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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pantry Challenge #24 ... 2015




Our gardens are keeping us busy every spare minute we have.  Weeding, harvesting and preserving are daily occurrences … and we are so thankful!

My to-do list from last time:   

Make Gwen’s Bread … Done!  (picture on left)

Can more squash … Done!  Canned 42 more jars.

Can potatoes.  A friend gave us some newly dug potatoes and I’m going to try canning them as shredded potatoes to be cooked as hash browns when opened.   (This is purely an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.)  Didn’t get done!

 In addition:

I earned $.94 through the Walmart Saving Catcher program. That plus the $.15 I had previously earned means I have earned $1.09 all together.  I’m leaving it alone until I have enough to do something with though.

I used pellon and cut out a single size pattern from a multiple sized paper pattern this week.   This enables me to save all three sizes on the multiple sized pattern for future use.

I canned 11 pints of chicken broth using chicken bones I had been saving in the freezer.

I made turmeric capsules

I made vitamin c capsules

I harvested the last of the raspberries and added 3 more packages to the freezer part of my pantry.

Our Sam’s Club find this week was a box of 4 LED solar lights, regular price $49.98 … on clearance for $19.91.  This will not only come in handy for lighting the way when we have to be outside after dark but they can also be brought in at night for lighting in the event of a power outage.


We found bacon at Sam’s Club for $1.92/lb (bulk box) and brought it home and divided it up into meal size portions and froze it.  You can read how I freeze bacon HERE.

We did the same thing with sausage … we purchased 2 (2 lb) rolls, brought them home, divided each roll into 4 portions, wrapped each portion in foil and placed all of them (8 portions) in a ziplock gallon baggie.  When we get ready to have sausage, I’ll open the bag, pull out 1 portion and zip seal the bag back up.

We are harvesting and eating cabbage, squash, bell peppers and onions out of our garden.  I love fresh vegetables and besides them being delicious it saves us money at the grocery store.

I earned $3 for doing a Pinecone survey.

 I’m well on my way to earning more Amazon gift cards through Swagbucks and Bing.

We added $2.35 to our change jar.

We had to go to a neighboring town this week that's about an hour’s drive away and while there I stopped in at JoAnn’s Fabric … they had Simplicity patterns on sale for $1.99/each.  I got two patterns that were regularly $15.95 each for $1.99 each.

I am thrilled with having an official sewing day each week  … you can see pictures and read about the last one HERE.

You can read my 2015 gardening journal HERE. 

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Can potatoes

 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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6 comments:

  1. Wow you got a lot done! I have never canned squash nor even thought of it - does it require a pressure cooker? I too have purchased patterns while on sale at Joann's, even better when they have a coupon in my e-mail for money off the entire order even if it is on sale! Last year I got all my Christmas craft fabrics and yarn for 50% off the sale price! I was pretty proud of myself. :) I enjoy reading your posts and smile in anticipation whenever I see a new one pop up in the roll!

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    1. Kathy, yes canning squash requires the use of a pressure canner. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

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  2. Bilo had split chicken breasts for $1 a pound. I bought 60 pounds, took the meat off the bone and skinned it. I made 26 packages of breasts with two in each package. I had three gallon bags of bones and saved those in the freezer. I've been making chicken broth. I've canned 13 quarts of broth so far with one bag left to go. Husband said I used everything but the plastic it was wrapped in

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  3. I get to pick my first squash of the season today. How long do you pressure the squash? you inspire me to do many things, like trying to can squash. I so enjoy reading your posts. Keep them coming.

    Rue

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  4. Walmart has really stepped up with that Savings Catchers program. It really saves time and gas running around for sales.

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  5. Wow you have been busy. I froze 12 pints of strawberries and canned 16 pints of cherries and 16 1/2 pints of cherry jelly. I was pitting cherries in my sleep last night. Cherries are the most work of anything in my garden but are my favorite. Glad it comes early in the year. It took me all weekend to pick and can the fruit and I work full time all week, so not getting a day off is hard for this old girl.

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