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    Default 2017 Pantry/Freezer Challenge

    This challenge is to encourage users to use up what is in their pantry, freezer or fridge instead of it "hiding" in the back until it has to be tossed and wasted. You can post as often as you wish and tell what you used up out of your pantry, freezer and fridge. If you want, you can also post what you had to toss. You may find the accountability helpful.

    I have set a personal challenge for myself of NO TAKEOUT in January, so this challenge is how I will accomplish it.
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    I'm in! I got 1 deep freeze, 2 fridge freezers and an upstairs pantry and downstairs stockpile I need to eat down. Garden this year is going to be epic and bring in a lot of food, and if i'm hoping for piggies I gotta have it pretty empty by August. Cause veggies+ at least one full hog if not more + deer= ho boy. I really hope we can though, Pork is not something I'm able to stop pile a lot of for some reason and I love BBQ pulled pork, ribs, Italian sausage, etc..

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    Going to begin decluttering the kitchen on Tuesday
    (dh home until then) I may work on the fridge and
    freezer today because tomorrow is trash day.

    dh and I buy and eat separately (my diet vs his non-diet)
    so it is pretty much a mess most of the time.
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    Freezer Used:
    2# ground meat
    2# ground sausage
    1 ham hock
    1 pkg boneless pork ribs

    Freezer added:
    31 cabbage rolls
    1 container crack slaw plus 2 lunches
    2 containers sausage kale soup
    1 container cabbage soup plus 2 lunches
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    LL-what is crack slaw?

    Using cheese and lunchmeat and the bread is all gone
    garlic bread
    1 roast
    1 pkg hot dogs
    5 2L and 3 juices
    cans of peaches,pineapple,pears.rasp. applesauce,2 canberry
    4 cans of chicken broth
    2 boxes of stove top
    2 pkg. cookies,2 bags of m/m's
    3 ubake choc. chip cookies
    1 ubake macadamia
    1 bag chips,1 box of chocolates
    1 bag of pretzels
    worchestershire sauce,mustard and stone ground mustard put into play
    5 pkg. of cheddar brats,1 pkg. HD buns
    1 pkg. spaghetti sauce,1 jar of classico toamto sauce
    1 lg. container of chili (frozen)
    3 pkg of cinnamon rolls
    3 pkg. clearance honey rolls to bake
    1 carton eggs
    2 boxes of mac/cheese and several 1/2# packages of cheese
    2 bundles of glue cheese
    2 pkg. sliced cheese
    box of cheerios
    1 mayo jar
    1 jar zesty pickles
    2 jars fo peanut butter
    1 sandwich bag of cubed ham
    2 pkg. bacon
    1# carrots raw
    1 bottle of sparkling cider
    4 potatoes,1 onion
    1/4 box pancake mix/oil
    4 sticks marg/2 butter
    I love my new freezer upright and hate eating out most of the time. I cant wait until the kitchen is even more organized!

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    FW - I found it on the "Feed 4 for $5 thread". It calls for 1# of sausage cooked with minced ginger and garlic then add 1 bag of coleslaw veggie mix, cook until wilted, add soy sauce when you eat it and it tastes like the inside of an egg roll. We just cut up cabbage and sometimes add shredded carrots instead of buying the bag of coleslaw veggies.
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    Oh LL-can i please have the recipe. I just bought a head of cabbage. I have spicy sausage and beef broth-soup?? hmm and its low sodium broth. I have jarred mushrooms. DH wont go near this.lol But my new high weight just went up 2# more from the cookie diet!

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    Sounds yummy, LL, and it couldn't get much simpler. I'll have to give that a try since it looks WW-friendly, with turkey sausage for lower fat and calories, of course. It would be good with some chopped water chestnuts for crunch and served over chow mein noodles, I bet, and a side of brown rice.

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    Used can tomato soup and bread oats raisins from pantry
    cheese from refrigator

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    Used a package of short ribs, 2 boxes pasta, 2 cans tomato sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can of tomato paste for dinner last night.

    Tonight is leftovers

    I made up a DIY oatmeal packet in a big ziplock baggie. Raisins and brown sugar. Will take it to work to use for breakfasts this week.

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    Used up from the freezer over the long holiday weekend:
    Salmon filet (essentially a half of a fish)
    8 hamburger patties and a package of buns
    4 bacon wrapped beef filet mignon
    2 lobster tails
    Shrimp ring
    Frozen blueberries
    Package of pork chops (along with three sprouting new potatoes and a jar of apricot chutney)

    Pork roast in crockpot today

    Chicken breasts thawing in the fridge for later this week.


    The sad part is all that barely made a dent in the freezer. I probably don't even have a half shelf open yet. LOL ROFL
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    All of the holiday goodies are gone. I'm starting to work on emptying my little freezing compartment and the pantry shelf. I did a quick estimate the other day and I have about two weeks worth of main meal items in the freezer. For the next month or so I will "shop" at home first and confine my purchases to a few basic items needed to round out a meal.

    Today will be ACS or Chili with no additional purchases. I need to pick up a can of pork and beans or a can of kraut to use with some cocktail sized sausages that I found in the managers markdown bin, 12 ounces for $0.49, that will make 3 or 4 servings for about $1.25.

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    Here is the recipe. Ooohhhhh......I bet water chestnuts would be great in it!

    Crack Slaw (Low Carb, GF)

    1 lb ground pork ($2)
    1 bag coleslaw mix ($1.50) We cut our own cabbage and carrots
    minced Garlic
    minced ginger

    Fry pork in pan until cooked, add garlic, ginger and coleslaw mix. Mix well and cook until cabbage is translucent. Add soy sauce when you eat it. Very filling and tastes like the inside of an egg roll.

    Used from the freezer:
    2 pkgs sausage
    1 pkg shrimp
    last pkg of sliced cheese

    Added to freezer:
    4 pkgs chicken thighs.

    Used from the pantry:
    3 jars hm canned chicken broth
    2 jars hm canned tomato soup
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    3 pkg. of sliced cheese
    2- 1/2# bags of sharp shredded cheese
    1 can chopped tomatoes
    5 cans of kidney beans
    2 cans hormel chili
    sm bag of green pepper strips
    1 sm. onion chopped
    2 sandwich bags of pre cooked ground beef
    1 bag of meatballs
    1/2 gallon of milk
    1/2 choc. Ganashe Bday cake
    2 gala apples
    1 pkg. Corned beef
    1 pkg of salami
    1 loaf of seeded rye
    1 2L of Coke
    1 pkg. of gallon plastic bags
    handful of Atomic fireballs
    gave some mushrooms/roast and the last 1/2 potato to the waggers

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    LOL Apparently I don't get the basic concept here, but I picked up 40 pounds of ground beef this weekend. Zaycon had a flash sale to get 93/7 ground beef for $3.04 a pound. I have made:

    10 pounds cooked, stored in one pound freezer containers
    10 pounds made into meatloaves (four large loaves, four individual loaves)
    10 pounds made into beef and bean burritos for quick snacks
    5 pounds frozen raw
    5 pounds cooked into lasagna mix (5 lbs ground beef, 5 lbs italian sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic)

    I was almost out of ground beef things, so decided it was too good a sale to miss.

    I'll pull out several other things to thaw and continue on otherwise with the pantry challenge and we'll just all ignore this little glitch, ok?
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