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Eating from the pantry challenge, garden progress

May 14th, 2014 at 02:59 pm

I ran across this eat-down-the-pantry challenge from one of my new favorite blogs. It reminds me of something we do here.

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I'm probably going to eat down my pantry this next week or two. I realize I've got soooo much stuff and soooo much food already. Why not just buy milk and veggies and see what we can come up with? Maybe it's the spring cleaning bug. I'm ready to clear out the old and have some empty spaces in my house, whether its the basement storage or the pantry shelves.

I admit I have another motive. Hubby bought me a way too expensive mother's day gift ( a $2,000 laptop computer. I'd be happy with a $500 one, but he's a computer geek so low end is not an option for electronics. Sigh), so now I have to figure out how to pay for it. I thought about returning it, but my mom said not to. He never buys me gifts, and he told her it's because I never like what he gets. She thinks if I send it back, I'll never get anything again!

Oh well. So yeah, trying to pay for it out of cash flow by mid-June. We might be able to do it. If I cut on groceries, send all my freelance checks to the CC, and some of the next paycheck, that might do it. We'll see.

In other news, the pantry challenge might be good because garden season is ramping up and I have a lot of canned goods still from last season. Might be good to empty some jars and clear some room for this year's harvest.

Unfortunately, planting is on hold another week as we have a cold front coming through. Crazy weather this year. So, I have a bunch of plants sitting in limbo.

But, the perennial onions are doing great!

21 Responses to “Eating from the pantry challenge, garden progress”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    The only thing I need use up right now are the ripe bananas in my freezer. Banana bread seems like a good option...just a little tired of that. Smile Good luck eating your pantry down!!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I find that when my pantry is NOT overstocked I am much more creative about using up ingredients!

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    Hmmm. Can you freeze bananas? Don't they get all icky?

  4. snafu Says:

    Our pantry and deep freeze are too full. I need to re-stock the fridge freezer by 'shopping' the deep freeze and limit grocery purchases to fresh fruit, greens and dairy. When chickens, pork butt or loin and some sort of roast beef went on sale, I bought about $ 50. because the deep freeze seemed empty and inefficient. Oops,there is enough to take us straight through the grilling season.

    We have been eating smaller, we've hardly had more than one dinner party a month in this brutal winter and DSs are working in the east. If we manage to have a decent summer I hope we can do a lot of BBQ fun with friends, relatives and neighbours

  5. CB in the City Says:

    TOR, when you freeze and then thaw bananas, the skins turn black and the insides get mushy. HOWEVER, they are just perfect for banana bread!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yes, you can freeze bananas. If you peel them and break them apart, then it'll be very easy to use them in smoothies, etc. You can also freeze them in their skin - then let them thaw and peel them (or cut one end off and squeeze it.)

  7. Miz Pat Says:

    I don't have a garden - i have six dogs in the back yard and no way to keep them from digging up any plants. I do have a goal to fence in an area and have a garden some time in future.

    However, you made me realize I need to defrost the Deep Freeze, so I'm going to have to clean it out and figure out what is good and what isn't. So I can do a little Pantry Challenge and make stuff out of meat from the freezer. Thank you for the lovely idea.

  8. ThriftoRama Says:

    Gee Miz Pat. I didn't mean to make another chore for you!

  9. Shiela Says:

    I just made a nice frozen bananas and frozen berries with nuts and chia smoothie for lunch, it was so good.

  10. MonkeyMama Says:

    We peel and cut up bananas to freeze for smoothies. (Usually the ones we didn't eat when ripe, so they don't go to waste). I'll have to remember to freeze whole ones for banana bread, too.

    I'd probably have no frame of reference otherwise, but since we just bought a laptop, that is crazy!! Is it really so bad if he stops buying you gifts? Wink

  11. ThriftoRama Says:

    It wouldn't be so bad, MonkeyMama, it's just that he never buys gifts and it would hurt his feelings if I returned it. I don't want to go out of my way to hurt his feelings after he clearly put so much thought into getting me something. And, it's something I need, it just costs more than I wanted to spend. I mean, technically, we can afford it. It's just, I look at chunks of money and think of the ways we can divvy it up to get the most out of it, and this is only get one thing!

  12. Miz Pat Says:

    Dear Thrift-o-Rama, you didn't make more chores, you gave me a good idea!

    I would love to grow at least herbs someplace. Maybe I should dig up the front window box and plant herbs there. It used to be full of aloe plants but they got too thick and then got infested with black widows so we took them all out.

    I know cilantro grows wild here, maybe thyme - yum. That may be a worthy project!

  13. ThriftoRama Says:

    MizPat, we grow lots of herbs: dill, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, tarragon, oregano, chives, etc. The chives and oregano are perennial here. (we're zone 6) it saves us a bunch of money to have our own fresh plus dried ones on hand. I'm always shocked by what they cost at the grocery store.

    I will say herbs generally don't need the best soil, so if there is any spot you can plant them in the ground, then you might be able to plant some that are perennial or self-seeding, so you don't have to buy new plants or seeds each year.

  14. Miz Pat Says:

    Ohh, you are encouraging me here. I live in the desert and it is hot, but we have two growing seasons. It would be such fun.

  15. creditcardfree Says:

    I do freeze ripe bananas whole. I then defost on the counter or under cold water. Once they are soft enough, they will slide right out of the peel. Mash them up and add to the ingredients to banana bread.

  16. snafu Says:

    Frozen mashed bananas are a terrific addition to any cake mix, easy bake loaf, cupcakes and no cook type cheese cake filling.

    It's very popular here to grow herbs in the plastic type gutters nailed to the fence at a convenient height.

  17. Miz Pat Says:

    oooh - easy access herbs. Nephew #1 wants to grow tomatoes, Nephew #2 wants to eat the tomatoes. I want herbs, but I wouldn't say no to tomatoes.

    I wonder if I can grow aloe plants outside alongside herbs. I know I can grow aloe because I did it before.

  18. ThriftoRama Says:

    Sounds like I got the wheels turning! I finally planted most of my seedlings today, about a week later than normal thanks to a late frost and unusual cold weather.

  19. PatientSaver Says:

    Those look like Egyptian walking onions, which is what i have...are they? They don't get a big bulb but you can cut the tops and use like scallions i guess.

  20. ThriftoRama Says:

    They are walking onions! We save the bulbs from the top and replant them, or give them to friends looking to establish their own onion plants.

  21. rob62521 Says:

    Great looking garden!

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