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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pantry Challenge #30 ... 2015

My husband has been very sick this week so I didn’t get much done until Friday and Saturday.  As a result of his sickness he had to be put on a specialized bland diet.   He could eat baked potatoes, bananas and rice; all of which are very high in carbs and which we did not have in our pantry … we eat low-carb due to my husband being diabetic so we don't normally keep these items in our pantry.  Let me just say it has been an interesting week! 

(My husband is better and is able to start eating his regular diet again.)

So, given the week that I’ve had did I get anything done in my pantry ….

Let’s see …

My to-do list from last time:   


Can tomato sauce.  I canned tomato juice instead … 7 pints.   Due to my husband’s illness and ongoing condition any future tomatoes that I preserve will be in the form of sauce or juice. 

Harvest and dehydrate herbs.  Done!  I harvested and dried basil and comfrey.

Complete $5 or less weekly pantry challenge.  Done!  I added fresh ginger. You can read about what I did with it HERE.

In addition:

I harvested and dried some more elderberries.

I dehydrated some Roma tomatoes and the pulp and seeds that I strained from the tomato juice I mentioned above.  When all this was completely dried, I ground it up into tomato powder.  I have half of a quart jar full from something that would have normally been considered waste!  Pretty good if you asked me!!!

I had some lemons that I had purchased on sale that needed to be used, so when I saw this post from The Blue Birds are Nesting blog that talked about making lemon butter I knew I had to try my hand at making some.  My husband and I both thought it was delicious and I can assure you that I will keep an eye out for lemons to go on sale so I can make some more!

By the end of the week my husband was feeling some better and wanted to get out of the house so we went to Sam’s Club and found these chips on clearance for $.91/bag.

I made crystallized ginger to be used for nausea and indigestion.  My husband and I both thought it turned out really well.

With my husband being sick I wasn’t able to get to the garden where our tomatoes are, so when a neighbor drove up to our house with 1 and ½ five gallon buckets full that she had picked for us (from our garden) … she had heard that my husband was sick and thought it was something she could do for us,  we have some very good neighbors … I turned them into 13 quarts of tomato juice and added them to my pantry.

I found mushrooms on sale for $.69/carton and purchased enough to can 7 pints.

I finished one of the two throw pillows I’m making.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.

With my husband being sick, I didn’t have much time to work on Swagbucks this week but I did earn a few points.

We added $2.70 in change to our change jar this week.

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

Harvest and dehydrate herbs

Add rice to my pantry for medicinal purposes when a bland diet is needed

Complete $5 or less pantry challenge

We were given about a gallon of fresh figs tonight so I will need to preserve them asap.

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

patsi
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19 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your husband, but so glad he is doing better.

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  2. I love hearing what you've achieved Patsy, and having a sick husband certainly slows a girl down...been there, done that! I'm fascinated with the mushrooms. Can you tell me how you preserve those? Is it like a pickle solution? Mimi x

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    1. Mimi, the mushrooms are pressure canned. Here's a tutorial on how I do them ... http://aworkingpantry.blogspot.com/2015/02/q-how-do-you-can-mushrooms.html

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  3. Hi Patsi, I'm sorry to hear your husband has been ill. My husband is diabetic too with a few other health complications - it makes stocking a pantry interesting doesn't it? Anyway, I found you again via Annabel from The Bluebirds are Nesting, I had your blog bookmarked a while ago and then lost my bookmarks in a computer move so I'm excited to find you again.

    How do you can your mushrooms? From the picture they look like they are in brine? I usually dehydrate them when I can get them cheap enough (not often here in Oz) or when I am able to grow more than we can eat but I've never thought of canning/bottling them.

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    1. Cath, here's a post I did on canning mushrooms ... they are pressure canned ... http://aworkingpantry.blogspot.com/2015/02/q-how-do-you-can-mushrooms.html

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  4. Sounds like you got a lot done to me!

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    1. Thank you MamaHen, it was a hard week so I'm thankful for what I was able to accomplish.

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  5. Did you can the lemon butter or are you storing it in the refrigerator? It looks yummy.

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    1. I'm just storing it in the refrigerator K Burke.

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  6. Hi Patsi,

    The Lemon Butter looks wonderful! I went over and got the recipe but how did you can yours? I would love to be able to put some of this on my shelf for the family.

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    1. Katie, it's not canned. I just put it in jars and then into the refrigerator. Annabel says it can be frozen though!

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  7. Praying for your husbands full recovery and more. My husband had surgery on Thursday so I know the feeling, I have not gotten much done. Hope you have a much better week this week.

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    1. tealady, I hope your husband has a full recovery quickly.

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  8. Patsy, So glad to hear your husband is feeling better. It does slow you down. That's why it's so important to stock our pantries with foods we eat! And, I'm always faced with a "learning curve", as health issues have changed over the years. My pantry certainly looks much different than when we were raising our family! lol

    I've pressure canned mushrooms and they are soooo wonderful!!!! You got an exceptional price! I'm always on the lookout for specials on mushrooms but haven't found any thus far. Hopefully soon.

    Also, your lemon butter looks wonderful! I looked at Annabel's recipe. Yummy! Good job on the tomato powder. Nothing wasted! ;)

    Have a good week. I'll be canning beets soon. Teri

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    1. Thank you Teri! The lemon butter is so good!

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  9. I really like your blog and enjoy all the pantry challenges. I am curious about the Lemon Butter. How do you use it? It really sounds interesting. Wonder if you could use limes too? Thanks for all your great information.
    Paula in Kansas

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    1. Paula, We're using it on a pound cake, and just eating it. It is so good! It would also be good on cookies, tarts, etc. Annabel has some ideas in her post. It's my understanding that you can use limes or a portion thereof too.

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  10. Hi Patsi!
    I am happy to report that there was no excitement at my house this week no yelling neighbors or anything. We did trap a raccoon that was helping himself to dog biscuits in the garage though. I did add to my pantry some free mushrooms, more tea bags and some more cat food for my pet pantry. I am getting close to my pet food goal yay! I also got a nice little box of samples that will come in handy! 2 Diapers. I always sign up for diaper samples if offered because if no one can use them at the time I put them in my gift trunk for baby showers. I can't shake this cough I have and it has slowed me down, but I finally have beans coming on and after a nice pot of beans, potatoes and ham I canned 7 quarts. Your lemon butter looks beautiful! Speaking of lemon I had a bottle of lemon juice concentrate that is not any good so I mixed some with vinegar and dawn and it's still good for cleaning! So no waste there. I am hoping to have a better week and I hope your husband is better soon. Also if he has to be on a bland diet cream of chicken soup or chicken stock is usually pretty good.

    Vicky

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    1. Vicky, that's a great tip for the lemon juice concentrate ... way to 'waste not,want not!'

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