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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Pantry Challenge #6 ... 2015



I've had a really busy week doing a lot of behind the scenes kind of things here on A Working Pantry and don't have a lot to share pantry wise.   However, the week wasn't a complete loss.

Here's what I got done ...

My to-do list from last time:  
Continue canning pinto beans?   I.GOT.THEM.ALL.DONE!!!!  I added 14 more quarts to my pantry.  All together I got 53 quarts of pinto beans out of that 25 lb bag.  Pretty good if you ask me!
Get those collards out of the garden and into my pantry via canning!   Didn’t get done!  I checked on them in the garden and they are still in pretty good condition.
Make turmeric capsules.  Didn’t get done!

In addition:
I purchased a small package of jalapeño peppers for $.99 at Aldi’s to use in a recipe.  After using what I needed I chopped the remaining and froze them in ¼ cup increments in snack baggies which I put in a quart freezer bag.

We found 2 bulk boxes(3 regular size boxes in one big box) of Chex cereal for $.51 each … yes, I paid a total of $1.02 for both bulk boxes of cereal combined..  I found them at Sam’s Club.  Go read my tips for shopping at Sam’s Club HERE.

We emptied out a tube of toothpaste this week but instead of using the small amount of grocery money we have to buy more, I went to the cupboard where we keep this part of our pantry and replaced the empty one with a new full one.

I also did the same thing with a box of salt and bag of self-rising flour that we used the last of … I reached into my pantry and pulled out another one of each.



The little twins (ages 3) that I mention from time to time came and spent the day with us one day this week and I used a portion of this cookie kit that I got for $.51 to make a batch of cookies for them. 

I strained up another gallon of cider fire.

I earned enough Swagbucks for  two $5 Amazon gift cards this week. 
Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:
Can collards
Make turmeric capsules

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

 patsi
A Working Pantry

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21 comments:

  1. I just love reading your blog! (Sorry, I probably say this too much, lol) You are so inspiring to me with all your saving tactics! :) Thanks for sharing your wonderfully frugal life with us. :)

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    1. Bobbi, blogging is helpful to me in that it keeps me accountable and motivated plus I get to chat with all you wonderful readers across the blogging fence! Win! Win! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Your blog is a true blessing. I am inspired each week when I read your post.
    I am so glad you added an Amazon link.
    Many blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you Glenda for such an encouraging comment!

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  3. Isn't it wonderful to go to your pantry for what you need! I feel so blessed when I am able to do this! This week I have continued to can lemon juice, I now have 40pts and want to do have at least 52pts. We have been able to give away a lot of lemons this weekend, which I am thankful for. I do not like things to go to waste! I am squeezing our oranges a pitcher at a time, love orange juice, but don't like to buy it. Our oranges are too pulpy to eat, but delish as juice! I cut hubby's hair for frugal living [have done this for years]. Now I want to can pinto beans like you, Patsy! Thank you for the encouragement to do this with your wonderful blog and posts! You are such an inspiration to so many of us and keep us all going! I just can't get enough of you sharing your life, so that I can learn!!! Many blessings to you both! Prayers...Nancy G.

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    1. Wish I were close enough for you to 'give away' some of your lemons to me!!!! Lemons are so expensive here! Thank you for such an encouraging comment!

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  4. I need to stock up on food during the winter when money is good to keep us going in the summer. This past week I bought a pail of oatmeal and 25 pounds of rice. Also another 4 lb bag of pinto beans. I bartered for 50 broiler chickens so I will be butchering and canning them at the end of the month.

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  5. My word, you have been busy this week! I am exhausted just reading what you've been doing, lol. Now, what excally is a turmeric capsule and what are they used for? It sounds interesting. Have a great day. Hugs, Doreen

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    1. Hi Nana! I buy turmeric powder from Mountain Rose Herbs and fill capsules with it (using a capsule machine that I got from Amazon). I have found turmeric to be helpful with inflammation.

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  6. Wow! That was great at Sam's Club. I went with a friend this weekend to Sams Club. The mark down stuff they had was like a dollar off the regular price, not good. But while there my friend picked up a book from mother earth and it was saying that if you add black pepper to tumeric it enhances the properties of the tumeric. Worth looking into. I haven't researched it but since you mentioned making the pills figured I would share what we saw. Pray you keep finding good deals at Sam's.

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    1. Lisa, I did not know that black pepper enhanced the properties of turmeric. I'll have to do some research on this! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I've been working on pinto beans as well, just this weekend we canned 14 quarts of pinto's, 16 half pints of sliced olives, and 6 pints of enchilada sauce. I put in 2 pints of water to fill the pressure canner, but our water is so hard here that there was thick sediment in the bottom of the jars and visible bits floating around, so those were emptied. I also added 13 sandwich bags of sliced celery and one each of sliced carrots and bell pepper to the freezer. Still have more pintos to can, so the All American will get another workout soon, just love that thing, no washer to replace and so well made well worth the money spent. I still put the weight on with tongs though, it kind of scares me with the steam :)

    Take Care
    Hugs, Sandy

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    1. Whoa, you've been busy Sandy! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Hi Patsy. I did not get a lot added to the pantry the sales are not very good and with hubby out of work I am saving the bulk o the grocery dollars for a good sale. I did have to get 2 gallons of milk since I am babysitting an infant and while there I had 3 coupons for free Nescafe plus Coffemate so I got those. Now that I am getting older I am liking instant coffee a little better than brewed. The neighbor hit a deer and asked if we wanted it, it was not big by any means, but I happily sharpened my knife and got busy. All the scraps I put in freezer bags and will make the dogs doggie stew. My niece saw the baby tutu I made and asked for one for her little girl so that is on my to do list. I will see if my son can help me post a pic of it, I am technologically impaired! I started sorting my seeds and will start them soon. And still hanging clothes on the drying rack indoors. I think the Devotionals and Bible Studies are a beautiful idea! I am looking forward to reading them. Have a good week!
    Vicky

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    1. Vicky, I hope your husband is able to find work soon. Having less grocery money sure makes us more careful spending it doesn't it! I would love to see a picture of the baby tutu you made. It sounds cute! Thanks for commenting!

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  9. I am so impressed with your resourcefulness and cheerfulness.
    I don't live near a SAMs but if I did, I would check out their markdown section like you do.
    My frugal living this past week included some power bargain shopping at CVS, buying our groceries at the Aldi near our home which is the nicest Aldi I've ever been too, using supplies on hand to decorate for Valentines and setting out a tray of things for my grands to make Valentines. Little ones just love to glue!
    My husband hopes to retire soon so we are paying off our only debt as fast as we can and I happily sent another big payment the first of this month.
    We hosted a family birthday party for our oldest grandson and spent nothing extra on it except for his modest gifts and some craft foam to make party hats.
    I am looking forward to reading more of your writings.

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    1. Hi Rhonda! I loved reading your comment! It's so encouraging to hear how others are doing the same thing you're doing! Thanks for commenting!

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  10. Do you have a Big Lots where you live? They are having a 10 for $10 sale. I found five pound bags of rice for a dollar each. There were two. I brought them home and vacuum sealed them into quart jars (all I had). Ten pounds of rice makes six quarts jars. Put them in the pantry. I also scored some Hamburger Helper and some more Bear Creek soup mixes.

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  11. Good for you getting all those beans canned! It's been looong time since I canned beans!
    And wow! Great job on the Swagbucks!

    Thanks for sharing with Waste not Want Not Wednesday!

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