Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pantry Challenge #7 ... 2016

 Look at the egg on the left, that is one huge egg and yes it came from one of our chickens as did the middle one.  The one on the left had a double yoke.  We get a double yoke egg several times a week and as you can see they are huge!  The one on the right is a store purchased egg.  Look at the difference in the size!

I’m way over due for posting this pantry challenge but life has been ‘happening’ at my house lately, so, here goes ….

My to-do list from last time:

Until I get this dental issue taken care of  I won’t set a pantry to-do list but will just do what I feel up to doing in this area.  Got it taken care of and have been in recovery mode all week.  I am feeling better and am ready to get back to working on my pantry.

In addition:

I canned 7 quarts of turkey and 7 quarts of broth from an 18 lb turkey that we had frozen in the freezer.  With the 7 quarts of turkey and the 7 quarts of turkey broth, that takes care of that turkey and did I mention that it was one we had gotten on clearance for less than half price several months ago???

I made up a jar of this gravy mix (the first recipe is the one I used) and added it to my pantry for convenience sake.  I had everything on hand in my pantry!  I need to get some labels printed for the jar but for now this temporary one will do.

I made up a bottle of homemade laundry spray stain remover from a recipe one of the members of the A Working Pantry Facebook group shared.  I’ve also seen this recipe several other places and had just never tried it but when I read the rave reviews from those who use it regularly, I knew it was time to get some made and start using it!  I had to purchase the ammonia, but I had everything else in my pantry.  I need to print out a label for this bottle too!

Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Laundry Stain Remover

2/3 cup Dawn dish soap,
2/3 cup ammonia
2 cups warm water
6 Tbsp of baking soda

Dissolve the soda in the warm water and add it to the soap and ammonia in a spray bottle.

I made up a batch of soap after reading this post over at The Blue Birds are Nesting blog. With substituting castile pure soap bars (grated) for the Lux soap flakes, I had everything in my pantry to make this soap.   I'll let you know how making the substitution worked after I take the soap out of it's mold.  So far it looks great!

Update 2/19/2016 on the soap:  the substitution of Castile pure soap bars (affiliate link) in place of the Lux soap flakes worked beautifully. I grated 3 bars in order to get the amount the recipe listed.  The only thing I did differently was use 2 cups of milk instead of 1.  I followed the recipe exactly in every other way. The log of soap came out of the mold really well and sliced nicely.  It is creamy and silky looking.  I'm planning my next batch already!

We are doing well at sticking to our reduced grocery budget.  In fact, this week we only spent $4.66 of our $25 weekly food budget and that was spent on 1 gallon of marked down milk, marked down bananas and marked down chicken livers (my husband loves fried chicken livers).  We continue to eat well living out of our pantry!

Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:

Finish vacuum sealing the dry pinto beans I have into jars.  If it’s going to be a while before I can can dry beans or use them in other ways, I vacuum seal them in jars to prevent insects, varmints, etc from getting into them plus it helps retain their nutritional value a bit longer.

I want to make up several jars of this muffin mix I found on the Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth blog.  I love the recipe kit that Jes made to go along with the muffin mix!  

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

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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