Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pantry Challenge (beginning of August 2012)

I decided that this week I will try to skip the grocery shopping, and instead, prepare meals out of my freezer, fridge, and pantry. I really want to empty the freezer so I can make room for food for Yom Tov. I know we still have more than a month to go, but the Chagim always have a way of sneaking up on me!

I also want to do this in order to make sure I use up some staples that have been sitting around for a while.

And last, I want to do this so that I don't spend much money this week.

I'm trying to inventory what I have:

3 bags of potatoes
10 onions
4 heads of garlic
4 kishuim
2 light green peppers
2 cucumbers
8 tomatoes
12 apples
6 pears
8 peaches
10 plums
1 mini watermelon
1 stalk of celery
1 bag carrots

1 large-ish chunk of gilboa cheese
15 slices Emeq cheese
800 g cottage cheese
400 g butter
4 small containers of yogurt
18 eggs

whole wheat flour (10 kg)
white flour (4 kg)
wheat bran
oat bran
long grain brown rice (3 kg)
red lentils (3 kg)
green lentils (3 kg)
green split peas (3 kg)
barley (2 kg)
white rice (1 kg)
black beans (1.5 kg)
white beans (.5 kg)
1/2 kg oats
wheat berries (1 kg)

1 package of raw salmon steaks (might save this for yom tov)
3 packages frozen chicken (more than enough for the coming Shabbat)

2 loaves bread
4 rolls
4 pitot

vegetable scraps (lots)
vegetable soup stock (about 2 liters)
1/2 bag frozen peas
1/2 bag frozen green beans
1 bag frozen mushrooms
1 bag frozen broccoli
1 bag frozen spinach
small bag frozen diced red pepper
several small bags frozen diced onion
several small bags of frozen cooked chick peas

cooked salmon
vegetable-noodle kugel
various packages of leftover odds and ends (oy)

banana cake(s)
carrot muffins
PB muffins
corn bread
chocolate cake

plenty of pasta
tomato paste
baking soda
baking powder
chocolate chips (saving those)
peanut butter/chocolate peanut butter
teriyaki sauce
sugar (1 kg)
applesauce (1 jar)
oil (olive, coconut, sunflower)
sunflower seeds
coffee, tea
maple syrup (we use this sparingly)
spices of all kinds
ground walnut (100 g)
shredded coconut (only a little left)

quick cooking whole wheat egg noodles
ptitim - whole wheat and white
couscous (1 pkg)

I think I should be able to pull together a few meals from all this, don't you?

1 comment:

  1. I love challenges like this. I've also heard it called a store-cupboard amnesty. I sometimes say I'm only buying fresh fruit and veg and dairy for a couple of weeks while I use up all the grains and pastas that acummulate over the months, aswell as leftovers in the freezer.
    I ihave friends who say they can do every fourth shabbat out of the freezer by freezing leftover kugel, chicken, soup, even chollent.


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