Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pantry Challenge #28 ... 2015

Want to know what 100 degrees feels like?  It feels like you don’t want to be out in it any more than you absolutely have to so we’ve been trying to get our outside work done as early as possible and then heading inside until early evening.   These really hot temperatures started about a month earlier than normal for our area this year which means we’ve had about 6 weeks of this kind of heat.  We and our gardens are ready for a break!   (Our gardens are not producing well at all in this heat.)

My to-do list from last time:   

Vacuum seal dried milk into pint jars … Done!  I added 8 pints of vacuum sealed dried milk to my pantry.  Each pint contains 1 and 1/3 cups of powder with a note on the side to add 3 and ¾ cups of water to make a quart of milk.

In addition:

Our okra has started producing and I canned 8 pints of pickled okra.
We opened a jar of the squash pickles I had canned a couple of weeks ago and we enjoyed them so much that I canned 9 more pints.   The recipe can be found here.
 I canned 14 quarts of squash and added them to our pantry.
I harvested and dehydrated the following herbs: lemon balm, basil, comfrey, lavender, sage, plantain, and spearmint.
I froze extra eggs we didn’t use from our chickens this week.  With the price of eggs and with holiday baking coming up in a few months and … anticipating our chickens going into molting later in the year, I thought it was time to start freezing eggs for future use.  You can see how I did it here.
Remember when I shared with you that we thought we were planting cucumbers but planted cantaloupes instead.  Well, we harvested the first of the cantaloupes this week … they turned out really well, but alas, they are not cucumbers!!!
I’ve started saving seeds for next year’s tomato planting.
After reading this post, I got myself in gear and started getting serious about making tomato powder.  (I'm dehydrating tomato peelings and then grinding them into tomato powder.)  Making tomato powder is not new to me but it just never clicked with me all the things you could do with it.  Now why didn’t I think of that!
I picked up some new to me dehydrator tips while reading this post too!  I love learning and then implementing what I learn!
I ordered 2000 “00” size Gelatin capsules to add to the medicinal part of my pantry using gift cards earned through Swagbucks last month .  My out of pocket cost was $0. 
I'm making a concentrated effort to use my calendar (the big one that’s on the front of my refrigerator) more effectively in my home keeping and pantry building.  This week I added a note on each Monday and Friday to check leftovers.   If I find leftovers in the fridge on either of those days it’s time to either freeze them or turn them into another meal.
I’ve been watching Wartime Farm shows on Youtube … they are free … and have been learning and gleaning from them.
I stitched up a pillow case dress for a little 4 year old girl this week and worked some more on the scrap quilt I’m making using my fabric scraps.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.
I earned enough points through Swagbucks to get a $10 Amazon gift card.
I completed a Pinecone survey.
We did not add any change to our change jar this week.
Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:
We’re starting a weekly $5 or less pantry stocking challenge on the A Working Pantry Facebook group and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can add to my pantry for $5 or less each week.  I’ll be sharing it here on A Working Pantry blog as well.
Inventory the stationary part of my pantry and make a list of what I need to replace.  School supplies are going on sale in our area and this is when I restock this area of my pantry.

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

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