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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hmmm - Do we really need to buy more food?











































































































































































I was inspired by the Frugal Queen's post, Use it up and wear it out, to actually write down what food we have in the house already. There is also a drawer full of spices of various kinds some of which really need to be used up. Other than fresh foods that are eaten up, I can't imagine why I would even go grocery shopping for at least 2 weeks as this is what we had as of Thursday afternoon. I didn't even include the dog's food and treats, but she is well stocked too!



Fresh Veggies & Fruit
Refrigerator
Freezer
Dry Goods
Canned Goods
Baking Supplies
Onion ½
Applesauce
Pork chops
Oatmeal
Black beans
Butter
Zucchini
Mayonnaise
Chicken breasts
Cheerios
Kidney beans
Nuts
Green pepper
Eggs
Ground turkey
Shredded wheat
Tuna
Sugar
Cabbage
Chicken broth
Salmon steaks
Puffed kamut
Tomato soup
Brown sugar
Carrots
Tortillas
Halibut steaks
Graham crackers
Tomatoes
Honey
Green beans
Jack cheese
Cinnamon raisin bread
Crackers
Pizza sauce
Flour
Sweet potato
Jarlsberg cheese
15 grain bread
Kasha
Prunes
Cornmeal
Lettuce
Romano cheese
Ezekiel bread
Couscous
Cranberries
Cornstarch
Arugula
Non-dairy spread
Oatmeal bread
Barley
Raisins
Baking soda
Radishes
Milk
Buns
Rice
Pumpkin
Baking powder
Tomatoes
Soy milk
Blueberries
Wild rice mix
Blueberries
Vanilla
Watermelon
Beer
Corn
Sliced almonds
Pineapple
Yeast
Bananas
Wine
Peas
Green tea
Peaches
Oil
Mango
Sun dried tomatoes
OJ
Chai tea
Pears
Chai spice mix
Apples
Marmalade
Pancakes
Ice tea bags
Peanut butter


Strawberry jam
Waffles
Croutons
Balsamic vinegar


Salsa
Veggie burgers

Cider vinegar


Soy sauce
Tamales

Red wine vinegar


Dipping sauce
Almonds

Worcestershire


Cucumber dill sauce
Broth ingredients




BBQ sauce
Coffee




Ketchup





Yellow mustard





Dijon mustard





Italian dressing





Balsamic dressing





Raspberry dressing





Inspired, I made a pitcher of iced tea. I got up Friday morning and made applesauce chai raisin muffins, veggie broth with those frozen veggie peels and ends, cooked 2 eggs and the green beans in preparation for a Nicoise salad for dinner Friday night and planned out at least 11 dinners or lunches using ingredients on hand. And I faced up to the fact that I buy some things out of habit. We don't really eat couscous or kasha or use red wine vinegar anymore for example. We will be eating these up and not buying them again.

I took a muffin to my volunteer stint and, when driving home past lunchtime, reminded myself that certainly there was something I could make for lunch out of this plenty. Sure enough, 2 quesadillas, sliced tomato and watermelon. I now have the watermelon and mango cut up and stored in my old glass Pyrex casserole dishes in the frig for future meals.

I'm going to try using this chart to create my meal plans and grocery lists for the next few weeks and see if it works for me.







4 comments:

  1. Good for you! I have done this exercise too, and found out that I have an average of $1100 worth of food in the house at any given time, and I am not even a stockpiler!

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    1. I read that post and it is amazing how much we collect even when not stockpiling. I didn't even list the amounts of each as I just wanted it as an ingredient list. I can't imagine pricing it out LOL.

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  2. Good stuff!! I'll need to do this today before I go shopping... I do need to shop though as i'm out of veggies and can't go without them as they are the bulk of my meals! But you've inpsired me to see what's in my freezer that I can use up! :)

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    1. Glad to be an inspiration LOL. I know it all has to be replaced eventually but I am trying to be more conscious about my shopping as I can go on autopilot in the store and just buy more of the usual.

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