-making when I first learned to can, but we never have toast, so there aren't many opportunities to use the stuff.

Beef tongue makes great tacos.
Beef heart makes great BBQ beef put the heart in the crock pot cover with BBQ sauce and then cook on low all day. It is so good with some raw onion on a roll or not. One of my fav

Thanks!  So does the beef heart cook in a way that it shreds after slow-cooking?  I've always thought that it didn't  have the same type of muscle fibers and was afraid it would just sort of turn to mush with a long stewing treatment.

Lengua tacos are great as long as the tongue is cooked enough to be tender.  Not a fan of the rubbery little cubes I've gotten from some taco stands.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: dorothyc on October 11, 2015, 10:25:59 AM
I have a slight twist on this.  DH and I overspent this month on groceries (damn Costco!), and I want to make it up in October.  So, my goal for a family of five:

$600.00     October's monthly grocery allotment
-272.31      Amount overspent in September
-100.00      School lunches for October
$227.69    Total Amount Budgeted for October Groceries

This won't be easy, but should be doable as we have food in the pantry and freezer, including a turkey, and still have a box of veggies each week from the CSA (not sure when that stops, but sometime in October).  It'll be made a little more challenging by the fact that I'm hosting my mom and aunt for a long weekend, and we're taking friends to the cabin for another weekend, but with lots of planning and foresight (NOT my forte), we should be OK.

I'll check in periodically this month.

If you tell us what you hav, perhaps we can offer up ideas :).

This is me (Miss Two-Twenty-Seven Until November) and I've already fucked it up.  Made it until October 10.  I haven't quite figured out how to wrangle Costco.  I like going there, because some things are much cheaper than I can find at any of the other local grocery stores, but I ALWAYS OVERSPEND.

I put a turkey on (had been residing in my freezer forever--decided to cook it and get multiple meals out of it), did some menu planning for the next week (which includes entertaining my folks and an aunt for four days), and I went with a list of fill-in ingredients.  But then I wasn't thinking of the fact that everything you buy is in bulk, so instead of the one can of black olives I need for my recipe, I now have eight.  Same with diced tomatoes, quinoa, etc.  Grand total = $270.

But I did some things right, too, so I don't want to count it as a complete failure.  I went off a list, I didn't buy impulse purchases, and I didn't buy anything prepackaged (which, I'll be honest, we normally do).  So...a failure that with potential to redeem?  I've kicked the goal for ending up flush in the grocery budget into the next month, hoping I can get half-way there this and the rest of the way there by the end of next month.

Once I get through my houseguests, then I'll be looking for advice for some random ingredients.  I don't mind serving unusual combinations to my own immediate family, but prefer recognizable dishes for guests, thus all the fill-in ingredients.

Sounds fair enough. Consider it pantry principle shopping à la Amy Dacyczyn.  When I've needed to really stay on budget, because I only took cash with me, for example, I keep a running total on a calculator with the memory add and memory recall functions. As some things are taxable I can make mini calculations and get a more accurate total.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on October 11, 2015, 11:23:38 AM
I have a slight twist on this.  DH and I overspent this month on groceries (damn Costco!), and I want to make it up in October.  So, my goal for a family of five:

$600.00     October's monthly grocery allotment
-272.31      Amount overspent in September
-100.00      School lunches for October
$227.69    Total Amount Budgeted for October Groceries

This won't be easy, but should be doable as we have food in the pantry and freezer, including a turkey, and still have a box of veggies each week from the CSA (not sure when that stops, but sometime in October).  It'll be made a little more challenging by the fact that I'm hosting my mom and aunt for a long weekend, and we're taking friends to the cabin for another weekend, but with lots of planning and foresight (NOT my forte), we should be OK.

I'll check in periodically this month.

If you tell us what you hav, perhaps we can offer up ideas :).

This is me (Miss Two-Twenty-Seven Until November) and I've already fucked it up.  Made it until October 10.  I haven't quite figured out how to wrangle Costco.  I like going there, because some things are much cheaper than I can find at any of the other local grocery stores, but I ALWAYS OVERSPEND.

I put a turkey on (had been residing in my freezer forever--decided to cook it and get multiple meals out of it), did some menu planning for the next week (which includes entertaining my folks and an aunt for four days), and I went with a list of fill-in ingredients.  But then I wasn't thinking of the fact that everything you buy is in bulk, so instead of the one can of black olives I need for my recipe, I now have eight.  Same with diced tomatoes, quinoa, etc.  Grand total = $270.

But I did some things right, too, so I don't want to count it as a complete failure.  I went off a list, I didn't buy impulse purchases, and I didn't buy anything prepackaged (which, I'll be honest, we normally do).  So...a failure that with potential to redeem?  I've kicked the goal for ending up flush in the grocery budget into the next month, hoping I can get half-way there this and the rest of the way there by the end of next month.

Once I get through my houseguests, then I'll be looking for advice for some random ingredients.  I don't mind serving unusual combinations to my own immediate family, but prefer recognizable dishes for guests, thus all the fill-in ingredients.

Sounds like you hav a lot of different options. & in bulk, so should last a while. I really recommend switching out recipes for similar ingredients you already hav. Or better yet, forego recipes (,I don't use recipes, except if learn to make something like yogurt,;Soymilk, or really specific baking (sugar free, gluten free, and vegan ,). This is a really excellent time to get creative!
I tend to eat really simply, so these are the types of food I keep on hand:
I cook a largish amount of simple foods and combine daily in mydish with slight variations: some kind of legume, a grain, vegetables cooked & raw, fruits mostly. Also on hand: oats, some sort of spicy addition, and some alternative milk or yogurt.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SingleMomDebt on October 11, 2015, 12:45:32 PM
I still have $100 left in our food budget this month. But that will be cutting it close.

Need to stock up on beans, to continue making my "chipotle" salad bowls for dinner. Having a blast with that.

I'm determined to stay on budget this month. Not a lot of food in the house right now, but will do.

Making batches of both pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins to freeze/breakfast.

Have oatmeal. Quinoa. Red lentils. Wild rice... Kale... Salad lettuce.

Okay beans and I need more veggies. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Polaria on October 15, 2015, 06:18:28 AM
Also need to suck it up and figure out what to do with the heart and tongue from last year's beef quarter.

How about beef tongue in Madeira sauce, for example http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/member-recipes/recipe-detail/212/#gjC46iwvDSCdViM0.97

It is a Belgian/French recipe.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: seemsright on October 15, 2015, 01:26:12 PM
I am starting over. And this time as the food stores go down I am going to rethink how I shop, eat and cook. Learning how to keep a minimal kitchen has not been easy for me at all. I grew up in a house that never had any food and when I got on my own I kept my kitchen STOCKED. It has gotten better over the years. But I still keep way too much on hand.

It is time for me to learn and be at peace with only 10 options for dinner in my kitchen.
One step at a time in the journey called life.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on October 16, 2015, 08:19:41 AM
I'm the same way, seemsright!   Slowly getting better.  I still stock up when there are deals, but have simplified a lot.

Right now eating a jar of pears I canned last year.

The new beef quarter went in the freezer yesterday, but I'm going to challenge myself to use up all of last year's before opening g any new packages.

I won't mind demolishing the last two lamb chops, either.  Have been waiting for a day when DH is gone since there aren't enough for two.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: TealBlue on October 16, 2015, 08:45:37 AM
I'm in on this!  I have practically blown my grocery budget for this month already (on the 16th) and need to get my shit together so I don't go way over this month.  We took an unexpected shopping trip to a Trader Joes an hour from home when we were in that neighborhood and I spent a ton on snacks and frozen foods.  The next day we went to the pumpkin patch and I spent $35 on pumpkins, caramel corn and jams.  It was good since we're now stocked up for a while, but I have only $55 left in my budget!  I think it may be impossible to not go over but I need to make sure I don't go hundreds of dollars over!  So far, I've come up with a spicy udon veggie stir fry (have tons of udon noodles), a tapenade pasta (I bought olive tapenade at trader joes) and a French onion soup, since I have about 7 large sweet onions mom my gave me since she bought the Costco bag of them. 

I have three large butternut squashes from my grandma's garden.  I don't really want to do a soup since I have just recently made pumpkin bisque twice and I think my family is sick of it.  I know I am since I had to take the leftovers!  I found this recipe that I am going to try:

http://www.naivecookcooks.com/caramelised-butternut-squash-pizza-with-basil-pesto/

So now I just need about 10 other butternut squash recipes that aren't a soup. I had this one pinned and it looks amazing, however I would have to buy the shells and ricotta so we'll see.  Also, the only milk we have is almond milk so I'd have to figure out something there too. 

http://rachelschultz.com/2013/10/08/butternut-squash-ricotta-stuffed-shells/
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on October 16, 2015, 10:17:47 AM
I'm in on this!  I have practically blown my grocery budget for this month already (on the 16th) and need to get my shit together so I don't go way over this month.  We took an unexpected shopping trip to a Trader Joes an hour from home when we were in that neighborhood and I spent a ton on snacks and frozen foods.  The next day we went to the pumpkin patch and I spent $35 on pumpkins, caramel corn and jams.  It was good since we're now stocked up for a while, but I have only $55 left in my budget!  I think it may be impossible to not go over but I need to make sure I don't go hundreds of dollars over!  So far, I've come up with a spicy udon veggie stir fry (have tons of udon noodles), a tapenade pasta (I bought olive tapenade at trader joes) and a French onion soup, since I have about 7 large sweet onions mom my gave me since she bought the Costco bag of them. 

I have three large butternut squashes from my grandma's garden.  I don't really want to do a soup since I have just recently made pumpkin bisque twice and I think my family is sick of it.  I know I am since I had to take the leftovers!  I found this recipe that I am going to try:

http://www.naivecookcooks.com/caramelised-butternut-squash-pizza-with-basil-pesto/

So now I just need about 10 other butternut squash recipes that aren't a soup. I had this one pinned and it looks amazing, however I would have to buy the shells and ricotta so we'll see.  Also, the only milk we have is almond milk so I'd have to figure out something there too. 

http://rachelschultz.com/2013/10/08/butternut-squash-ricotta-stuffed-shells/

Butternut squash is actually excellent as a simple side dish:
Halve squashes and remove insides. Drizzle inside of squashes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, or whatever herbs or spices you have on hand. Bake, interior side down. Bake until soft and skin is a little crisp - fork will poke thru skin into flesh easily.
Roasted garlic is excellent accompaniment to this above dish. Leave whole garlic head completely intact, skin and all.
Cut small portion off non root end and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt etc and bake.
Also, as a sweet dessert , bake in similar fashion or peel, remove inside, and cut in med. sized pieces and simmer. Add  sugar, cinnamon, or whichever sweeter spices  you enjoy. Can eat only sqash or top with whipped creme or ice creme.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Faraday on October 16, 2015, 10:58:15 AM
Butternut squash is actually excellent as a simple side dish:
Halve squashes and remove insides. Drizzle inside of squashes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, or whatever herbs or spices you have on hand. Bake, interior side down. Bake until soft and skin is a little crisp - fork will poke thru skin into flesh easily.
Roasted garlic is excellent accompaniment to this above dish. Leave whole garlic head completely intact, skin and all.
Cut small portion off non root end and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt etc and bake.
Also, as a sweet dessert , bake in similar fashion or peel, remove inside, and cut in med. sized pieces and simmer. Add  sugar, cinnamon, or whichever sweeter spices  you enjoy. Can eat only sqash or top with whipped creme or ice creme.

I LOVE butternut squash with cinnamon. May I worship both of you now? :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: TealBlue on October 16, 2015, 01:39:05 PM
Thanks!  I'll give it a try!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on October 16, 2015, 09:13:09 PM
Butternut squash is actually excellent as a simple side dish:
Halve squashes and remove insides. Drizzle inside of squashes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, or whatever herbs or spices you have on hand. Bake, interior side down. Bake until soft and skin is a little crisp - fork will poke thru skin into flesh easily.
Roasted garlic is excellent accompaniment to this above dish. Leave whole garlic head completely intact, skin and all.
Cut small portion off non root end and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt etc and bake.
Also, as a sweet dessert , bake in similar fashion or peel, remove inside, and cut in med. sized pieces and simmer. Add  sugar, cinnamon, or whichever sweeter spices  you enjoy. Can eat only sqash or top with whipped creme or ice creme.

I LOVE butternut squash with cinnamon. May I worship both of you now? :-)

Yes. Ha!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Dollar Slice on October 16, 2015, 10:48:10 PM
So now I just need about 10 other butternut squash recipes that aren't a soup.

We made a recipe for Thanksgiving a few years back that was good and fairly inexpensive. You cube the squash, toss with sauteed onions and rosemary, throw it in a baking dish and top with cheddar cheese and breadcrumbs. (We adapted this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/butternut-squash-gratin-with-rosemary-breadcrumbs-104303  and just made it simpler/healthier with less butter, no sugar, less cheese, etc.)

I'm probably too late for the person looking for cucumber recipes, but I'll throw this out there anyway: one of my favorite salads to make is cucumber + tomato + walnuts + a little fresh goat cheese, tossed with a vinaigrette.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Faraday on October 17, 2015, 07:39:27 PM
So now I just need about 10 other butternut squash recipes that aren't a soup.

We made a recipe for Thanksgiving a few years back that was good and fairly inexpensive. You cube the squash, toss with sauteed onions and rosemary, throw it in a baking dish and top with cheddar cheese and breadcrumbs. (We adapted this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/butternut-squash-gratin-with-rosemary-breadcrumbs-104303  and just made it simpler/healthier with less butter, no sugar, less cheese, etc.)

I'm probably too late for the person looking for cucumber recipes, but I'll throw this out there anyway: one of my favorite salads to make is cucumber + tomato + walnuts + a little fresh goat cheese, tossed with a vinaigrette.

Throwing butternut-worshipful glances in your direction too, Ms. D. Slice!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on October 17, 2015, 11:23:42 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 ) .

Okay folks. I ran out of everything, so I replenished my supply. There's a sale 20% off all bulk items at the natural foods store my fiancé works, plus our 27% team member discount. I've got back into Zero Waste again recently, which means buying in bulk section with my own bags-. And buying my produce loose. Also, am vegan so i was doing much of my shopping in bulk section anyway. So I was able to get a couple pounds or so of all the usual suspects:


Oats, black beans, lentils, soy beans (for making soymilk etc), brown rice, quinoa, chickpeas, flax seeds, and a few cinnamon sticks (to tone down soy bean taste).

I will eat this supply before purchasing more food, except produce.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on October 17, 2015, 11:43:18 PM
I have so much food stashed all over the place  Today I rearranged the home-canned goods in the basement and brought some upstairs to increase their chances of getting used.  Am going to shoot for not buying any fresh fruit until I use up the berries in the freezer, the last couple melons from the garden and put a big dent in the canned peaches, pears and assorted fruit preserves, which I've been stirring into homemade yogurt.

Then there's the dry storage stuff like split peas, red lentils that I was obsessed with a couple years ago but haven't eaten lately, a giant bag of white rice etc, etc.  There are even some spaghetti squash from last year's garden that still appear to be good.  Need to cut one open and see.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: YellowCat on October 23, 2015, 11:57:21 AM
Here's one of my favorite savory butternut squash recipes (most are sweet): http://www.theppk.com/2012/10/roasted-butternut-alfredo/

It's also good used in lieu of pumpkin in baked goods or chunked and put into stews or chili. You can also peel it, chunk it up, and roast it in a 400 F oven for ~30-40 minutes with liberal amounts of olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and coriander if desired. Just stir once 1/2 way through roasting. Most veggies are good this way, actually :) In my house we roast everything we can find! Good luck.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: TealBlue on October 23, 2015, 12:07:56 PM
I tried the shells recipe I posted earlier and it was wonderful!  Will make again soon for sure!

http://rachelschultz.com/2013/10/08/butternut-squash-ricotta-stuffed-shells/

I am putting the roasted butternut alfredo on the menu for next week... yum!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: gaja on October 24, 2015, 09:57:39 AM
There was enough whale for two dinners. I sliced it thinly and seared it today, and served it as wraps with julienne carrots and swedes, with sweet and sour sauce.

Tomorrow will be a more traditional day, will heat the leftovers in a creamy sauce, and serve with mashed potatoes.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Reader on November 01, 2015, 09:19:21 AM
I've also been working on eating down the stash of various fruit preserves by mixing them into plain yogurt.  I got way overzealous with the jam-making when I first learned to can, but we never have toast, so there aren't many opportunities to use the stuff.

Thanks for the great idea! i have been wondering what to do with my half bottle of raspberry jam.

Oats, black beans, lentils, soy beans (for making soymilk etc), brown rice, quinoa, chickpeas, flax seeds, and a few cinnamon sticks (to tone down soy bean taste).
how do the cinnamon sticks work to tone down the soy bean taste? do you boil it with the soya milk?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on November 01, 2015, 12:41:17 PM
I've also been working on eating down the stash of various fruit preserves by mixing them into plain yogurt.  I got way overzealous with the jam-making when I first learned to can, but we never have toast, so there aren't many opportunities to use the stuff.

Thanks for the great idea! i have been wondering what to do with my half bottle of raspberry jam.

Oats, black beans, lentils, soy beans (for making soymilk etc), brown rice, quinoa, chickpeas, flax seeds, and a few cinnamon sticks (to tone down soy bean taste).
how do the cinnamon sticks work to tone down the soy bean taste? do you boil it with the soya milk?


Yes. I make soymilk (really easy to do) and when its ready to cook, I add a cinnamon stick and boil together for about 20 minutes. It counteracts the pungent soybean taste perfectly.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on November 11, 2015, 07:24:06 AM
Hi everyone, would love any ideas / recipes to use up ricotta cheese. I have a tub and have never used it before.

Would prefer main courses rather than deserts, but whatever you've got, throw it at me! Thanks.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: seemsright on November 11, 2015, 09:42:59 AM
Take some pasta...cook it up.
Take some pasta sauce (any would work homemade or from a jar) heat some up, take some greens put in hot sauce, dump in your ricotta cheese then take that mixture and mix in your pasta.

You will end up with a lasagna type thing.

I would just eat it with some peaches and honey and a spoon.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on November 11, 2015, 01:57:39 PM
Hi everyone, would love any ideas / recipes to use up ricotta cheese. I have a tub and have never used it before.

Would prefer main courses rather than deserts, but whatever you've got, throw it at me! Thanks.


Manicotti is really good. They're giant round noodles you can stuff .I can't figure out how to add a link, but Google recipes for manicotti. Really is very simple. Manicotti shells are stuffed with ricotta in casserole dish and baked.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on November 12, 2015, 04:13:05 AM
A baked pasta dish is a great idea, thank you both!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on November 12, 2015, 04:29:19 AM
I finally cracked open the can of light cocounut milk that I've had for over a year. I made my husband a pumpkin pie that was remarkably good if I do say so myself. I'm going to use the rest of the can for either some chia pudding or a curry veg stew. The stew calls for more cocunut milk than I have left, but I figured I'd just put more veg broth in... hope that won't make it weird. Of course, I could just reduce the whole recipe. Doh!

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: $40Kby40 on November 15, 2015, 01:52:51 AM
I work 12 hr night shifts and have gotten into the bad habit of not taking food or not wanting what I do take and running over to the grocery store in the middle of the night to get something else. This is both a waste of $ and not great for my waist as what I usually grab is junk food/candy.
I've got some vegetables, not much fruit, 2 lbs of hamburger meat, leftovers and some other random things in the house. I'm going to challenge myself to eat what I have for at least the next 10 days and not spend any $.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on November 15, 2015, 06:20:48 AM
I work 12 hr night shifts and have gotten into the bad habit of not taking food or not wanting what I do take and running over to the grocery store in the middle of the night to get something else. This is both a waste of $ and not great for my waist as what I usually grab is junk food/candy.
I've got some vegetables, not much fruit, 2 lbs of hamburger meat, leftovers and some other random things in the house. I'm going to challenge myself to eat what I have for at least the next 10 days and not spend any $.

Not sure which vegetables you have, but I have a great recipe for ground beef:
Tomato, bell pepper, scallions, garlic .I use a lot in terms of ratio : 1:1 vegetables to meat.  even amounts of each vegetable.. Dice. Sauté in pan for a minute or so.
Add the ground beef and generous amount of  mint leaves, a little chicken bouillon cube (& salt& pepper if desired) to taste. Stir until cooked.
I add diced green beans to vegetables in first step, they go well with the combination.
This dish is excellent with handmade tortillas &/or rice (Guatemalan dish). Or of course can use regular tortillas.
Or sometimes I fry potatoes to accompany.
Is also good as cold dish.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on November 16, 2015, 04:45:43 AM
Hi everyone, would love any ideas / recipes to use up ricotta cheese. I have a tub and have never used it before.

ricotta toasts with grilled zucchini & balsamic or za'tar
stuffed pasta shells with roast squash/sweet potato puree & parmesan
dolloped on pizza along with favourite toppings
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: $40Kby40 on November 18, 2015, 09:53:06 AM
Thanks riverffashion - that does sound good. I had the meat, leftover onion, and some green beans. So, that's what I got out of it and cooked some rice to go with it.

We have a kitchen area at work and I know the guys ordered chinese the other night so there should be soy sauce packets or something left around if I need to add some more flavor to it. I work tonight and tomorrow so I'll take enough tonight to last both days.
The last night I worked was Mon and it snowed all night so there was no temptation to leave and run to the grocery store.

Today is day 4 of my no spend challenge and I'm at $0.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Nancy on November 18, 2015, 11:47:17 AM
Made the curry soup recipe from Thug Kitchen. I added more spices to it, and I think it's quite tasty. Used up noodles and coconut milk.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on November 18, 2015, 04:56:58 PM

 Used half a jar of Alfredo sauce that needed to get use out of the fridge. Made spaghetti sauce with canned tomatoes, TVP, Alfredo, and spices.


Also cooked up and got into the freezer 10 pounds of chicken leg quarters.  That's shredded for future use now.  The bones are cooking over tonight for bone broth, and once they' we softened up enough, they're dog food. Tonight, the dogs got skin and fat and they're happy as clams. Also, I have created a monster, otherwise known as the world's happiest cat. I'm afraid I gave him scraps while I was separating out the chicken. I'll probably never work in peace in my kitchen again.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Reader on November 19, 2015, 05:22:38 AM
Also cooked up and got into the freezer 10 pounds of chicken leg quarters.  That's shredded for future use now.  The bones are cooking over tonight for bone broth, and once they' we softened up enough, they're dog food. Tonight, the dogs got skin and fat and they're happy as clams. Also, I have created a monster, otherwise known as the world's happiest cat. I'm afraid I gave him scraps while I was separating out the chicken. I'll probably never work in peace in my kitchen again.
that's quite a monster meal! i can imagine the waggy tails and purry cat as you're whipping all these up.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on November 19, 2015, 12:50:26 PM
Also cooked up and got into the freezer 10 pounds of chicken leg quarters.  That's shredded for future use now.  The bones are cooking over tonight for bone broth, and once they' we softened up enough, they're dog food. Tonight, the dogs got skin and fat and they're happy as clams. Also, I have created a monster, otherwise known as the world's happiest cat. I'm afraid I gave him scraps while I was separating out the chicken. I'll probably never work in peace in my kitchen again.
that's quite a monster meal! i can imagine the waggy tails and purry cat as you're whipping all these up.


 Oh they're happy, all right. And I made bone broth, cooking it overnight in the crockpot with enough apple cider vinegar to leach the bones, so they should be safe for doggy consumption tonight. Once the bones crumble between my fingers, I know they won't splinter inside the dogs.


Ironically, our supper last night was vegitarian! But we have quick convenience food in the freezer now.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on November 20, 2015, 02:14:23 AM
I'm eating out of the freezer again. Goal is to eat those ods and end that inevitably end up in there as I'm a "throw away no food" sort of household.

This week I ate quinoa salad with some cubes of salmon I froze because I simply couldn't eat more and they were on their use-by date and the last of some mozarella from a date-sale months ago. Also made thai pumpkin soup with all ingredients from the freezer. Tonight I'm in for a break with fajitas, but next week I'm tackling leftover black bean soup, chili and chickpeas.

If I find time I might make a big batch of rubarb&strawberry jam this weekend. Have a tub of frozen rubarb in there too..
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SeaEhm on November 29, 2015, 03:07:05 PM
haha- I haven't checked this forum in a while and just noticed this thread.

Earlier this week, I told my wife, "wow! there is nearly nothing in our pantry."

Then, today I found some cans of chunked pineapples in the pantry. I also remembered having some frozen chicken in the freezer, so I added some bar-b-cue sauce, pineapple, chicken, some seasonings, and potato chunks into a slow cooker and it's been cooking for the past couple of hours. 

Let's see how it turns out.  Worse comes to worst, I got rid of a few things that have just been sitting there.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on November 29, 2015, 03:12:15 PM
haha- I haven't checked this forum in a while and just noticed this thread.

Earlier this week, I told my wife, "wow! there is nearly nothing in our pantry."

Then, today I found some cans of chunked pineapples in the pantry. I also remembered having some frozen chicken in the freezer, so I added some bar-b-cue sauce, pineapple, chicken, some seasonings, and potato chunks into a slow cooker and it's been cooking for the past couple of hours. 

Let's see how it turns out.  Worse comes to worst, I got rid of a few things that have just been sitting there.

It sounds like it won't be long until you eat all the food in your house ha-ha.
The meal you've got cooking sounds good to me. Let us know how it turns out.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SeaEhm on November 29, 2015, 08:32:54 PM
haha- I haven't checked this forum in a while and just noticed this thread.

Earlier this week, I told my wife, "wow! there is nearly nothing in our pantry."

Then, today I found some cans of chunked pineapples in the pantry. I also remembered having some frozen chicken in the freezer, so I added some bar-b-cue sauce, pineapple, chicken, some seasonings, and potato chunks into a slow cooker and it's been cooking for the past couple of hours. 

Let's see how it turns out.  Worse comes to worst, I got rid of a few things that have just been sitting there.

It sounds like it won't be long until you eat all the food in your house ha-ha.
The meal you've got cooking sounds good to me. Let us know how it turns out.

5 hours later, I get an itch to do some research about cooking times.  This leads me to find articles about frozen chicken and slow cookers.  Next, I eventually find that the USDA does not recommend cooking frozen chicken in a slow cooker.  They talk about how slow cookers stay at a temperature that helps bacteria grow for long periods of time.

Basically, I found a way to make my house smell good for about 4 of those hours and learned a pretty good lesson to ALWAYS THAW YOUR MEATS!

I immediately looked at my wife and said, "Let's eat at In-N-out tonight."  20 seconds later, I see these tubes of Pillsbury crescent rolls and I get to town making some other food from the fridge.

This time, sliced chicken nuggets & cheese filled crescent rolls and another variation with slicked chicken nuggets, pineapples, and BBQ sauce (to redeem my other failure) haha

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Noodle on November 30, 2015, 05:38:36 PM
Last month was really expensive and, even though I have only been in my new place eight months, the food storage is overflowing. Time to pantry shop!

So far, I cleared out the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers for yesterday's lunch, and the last of a batch of Massaman curry for dinner. I had half an apple left over from another cooking project so I chopped that up and threw it in and it was really good! Today I finished up some quinoa and half of a container of black bean and sweet potato chili. I was thinking about the last slice of apple pie for dessert, but I may be too full.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on November 30, 2015, 05:39:19 PM
haha- I haven't checked this forum in a while and just noticed this thread.

Earlier this week, I told my wife, "wow! there is nearly nothing in our pantry."

Then, today I found some cans of chunked pineapples in the pantry. I also remembered having some frozen chicken in the freezer, so I added some bar-b-cue sauce, pineapple, chicken, some seasonings, and potato chunks into a slow cooker and it's been cooking for the past couple of hours. 

Let's see how it turns out.  Worse comes to worst, I got rid of a few things that have just been sitting there.

It sounds like it won't be long until you eat all the food in your house ha-ha.
The meal you've got cooking sounds good to me. Let us know how it turns out.

5 hours later, I get an itch to do some research about cooking times.  This leads me to find articles about frozen chicken and slow cookers.  Next, I eventually find that the USDA does not recommend cooking frozen chicken in a slow cooker.  They talk about how slow cookers stay at a temperature that helps bacteria grow for long periods of time.

Basically, I found a way to make my house smell good for about 4 of those hours and learned a pretty good lesson to ALWAYS THAW YOUR MEATS!

I immediately looked at my wife and said, "Let's eat at In-N-out tonight."  20 seconds later, I see these tubes of Pillsbury crescent rolls and I get to town making some other food from the fridge.

This time, sliced chicken nuggets & cheese filled crescent rolls and another variation with slicked chicken nuggets, pineapples, and BBQ sauce (to redeem my other failure) haha


If that advice about not slow cooking frozen chicken were really accurate, I should have died twice a week for about the last decade.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on December 01, 2015, 08:24:20 AM
Used up frozen chick-peas, some chicken stock and a bag of frozen pumpkin for a Moroccan stew this weekend. Today I'm freezing the last of the sauce (there somehow is always more sause than meat) for minestrone soup. I know it's "free" food and I know I hate waste, but leftovers from eating out the freezer somehow still really bothers me. Feels like that freezer will never empty.

Oh, well.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on December 01, 2015, 03:41:12 PM
Used up frozen chick-peas, some chicken stock and a bag of frozen pumpkin for a Moroccan stew this weekend. Today I'm freezing the last of the sauce (there somehow is always more sause than meat) for minestrone soup. I know it's "free" food and I know I hate waste, but leftovers from eating out the freezer somehow still really bothers me. Feels like that freezer will never empty.

Oh, well.

I quite like chicken soup with beans or chickpeas or lentils thrown in - I do cook the beans separate though (and from scratch).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on December 02, 2015, 04:29:33 PM
Used up frozen chick-peas, some chicken stock and a bag of frozen pumpkin for a Moroccan stew this weekend. Today I'm freezing the last of the sauce (there somehow is always more sause than meat) for minestrone soup. I know it's "free" food and I know I hate waste, but leftovers from eating out the freezer somehow still really bothers me. Feels like that freezer will never empty.

Oh, well.

I quite like chicken soup with beans or chickpeas or lentils thrown in - I do cook the beans separate though (and from scratch).
I dub any soup with stock, herbs and beans/chickpeas "minestrone". I'll add any meat I have - chorizo, meatballs, chicken or just veggies. My absolute favourite soup in the world: odds-and-ends soup heavy on the herbs.

I too cook my own beans from scratch. The tinned ones just doesn't taste the same.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on December 02, 2015, 08:15:41 PM
Used up frozen chick-peas, some chicken stock and a bag of frozen pumpkin for a Moroccan stew this weekend. Today I'm freezing the last of the sauce (there somehow is always more sause than meat) for minestrone soup. I know it's "free" food and I know I hate waste, but leftovers from eating out the freezer somehow still really bothers me. Feels like that freezer will never empty.

Oh, well.

I quite like chicken soup with beans or chickpeas or lentils thrown in - I do cook the beans separate though (and from scratch).
I dub any soup with stock, herbs and beans/chickpeas "minestrone". I'll add any meat I have - chorizo, meatballs, chicken or just veggies. My absolute favourite soup in the world: odds-and-ends soup heavy on the herbs.

I too cook my own beans from scratch. The tinned ones just doesn't taste the same.

Yes, cooking simply  from scratch is healthy, delicious, cost effective, and little effort on my part (at least my cooking anyway!) . I mostly eat vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. With a little fruit from time to time. When I feel like a little " extravagance " I will make yogurt or soymilk or the like. (Also simple to make, though more steps required. )
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Zamboni on December 28, 2015, 04:11:00 PM
Oy, time for me to start this challenge again!

At a minimum, I must get to the bottom and back of my freezer. I spent more than ever on food this past year, and a good portion of it seems to be stashed away.

Today I made spicy turkey stew with the leftover carcass from Christmas Eve. Tomorrow we'll probably have turkey again, but with the last of the stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy that will hopefully be edible from the drippings I saved. It's amazing how much food is on a medium sized turkey.

On the short term future agenda:
quiches to use up the frozen spinach and two pie crusts
swedish meatballs from IKEA (why oh why did I buy those???!!!) & potatoes
cranberry chicken
chicken jambalaya with parker house rolls
french dips
pasta with meat sauce
pasta with meal balls
pizza
ham and cheese omelets
chana masala and rice
various soups
buffalo chicken wings
smoothies
salad with salmon on top
chocolate chip cookies
oatmeal cookies

I think, to make all of that, the only thing I will need to buy is sub rolls for the French dips. And that's just what I can think of off the top of my head as I haven't even gone to look in there.

It's a ridiculous life of luxury and opulence that I lead. It will be interested to see what I end up spending on groceries this month. Surely, if I really felt creative, I could spend $0. Craziness.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: GoConfidently on December 28, 2015, 08:17:05 PM
I've been unofficially following along since mid-November. I don't buy a lot of food but I also get lazy about cooking the same stuff all the time so I thought this would be a nice challenge. I cooked a pound of dry pinto beans and some rice today. Tomorrow I'm making a quiche with spinach and pork sausage and a left over pie crust from thanksgiving. I have a lot of breakfast food left and some beef stew in the freezer. I can easily make  it to January 4 (my goal date) but coffee is running low.  Life is too short to not have coffee in the morning. I still have a ridiculous amount of baking supplies, but I don't want to gain 10 pounds so I'm ok with that staying for now. If I buy a small amount of groceries this week ($20) I can make enough meals to last a long time and I have some time off this week to cook and freeze.

My grocery list for $20:
Whole chicken
Jar of pasta sauce
Veggies
Milk
Ricotta cheese
Coffee
Eggs

Meals that will make:
Roasted chicken (1/4 eaten as is, some reserved for soup/chicken salad, stock)
Roasted veg and quinoa salad
Lasagna
Mexican chicken soup
Chicken noodle soup
Tuscan sausage and kale soup

Add those to what I already have, and I'm good for at least four weeks but longer if I'm diligent. Good thing I like soup.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Zamboni on January 03, 2016, 05:07:03 PM
Okay, here is a story of pure ridiculousness:

French dips was on my list of things to make and I had everything but the rolls. So, I took advantage of an opportunistic purchase of some awesome looking wheat sub rolls at the Dollar Store of all places. Totally random purchase, since I was there to get a pregnancy test. Supposedly the Dollar Store pregnancy tests work just fine, and according to it I am not pregnant, which is a good thing.

Anyway, the brand name fancy pants sub rolls were there just by chance and I got home all stoked to thaw the beef roast . . . but then I couldn't find it in my dinky freezer. Dug around under some stuff. Looked in the freezer door. WTF? Where did it go? Did I thaw it already?  Hmmm, no. Maybe I used it and I forgot? Weird.

So, when I was out the next day getting some beer, I bought another roast (bonus points for it being on super sale.) No, my beer consumption has nothing at all to do with needing a pregnancy test. Got home all psyched to make French dips au jus  tomorrow in the slow cooker. And then I got some ice from my drink . . . and there was the other roast, the one I was looking for in vain, frozen solid and for some reason in the ice cube bin, stashed below the ice cube tray.

Oh yes, definitely time to clean out my stash of provisions.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on January 04, 2016, 05:13:00 AM
My goal for this week is to meal plan as many meals as I can for January using items out of the pantry and freezer. I have so many tins. The freezer is mainly meat, so I will have a lot of veggies to buy.

I was really good with Christmas leftovers, and the only thing remaining is some smoked salmon. I opened the packet on December 29th, so I'm wary of using it... but then it was so expensive it will annoy me to throw it away (not to even think of wasting food which I hate as well).

I thought maybe I could cook it up in some pasta and that would kill anything nasty? Probably better than eating it raw. Hmmm. Or a quiche? Or would you all throw it out and be done with it?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on January 04, 2016, 07:56:51 AM
My goal for this week is to meal plan as many meals as I can for January using items out of the pantry and freezer. I have so many tins. The freezer is mainly meat, so I will have a lot of veggies to buy.

I was really good with Christmas leftovers, and the only thing remaining is some smoked salmon. I opened the packet on December 29th, so I'm wary of using it... but then it was so expensive it will annoy me to throw it away (not to even think of wasting food which I hate as well).

I thought maybe I could cook it up in some pasta and that would kill anything nasty? Probably better than eating it raw. Hmmm. Or a quiche? Or would you all throw it out and be done with it?

Is it cold or hot smoked? I would have no problems eating hot smoked salmon that has been in the fridge for that long, mostly because I'm the only one that likes it in the house, so if I open a package it usually takes me that long to eat it with no ill effects. I would cook it though. Put it in an omelette, pasta or make some baked eggs or something!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 04, 2016, 09:34:04 AM
Okay, here is a story of pure ridiculousness:

French dips was on my list of things to make and I had everything but the rolls. So, I took advantage of an opportunistic purchase of some awesome looking wheat sub rolls at the Dollar Store of all places. Totally random purchase, since I was there to get a pregnancy test. Supposedly the Dollar Store pregnancy tests work just fine, and according to it I am not pregnant, which is a good thing.

Anyway, the brand name fancy pants sub rolls were there just by chance and I got home all stoked to thaw the beef roast . . . but then I couldn't find it in my dinky freezer. Dug around under some stuff. Looked in the freezer door. WTF? Where did it go? Did I thaw it already?  Hmmm, no. Maybe I used it and I forgot? Weird.

So, when I was out the next day getting some beer, I bought another roast (bonus points for it being on super sale.) No, my beer consumption has nothing at all to do with needing a pregnancy test. Got home all psyched to make French dips au jus  tomorrow in the slow cooker. And then I got some ice from my drink . . . and there was the other roast, the one I was looking for in vain, frozen solid and for some reason in the ice cube bin, stashed below the ice cube tray.

Oh yes, definitely time to clean out my stash of provisions.

This is hilarious:) . and yes sounds like a good time to get through it all. Glad you're not pregnant by the way!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 04, 2016, 10:43:40 AM
LOL!  Yay for not being pregnant!  (If you don't want to be that is, LOL.)

I also have been focusing on leftovers and freezer stash.  We're gaining plastic containers! :)  It was nice having 3 days off.

Christmas leftover ham went towards lunch meat, an omelet, and ham hock and beans.  Froze half of the latter.

Spaghetti sauce for tomorrow used up a cup of leftover Ragu (from October) from the freezer.

DH ate leftover corn from the freezer last night and will do so again tonight.

Brought a leftover cheeseburger patty from the freezer for lunch today.

Homemade biscuits used up the rest of the flour on Saturday.

Homemade low carb pizza crust used up the rest of the cream cheese last night.

We're currently using up several cups of cheddar I shredded earlier in December and froze before the holiday busyness.

Wednesday I'll make some sort of slow cooker meal with smoked sausage.

This weekend will be eggs Lorraine to use frozen spinach.

I'm going to take a stab at homemade bacon vinaigrette sometime this week instead of buying bottled. :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on January 04, 2016, 06:23:24 PM
Decided to switch to dried chickpeas instead of canned.  So last night I soaked them, and this evening I put them on the stove to simmer while we opened a new account for the SO's TFSA.

Towards the end we both noticed a burning smell.

The chickpeas are ok, just a bit of char, but the pot is now soaking with baking soda.  I love that pot and I hope it survives.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Maya on January 08, 2016, 07:03:14 AM
Need to get through our pantry as we move cross-country in 6 months or so. eek!

This week has gone well so far. $36 for groceries. Having friends over for dinner on the weekend so I'm going to do pulled pork with beans, buns, sweet potato fries, and coleslaw. I'll just have to pick up some cabbage and attempt making coleslaw myself.

 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on January 08, 2016, 08:02:34 AM
Did a full pantry audit. Sat down with that and the freezer list. Came up with about 5 complete meals (and countless I need to purchase perishables for). Naturally, I forgot to take anything out of the freezer last night...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: pbkmaine on January 08, 2016, 08:26:01 AM

I have so much food stashed all over the place  Today I rearranged the home-canned goods in the basement and brought some upstairs to increase their chances of getting used.  Am going to shoot for not buying any fresh fruit until I use up the berries in the freezer, the last couple melons from the garden and put a big dent in the canned peaches, pears and assorted fruit preserves, which I've been stirring into homemade yogurt.

Then there's the dry storage stuff like split peas, red lentils that I was obsessed with a couple years ago but haven't eaten lately, a giant bag of white rice etc, etc.  There are even some spaghetti squash from last year's garden that still appear to be good.  Need to cut one open and see.

Lentils are good in chili, sloppy joes and to replace some of the beans in bean soup. I mix cooked spaghetti squash with pasta in recipes.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 08, 2016, 01:40:44 PM
Went hard core in the pantry:

An unopened 5 pound bag of flour from last month's holiday baking will be donated to the food bank.

Half bags of leftover popcorn and white chocolate chips also from baking (and caramel corn!) will go to my sister (I'm a low carber and want the stuff out of my house).

Been drinking more green tea to use it up.

There are some leftover single serve punch mix envelopes from Christmas Eve's pinata I'll donate to the food bank, too.

Last night's beer cheddar soup used a bottle of homemade beer someone gave us for Christmas.

Last night's pecan crusted pork chops used 2/3 of a bag of leftover pecans from last month's baking.

There are still more odds and ends in the freezer which I'll focus on this weekend for next week's meals.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SondraF on January 08, 2016, 01:53:54 PM
We, too, have to move in a few months and between that, a tiny kitchen and fridge, and wanting to eat better/save money by having food already cooked, I've been trying to clear out the pantry and fridge too.  Cooked up a bag of pintos earlier in the week and made a crazy good soup that used up some pintos, shallots + garlic left over from xmas, celery and carrots hanging around post xmas, and some vermicelli im trying to use up.  Here is recipe if anyone wants to try (we did on stove top about 45 minutes one night after work) - its very flexible and I could see a lot of different ways you could use up veggies in it:

http://www.culinaryhill.com/slow-cooker-pasta-and-bean-soup/

I have a box of instant miso soup a friend sent from Trader Joes.  Not reeeaalll sure what to do with it!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Zamboni on January 09, 2016, 10:03:36 AM
^Lol I've had two "packets" of miso soup that someone randomly gave me in my cupboard for about two years. All kinds of little odds and ends of gifted foods seem to have accumulated here.

So far this month I've spend $42 on groceries for 3-4 people (my other half doesn't always eat here, so can't count him as a full person on the bill.) That's just over a $1 per person per day spent in addition to using up what we have, and there is still a TON of food here!

I'm going to have to pitch some long expired yogurt that got tucked behind something. Sad. I hate wasting food.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SondraF on January 09, 2016, 01:21:35 PM
Im still not real sure why she sent it - was supposed to be a care package and I dont eat a lot of soy and never requested it!  Ah well, maybe I will try throwing in some of my edamame in the freezer, my vermicelli, and some spinach into the instant miso soup and see if that can make it appealing!

I do love the challenge of pantry cooking. Sometimes some excellent recipes are born.

Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 09, 2016, 01:47:10 PM
We, too, have to move in a few months and between that, a tiny kitchen and fridge, and wanting to eat better/save money by having food already cooked, I've been trying to clear out the pantry and fridge too.  Cooked up a bag of pintos earlier in the week and made a crazy good soup that used up some pintos, shallots + garlic left over from xmas, celery and carrots hanging around post xmas, and some vermicelli im trying to use up.  Here is recipe if anyone wants to try (we did on stove top about 45 minutes one night after work) - its very flexible and I could see a lot of different ways you could use up veggies in it:

http://www.culinaryhill.com/slow-cooker-pasta-and-bean-soup/

I have a box of instant miso soup a friend sent from Trader Joes.  Not reeeaalll sure what to do with it!

Miso soup is meant for sipping pretty much as is. If the packet doesn't contain scallions or tofu, ad a teeny bit of these.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on January 11, 2016, 03:18:44 AM
I need to get back to this. My freezer needs defrosting and it's currently so full of "stuff" that I simply can't be bothered. Also bought a lot of "just in case" food for the holidays and ended up using hardly any of it so I had to either watch it go to waste or toss it in freezer... Oh, well, at least I have food.

Took out a bag of chickpeas, white beans and some stock yesterday for minestrone. Next on my list are some carrots that's getting old - I'm considering either putting them in a fish&calamari curry (I'm stuggeling with that calamari - I bough a bag to test and I don't much care for it, so if anyone has a good recipe I'd be gratefull) or roasting them.

Also made chestnut spread with the chestnuts that's been lingering for a year in my pantry. Delicious stuff - and so simple.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on January 11, 2016, 06:30:06 AM
I have a can (28.8?) of tomatoes that I bought on sale about a year ago because "it's a pantry staple".  Obviously not in my house.  There are only two of us, we don't eat pasta with red sauce and I greatly dislike tomato soup.  We don't eat the same thing over and over for dinner - extras are usually put into the freezer for another week (this would not be a problem in my sister's house where they routinely are feeding 7 or 8 people at dinner).

Suggestions?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Ebrat on January 11, 2016, 09:58:46 AM
I have a can (28.8?) of tomatoes that I bought on sale about a year ago because "it's a pantry staple".  Obviously not in my house.  There are only two of us, we don't eat pasta with red sauce and I greatly dislike tomato soup.  We don't eat the same thing over and over for dinner - extras are usually put into the freezer for another week (this would not be a problem in my sister's house where they routinely are feeding 7 or 8 people at dinner).

Suggestions?

I made this a couple weeks ago and liked it: http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Slow-Cooker-White-Chicken-Chili-6616.html  It's not super tomato-y
Title: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: pbkmaine on January 11, 2016, 10:05:23 AM
I find that tomatoes make beef soup taste "beefier". I will buy a pot roast on sale, cut it up into small cubes and brown, then put with pan juices in a big pot, add an enormous can of tomatoes, a couple of cans (or a bag, soaked overnight) of beans and whatever vegetables are in my fridge, pantry or freezer. Simmer until beef is tender. I then portion out and freeze. Makes a great quick lunch or dinner.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 11, 2016, 11:08:59 AM
^Lol I've had two "packets" of miso soup that someone randomly gave me in my cupboard for about two years. All kinds of little odds and ends of gifted foods seem to have accumulated here.

So far this month I've spend $42 on groceries for 3-4 people (my other half doesn't always eat here, so can't count him as a full person on the bill.) That's just over a $1 per person per day spent in addition to using up what we have, and there is still a TON of food here!

I'm going to have to pitch some long expired yogurt that got tucked behind something. Sad. I hate wasting food.

Same here, Zamboni.  We usually do okay, unless life is crazy busy, DH and I are out of town or whatnot.  Last month I tossed some Romaine, zucchini and a few berries we didn't get to in time.  And it looks like I'll have to toss some leftovers here at the office I forgot to take home Friday.  Last week I tossed half a head of garlic because it became "fuzzy" at the top?  :S
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 11, 2016, 01:26:57 PM
I need to get back to this. My freezer needs defrosting and it's currently so full of "stuff" that I simply can't be bothered. Also bought a lot of "just in case" food for the holidays and ended up using hardly any of it so I had to either watch it go to waste or toss it in freezer... Oh, well, at least I have food.

Took out a bag of chickpeas, white beans and some stock yesterday for minestrone. Next on my list are some carrots that's getting old - I'm considering either putting them in a fish&calamari curry (I'm stuggeling with that calamari - I bough a bag to test and I don't much care for it, so if anyone has a good recipe I'd be gratefull) or roasting them.

Also made chestnut spread with the chestnuts that's been lingering for a year in my pantry. Delicious stuff - and so simple.

How about carrot juice. Sweet & delicious on its own or add apple and ginger.
Also, carrots (and any veg, also pineapple) are excellent on the grill.
Or
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on January 11, 2016, 03:11:36 PM

How about carrot juice. Sweet & delicious on its own or add apple and ginger.
Also, carrots (and any veg, also pineapple) are excellent on the grill.
Or
Oh, yes, grilled pineapple is one of my favourites. I long for warm weather - right now it's midwinter and every other lake is frozen solid. No grill for me for another 3.5 months. I cook them on the pan, but it's not the same.

Apple, ginger and a juicer I have, though. Will make juice for my guests tomorow. People always love fresh juice and I tend to forget I have my juicer, for some reason. Thanks.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 11, 2016, 03:39:41 PM
Ideas needed: Attempted to use my Instant Pot for the first time for black beans and brown rice. Problems getting a seal on the pot required much troubleshooting and the end product is pretty bad :-(  Basically the beans are just cooked enough, the rice is complete mush, and it's pretty soupy. Some of it burned/crusted on the bottom too, I threw that part away.

Any ideas for rescue/repurpose? I was originally planning tacos/burritos but it's way too wet/mushy...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: pbkmaine on January 11, 2016, 04:02:14 PM
Make it the starting point for a batch of chili.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on January 12, 2016, 03:12:30 AM
Ideas needed: Attempted to use my Instant Pot for the first time for black beans and brown rice. Problems getting a seal on the pot required much troubleshooting and the end product is pretty bad :-(  Basically the beans are just cooked enough, the rice is complete mush, and it's pretty soupy. Some of it burned/crusted on the bottom too, I threw that part away.

Any ideas for rescue/repurpose? I was originally planning tacos/burritos but it's way too wet/mushy...
How about soup? I mean: wouldn't it suit as a base for taco soup or black bean soup? Both contain a lot of spices that should suit beans and rice.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 12, 2016, 03:25:42 AM
Ideas needed: Attempted to use my Instant Pot for the first time for black beans and brown rice. Problems getting a seal on the pot required much troubleshooting and the end product is pretty bad :-(  Basically the beans are just cooked enough, the rice is complete mush, and it's pretty soupy. Some of it burned/crusted on the bottom too, I threw that part away.

Any ideas for rescue/repurpose? I was originally planning tacos/burritos but it's way too wet/mushy...
How about soup? I mean: wouldn't it suit as a base for taco soup or black bean soup? Both contain a lot of spices that should suit beans and rice.

I second this. I'd make a separate soup (with lots of broth) with chicken, carrots, celery, spinach, etc . - then I would throw the rice/beans in when it's done.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MaryByrne on January 12, 2016, 10:20:51 AM
Instead of buying ground beef to make spaghetti last night, My mom and I made peanut butter stir fry. Instead of buying a stir fry produce pack with carrots, broccoli and pea pods we used the broccoli crown in our fridge and half our baby carrots bought for a snack but too watery to eat. We also tried a slightly more expensive ramen style noodle (for the convenience) which is closer to the texture of real healthier asian noodles we could get for cheap in exotic food section at grocery store. Tonight we're making baked potatoes and using only things in our fridge as toppings. Sour cream from chili/nachos from the friday/weekend and leftover chili that we froze.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: swick on January 12, 2016, 01:04:02 PM
***Preserved Lemon***
 A little chopped up lemon peel and a few dribbles of the salty liquid on roasted potatoes are AMAZING! New awesome discovery for us!

Unfortunately, our "eat" all the food in our house challenge has turned into "get rid of"all the food in our house. Due to some new dietary restrictions, there is a bunch of stuff we don't want in the house anymore and are probably not going to eat.   

On the bright side, we are making quick progress! We have been giving away lots to the food bank, and friends and family. There have been a few things we have had no takers on, or were more chemical than food anyway. Those things we have thrown out. I don't feel good about that, but we will not be buying it again and it is not hanging around cluttering up our kitchen or our lives.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on January 21, 2016, 05:49:48 AM
Confession: I love testing new food. And drink. I also love tea. Because of this I have over 20 different tea types. Most of them in the quantity of 40+ cups. This has been status quoe for years, yet only last week I bought a new type. I'm a tea-hoarder. Will force myself to drink what I have before getting more. It will be very, very hard...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 21, 2016, 11:19:00 AM
Confession: I love testing new food. And drink. I also love tea. Because of this I have over 20 different tea types. Most of them in the quantity of 40+ cups. This has been status quoe for years, yet only last week I bought a new type. I'm a tea-hoarder. Will force myself to drink what I have before getting more. It will be very, very hard...

I'm sure I hav nothing close to what you have, but I do have a fully stocked cabinet of tea & coffee. I will say that I bought very little of it, much has been gifted. However, I hav been drinking what we have down - the green & black varieties mostly. I don't go for the fruit flavored tea's but future hubby does so he's been drinking those down as well.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Mongoose on January 25, 2016, 01:42:35 PM
I'm toying with the idea of jumping in...but" to be honest, I have a bit of paranoia about my kids and food (oldest has celiac and I worry about her food security... I know, it's absurd!). I need to get DH involved (or make sure he's cool with it at least). We have a very limited budget right now and quite a bit of food stocks. Makes sense to use them up.

I'm guessing we'll be in for some pretty weird meals as I have an eclectic mix. I'm going to allow restocking of flours (I sometimes have supply issues with GF flours) and purchasing milk, cheese, and some produce (although we shouldn't need much since I have some frozen from a friends garden). May end up allowing buying ingredients to finish a dish.

I'm so sick of beans right now I honestly never want to see them again. But, we have several pounds left, so I just started some more soaking. I can't wait to run out of dried beans (we prefer lentils but I bought these on sale quite awhile ago).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 26, 2016, 02:42:24 PM
I'm toying with the idea of jumping in...but" to be honest, I have a bit of paranoia about my kids and food (oldest has celiac and I worry about her food security... I know, it's absurd!). I need to get DH involved (or make sure he's cool with it at least). We have a very limited budget right now and quite a bit of food stocks. Makes sense to use them up.

I'm guessing we'll be in for some pretty weird meals as I have an eclectic mix. I'm going to allow restocking of flours (I sometimes have supply issues with GF flours) and purchasing milk, cheese, and some produce (although we shouldn't need much since I have some frozen from a friends garden). May end up allowing buying ingredients to finish a dish.

I'm so sick of beans right now I honestly never want to see them again. But, we have several pounds left, so I just started some more soaking. I can't wait to run out of dried beans (we prefer lentils but I bought these on sale quite awhile ago).


what kinds of things do you have? we can help with meal ideas :)

i'll add, in terms of beans- i've always cooked everything from scratch- a recipe idea:
cook the beans as normal, then saute some onion and add the beans with a little oil and smash to create refried beans (what kinds of beans do you have btw? this could work with black, pinto, red, white, pink) .add a little bit of chicken boullion cube and salt to taste . make dough with corn masa (this is okay for your daughter i think but idk- another option that would work is rice flour). corn masa and water to make the dough, thick enough to work with but not to crumble. use corn husk or banana leaves(banana is better imo because of the flavor it adds). place some masa inside of the leaves (which need to be soaked a little in warm water first to soften for bendability). spoon some beans onto the masa and fold leaves around and close leaf. place a layer of leaves in the bottom of a large pot and then layer and stack the tamales. then add water just until you can see it in the pot. cook on medium setting on the stovetop. usually takes around 45-1hr. but i would check on them- when masa is cooked, it becomes a stiffer with a rubbery like feel to it. these are pretty filling. delicious as a snack or a meal with maybe rice or similar and salsa and maybe a salad.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 26, 2016, 04:00:31 PM
Focus on the freezer and pantry continues:

Been using the fresh blueberries I froze last June.  Made some blueberry crepes Sunday, and have been putting some in my vodka.  :D

Poured out two unopened bottles of sugar free Da Vinci syrups I didn't get to in time.

Been remembering to pull out proteins two days before I use them to allow for adequate thawing time.

Finally used the canned crab I bought last fall by mixing it with cream cheese and sour cream to use as a cucumber smear.

Made homemade refried beans for the first time using Budget Bytes' dried pinto beans recipe.  DH actually liked them.  :)

The chicken noodle soup I stockpile came in handy this week because DH has been sick.

Made my own taco seasoning spice blend rather than buying the $1 envelope with fillers.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on January 26, 2016, 04:43:41 PM
How on earth did I acumulate so much rice, pasta and grains? Will take months to go through it all. Made fried rice yesterday and have enough for lunches all week.

Anyone have a good recipe for couscous? So far bland and sticky is all I have to say for it, and I still need to eat half the package...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 26, 2016, 05:05:39 PM
Been using the fresh blueberries I froze last June.  Made some blueberry crepes Sunday, and have been putting some in my vodka.  :D


Blueberry-infused gin is really good, if you like gin... :-)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: fitfrugalfab on January 26, 2016, 07:30:53 PM
My DH and I were snowed in over the weekend and we're about there!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on January 26, 2016, 08:13:08 PM
How on earth did I acumulate so much rice, pasta and grains? Will take months to go through it all. Made fried rice yesterday and have enough for lunches all week.

Anyone have a good recipe for couscous? So far bland and sticky is all I have to say for it, and I still need to eat half the package...

Cook it with broth for more flavor, I like it plain with butter though... if it's sticky you may not have let it cook long enough? It should dry out and be quite fluffy.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on January 26, 2016, 11:07:52 PM
How on earth did I acumulate so much rice, pasta and grains? Will take months to go through it all. Made fried rice yesterday and have enough for lunches all week.

Anyone have a good recipe for couscous? So far bland and sticky is all I have to say for it, and I still need to eat half the package...

Cook it with broth for more flavor, I like it plain with butter though... if it's sticky you may not have let it cook long enough? It should dry out and be quite fluffy.

I agree, couscous shouldn't be sticky.  Maybe too much water?  My approach to cooking it is to add boiling water (quantity as per package directions) then cover it and let it sit until all the water is absorbed.

I also like couscous plain, with butter (margarine) and a little salt.  But yes, it is bland. 

Just like plain rice, it does a nice job accompanying a spicy, flavourful chili, or some kind of curry.

I also sometimes make it, let it cool, then add chopped cucumber, tomato, feta, and a little Italian dressing to make a couscous salad.  Feta makes everything bettah!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: YogiKitti on January 27, 2016, 04:13:41 AM
How on earth did I acumulate so much rice, pasta and grains? Will take months to go through it all. Made fried rice yesterday and have enough for lunches all week.

Anyone have a good recipe for couscous? So far bland and sticky is all I have to say for it, and I still need to eat half the package...

I love adding couscous to my pumpkin soup! So it might be good in any sort of creamy soup.


I am joining this challenge because my pantry is overly stocked and its slightly annoying having to dig through things to find what I want.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Mongoose on January 27, 2016, 06:07:49 AM
what kinds of things do you have? we can help with meal ideas :)

Well, frozen sliced peaches that I can make into cobbler (have a good gluten free recipe for that). We don't normally eat dessert so the cobbler/meat thing seems weird. Other than that not sure what to do with it.

The sliced frozen plums can go in stir fry but we have so many that I'll never use them up at this rate.

I make tamales when I have the time but use corn husks. Having time is a real problem. Never had banana leaves before to use. Maybe it would be a good way to disguise some of those much despised beans. We have black, great northern and pinto beans. DH and I are from Texas and sadly we even dislike refried beans. Or bean tamales but we'll get over that.

We have a "lamb" (probably really more of a sheep at maybe over a year old). I'm more than a little weirded out by it. We got it from a local guy and, I think it's okay but the guy included everything. It was all bagged separately but the first bag I opened was staring back at me (fine normally but not especially when I was expecting a hunk of meat). The rumen/gut was also included...again it wouldn't normally be a problem but they left the content intact and it was putrifying. DH froze the meat and I've been avoiding it. I'm not quite sure that the initial butchering was ok. On the bright side, it was free...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on January 27, 2016, 08:49:20 AM
I'm jumping in for the month of February! I am going to inventory my freezer/fridge/pantry this weekend and see what I've got. DH and I have high protein intake requirements (bodybuilding for both of us) but I stocked up on meat this month, we'll just need to keep buying eggs(we eat 4-5 dozen a week), milk and the occasional item to complete a recipe. My stretch goal is to keep spending under $200 this month.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 28, 2016, 01:10:16 PM
Focus on the freezer and pantry continues:

Been using the fresh blueberries I froze last June.  Made some blueberry crepes Sunday, and have been putting some in my vodka.  :D

Poured out two unopened bottles of sugar free Da Vinci syrups I didn't get to in time.

Been remembering to pull out proteins two days before I use them to allow for adequate thawing time.

Finally used the canned crab I bought last fall by mixing it with cream cheese and sour cream to use as a cucumber smear.

Made homemade refried beans for the first time using Budget Bytes' dried pinto beans recipe.  DH actually liked them.  :)

The chicken noodle soup I stockpile came in handy this week because DH has been sick.

Made my own taco seasoning spice blend rather than buying the $1 envelope with fillers.

blueberries are one of my favourites! blueberries are a fabulous addition to smoothies, also in oatmeal (i add after, i dont enjoy cooked fruit in my oats).
and yes! chicken soup, we have been making this regularly, have been sick for a couple weeks. and i make beans pretty regularly as well. i cook separate, but when i set up a small batch of the soup to reheat, i add some beans (i prefer black or lentils) and it is a really delicious combination imo, especially adding some of the bean broth as well.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: YogiKitti on January 28, 2016, 08:38:01 PM
I second blueberries in oatmeal! I mix in frozen ones after I make the oatmeal. I love that it turns it purple! I bet that would be a fun way to get kids to eat oatmeal.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on January 29, 2016, 05:13:52 AM
Thank you for all the nice ideas for couscous. I will try to tweek the cooking time - when I followed package instructions they ended up sticky.

This weeks work lunches has been homemade fried rice. Next weeks lunshes will be frozen pasta sauce with some of the stash of pasta. Tonights dinner is fish'n chips, all ingredients but the beer from the freezer. Have plans to test out a black bean brownie recipe this weekend.  I have relatives that can't eat wheat, so if a beancake might taste good I'm baking it.

I also have a box of rubarb from last year. Need to buy frozen strawberries and make yam. I love strawberry rhubarb yam.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 29, 2016, 12:04:44 PM
Been using the fresh blueberries I froze last June.  Made some blueberry crepes Sunday, and have been putting some in my vodka.  :D


Blueberry-infused gin is really good, if you like gin... :-)

((high fives))  :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 29, 2016, 12:08:15 PM
Thank you for all the nice ideas for couscous. I will try to tweek the cooking time - when I followed package instructions they ended up sticky.

This weeks work lunches has been homemade fried rice. Next weeks lunshes will be frozen pasta sauce with some of the stash of pasta. Tonights dinner is fish'n chips, all ingredients but the beer from the freezer. Have plans to test out a black bean brownie recipe this weekend.  I have relatives that can't eat wheat, so if a beancake might taste good I'm baking it.

I also have a box of rubarb from last year. Need to buy frozen strawberries and make yam. I love strawberry rhubarb yam.

Anje, please let us know how it turns out.  I'm a low carber, and make a black bean chocolate cake.  It's not too bad.  :D
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on January 29, 2016, 12:10:11 PM
Focus on the freezer and pantry continues:

Been using the fresh blueberries I froze last June.  Made some blueberry crepes Sunday, and have been putting some in my vodka.  :D

Poured out two unopened bottles of sugar free Da Vinci syrups I didn't get to in time.

Been remembering to pull out proteins two days before I use them to allow for adequate thawing time.

Finally used the canned crab I bought last fall by mixing it with cream cheese and sour cream to use as a cucumber smear.

Made homemade refried beans for the first time using Budget Bytes' dried pinto beans recipe.  DH actually liked them.  :)

The chicken noodle soup I stockpile came in handy this week because DH has been sick.

Made my own taco seasoning spice blend rather than buying the $1 envelope with fillers.

blueberries are one of my favourites! blueberries are a fabulous addition to smoothies, also in oatmeal (i add after, i dont enjoy cooked fruit in my oats).
and yes! chicken soup, we have been making this regularly, have been sick for a couple weeks. and i make beans pretty regularly as well. i cook separate, but when i set up a small batch of the soup to reheat, i add some beans (i prefer black or lentils) and it is a really delicious combination imo, especially adding some of the bean broth as well.

Riverffashion, I sometimes add refried beans to ground meat to bulk up the burrito quantity for DH's lunches. :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on January 29, 2016, 03:59:30 PM

Anje, please let us know how it turns out.  I'm a low carber, and make a black bean chocolate cake.  It's not too bad.  :D

I baked them tonight, and I think they taste great. Do they taste like brownies? No. Do they get chewy sticky like brownies? No (although that might be the fault of my dingy blender). If you've ever tasted mochi with sweet redbean filling - that's what they resemble. Plus chocolate. And I love mochi, so this is totally alright with me. But it's not brownies, so there's that.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 29, 2016, 05:30:54 PM
Been using the fresh blueberries I froze last June.  Made some blueberry crepes Sunday, and have been putting some in my vodka.  :D


Blueberry-infused gin is really good, if you like gin... :-)

((high fives))  :)

sounds tasty, though i'm not a fan of gin. i imagine it would be good infused into many kinds of alcohol though. thanks for the idea :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on January 29, 2016, 05:32:21 PM
Focus on the freezer and pantry continues:

Been using the fresh blueberries I froze last June.  Made some blueberry crepes Sunday, and have been putting some in my vodka.  :D

Poured out two unopened bottles of sugar free Da Vinci syrups I didn't get to in time.

Been remembering to pull out proteins two days before I use them to allow for adequate thawing time.

Finally used the canned crab I bought last fall by mixing it with cream cheese and sour cream to use as a cucumber smear.

Made homemade refried beans for the first time using Budget Bytes' dried pinto beans recipe.  DH actually liked them.  :)

The chicken noodle soup I stockpile came in handy this week because DH has been sick.

Made my own taco seasoning spice blend rather than buying the $1 envelope with fillers.

blueberries are one of my favourites! blueberries are a fabulous addition to smoothies, also in oatmeal (i add after, i dont enjoy cooked fruit in my oats).
and yes! chicken soup, we have been making this regularly, have been sick for a couple weeks. and i make beans pretty regularly as well. i cook separate, but when i set up a small batch of the soup to reheat, i add some beans (i prefer black or lentils) and it is a really delicious combination imo, especially adding some of the bean broth as well.

Riverffashion, I sometimes add refried beans to ground meat to bulk up the burrito quantity for DH's lunches. :)

sounds delicious :)

P.S. I have an excellent recipe with ground beef if you're interested. it's in a previous post. i'll see if i can find it
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Kerowyn on February 01, 2016, 11:09:25 AM

Anje, please let us know how it turns out.  I'm a low carber, and make a black bean chocolate cake.  It's not too bad.  :D

I baked them tonight, and I think they taste great. Do they taste like brownies? No. Do they get chewy sticky like brownies? No (although that might be the fault of my dingy blender). If you've ever tasted mochi with sweet redbean filling - that's what they resemble. Plus chocolate. And I love mochi, so this is totally alright with me. But it's not brownies, so there's that.

::frantically searches for recipe:: That sounds like the only thing I ever need in life, forever. Do you have a link to the recipe? I can't find it in this thread!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on February 01, 2016, 02:07:11 PM

Anje, please let us know how it turns out.  I'm a low carber, and make a black bean chocolate cake.  It's not too bad.  :D

I baked them tonight, and I think they taste great. Do they taste like brownies? No. Do they get chewy sticky like brownies? No (although that might be the fault of my dingy blender). If you've ever tasted mochi with sweet redbean filling - that's what they resemble. Plus chocolate. And I love mochi, so this is totally alright with me. But it's not brownies, so there's that.

Nice.  Think you'll make them again?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: elaine amj on February 01, 2016, 02:17:09 PM
I'm jumping in - this is great! I have a freezer stuffed full of food. We need to see the bottom at some point. or at least rotate some stuff upwards. I think there's a corner I haven't seen in 3-4 months!

I have been making yogurt and am trying to figure out what to do with the whey. I have about 2-3 cups of it in my fridge right now...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on February 01, 2016, 03:44:11 PM
I did a full inventory this weekend:
Deep Freezer/Kitchen Freezer
Meat: 3 packages bacon, 6lbs chicken breast tenders, 6lbs chicken thighs, 6lbs chicken breasts, 1 whole chicken, 1 package aidell's chicken and apple sausages, 6lbs pork chops, 7.5lbs 93/7 ground beef, 3lbs 88/12 ground beef, 1lb ground elk, 2lbs ahi tuna steaks, 4lbs pork Italian sausages, 1lb stew meat, 3lbs beef liver, 1 serving: shrimp, tuna steak, chicken breast, turkey burger
Breads: 1 loaf sprouted grain sliced bread, 1/2 loaf cinnamon raisin bread (Costco), 1/2 loaf sourdough bread, Brazilian cheese bread balls
Frozen Vegetables:5 packages of chopped spinach, 2 bags of cauliflower, 1 bag of peas, 2 large packages of broccoli, 1 large bag of Normandy blend veggies (Costco), 1 small package of root veggie blend, 2 packages of butternut squash, 1 bag of spicy sweet potato fries, partial bags of: kale, peas, corn, green beans, stir fry medley, vegetable medley, spinach, sweet potato fries, kale and quinoa blend
Frozen fruit: lots of bananas, partial bags of blueberries, cherries, raspberries
Treats: leftover cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cookie dough, lots of ice cream and sorbet, "proyos", fruit/veggie frozen treats (kind of like a frozen jamba juice in stick form)
odds and ends: pre-boiled lasagna noodles, tomato paste, chipotle peppers in adobo, lots of chicken broth, plus bones and a chicken back and feet to make more, freekeh, cream cheese, jimmy delight breakfast sandwiches, 3lb macadamia nuts, 1 serving thai chicken soup, 1 serving Mexican chicken soup
Refrigerator
Sauces/Condiments: sauerkraut, mango habanero salsa, stir fry sauce, salma olek, lemongrass, minced ginger, shrimp cocktail, bbq sauce x2, roasted raspberry chipotle sauce, mustard, restaurant salsa, coconut chili sauce, thai curry paste, miracle whip, mayo, sun butter, spray butter, honey mustard, sour cream, cream cheese, frosting, peanut butter, cheese sauce, guacamole single serve cups, green olives, blue cheese stuffed green olives, pickles, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, capers, lots of salad dressing
Juices/Beverages: apple, cranberry, pomegranate, skim milk, cashew milk, La Croixs
Other: shredded cheese, bacon, 2 English muffins, 4 packages whole grain wraps, 1/2 package corn tortillas, yogurt, eggs, egg whites, apple sauce, almond flour, flaxseed meal
Pantry
Canned Goods: 2 pumpkin, 5 cream of mushroom soup, tomato paste, 2 fire roasted tomatoes, 2 cranberry sauce, enchilada sauce, artichoke hearts, black beans, fish stock, veal stock, chicken broth, 4 chunk light tuna, 12 sardines, 1 salmon, evaporated milk
Jars/Sauces/Condiments: lemon juice, olive oil, ghee, bacon fat, avocado oil, coconut oil, fish sauce, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Cholula, mustard, tomato spread, jasmine jam, ponzu, rice vinegar, mango chutney, red cooking wine, beets, salad dressing, honey, molasses, sugar free caramel sauce, truffle spread, almond butter
Bags/Powders/Baking: powdered peanut butter, chocolate powdered peanut butter, 6 sugar free pudding mixes, breadcrumbs, panko, pork dust, smoothie powder, mct powder, 3 varieties cocoa powder, gelatin,  oat flour, coconut flour, white flour, whole wheat pastry flour, chocolate chips, goji berries, kale powder, matcha powder, 3 whey protein powder, 1 casein protein powder, brownie box mix, pumpkin bread box mix,  Kodiak power cakes mix, buttermilk protein pancake mix, about time protein pancake mix, brown rice protein powder, egg white protein powder, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, sugar blends
Grains: oats, barley, white rice, grits, rice noodles, soba noodles, penne pasta, brown rice elbow macaroni, Japanese griddle cakes, boxes of mac and cheese, bag of pinto beans
Dried Goods/Snacks: raisins, dates, figs, mangoes, slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, popcorn, lara bars, fruit/veggie pouches, cliff bars, oreos, rice krispies treats, oatmeal packets, cereal

So I must have been unintentionally preparing for the apocalypse... because I should be able to feed myself and my DH for weeks, maybe months on our stores... *sigh* The trouble we run into is we base our meals off of our macros and the one roadblock I see is DH loves his eggs for breakfast, we go through 5 dozen a week between the two of us. Maybe I can find a way to make a breakfast that fits the macro requirements and is still tasty and easy so we can get through some of this stockpile and not buy eggs this month. Lunch and dinner is easy because I change those up all the time (as evident by my ridiculous collection of sauces and condiments...)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on February 01, 2016, 06:14:13 PM
I did a full inventory this weekend:
Deep Freezer/Kitchen Freezer
Meat: 3 packages bacon, 6lbs chicken breast tenders, 6lbs chicken thighs, 6lbs chicken breasts, 1 whole chicken, 1 package aidell's chicken and apple sausages, 6lbs pork chops, 7.5lbs 93/7 ground beef, 3lbs 88/12 ground beef, 1lb ground elk, 2lbs ahi tuna steaks, 4lbs pork Italian sausages, 1lb stew meat, 3lbs beef liver, 1 serving: shrimp, tuna steak, chicken breast, turkey burger
Breads: 1 loaf sprouted grain sliced bread, 1/2 loaf cinnamon raisin bread (Costco), 1/2 loaf sourdough bread, Brazilian cheese bread balls
Frozen Vegetables:5 packages of chopped spinach, 2 bags of cauliflower, 1 bag of peas, 2 large packages of broccoli, 1 large bag of Normandy blend veggies (Costco), 1 small package of root veggie blend, 2 packages of butternut squash, 1 bag of spicy sweet potato fries, partial bags of: kale, peas, corn, green beans, stir fry medley, vegetable medley, spinach, sweet potato fries, kale and quinoa blend
Frozen fruit: lots of bananas, partial bags of blueberries, cherries, raspberries
Treats: leftover cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cookie dough, lots of ice cream and sorbet, "proyos", fruit/veggie frozen treats (kind of like a frozen jamba juice in stick form)
odds and ends: pre-boiled lasagna noodles, tomato paste, chipotle peppers in adobo, lots of chicken broth, plus bones and a chicken back and feet to make more, freekeh, cream cheese, jimmy delight breakfast sandwiches, 3lb macadamia nuts, 1 serving thai chicken soup, 1 serving Mexican chicken soup
Refrigerator
Sauces/Condiments: sauerkraut, mango habanero salsa, stir fry sauce, salma olek, lemongrass, minced ginger, shrimp cocktail, bbq sauce x2, roasted raspberry chipotle sauce, mustard, restaurant salsa, coconut chili sauce, thai curry paste, miracle whip, mayo, sun butter, spray butter, honey mustard, sour cream, cream cheese, frosting, peanut butter, cheese sauce, guacamole single serve cups, green olives, blue cheese stuffed green olives, pickles, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, capers, lots of salad dressing
Juices/Beverages: apple, cranberry, pomegranate, skim milk, cashew milk, La Croixs
Other: shredded cheese, bacon, 2 English muffins, 4 packages whole grain wraps, 1/2 package corn tortillas, yogurt, eggs, egg whites, apple sauce, almond flour, flaxseed meal
Pantry
Canned Goods: 2 pumpkin, 5 cream of mushroom soup, tomato paste, 2 fire roasted tomatoes, 2 cranberry sauce, enchilada sauce, artichoke hearts, black beans, fish stock, veal stock, chicken broth, 4 chunk light tuna, 12 sardines, 1 salmon, evaporated milk
Jars/Sauces/Condiments: lemon juice, olive oil, ghee, bacon fat, avocado oil, coconut oil, fish sauce, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Cholula, mustard, tomato spread, jasmine jam, ponzu, rice vinegar, mango chutney, red cooking wine, beets, salad dressing, honey, molasses, sugar free caramel sauce, truffle spread, almond butter
Bags/Powders/Baking: powdered peanut butter, chocolate powdered peanut butter, 6 sugar free pudding mixes, breadcrumbs, panko, pork dust, smoothie powder, mct powder, 3 varieties cocoa powder, gelatin,  oat flour, coconut flour, white flour, whole wheat pastry flour, chocolate chips, goji berries, kale powder, matcha powder, 3 whey protein powder, 1 casein protein powder, brownie box mix, pumpkin bread box mix,  Kodiak power cakes mix, buttermilk protein pancake mix, about time protein pancake mix, brown rice protein powder, egg white protein powder, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, sugar blends
Grains: oats, barley, white rice, grits, rice noodles, soba noodles, penne pasta, brown rice elbow macaroni, Japanese griddle cakes, boxes of mac and cheese, bag of pinto beans
Dried Goods/Snacks: raisins, dates, figs, mangoes, slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, popcorn, lara bars, fruit/veggie pouches, cliff bars, oreos, rice krispies treats, oatmeal packets, cereal

So I must have been unintentionally preparing for the apocalypse... because I should be able to feed myself and my DH for weeks, maybe months on our stores... *sigh* The trouble we run into is we base our meals off of our macros and the one roadblock I see is DH loves his eggs for breakfast, we go through 5 dozen a week between the two of us. Maybe I can find a way to make a breakfast that fits the macro requirements and is still tasty and easy so we can get through some of this stockpile and not buy eggs this month. Lunch and dinner is easy because I change those up all the time (as evident by my ridiculous collection of sauces and condiments...)

Holy sh*t.
This is a good challenge for you.
:). You are about to  save an incredible amount of money. Time to get creative.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Cressida on February 01, 2016, 06:59:05 PM
[food]

Holy sh*t.
This is a good challenge for you.
:). You are about to  save an incredible amount of money. Time to get creative.

Agreed! I am jealous of everyone's freezer space. I have a side-by-side and it seems so tiny.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on February 02, 2016, 05:14:49 AM

Anje, please let us know how it turns out.  I'm a low carber, and make a black bean chocolate cake.  It's not too bad.  :D

I baked them tonight, and I think they taste great. Do they taste like brownies? No. Do they get chewy sticky like brownies? No (although that might be the fault of my dingy blender). If you've ever tasted mochi with sweet redbean filling - that's what they resemble. Plus chocolate. And I love mochi, so this is totally alright with me. But it's not brownies, so there's that.

::frantically searches for recipe:: That sounds like the only thing I ever need in life, forever. Do you have a link to the recipe? I can't find it in this thread!
http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/
This is the link. I didn't add vanilla (I never can taste vanilla in chocolate) and I cut down a bit on the sugar (I always do that). I also didn't add chocolate chips (I was out of them).
I'm not good at following recipes, basically. ;)

@MountainGal: Yes, I think I will. But who knows: my cake baking is very limited and I've forgoten to re-make better cakes than this one.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Kerowyn on February 02, 2016, 10:11:44 AM
http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/
This is the link. I didn't add vanilla (I never can taste vanilla in chocolate) and I cut down a bit on the sugar (I always do that). I also didn't add chocolate chips (I was out of them).
I'm not good at following recipes, basically. ;)

Yum--thank you! Good to know that you can cut down on the sugar and that the chocolate chips are not as mandatory as she says :) Now, when will I have the time to make these...
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Mongoose on February 02, 2016, 04:31:25 PM
Ideas for miso? I was going to make miso soup but couldn't find bonito flakes. :-(
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: TealBlue on February 03, 2016, 12:52:49 PM
I have never put bonito flakes in my miso.  I just use seaweed, tofu and green onion and it's still very good.  I also add miso to other soups I'm making.  It just adds some depth.   Also, I've heard that a combo of miso/mayo for sandwiches is incredible but I've never tried it!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on February 03, 2016, 08:17:37 PM
[food]

Holy sh*t.
This is a good challenge for you.
:). You are about to  save an incredible amount of money. Time to get creative.

Agreed! I am jealous of everyone's freezer space. I have a side-by-side and it seems so tiny.

Do you mean "macro" as in macrobiotic? Or..?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on February 05, 2016, 12:32:54 PM
I did a full inventory this weekend:
Deep Freezer/Kitchen Freezer
Meat: 32 packages bacon, 6lbs2lbs chicken breast tenders, 6lbs2lbs chicken thighs, 6lbs chicken breasts, 1 whole chicken, 1 package aidell's chicken and apple sausages, 6lbs4lbs pork chops, 7.5lbs 93/7 ground beef, 3lbs 88/12 ground beef, 1lb ground elk, 2lbs ahi tuna steaks, 4lbs pork Italian sausages, 1lb stew meat, 3lbs beef liver, 1 serving: shrimp, tuna steak, chicken breast, turkey burger
Breads: 1 loaf sprouted grain sliced bread, 1/2 loaf cinnamon raisin bread (Costco), 1/2 loaf sourdough bread, Brazilian cheese bread balls
Frozen Vegetables: 54 packages of chopped spinach, 2 bags of cauliflower, 1 bag of peas, 21 large packages of broccoli, 1 large bag of Normandy blend veggies (Costco), 1 small package of root veggie blend, 2 packages of butternut squash, 1 bag of spicy sweet potato fries, partial bags of: kale, peas, corn, green beans, stir fry medley, vegetable medley, spinach, sweet potato fries, kale and quinoa blend
Frozen fruit: lots of bananas, partial bags of blueberries, cherries, raspberries
Treats: leftover cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cookie dough, lots of ice cream and sorbet, "proyos", fruit/veggie frozen treats (kind of like a frozen jamba juice in stick form)
odds and ends: pre-boiled lasagna noodles, tomato paste, chipotle peppers in adobo, lots of chicken broth, plus bones and a chicken back and feet to make more, freekeh, cream cheese, jimmy delight breakfast sandwiches, 3lb macadamia nuts, 1 serving thai chicken soup, 1 serving Mexican chicken soup
Refrigerator
Sauces/Condiments: sauerkraut, mango habanero salsa, stir fry sauce, salma olek, lemongrass, minced ginger, shrimp cocktail, bbq sauce x2, roasted raspberry chipotle sauce, mustard, restaurant salsa, coconut chili sauce, thai curry paste, miracle whip, mayo, sun butter, spray butter, honey mustard, sour cream, cream cheese, frosting, peanut butter, cheese sauce, guacamole single serve cups, green olives, blue cheese stuffed green olives, pickles, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, capers, lots of salad dressing
Juices/Beverages: apple, cranberry, pomegranate, skim milk, cashew milk, La Croixs
Other: shredded cheese, bacon, 2 English muffins, 43 packages whole grain wraps, 1/2 package corn tortillas, yogurt, eggs, egg whites, apple sauce, almond flour, flaxseed meal
Pantry
Canned Goods: 2 pumpkin, 5 cream of mushroom soup, tomato paste, 2 fire roasted tomatoes, 2 cranberry sauce, enchilada sauce, artichoke hearts, black beans, fish stock, veal stock, chicken broth, 4 chunk light tuna, 12 sardines, 1 salmon, evaporated milk
Jars/Sauces/Condiments: lemon juice, olive oil, ghee, bacon fat, avocado oil, coconut oil, fish sauce, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Cholula, mustard, tomato spread, jasmine jam, ponzu, rice vinegar, mango chutney, red cooking wine, beets, salad dressing, honey, molasses, sugar free caramel sauce, truffle spread, almond butter
Bags/Powders/Baking: powdered peanut butter, chocolate powdered peanut butter, 6 sugar free pudding mixes, breadcrumbs, panko, pork dust, smoothie powder, mct powder, 3 varieties cocoa powder, gelatin,  oat flour, coconut flour, white flour, whole wheat pastry flour, chocolate chips, goji berries, kale powder, matcha powder, 3 whey protein powder, 1 casein protein powder, brownie box mix, pumpkin bread box mix,  Kodiak power cakes mix, buttermilk protein pancake mix, about time protein pancake mix, brown rice protein powder, egg white protein powder, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, sugar blends
Grains: oats, barley, white rice, grits, quinoa, rice noodles, soba noodles, penne pasta, brown rice elbow macaroni, Japanese griddle cakes, boxes of mac and cheese, bag of pinto beans
Dried Goods/Snacks: raisins, dates, figs, mangoes, slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, popcorn, lara bars, fruit/veggie pouches, cliff bars, oreos, rice krispies treats, oatmeal packets, cereal
Produce: Onions, garlic, sweet potatoes

I made a small dent in the reserves by making the following recipes:
-6 servings Marinated Pork Chops with Steamed Broccoli and Roasted Sweet Potatoes (1 leftover still in fridge)
-4 servings Fish Tacos with Steamed Cauliflower and Black Beans
-4 servings Asian Chopped Salad with Chicken Breast
-6 servings Baked Chicken Breast with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, Steamed Quinoa and Green Beans
-12 servings Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs with Steamed White Rice and Stir Fry Veggies (8 chicken servings leftover which will be used for lunches, out of rice/veggies)
-6 servings Ahi Tuna with Jasmine Petal Jam, Steamed Freekeh and Creamed Spinach (making for dinner tonight, we'll eat leftovers for lunches)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 06, 2016, 12:34:34 PM
For the month of February, I'm not buying any protein, except eggs.  We have a freezer full of beef, ham, chicken and salmon, so this is not even a challenge.

Working on using up other stuff as well.  I have 1.5 quarts of homemade yogurt, a quart each of kimchi and sauerkraut, too many kinds of mustard, bulk beans that we don't eat (periodically cook a batch and feed to the chickens), 3 wedges of brie (clearance buy), almond flour and coconut flour, egg protein powder, whey protein powder, beef gelatin, frozen green chile, lentils, split peas, rice, black beans, frozen pineapple, frozen blueberries, various nuts, frozen sweet potato fries and hashbrowns, winter squash, sweet potatoes, yellow onions, and lots of beef and lamb liver, small potatoes, lots of beets and carrots.  Tons of canned and frozen tomato products.  The fridge is actually looking pretty bare and we'll buy some fresh vegetables each week, but I'm shooting to get the stock decreased.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on February 06, 2016, 01:11:55 PM
For the month of February, I'm not buying any protein, except eggs.  We have a freezer full of beef, ham, chicken and salmon, so this is not even a challenge.

Working on using up other stuff as well.  I have 1.5 quarts of homemade yogurt, a quart each of kimchi and sauerkraut, too many kinds of mustard, bulk beans that we don't eat (periodically cook a batch and feed to the chickens), 3 wedges of brie (clearance buy), almond flour and coconut flour, egg protein powder, whey protein powder, beef gelatin, frozen green chile, lentils, split peas, rice, black beans, frozen pineapple, frozen blueberries, various nuts, frozen sweet potato fries and hashbrowns, winter squash, sweet potatoes, yellow onions, and lots of beef and lamb liver, small potatoes, lots of beets and carrots.  Tons of canned and frozen tomato products.  The fridge is actually looking pretty bare and we'll buy some fresh vegetables each week, but I'm shooting to get the stock decreased.

Excellent! Sounds like u hav plenty of options to work with. Let us know if u want ideas. :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on February 11, 2016, 02:55:41 AM
Am trying to up my intake of fish and reduce meat consumption to one or two times a week. Since my stock of meat is down to one packet of pulled pork this is an excelent time. This week I've been eating moqueca (that is one tasty pot of fish) and rice bowl with cod (still working on that supply of rice). Next up is fish taco and next week my plans are pasta salad with cheese or eggs (got to eat that pasta) and curry with some frozen pumpkin, chickpeas and salmon or more cod (I love cod, it's one underrated fish).

Have completely eaten out all supplies of cheese and frozen veggies (except the pumpkin). Also emptied a small bag of rice yesterday. Next up is sushi rice from my sushi-making days (I no longer bother). I have never made onigiri, but it sounds good, so I will try it out.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Larabeth on February 11, 2016, 02:59:51 AM
Ooooh, I like this!!!

I'll probably start this this week... we're moving next month!!!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on February 12, 2016, 10:05:07 AM
I did a full inventory this weekend:
Deep Freezer/Kitchen Freezer
Meat: 3 packages bacon, 6lbs chicken breast tenders, 6lbs2lbs chicken thighs, 6lbs chicken breasts, 1 whole chicken, 1 package aidell's chicken and apple sausages, 6lbs4lbs pork chops, 7.5lbs 5.5lbs 93/7 ground beef, 3lbs 88/12 ground beef, 1lb ground elk, 2lbs ahi tuna steaks, 4lbs pork Italian sausages, 1lb stew meat, 3lbs beef liver, 1 serving: shrimp, tuna steak, chicken breast, turkey burger
Breads: 1 loaf sprouted grain sliced bread, 1/2 loaf cinnamon raisin bread (Costco), 1/2 loaf sourdough bread, Brazilian cheese bread balls
Frozen Vegetables: 53 packages of chopped spinach, 2 bags of cauliflower, 1 bag of peas, 21 large packages of broccoli, 1 large bag of Normandy blend veggies (Costco), 1 small package of root veggie blend, 2 packages of butternut squash, 1 bag of spicy sweet potato fries, partial bags of: kale, peas, corn, green beans, stir fry medley, vegetable medley, spinach, sweet potato fries, kale and quinoa blend
Frozen fruit: lots of bananas, partial bags of blueberries, cherries, raspberries
Treats: leftover cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cookie dough, lots of ice cream and sorbet, "proyos", fruit/veggie frozen treats (kind of like a frozen jamba juice in stick form)
odds and ends: pre-boiled lasagna noodles, tomato paste, chipotle peppers in adobo, lots of chicken broth, plus bones and a chicken back and feet to make more, freekeh, cream cheese, jimmy delight breakfast sandwiches, 3lb macadamia nuts, 1 serving thai chicken soup, 1 serving Mexican chicken soup
Refrigerator
Sauces/Condiments: sauerkraut, mango habanero salsa, stir fry sauce, salma olek, lemongrass, minced ginger, shrimp cocktail, bbq sauce x2, roasted raspberry chipotle sauce, mustard, restaurant salsa, coconut chili sauce, thai curry paste, miracle whip, mayo, sun butter, spray butter, honey mustard, sour cream, cream cheese, 3 2 bags of buttercream frosting, peanut butter, cheese sauce, guacamole single serve cups, green olives, blue cheese stuffed green olives, pickles, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, capers, lots of salad dressing
Juices/Beverages: apple, cranberry, pomegranate, skim milk, cashew milk, La Croixs
Other: shredded cheese, bacon, 2 English muffins, 42 packages whole grain wraps, 1/2 package corn tortillas, yogurt, eggs, egg whites, apple sauce, almond flour, flaxseed meal
Pantry
Canned Goods: 2 pumpkin, 5 cream of mushroom soup, tomato paste, 2 fire roasted tomatoes, 2 cranberry sauce, enchilada sauce, artichoke hearts, black beans, fish stock, veal stock, chicken broth, 43 chunk light tuna, 12 sardines, 1 salmon, evaporated milk
Jars/Sauces/Condiments: lemon juice, olive oil, ghee, bacon fat, avocado oil, coconut oil, fish sauce, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Cholula, mustard, tomato spread, jasmine jam, ponzu, rice vinegar, mango chutney, red cooking wine, beets, salad dressing, honey, molasses, sugar free caramel sauce, truffle spread, almond butter
Bags/Powders/Baking: powdered peanut butter, chocolate powdered peanut butter, 6 sugar free pudding mixes, breadcrumbs, panko, pork dust, smoothie powder, mct powder, 3 varieties cocoa powder, gelatin,  oat flour, coconut flour, white flour, whole wheat pastry flour, chocolate chips, goji berries, kale powder, matcha powder, 3 whey protein powder, 1 casein protein powder, brownie box mix, pumpkin bread box mix,  Kodiak power cakes mix, buttermilk protein pancake mix, about time protein pancake mix, brown rice protein powder, egg white protein powder, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, sugar blends
Grains: oats, barley, white rice, grits, quinoa, rice noodles, soba noodles, penne pasta, brown rice elbow macaroni, Japanese griddle cakes, boxes of mac and cheese, bag of pinto beans
Dried Goods/Snacks: raisins, dates, figs, mangoes, slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, popcorn, lara bars, fruit/veggie pouches, cliff bars, oreos, rice krispies treats, oatmeal packets, cereal
Produce: Onions, garlic, sweet potatoes

Made a smallish dent this week, we ate protein pancakes with eggs and bacon for breakfast most days(one day I had ground beef with an egg and two other days I made smoothies which finished off my raspberries), I made a giant batch (12 servings) of chili with butternut squash and sweet potatoes in it and also baked up some chicken to add to salads for lunch. I made a batch of brownies and made cupcakes(I had all ingredients except milk, so I picked up a single serve portion) to take to a potluck.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 12, 2016, 12:20:02 PM
Planning to go grocery shopping tonight.  Made a list entirely of veggies and will stick with it. 

I've been out of town and did a pretty good job of emptying the fridge of perishables before leaving (at least the stuff DH won't eat while I'm gone).

I am trying to get back into the habit of using the Out of Milk app, so I updated it on my flight home and now it just has the ingredients I want to have as staples going forward.  The pantry is pretty streamlined since we don't use many processed foods anymore (salad dressings, marinades, spice mixes etc. are pretty much non-existent).

OTOH, I just pre-ordered half of a lamb, so the freezer stock is going to see an uptick.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on February 14, 2016, 11:01:11 AM
Confession: I love testing new food. And drink. I also love tea. Because of this I have over 20 different tea types. Most of them in the quantity of 40+ cups. This has been status quoe for years, yet only last week I bought a new type. I'm a tea-hoarder. Will force myself to drink what I have before getting more. It will be very, very hard...
Finished a packet of good Christmas tea this week. I now have only 2 types left (that's what happens when people know you like tea). I prefer to only drink spicy tea in the colder months, so my plan is to drink them before Easter. They are still good next winter, but they are better now.

Also have 2 giant bags of a chai mix. I stopped drinking regular milk a while back, and chai just isn't that much fun sans milk. Anyone got a good replacement for drinks like that? I find rice too watery and sweet and almond to drown out any other taste..
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 14, 2016, 11:14:35 AM
Proud of myself this morning:  I extracted two packages of beef tongue from 2014 from the freezer and am thawing them out now.  They will go in the slow cooker and we'll have lengua tacos the next couple nights.  I am still recoiling a bit in horror of the lamb's tongue, kidney and heart that are in there.  They may get cooked up and served to the dogs (plus they're tiny, so mustering up lots of effort to prepare them doesn't seem worthwhile).  Still lots of beef liver to get through; might try cooking it sous vide to see if that improves the texture.

Used up our black beans last night and won't buy more until we've gotten through the split peas and two varieties of lentils that have been in the cupboard for ages.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on February 14, 2016, 11:55:11 AM
Confession: I love testing new food. And drink. I also love tea. Because of this I have over 20 different tea types. Most of them in the quantity of 40+ cups. This has been status quoe for years, yet only last week I bought a new type. I'm a tea-hoarder. Will force myself to drink what I have before getting more. It will be very, very hard...
Finished a packet of good Christmas tea this week. I now have only 2 types left (that's what happens when people know you like tea). I prefer to only drink spicy tea in the colder months, so my plan is to drink them before Easter. They are still good next winter, but they are better now.

Also have 2 giant bags of a chai mix. I stopped drinking regular milk a while back, and chai just isn't that much fun sans milk. Anyone got a good replacement for drinks like that? I find rice too watery and sweet and almond to drown out any other taste..

Nice work, I have a tea collection too, but I prefer coffee in the mornings. I should try two cups of tea a day to try and make a dent...

As far as a milk substitute, I really Silk's Unsweetened Cashew Milk, it is creamy and mild in flavor. https://silk.com/products/unsweetened-original-cashewmilk
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on February 14, 2016, 12:43:40 PM
 Today I found one can of hominy and two of pumpkin in the depths of the reserve pantry storage area. I had thought there were only condiments in there -  it's all stuff that move with us when we moved into the house. So, I've moved those cans to the regular can area and will be using them ASAP. The pumpkin will go and pasta sauce, and the hominy will almost certainly be fried with ham and onions for a meal.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: meghan88 on February 14, 2016, 04:53:27 PM
Artichoke hearts!!

Bought a few too many large jars on sale two years ago, and they expire this May.  I have three 24-ounce (large!) jars left.  They're nice straight out of the jar (in moderation).  I've baked them into quiches, added them to peppers, onions and other veg over pastas, but could use a few more suggestions.

I think I can keep them anyway for a few months after the BB date.

Any ideas or input?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: birdie55 on February 14, 2016, 05:04:19 PM
I slice artichoke hearts on cheese pizza.  I have found a couple of the one pot pasta recipes that use artichoke hearts and mushrooms and cheese.  I think one is called wonderpot.  I haven't tried them yet but they sound good. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 14, 2016, 06:36:59 PM
Are they pickled?  If not, something like this might be good:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/artichoke-gratinata-recipe.html

If they are pickled, they might still be good thoroughly drained and then sprinkled with parm and chile flakes and roasted as sort of an appetizer. 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: YogiKitti on February 15, 2016, 02:59:33 AM
Confession: I love testing new food. And drink. I also love tea. Because of this I have over 20 different tea types. Most of them in the quantity of 40+ cups. This has been status quoe for years, yet only last week I bought a new type. I'm a tea-hoarder. Will force myself to drink what I have before getting more. It will be very, very hard...
Finished a packet of good Christmas tea this week. I now have only 2 types left (that's what happens when people know you like tea). I prefer to only drink spicy tea in the colder months, so my plan is to drink them before Easter. They are still good next winter, but they are better now.

Also have 2 giant bags of a chai mix. I stopped drinking regular milk a while back, and chai just isn't that much fun sans milk. Anyone got a good replacement for drinks like that? I find rice too watery and sweet and almond to drown out any other taste..

I like soy milk the best.

I am also a tea-horder and I like to try new teas more than I like to finish tested flavors. I was actually thinking of this today and plan to randomly grab one type of tea from the cupboard to try every few days-maybe combine some lesser liked flavors into something new. My end goal is to be able to artfully display the tea in the cupboard instead of having everything being ugly and stacked.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: herisff on February 15, 2016, 07:04:53 AM
@horsepoor - re the beef liver, I have heard (but never tried) that if you freeze the liver and then grate it when frozen, it hides well inside ground meat (probably at a 1:1 ratio at most I would guess, otherwise the texture would suffer).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on February 15, 2016, 09:15:03 AM
Proud of myself this morning:  I extracted two packages of beef tongue from 2014 from the freezer and am thawing them out now.  They will go in the slow cooker and we'll have lengua tacos the next couple nights.  I am still recoiling a bit in horror of the lamb's tongue, kidney and heart that are in there.  They may get cooked up and served to the dogs (plus they're tiny, so mustering up lots of effort to prepare them doesn't seem worthwhile).  Still lots of beef liver to get through; might try cooking it sous vide to see if that improves the texture.

Used up our black beans last night and won't buy more until we've gotten through the split peas and two varieties of lentils that have been in the cupboard for ages.

Is it beef heart? I made this last year, still one of the best and most memorable dishes I've ever had: http://paleoporn.net/beef-heart/

The heart comes out like the richest steak you've ever had. So incredible.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 15, 2016, 10:03:13 AM
herisff  Thanks!  I've read about mixing it into ground meat, but not the tip of grating it from frozen.  Will give it a try.

eat.train it's actually a lamb's heart.  I did have a beef heart that I cooked a few months ago.  In retrospect, I should have just thrown the lamb's heart in the dish as well.  It's pretty small, so it doesn't seem worthwhile to spend a lot of time preparing it.  I did throw the lamb's tongue in with the beef tongue yesterday and we had some excellent lengua and kimchi tacos for dinner.

This morning I thawed out one of the 5 remaining packages of Hatch chile and put some in an omelette.  I'm going to New Mexico next month and will be bringing more home, so I need to start using this (I tend to save it too long since it's kind of hard to get in Idaho).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on February 15, 2016, 12:26:43 PM
Artichoke hearts!!

Bought a few too many large jars on sale two years ago, and they expire this May.  I have three 24-ounce (large!) jars left.  They're nice straight out of the jar (in moderation).  I've baked them into quiches, added them to peppers, onions and other veg over pastas, but could use a few more suggestions.

I think I can keep them anyway for a few months after the BB date.

Any ideas or input?

Artichoke dip.  http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quick_and_easy_artichoke_dip/ (http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quick_and_easy_artichoke_dip/)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on February 15, 2016, 01:14:51 PM
herisff 
This morning I thawed out one of the 5 remaining packages of Hatch chile and put some in an omelette.  I'm going to New Mexico next month and will be bringing more home, so I need to start using this (I tend to save it too long since it's kind of hard to get in Idaho).

*swoon* we used to live in southern NM about two hours away from Hatch. I miss green-chile-everything.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 15, 2016, 08:52:02 PM
herisff 
This morning I thawed out one of the 5 remaining packages of Hatch chile and put some in an omelette.  I'm going to New Mexico next month and will be bringing more home, so I need to start using this (I tend to save it too long since it's kind of hard to get in Idaho).

*swoon* we used to live in southern NM about two hours away from Hatch. I miss green-chile-everything.

Yeah, I went to grad school in Cruces and hence the Chile addiction.  The last few years I've bought 50# of fresh from Bountiful Baskets and roasted and frozen them.  Can only get mediums though, looking forward to getting some hots!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on February 16, 2016, 09:37:30 AM
herisff 
This morning I thawed out one of the 5 remaining packages of Hatch chile and put some in an omelette.  I'm going to New Mexico next month and will be bringing more home, so I need to start using this (I tend to save it too long since it's kind of hard to get in Idaho).

*swoon* we used to live in southern NM about two hours away from Hatch. I miss green-chile-everything.

Yeah, I went to grad school in Cruces and hence the Chile addiction.  The last few years I've bought 50# of fresh from Bountiful Baskets and roasted and frozen them.  Can only get mediums though, looking forward to getting some hots!

I'm a fellow alumni! I did both undergrad and grad school at NMSU. :) We lived in Alamogordo though.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 17, 2016, 06:35:24 AM
herisff 
This morning I thawed out one of the 5 remaining packages of Hatch chile and put some in an omelette.  I'm going to New Mexico next month and will be bringing more home, so I need to start using this (I tend to save it too long since it's kind of hard to get in Idaho).

*swoon* we used to live in southern NM about two hours away from Hatch. I miss green-chile-everything.

Yeah, I went to grad school in Cruces and hence the Chile addiction.  The last few years I've bought 50# of fresh from Bountiful Baskets and roasted and frozen them.  Can only get mediums though, looking forward to getting some hots!

I'm a fellow alumni! I did both undergrad and grad school at NMSU. :) We lived in Alamogordo though.

Small world isn't it?  I had a research plot on the Air Force Base, so I went to Alamogordo almost weekly.  Fun watching the Stealths fly while counting plants.  :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: zephyr911 on February 17, 2016, 07:19:39 AM
We're in, with exceptions for fresh vegetables and dairy. We have tons of frozen fish/meats and old non-perishables, and will make it our goal to include a meaningful portion of them in every meal until it looks like Old Mother Hubbard in here. >.<
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: pbkmaine on February 17, 2016, 07:30:42 AM
I would grind the organ meat and use it as part of a spicy sausage mix, with ground pork and some pork fat. Artichokes: these are great sliced as part of an antipasto salad, with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cheese and a few slices of ham, turkey or salami.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: meghan88 on February 17, 2016, 10:49:19 AM
Thanks for all of the great artichoke suggestions!  (They are marinated, BTW.)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: emilypsf on February 17, 2016, 01:31:58 PM
Ok, I am officially joining this challenge!  I've already kind of been doing it on my own for the month of February, but I'm hoping that this will motivate me/hold me accountable.

It would take too long to go through and list everything in our freezer/pantry, but I'll just say that between having little kids, demanding jobs, and ordering in bulk from Azure Standard, our family has accumulated a ton of odds and ends that need to be used up.

So, I'll be buying milk, eggs, and produce but trying not to buy anything else for the rest of this month.  We have already spent $250 on groceries (stocked up on a few things at Costco, including diapers, and two trips to the farmers market).  So, for the rest of the month, I'm going to have a goal of spending $130.  $100 at the farmers market and $30 at the grocery store.  I know I have a long way to go to get to mustachianism, so please don't punch my face too hard.  Btw, I live in San Francisco and mostly eat organic.  It adds up.

Yesterday, kids had pancakes from the freezer for breakfast.  Parents had oatmeal.  Kids had PBJ for lunch, string cheese, edamame, and applesauce for snacks.  I had a salad for lunch with grilled chicken from the freezer and peanuts for a snack.  I defrosted ham and cooked white beans for soup, but the ham was discolored.  I was almost certain that it was just freezer burn, but it also smelled funny, so I tossed it and used some frozen meatballs instead.  The kids also had a pita pizza made with leftovers from making pizza with friends over the weekend.

Today, kids had cinnamon raisin toast from the freezer for breakfast.  Same snacks and lunch for them as yesterday.  We are out of edamame, but the farmers market is tomorrow, and we'll pick up some fruit for them to snack on.  Same lunch for me, too, but I had white beans instead of chicken on my salad.  We'll have leftover soup for dinner, and I'm defrosting some frozen bread pieces to make bread pudding/french toast casserole for tomorrow's breakfast.  Anybody have a good bread pudding recipe? 

Also, any suggestions of what to do with frozen cranberries?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on February 17, 2016, 05:46:33 PM
Also, any suggestions of what to do with frozen cranberries?

Frozen cranberries go well into scones or muffins.  You might want a bit more sugar depending on how tart they are. 

I use this recipe http://sugarmansculinary.blogspot.ca/2010/04/blueberry-scones.html with all white flour & 1/2 cup sugar instead of 1/3.  Sometimes I switch out the lemon and put in some nutmeg & cardamon instead.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: FunkyChopstick on February 17, 2016, 08:37:32 PM
I have had a soup mix, the plastic tube kind that have beans and tiny bits of veggies and a spice packet, in my cupboard for a looooonnng time. That poor minestrone packet has been around for at least 3 years. Hubs is a house husband and I asked him to make it for tonight since we have been eating like crap the last few weeks. It took him a few hours but an onion, some tomato paste, can of white beans, and a serious dipping into the spice drawer--ta da! That soup was amazing!

I also made a protein shake from a canister of soy powder that I have had for close to 4 years. It was disgusting. It was my lunch. I feel empowered in a slavic, utilitarian way.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on February 17, 2016, 09:21:50 PM
Ok, I am officially joining this challenge!  I've already kind of been doing it on my own for the month of February, but I'm hoping that this will motivate me/hold me accountable.

It would take too long to go through and list everything in our freezer/pantry, but I'll just say that between having little kids, demanding jobs, and ordering in bulk from Azure Standard, our family has accumulated a ton of odds and ends that need to be used up.

So, I'll be buying milk, eggs, and produce but trying not to buy anything else for the rest of this month.  We have already spent $250 on groceries (stocked up on a few things at Costco, including diapers, and two trips to the farmers market).  So, for the rest of the month, I'm going to have a goal of spending $130.  $100 at the farmers market and $30 at the grocery store.  I know I have a long way to go to get to mustachianism, so please don't punch my face too hard.  Btw, I live in San Francisco and mostly eat organic.  It adds up.

Yesterday, kids had pancakes from the freezer for breakfast.  Parents had oatmeal.  Kids had PBJ for lunch, string cheese, edamame, and applesauce for snacks.  I had a salad for lunch with grilled chicken from the freezer and peanuts for a snack.  I defrosted ham and cooked white beans for soup, but the ham was discolored.  I was almost certain that it was just freezer burn, but it also smelled funny, so I tossed it and used some frozen meatballs instead.  The kids also had a pita pizza made with leftovers from making pizza with friends over the weekend.

Today, kids had cinnamon raisin toast from the freezer for breakfast.  Same snacks and lunch for them as yesterday.  We are out of edamame, but the farmers market is tomorrow, and we'll pick up some fruit for them to snack on.  Same lunch for me, too, but I had white beans instead of chicken on my salad.  We'll have leftover soup for dinner, and I'm defrosting some frozen bread pieces to make bread pudding/french toast casserole for tomorrow's breakfast.  Anybody have a good bread pudding recipe? 

Also, any suggestions of what to do with frozen cranberries?

Welcome to the challenge! It's actually alot of fun getting creative with what you have. Sounds like you already came up with some good meals.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: emilypsf on February 19, 2016, 08:17:49 AM
I just wrote a big post about yesterday that got lost, so here is the summary.  Spent $23 at the grocery store on milk, yogurt, and eggs.  I will have to re-work my categories, but I think we will still make it under the spending limit.  I'm going to use some of this yogurt to make my own next week.  Didnt make it to the farmersmarket.  Power went out last night, so I cooked dinner by light of camping lanterns (very unusual for us city dwelers).  Today we will eat leftovers and a peach crisp I found in the freezer.  How did we let that sit for two years?!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on February 20, 2016, 03:43:07 AM
Bought groceries for the week for both man and beast for $25 yesterday. Unless we run out of kibble later in the week, should've checked that before we left...


We make extra grocery  trips in a week only for extreme emergencies - out of dog food, coffee, or toilet paper, and for TP I've been known to just bring home a couple of the "ends" our custodial staff leave for the taking at work (big industrial rolls, occasionally get changed when almost but not quite out. Usually I keep one in my office for cleaning screens.)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: emilypsf on February 21, 2016, 04:50:25 PM
Well, yesterday we spent $15 at the grocery store and today we spent $45 at the farmers market.  That means we have $47 left.  So, which will probably mostly go to milk and eggs, so we will skip the market next weekend.  We have some frozen veggies and fruit that we will eat instead of fresh.  I made bread, yogurt, and muffins last week.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: emilypsf on February 21, 2016, 04:53:55 PM
Oh, I also used up a small amount of raw sugar, some lentils, and drank through a very old container of tea.  So, things are going pretty well.  I really do need to tighten our buying habits to make room for our pantry/freezer meals, though.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 21, 2016, 05:23:36 PM
Yesterday I made split pea soup with the ham bone from the pre-Christmas sale spiral sliced ham, onions that were sprouting and getting funky, lots of carrots and most of the remaining stash of split peas. 

Today - made up jars with fruit and protein powder so I can have breakfast smoothies all week.  Used up the bee pollen that's been in the freezer forever, as well as frozen pineapple cores and most of the frozen blueberries.

Next time I see the neighbor, I'm giving him all the hops I have stashed in the freezer since I haven't brewed in ages and he mentioned that he does.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural on February 21, 2016, 05:36:59 PM
Cooked up a 10 pound bag of frozen chicken leg quarters that I got for $.39 a pound a while back. Made meat for us - seven meals' worth - six large containers of broth (used the cut the ends off of onions from the last couple of weeks as well), and a tremendous amount of assorted chicken goop to give to the dogs in place of their usual cans for several days.  They love chicken goop with an unholy passion. :-)


 Also pulled a bag of whole wheat flour out of the freezer yesterday, let it warm, and used it in making two loaves of bread today. Still have some left, but our bread is healthier, and the freezer stash is shrinking a bit. I'll put it back in until next weekend when I make more bread. Also put some sunflower seeds in both loaves. The ones I have are salted and I've been afraid to use them in bread, but I just rinsed them well in a sieve and threw them in. They really make it yummier.


Editing to add I also used two antique bananas from the freezer in two ingredient cookies. I cheated with mine and added cocoa powder and raisins for utterly fabulous chocolate oatmeal raising cookies that don't taste anything like bananas.: http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/07/2-ingredient-cookies-plus-the-mix-ins-of-your-choice/
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on February 22, 2016, 06:25:44 AM
I've been off and on at this challenge for a while, and I'm really starting to feel a difference in my kitchen cupboards! Instead of being showered by half-eaten bags of nuts, and having to shuffle around bags of quinoa to get to the plain flour, I actually have space in my cupboards! I can slide things over to get to things at the back without taking everything out. Thank you all.

I still have a way to go, but now I've realised not to buy exotic sounding things unless I have an actual recipe and plan to make it, my kitchen is a nicer place to be.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on February 22, 2016, 10:44:19 AM
As I've said before, I don't keep much of a stock. So I do mini versions of eating everything in the house. I consume a large amount of produce so buy when I'm completely out of what I have. I've ran out if oats now, so have been drinking my green smoothies with or for breakfast, rather than as lunch . and lentils and vegetables for other meals.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on February 23, 2016, 03:29:04 PM
Thanks for the milk-tips. I tried soy milk this week but - I think it's an aquired taste. As for cashew milk: I'm quite sure no one has seen that around here. I've tried oat milk (really, really didn't like that one) and almond milk is out because they only sell it with weird and spooky preservatives. I might just get "real" milk as a treat occasionally for my chai (I stopped drinking milk simply because I digest it poorly, so a little of it should be no worry)

I should be done with two more bags of tea this week. Got just 2 or 3 cups left. One Christmassy type, the other a earl grey loose leaf. Both good, both seen better days.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: PJ on February 25, 2016, 03:06:15 PM
I've been an active participant in this challenge before, and though I'm not actively trying to eat down my pantry at this point in time, I am trying to (a) eat more at home (b) rotate through the older stuff first and (c) reduce overall food waste. 

Let's say my challenge is just "Eat the Food In Your House."

Clearly, a concerted effort at rotating the stock was needed, because I have had a couple of meals that tasked a bit freezer burnt or stale.  Hopefully I've gotten to most of the really old stuff by now.

My expenses on eating out have been slashed, and it's getting easier to think of just eating at home rather than stopping on my way from place to place.  I'm even bringing my lunch to work more often, and bought some extra stuff to stock in my desk drawer. 

Love the fact that several people have commented on feeding some stuff to their dog(s).

Part of my strategy is to supplement the dog's regular kibble with odds and ends that I'm otherwise not getting to in time.  Taking great care to not upset the overall balance of her diet too much, or upset her stomach, of course!  She's enjoying her meals, I'm easing back a titch on her regular food (and therefore saving a few pennies) and much less stuff is ending up in the garbage.  A few examples - I'm notorious for throwing out half a carton of expired eggs, or eating half a container of plain yoghurt before forgetting about it, or throwing out produce.  All of those can go to the dog, in moderate quantities.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: emilypsf on February 28, 2016, 10:58:06 AM
Things are going pretty well for us.  I'll have to go over the budget at the end of the month -- I think we went a bit over, but other than one trip to Costco, I haven't bought anything except milk, eggs, and beer at the grocery store this month.  Last week we had homemade muffins, bread, yogurt, pizza, and tortillas.  We roasted a chicken from the freezer and made smoothies with frozen pineapple and berries.  I finished off a couple bags of specialty flours and lots of stuff from the freezer.  I'll be continuing into March.  I'm also going to join the "stick to a grocery budget" thread.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Mongoose on February 28, 2016, 04:07:03 PM
Anyone else freaking out as open spots appear in the pantry and freezer? I think I have uncovered an Inner Bag Lady and she apparently is afraid of personal food shortages. We have been eating food mostly from our freezer and pantry and now there are, gasp, open spots. I rotate stock but have never actually eaten it down, not even to move. We packed coolers with dry ice on our last two cross country moves. Boxes of food were moved as well. In the last 15 years I have never moved into a house and not had an instantly full pantry and freezer. It actually may be more than a little ridiculous. I definitely feel more secure with large food stocks though. I'm not a hoarder. I don't let the food go bad like DH's grandmother used to (she had an extra large chest freezer of JIC food that they never touched; grandad encouraged "shopping" there, which was fantastic when we were in college). I just keep several months worth of stocks.

I keep finding myself nervously wondering, as our stocks slowly are decreasing, about how I will ever afford to rebuild them. Assuming we get to a more financially secure, I want to change our diet back to Paleo/Whole 30ish and a lot of our current stocks are beans, lentils, and other cheap staples. It makes sense to just eat them now while money is tight. Every time I open the freezer or pantry I have a moment of panic though. Ugh!  I need to do a freezer and pantry inventory. I suspect it will show the continued presence of ridiculous amounts of food, despite actually having eaten it down some.

Onward though. Another batch of rice and beans are getting converted to premade entrees for DH to take to work. Trying a savory oatmeal recipe (I am trying some way to make oatmeal palatable to me; the rest of the family likes it but I find it abhorrent) as well. I've been premaking casseroles and lunches from our stocks. As a bonus, eating out has essentially been eliminated by the sheer volume of food we have at home. (Shuffles feet in embarrassment.)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on February 29, 2016, 02:16:51 AM
My weakness is the sales. I struggle with the instinct to grab just 2-4 duplicates when they are priced down and keep having to remind myself to only get 1 (or 2 if they are normally pricy) and only if I know it's either a staple or something I will make that week. Because there is always something on sale. Ok: it's not chicken this week, but I can eat pork, or fish or beef. And the irony is that I actually much prefer buying "random" meat and challenging myself to cook it rather than planning from the freezer. Power of habit, I guess...

Found a tin of tea with only two bags left at the back of my cupboard, and also emptied one out for my morning tea today. So that's 4 down, 16 left. The challenge is I'm out of one of my very favourite teas: jasmine tea.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on February 29, 2016, 04:22:51 AM
Having people for dinner tomorrow and doing a chinese-style chicken dish with garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

I usually serve it with bok-choy but I have a british cabbage in the fridge that needs using up and I'd rather not have to buy anything special.

Trouble is I've never cooked cabbage unless it's in one special dish that wouldn't go with this.

Just shred it finely and steam? Or stir fry over high heat? My mother used to boil it and yuck. This would go nicely with chicken and rice though, right?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on February 29, 2016, 07:55:51 AM
Having people for dinner tomorrow and doing a chinese-style chicken dish with garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

I usually serve it with bok-choy but I have a british cabbage in the fridge that needs using up and I'd rather not have to buy anything special.

Trouble is I've never cooked cabbage unless it's in one special dish that wouldn't go with this.

Just shred it finely and steam? Or stir fry over high heat? My mother used to boil it and yuck. This would go nicely with chicken and rice though, right?

I would do this:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/stir-fry-cabbage-recipe.html
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on February 29, 2016, 09:07:22 AM
Having people for dinner tomorrow and doing a chinese-style chicken dish with garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

I usually serve it with bok-choy but I have a british cabbage in the fridge that needs using up and I'd rather not have to buy anything special.

Trouble is I've never cooked cabbage unless it's in one special dish that wouldn't go with this.

Just shred it finely and steam? Or stir fry over high heat? My mother used to boil it and yuck. This would go nicely with chicken and rice though, right?

I would do this:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/stir-fry-cabbage-recipe.html

Thank you for that! Since the ingredients are really similar to the marinade for the chicken (which just goes in a casserole dish in the oven) I might just chuck the cabbage in with the chicken. Any reason this is a terrible idea?

It's a martha stewart recipe - chicken thighs, minced ginger and garlic, soy sauce, in a casserole dish, in the oven until it's falling off the bone.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on March 01, 2016, 07:32:37 AM
I would do this:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/stir-fry-cabbage-recipe.html
Thank you for that! Since the ingredients are really similar to the marinade for the chicken (which just goes in a casserole dish in the oven) I might just chuck the cabbage in with the chicken. Any reason this is a terrible idea?
It's a martha stewart recipe - chicken thighs, minced ginger and garlic, soy sauce, in a casserole dish, in the oven until it's falling off the bone.

I'd be concerned about extra water coming out if you baked the cabbage with the chicken - you might end up with braised chicken & cabbage soup.  Also the texture wouldn't be as good.  What if you just doubled your original marinade and used the second portion for the stir fry?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on March 01, 2016, 03:53:17 PM
Anyone else freaking out as open spots appear in the pantry and freezer? I think I have uncovered an Inner Bag Lady and she apparently is afraid of personal food shortages. We have been eating food mostly from our freezer and pantry and now there are, gasp, open spots. I rotate stock but have never actually eaten it down, not even to move. We packed coolers with dry ice on our last two cross country moves. Boxes of food were moved as well. In the last 15 years I have never moved into a house and not had an instantly full pantry and freezer. It actually may be more than a little ridiculous. I definitely feel more secure with large food stocks though. I'm not a hoarder. I don't let the food go bad like DH's grandmother used to (she had an extra large chest freezer of JIC food that they never touched; grandad encouraged "shopping" there, which was fantastic when we were in college). I just keep several months worth of stocks.

I keep finding myself nervously wondering, as our stocks slowly are decreasing, about how I will ever afford to rebuild them. Assuming we get to a more financially secure, I want to change our diet back to Paleo/Whole 30ish and a lot of our current stocks are beans, lentils, and other cheap staples. It makes sense to just eat them now while money is tight. Every time I open the freezer or pantry I have a moment of panic though. Ugh!  I need to do a freezer and pantry inventory. I suspect it will show the continued presence of ridiculous amounts of food, despite actually having eaten it down some.

Onward though. Another batch of rice and beans are getting converted to premade entrees for DH to take to work. Trying a savory oatmeal recipe (I am trying some way to make oatmeal palatable to me; the rest of the family likes it but I find it abhorrent) as well. I've been premaking casseroles and lunches from our stocks. As a bonus, eating out has essentially been eliminated by the sheer volume of food we have at home. (Shuffles feet in embarrassment.)

I'm like you. I looked into my fridge yesterday and the light was reaching some of the back corners and bottom shelves, a phenomenon I'm certain I've never seen before!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on March 04, 2016, 06:11:38 AM
I would do this:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/stir-fry-cabbage-recipe.html
Thank you for that! Since the ingredients are really similar to the marinade for the chicken (which just goes in a casserole dish in the oven) I might just chuck the cabbage in with the chicken. Any reason this is a terrible idea?
It's a martha stewart recipe - chicken thighs, minced ginger and garlic, soy sauce, in a casserole dish, in the oven until it's falling off the bone.

I'd be concerned about extra water coming out if you baked the cabbage with the chicken - you might end up with braised chicken & cabbage soup.  Also the texture wouldn't be as good.  What if you just doubled your original marinade and used the second portion for the stir fry?

Thanks plain jane, I stir fried it and it was delicious! I got so many compliments on the meal :) My guest sent a thank you email and mentioned how great it was again! Beaming over here.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: horsepoor on March 05, 2016, 09:16:53 PM
Glad the cabbage was a hit!

I've been out of town, so I hit the store and stocked up on produce, and grabbed some butter and a favorite salsa, but otherwise didn't get any non perishables or protein.  Need to take stock of the pantry tomorrow and see what else we can start eating down.  Thinking some of the lentils have been around the house far too long.  Of course, I did bring back about 10# of frozen chile, some big cans of chipotles, two bottles of hot sauce, and dried chile from my trip to New Mexico.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on March 07, 2016, 02:45:56 PM
Last Fall during Chili Cookoff season, DH bought several 2LB packages of ground pork, used just one and the other had been sitting in the freezer since.  Saturday I soaked pinto beans overnight, and boiled them yesterday.  I cooked up the sausage, added the pinto beans, ketchup, brown sugar, onion and garlic powders and baked it for an hour at 325, then uncovered for another 30.  DH had two bowls last night, and has a ton of leftovers for lunches this week.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on March 11, 2016, 02:22:54 AM
My freezer is looking orderly and half-empty. This week: out a portion of black bean soup, some bread and all the tortillas. In 2 portions of curry for lunch and some feta cheese that was on sale for $ 1 because they vere on the use by-date. Feta freezes excellently, so I'm happy.

In other news: 5 down, 15 left of my giant tea-collection. I've gone through all the christmas-teas and opened a lovely rose earl grey the other day.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on March 11, 2016, 04:41:19 AM
My freezer is looking orderly and half-empty. This week: out a portion of black bean soup, some bread and all the tortillas. In 2 portions of curry for lunch and some feta cheese that was on sale for $ 1 because they vere on the use by-date. Feta freezes excellently, so I'm happy.

In other news: 5 down, 15 left of my giant tea-collection. I've gone through all the christmas-teas and opened a lovely rose earl grey the other day.

Doing well on the tea Anje! I was just getting on top of my stash, when my DH went to a conference and came home with sample packets. I don't want to be ungrateful for free tea, but at the same time it feels like using it up is now a chore!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: 4alpacas on March 14, 2016, 12:54:21 PM
My freezer is looking orderly and half-empty. This week: out a portion of black bean soup, some bread and all the tortillas. In 2 portions of curry for lunch and some feta cheese that was on sale for $ 1 because they vere on the use by-date. Feta freezes excellently, so I'm happy.

In other news: 5 down, 15 left of my giant tea-collection. I've gone through all the christmas-teas and opened a lovely rose earl grey the other day.

Doing well on the tea Anje! I was just getting on top of my stash, when my DH went to a conference and came home with sample packets. I don't want to be ungrateful for free tea, but at the same time it feels like using it up is now a chore!
Ha!  I love free tea, so feel free to send it my way.  I just finished a major tea clean-out at work and at home.  Now I only have a few types of tea that I really like.

I'm in the middle of a freezer clean-out.  I defrosted and cooked most of the chicken breasts in the freezer.  I only have one bag of soup left in the freezer.  Now I need to tackle our condiments...so many jars of jam, types of mustard, and other random things we've collected.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on March 14, 2016, 01:03:33 PM
I grocery shop once a month so I usually need to be creative a day or two beforehand.  Currently in the slow cooker are chicken breasts wrapped in bacon covered in the last of the canned apples from our tree last fall.  Tomorrow will be boneless pork chops covered in the rest of the apples.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on March 14, 2016, 02:46:11 PM
I grocery shop once a month so I usually need to be creative a day or two beforehand.  Currently in the slow cooker are chicken breasts wrapped in bacon covered in the last of the canned apples from our tree last fall.  Tomorrow will be boneless pork chops covered in the rest of the apples.

Wow, sounds good. Hav u tried the bacon wrapped chicken before?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on March 15, 2016, 05:50:00 AM
My freezer is looking orderly and half-empty. This week: out a portion of black bean soup, some bread and all the tortillas. In 2 portions of curry for lunch and some feta cheese that was on sale for $ 1 because they vere on the use by-date. Feta freezes excellently, so I'm happy.

In other news: 5 down, 15 left of my giant tea-collection. I've gone through all the christmas-teas and opened a lovely rose earl grey the other day.

Doing well on the tea Anje! I was just getting on top of my stash, when my DH went to a conference and came home with sample packets. I don't want to be ungrateful for free tea, but at the same time it feels like using it up is now a chore!
Ha!  I love free tea, so feel free to send it my way.  I just finished a major tea clean-out at work and at home.  Now I only have a few types of tea that I really like.

I'm in the middle of a freezer clean-out.  I defrosted and cooked most of the chicken breasts in the freezer.  I only have one bag of soup left in the freezer.  Now I need to tackle our condiments...so many jars of jam, types of mustard, and other random things we've collected.
I wouldn't worry about 15 (or 20) types of tea if they were all different types that I love. But some of them are just ok-ish teas that I bought but never finished. And so my goal is to end up with only the teas I love and drink regularly. And only 1 of each type at the time (not 3-4 like now).

I'm eating my way out of fridge and freezer before easter, while at the same time compiling a looong list of food to get for entertaining and so on for the holidays. Oh well. At least then the pile of food is new.. I don't like tossing food, but a jar of greyish pickles ended up in the bin.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: plainjane on March 15, 2016, 10:10:06 AM
I wouldn't worry about 15 (or 20) types of tea if they were all different types that I love. But some of them are just ok-ish teas that I bought but never finished. And so my goal is to end up with only the teas I love and drink regularly. And only 1 of each type at the time (not 3-4 like now).

Have you considered bringing the ok-ish teas into work and leaving them in the kitchen?

I'm really pleased with my attempts to eat down the kitchen before our trip.  If everything goes to plan, the only perishables that I need to address is a bag of carrots (the plan is to peel & shred, then I can keep them in the freezer in 1 cup portions for baking or to bulk out ground meat), and some chickpeas (add a bit of liquid on top and then into the freezer).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on March 15, 2016, 11:17:13 AM
I wouldn't worry about 15 (or 20) types of tea if they were all different types that I love. But some of them are just ok-ish teas that I bought but never finished. And so my goal is to end up with only the teas I love and drink regularly. And only 1 of each type at the time (not 3-4 like now).

Have you considered bringing the ok-ish teas into work and leaving them in the kitchen?

I'm really pleased with my attempts to eat down the kitchen before our trip.  If everything goes to plan, the only perishables that I need to address is a bag of carrots (the plan is to peel & shred, then I can keep them in the freezer in 1 cup portions for baking or to bulk out ground meat), and some chickpeas (add a bit of liquid on top and then into the freezer).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on March 15, 2016, 11:26:20 AM
I wouldn't worry about 15 (or 20) types of tea if they were all different types that I love. But some of them are just ok-ish teas that I bought but never finished. And so my goal is to end up with only the teas I love and drink regularly. And only 1 of each type at the time (not 3-4 like now).

Have you considered bringing the ok-ish teas into work and leaving them in the kitchen?

I'm really pleased with my attempts to eat down the kitchen before our trip.  If everything goes to plan, the only perishables that I need to address is a bag of carrots (the plan is to peel & shred, then I can keep them in the freezer in 1 cup portions for baking or to bulk out ground meat), and some chickpeas (add a bit of liquid on top and then into the freezer).

Fiance & I have around 30 boxes of tea,which  I don't like mostly,  and will not drink- but my sweetheart loves any tea. He gets some free from work from time to time, and I've helped mom reduce her larger collection , and brought it for him as well. Ah well . it does get drank tho. & I do get the types I do enjoy for free.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: MountainGal on March 15, 2016, 12:38:00 PM
I grocery shop once a month so I usually need to be creative a day or two beforehand.  Currently in the slow cooker are chicken breasts wrapped in bacon covered in the last of the canned apples from our tree last fall.  Tomorrow will be boneless pork chops covered in the rest of the apples.

Wow, sounds good. Hav u tried the bacon wrapped chicken before?

Thank you, riverff.  I've had bacon wrapped chicken, just not made in the slow cooker, nor covered in apples.  It was really good and tender, and DH said it was apple-y, LOL.  The pork chops are cooking today, and I have my grocery list and coupons ready to go.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on March 15, 2016, 01:02:41 PM
I grocery shop once a month so I usually need to be creative a day or two beforehand.  Currently in the slow cooker are chicken breasts wrapped in bacon covered in the last of the canned apples from our tree last fall.  Tomorrow will be boneless pork chops covered in the rest of the apples.

Wow, sounds good. Hav u tried the bacon wrapped chicken before?

Thank you, riverff.  I've had bacon wrapped chicken, just not made in the slow cooker, nor covered in apples.  It was really good and tender, and DH said it was apple-y, LOL.  The pork chops are cooking today, and I have my grocery list and coupons ready to go.

Great :)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: jooles on April 06, 2016, 11:37:13 AM
Officially reviving this challenge in my house today.

Eat down the house for the rest of April.

Goals -

reducing spending on food

use up unloved food that you already own.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on April 07, 2016, 04:30:22 AM
Made a meal plan for the rest of the week yesterday which was totally out of the freezer and store cupboard. Things are getting emptier and easier to see and use, hurrah!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on April 07, 2016, 10:19:51 AM
I wouldn't worry about 15 (or 20) types of tea if they were all different types that I love. But some of them are just ok-ish teas that I bought but never finished. And so my goal is to end up with only the teas I love and drink regularly. And only 1 of each type at the time (not 3-4 like now).

Have you considered bringing the ok-ish teas into work and leaving them in the kitchen?

I'm really pleased with my attempts to eat down the kitchen before our trip.  If everything goes to plan, the only perishables that I need to address is a bag of carrots (the plan is to peel & shred, then I can keep them in the freezer in 1 cup portions for baking or to bulk out ground meat), and some chickpeas (add a bit of liquid on top and then into the freezer).
I did that with some teabags I didn't care for. But I much prefere lose leaf tea and no one at work (besides me) will drink that.

It's a creative and rewarding process, though. I discovered that rice boiled in tea rather than water is a nice variation. That cookies or cake with tea (in them, not served alongside) is good. And there are several tea-rubs and marinades that caught my interest. Tea-jam is also an actual thing. I might try it when I've eaten the old jam.

I'm almost out of two other types of tea. One a very lovely rose tea I'll be sad to be out of. But I'm still at 15.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SAfAmBrit on April 18, 2016, 08:49:18 PM
So have slowly read through 17 pages of posts and resolved to join. I started Friday. I do not seem to have as much as some in the freezer/pantry, but there is definitely things that must be eaten. We are a mixed family of 1 vegetarian, 1 pescatarian (me) and 2 omnivores. 1 omnivore (SO) allergic to chicken, wheat, soy and dairy (He is a challenge). This week-end I made vegetarian chilli (it was so good - and this forum forced me to find the recipe - thanks) - lentils finished, sad peppers and old shredded carrots done - 5 meals frozen. Made cornbread to go with - packet expired 2013 :-). Asked my son to buy Gurum Masala yesterday- came back with 3 packets of Tikka Masala??? (It says Masala mom, great son Masala means MIX!) Well he is, at this moment eating Tikka with chicken and rice that has been at the bottom of the fridge with a bag of assorted rice that has been in the pantry for years. 2 more meals frozen - bonus. Also emptied a jam jar making the Jam Tarts mentioned on about page 8. (Got rid of old powder sugar and all purpose flour). Made marinara sauce (3 more portions frozen) to go with endless pasta in the pantry. Enough frozen food to keep 3 adults going until next week-end (I get fed by the hotel I work at). This forum does wonders to make people think outside the box.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion on April 18, 2016, 09:22:36 PM
Future Hub & I do mini versions of this- we do a shop about every 2-2.5 weeks (costco) and eat it down. Working thru a 10lb. bag if carrots currently haha.
Also, he works at a grocery, so he brings home items sometimes for $1 each (or free). Most recently- corned beef, BBQ beef ribs, bacon, chorizo(he eats so much meat! I eat very little). Best of all he brought approx. 10lbs. of raspberries! I drink a daily smoothie , mostly vegetables but a little fruit, so this is perfect. Pull a container out of the freezer at a time. Yum.
But we really get our stock very low before we do another shop, and then it's basics- lots of produce, tortillas, yogurt and the like.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SAfAmBrit on April 24, 2016, 05:11:22 PM
So family was fed on all the food made last week-end. Just used the last of the chicken and used the second packet of Tikka Masala. SO is getting the final frozen liver and bacon made the last time my mom visited. 1lb frozen cod to make fish cakes for me - getting a little harder to think up meals now but that's the fun of the challenge. Only buying eggs and milk tomorrow. Any ideas for thin sliced beef round steaks?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on April 25, 2016, 04:56:47 AM
I've been having the flu the last weeks, so food has been going bad in my fridge. But I salvaged some produce and some turkey meat and made fajitas this weekend. Have set menu for the week: fajitas, pizza and spring rolls for lunch/dinner. Cinnamon buns and smoothies for snack/breakfast.

In other news: 7 down, 15 left of my giant tea-collection. I restocked on my favourite summer tea (jasmine green tea) and found a bag of tea I didn't know I owned at the back of the cupboard.. It's an assam earl grey, so that should make for excelent morning tea.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on April 25, 2016, 10:56:42 AM
So family was fed on all the food made last week-end. Just used the last of the chicken and used the second packet of Tikka Masala. SO is getting the final frozen liver and bacon made the last time my mom visited. 1lb frozen cod to make fish cakes for me - getting a little harder to think up meals now but that's the fun of the challenge. Only buying eggs and milk tomorrow. Any ideas for thin sliced beef round steaks?

Marinating that and using it thinly sliced in stir fry or fajitas would be good. Definitely do a 24 hour marinade period first though.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: carolina822 on April 26, 2016, 09:41:36 PM
A bit late to the game on this one, but when I realized how much f-ing money I spent on grabbing dinner out during tax season when I was too exhausted to cook for myself (and that's with lunch being bought for us every day at the office, so that part was free!), I'm feeling fat and stupid and poor and there is plenty of food in my freezer to eat. So I'm going to eat it.

I made spaghetti the other night with turkey sausage that I had bought, then froze, because I was too freaking lazy to even brown some meat and toss in a can of tomatoes. Ate that for a couple of meals, then froze the rest of the sauce. Yeah, not supposed to freeze meat twice - don't even care. I pulled a container of mystery soup (it appears to have okra and corn in it, so we'll see) out to thaw for tomorrow. I know there are a couple of freezer bag meals in there that are probably a lost cause - did one of those once-a-month cooking days at least a year ago and didn't take full advantage of it. Maybe I'll try that again sometime (probably not).

I cleaned out my fridge tonight and there were rotten peppers, leftover soup that was growing mold, and leftover chicken that was too far gone to even feed to the dog. There were a couple bags of lettuce that were about to go bad (it seems like ALL my lettuce goes bad before I motivate myself to make a salad) so I made a giant salad with the non-rotten peppers and carrots and I WILL finish eating it before it wilts, dammit! I waste a ton of food from being too lazy to cook it, and spend too much money on takeout that's not even that good. Must. Stop. Now.

I haven't set an official food budget yet, but that's the main drain on my funds that gives zero return to me. I'm going to Chicago next weekend for a quick vacation and I know that's not MMM when you're still paying off debt, but the trip is mostly paid for already and is something of a last hurrah before getting even more to the grindstone. I'd like to spend no money on food at all between now and then. Yeah, a whole week - lol - but hey, it's a start.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: SAfAmBrit on May 07, 2016, 07:50:37 PM
So making progress and learning lots of new things to make which has been a hit with the family. The Tikka Masala and chicken are gone, had some cream left over so made an egg flan/quiche with red potato, caramelized onion and some old cherry tomatoes that were in the fridge. Cream, cherry tomatoes, red potatoes, eggs and onions gone. Making Mexican one pot quinoa tonight, (if you haven't tried it you should - so good and very little effort - about $1.50 p.p. serving and uses lots of random ingredients). Other than fresh ingredients - still no shopping. Have not yet cooked the thin round steak but found a marinade I can make with ingredients I have so maybe tomorrow for the meat eaters. On the plus side my herb and tomato plants are now producing so no more store bought tomatoes or herbs. Will learn to dry the thyme, oregano and rosemary - any tips would be welcome. Need to start freezing the parsley.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on May 09, 2016, 03:23:50 PM
Emptied out the top shelf of my cupboard last week. I now have nothing (save my bamboo steamer) that needs to go there. Haven't had spare room since I moved in.

Also made a plan to eat out the freezer completely. Today I made curry and used up the final frozen chili from last years harvest (I still have a lot of dried chili, it was a nice chili-season), some pumpkin, chickpeas and green beans as well as the stock from last months boiled pork. When that's eaten I will make pumpkin soup and then some hummus. Snack this week is more cinnamon buns. I make a boatload and then eat one (or two) a day until I'm out.

My challenge is a bag of frozen plums. Only catch is: I made plum Gin on them. They taste good (and boozy) so I planned on using them for dessert with ice cream, but they turn brown once they thaw, so... Not nice. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Dollar Slice on May 09, 2016, 03:36:20 PM
My challenge is a bag of frozen plums. Only catch is: I made plum Gin on them. They taste good (and boozy) so I planned on using them for dessert with ice cream, but they turn brown once they thaw, so... Not nice. Any ideas?

Found a thread on Chowhound with someone having a similar issue (frozen plums, but no booze)... suggestions include making a puree and then a sorbet; plum jam; plum ketchup or chutney; plum cake; plum butter; plum wine. Maybe one of those will work for you? http://www.chowhound.com/post/frozen-plums-289959?page=2
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje on May 11, 2016, 03:22:19 AM
My challenge is a bag of frozen plums. Only catch is: I made plum Gin on them. They taste good (and boozy) so I planned on using them for dessert with ice cream, but they turn brown once they thaw, so... Not nice. Any ideas?

Found a thread on Chowhound with someone having a similar issue (frozen plums, but no booze)... suggestions include making a puree and then a sorbet; plum jam; plum ketchup or chutney; plum cake; plum butter; plum wine. Maybe one of those will work for you? http://www.chowhound.com/post/frozen-plums-289959?page=2
Thank you, Dollar Slice!
I think I might try making plum butter. The liquour might lend it a nice undertone and they will be much more usable once alcohol-free and spreadable.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough on May 11, 2016, 11:19:08 AM
I haven't been on the forums in months, but I wandered back in today and saw this thread.   I have done a pretty good job of cooking out of my freezer and pantry lately in anticipation of a bountiful harvest (though in Montana, that harvest is always later than everywhere else).

I have a bunch of lemon herb and spicy breaders - they were given to me and we don't eat a lot of meat.   I've tried using them to bread veggies, but it isn't my favorite way to eat vegetables.   Any ideas on how I could use them?  Could I make crackers with them somehow?

Tonight I'm making paella and using the last of the frozen peppers and peas (not authentic obviously, but still delicious).
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Dollar Slice on May 11, 2016, 11:33:40 AM
I have a bunch of lemon herb and spicy breaders - they were given to me and we don't eat a lot of meat.   I've tried using them to bread veggies, but it isn't my favorite way to eat vegetables.   Any ideas on how I could use them?  Could I make crackers with them somehow?

You could use them to top various kinds of casseroles. Great on baked mac and cheese, etc.  Or, hmm... poached dumplings like in matzah ball soup? And I've seen recipes for Ritz cracker crumb crusts for quiche/tart/cheesecake type dishes, I bet you could sub crispy breadcrumbs for cracker crumbs.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Maya on May 16, 2016, 05:11:45 PM
Time for me to join and fully commit. Crunch time is on. Moving in 5 weeks! Must empty everything!

Going to spend my evening starting the inventory!
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist on May 27, 2016, 05:49:22 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:


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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: EngineerYogi on May 27, 2016, 08:55:25 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
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: theadvicist 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.
 
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Cressida 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Anje 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: riverffashion 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 fiancée drinks.
Any progress is progress folks. Well done.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: savedough 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 ;)
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Dollar Slice 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.
Title: Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
Post by: Rural 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 ch