Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pantry Challenge #23 ... 2014

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to write … we are so busy … in fact I had decided to just take an extended blogging break … like really extended … as in taking A Working Pantry completely down and stop blogging for a while ... but then I started getting inquiries as to where A Working Pantry was and about how helpful it was to others … so I decided to revamp it … make it simpler and therefore easier for me to maintain.  Hang in there with me as I continue to revamp and make changes.  In the meantime, let’s get on with the Pantry Challenges, shall we?

My to-do list from last time:
No assignments this week … we’re going to ‘free-style’ it and see what I come up with!
So what did I come up with ….
An unplanned stop at Food Lion (while out running errands one day) netted me the following:  6 whole chickens marked down to half price and one package of thick pork chops also marked down to half price.  I added the chickens to the freezer part of my pantry and had the pork chops for dinner that night!
When I finished at Food Lion I went next door to Walgreens and purchased 3 cans of Chicken of the Sea chunk light tuna for $.69/can, 2 jars of Lindsey green olives for $.99/jar and 2 cans Chicken of the Sea pink salmon for $1.99/can.  All of these were purchased using Walgreens in ad coupons.
We’ve been traveling but before we could leave I had to do something with about a dozen large onions.  Since I didn’t have time to chop and dehydrate them before we were scheduled to leave I decided to chop and freeze them into 1 cup increments.  When I finished I had added 25 cups of chopped onions to the freezer part of my pantry.
We stopped in at a Mennonite Bulk Food Store while we were traveling and I purchased several herbs to add to my pantry.  In addition, I added a large bag of sugar free chocolate chips.
It’s a small world!  While traveling we visited a Mennonite country store where I met a lady who reads A Working Pantry.  She and another lady were talking about canning pinto beans and my husband and I joined in the conversation.  One thing led to another and before long we found ourselves talking about my blog.  Imagine my surprise when she told me she had read my blog … I travel 10 hours on a working vacation and meet a reader of my blog!  It really is a small world!!!!
At the above mentioned Mennonite country store I added a couple of items to my pantry … curry and some citric acid.
Someone gave us a grocery bag of okra and I was able to add 9 packages to the freezer part of my pantry.
I’ve been canning pears and have added 25 quarts to my pantry. 
Whenever I don’t have a full canner of whatever I’m canning I finish filling it with jars of water, as a result I’ve added 5 more quarts of sterilized water to the medicinal part of my pantry.  (Sterilized water is great for cleaning wounds.)
I’ve been harvesting lots of cayenne pepper recently.  I refreshed the pepper vinegar I keep going in my refrigerator all year long, dried some and will make cider fire with some.
Our Bell peppers have been doing really well as well and I have been chopping and dehydrating them almost daily.
I had some limes that got a bit hard so I sliced them into approximately ¼ inch slices and dehydrated them.  We’ll use these in beverages when we run out of limes.
My plantain needed harvesting so I did and dehydrated it.

Here’s my to-do list for this week:
I have some lemons that are a bit hard so I need to slice and dehydrate them
Make pepper powder out of the peppers I’ve been dehydrating.

Now it’s your turn, what pantry related things have you done since we last talked?

patsi
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