Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pantry Challenge #42 ... 2015

This week has been all about ‘fall cleaning’ with just a little bit of pantry building thrown in for good measure!

My to-do list from last week:

Plant garlic … Didn’t get done!

Start canning 25 lb bag of pinto beans … Didn’t get done!

In addition:

My husband loves pumpkin pie and since I had plenty of canned pumpkin in my pantry from a clearance sale last year, I made two pumpkin pies.  Since we try to eat low carb I made them crustless and used less sugar than the recipe called for.  They are delicious and we'll eat on them all week!

I added the following to my pantry by shopping sales and using coupons:

2 boxes (36 per box) of St. Joseph’s 81 mg aspirin for $.74/box
2 boxes Colgate toothpaste, 1 can pink salmon, 1 can Star Kist tuna for $3.72

I made a quart of elderberry/ginger juice using this tutorial.  I’ll freeze what’s left of it it in ice cube trays later this week to use in water later. 

I made a gallon of kefir.  I have a kefir smoothie every day so this will last me 2 – 3 weeks.   FYI, there’s a good article on making kefir milk on pages 52 – 55 of the November/December issue of Backwoods Home magazine (affiliate link).  

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

Can sweet potatoes
Plant garlic
Start canning pinto beans

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

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  1. Hi Patsi! It sounds like you had a good week. I used my gift cards from SB and did some pantry stocking for winter and it felt really good! Over by my son's house is a park and when I was babysitting the other day I took my little princess to the park. They had had a car show there a few days before so I knew there would probably be cans or something so I took bags and did get cans, but also about 60-70 coke caps! Lots of free points this week! I thought we were finally done with the garden except a few cabbages, but we went out today and I got a bunch of cabbages, a bag of beans, 2 crates of peppers a bucket of tomatoes a watermelon and some pumpkins! Now it is ready to be tilled under! I traded 2 quarts of my tomato juice for 40 pounds of shelled sunflower seeds and my husband took some old propane tanks to this one gas place to give them to them since he can't scrap them and they said it was so nice of him they will fill our grill tank for free! Not bad for stuff we got from the trash. I found 45 cents at the park and put in my change jar. And I dropped off 4 bags of stuff at the thrift store all in all a good week I think.

  2. This week will be all about using what is already in our pantry/freezer. I am going to 'dig deep" to use what I can to make meals this week. I want to be able to do a big stock up in November and it is going to be a super busy week for me with other things. We'll see how it goes. We might have some interesting meals, but if it fills our tummies that is all that matters.

  3. You had a good week. I put 6 freezer meals...aka homemade tv dinners in the freezer with leftovers from our regular meals. We let our membership to Sam's Club expire on purpose. And then when we went to renew we got free gifts. So I will be taking 2 long loaves french bread and putting some in the freezer for later uses. Also got a Chicken Parm with pasta. it serves more that 2 people so I will make another freezer meal after we eat it for dinner tonight.

    1. We have homemade TV dinners too! Aren't they just the handiest things to have on hand?

  4. We had our first freeze of the season this weekend, so all garden had to picked. I canned 7 pints of sweet green tomato relish, and 2 pints and 5 half pints of tomato puree.
    I also processed the 6 quarts of kraut that has been fermenting.

    All other things on living frugal can be found at:

    1. Our garden is gone too and we opted not to plant a fall garden this year. So, we're done gardening until Spring. I'm ready for the break!


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