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    Default 2021 Pantry / Freezer Challenge

    Some are building their stash, some are reducing their stash and others like mindful rotation. I normally manage to hit all three of these sometime during the year. lol Currently I'm working on building my pantry at a slow pace as money, time and sales allow.

    Freezer used:
    ham

    pantry used:
    2 pints mac and cheese
    1 half pint ground beef
    5 potatoes

    freezer added:
    1 pkg bacon ends

    pantry added:
    nothing yet

    Bought to can:
    10 packages of cream cheese
    3 pounds of Great Northern beans for bean soup.
    2021 Goals:

    January - Fruit Trees
    February - Insulate and moisture barrier in the crawl space and insulation in the attic
    March - Metal Roof installed and gutters
    Dig a pond - check into grant money
    New goat fencing - check into grant money

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    Freezer added
    1 turkey

    Pantry added
    5 quarts of hm bean soup - If they all seal

    freezer/Pantry used:
    nothing

    Stockpile added:
    4 pkgs of AirBourne
    10 tubes of chapstick
    2021 Goals:

    January - Fruit Trees
    February - Insulate and moisture barrier in the crawl space and insulation in the attic
    March - Metal Roof installed and gutters
    Dig a pond - check into grant money
    New goat fencing - check into grant money

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    Thawing- bag of chicken, roast beef

    I'm trying to use up pantry and frozen items. I purchased alot so i need to use some now before it expires.

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    My current short-list, mostly half used packages or small servings:

    tomato sauce
    beef empanada filling
    wonton wraps
    bamboo shoots
    french bread
    tortellini
    empanada wraps
    breakfast sausages
    sandwich rolls
    cookie dough
    pita bread
    baked potatoes
    chicken broth
    pulled pork
    broccoli
    bacon ends
    cheap steak
    cranberries
    corn
    peas
    cherries
    bao buns
    ramen noodles
    ham and bean soup
    chowder
    chili
    thai beef stock
    beef barley soup
    chicken pot pie filling
    chicken lettuce cup filling
    taco filling
    country style hash browns
    beef bbq
    ham slices
    soup/gravy ??

    I know that is a long list, and some of it obviously matches up like the chicken broth and tortellini, pulled pork and buns, hash browns and breakfast sausage....some items like the steak and bacon ends have uses that involve more ingredients I don't have, and some like the tomato sauce and chowder are small portions. And there's a tub of brown liquid I didn't label and can't remember now... My plan is to incorporate 3 items per week into the regular menu. (This week we are using chili, chicken lettuce cup filling, ham slices, and the beef bbq. Next week the pot pie filling and barley soup)
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    I am doing a pantry challenge for as long as possible with some fresh veg every 2 weeks if I really feel I need it. So far I've spent 20$: 6$ for fresh veg (based entirely on cost per lb...carrots, onions and cabbage averaging 46cents/lb) and 4 cans of tomatoes at 45cents a can. 14$ to get coffee and oil to last 2 months or more.

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    Freezer added/used:
    nothing

    Pantry used:
    1/2 gallon of ham broth - used that yesterday when I canned the ham n bean soup

    pantry added:
    8 pints of cream cheese
    2021 Goals:

    January - Fruit Trees
    February - Insulate and moisture barrier in the crawl space and insulation in the attic
    March - Metal Roof installed and gutters
    Dig a pond - check into grant money
    New goat fencing - check into grant money

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    Pantry added:
    7 quarts hm turkey broth
    2021 Goals:

    January - Fruit Trees
    February - Insulate and moisture barrier in the crawl space and insulation in the attic
    March - Metal Roof installed and gutters
    Dig a pond - check into grant money
    New goat fencing - check into grant money

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    Making my way through my food stock!! I got gift certificates for the local artisan bread guy so to day I used some for a loaf of multigrain bread and a.m huckleberry scone as big as my head. I sliced up the bread and put 1/2 in the freezer at work for toast next week. Aye some for lunch... with the scone... and brought 4 slices home for the weekend. From the pantry I had jello made from plain gelatins powder and blueberries I preserved in vinegar, lentils cooked with garlic, and a bit of sauerkraut. Tomorrow is more blueberry gelatin and then a casserole of duck with brown rice, dry mushrooms, garlic and carrots with whatever spices I have left around. I've eaten up all my fish so need to go get a fishing license to restock. A hen or two have been laying so my protein supply is ok for a while. I am trying to be sure and eat up the berries. Still have 6 or 7 quarts. Might open a jar of jam this weekend to go with the good bread and then into rice for a pudding

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    That sounds good!

    I'll be going shopping today or Monday to refill my pantry.
    I haven't been shopping for almost 6 weeks.
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    ch looks like lots of the things go together well..not that organized tracking stuff as you guys and lots of things go in and out fast. like the pudding cups I bought 12 pack half gone that night , got bread milk etc.
    did stock up this week on the bogo hotdogs so 5 packs for freezer bogo sm sour cream
    2 jars of catelli spaghetti sauce bogo, bogo canned tomatoes 2
    a box holiday rice krispies marked down and 3 boxes of xmas rice krispies 8pk, marked down.
    4 12 pk candy canes, 2 xmas smarties for next year.
    box peppermint tea
    2 sale boxs of store brand eggos..still here cus kids don't know about them.
    bogo 2 bags frozen french fries flavoured
    bogo leclerc cookies..though we still have the girl guide ones
    1/2 price glenfiddich mince meat pies
    a frozen mac n cheese
    2 packs of flavoured ramen


    did make up the old jello sonic ocean water flavour
    sm container of whipping cream
    frozen seafood lasagna
    head of romaine etc caesar salad
    container of sour cream
    container of frozen homemade chili
    bag of tortilla chips
    bag of shredded cheese
    2 avocados
    potatoes , frozen kale
    pack of hotdogs
    nutella
    cheese
    box of cereal

    bread, old lunchmeat, old cat snacks I found they don't like to the crows.

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    I'll be thawing items from the freezer as DH and DS2 complaining there is too much in there...Bread does take up lots of space....This week, I'll be thawing:
    2 loaves bread
    2 packs ribs
    5 lb chicken
    cranberries
    onion rings
    french fries

    I have to start using the stockpile from the Fall. I'll donate some and use the rest. Canned sauces, flour, sugar, pumpkin, evap milk, slim jims and cereals will be used this week. I'll just need fresh milk and fruit.

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    Mystery brown liquid turns out to be chicken/turkey broth from thanksgiving. Added chicken tortilla soup and potato soup to my list.

    This week we used some chili, the beef bbq, chicken lettuce cup filling, and some of the ham slices. Tonight I'm thawing the beef broth and using the ramen to make noodle bowls. Tomorrow chicken pot pie, and later this week the barley soup.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

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    RU and CH, that's all sounds great! I had eggs and bread for breakfast. Lunch is veggie soup with aging lentils and spices. Pretty good. More gelatin with blueberries because the gelatin is like 2 years old. Still works tho p

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    Making duck and rice with pantry supplies and a couple of fresh carrots. Breakfast was a blueberry pancake with buckwheat honey. The only fresh thing was an egg. Using up the old coffee abandoned at the office and opened a tin of tea with 'best by march 2021' on it. Time to drink that up too.

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    I'm using last package of gr beef from the freezer for meatloaf & maybe shepherd's pie later this week. 5-6 packages of chicken in the freezer to be used. I bought Bob's 10-grain cereal when I had the gift cert to the organic food store. I tried it last week with raisins for breakfast and liked it well enough. Did not like it in bread recipe at all - like sawdust. Hot cereal can be doctored with cinnamon or maple or dried fruit, so that's the plan.

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