Sunday, February 28, 2016

Pantry Challenge #8 ... 2016

Signs of spring are all around our yard.  The elderberry bushes are budding out as are the blueberry bushes.  Jonquils are popping up in our flower beds and the camellia bush is starting to show off.  Before long it will be planting time, then harvesting will begin and pantry building will kick into high gear.  

But for now, here’s what I got done …

My to-do list from last time:

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 … didn’t get done!

 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!  I cooked up a batch of these and they are really good.  However, I decided not to make up several jars as it is very easy to just mix them when we want another batch. But, should one want to give them as gifts, making up several jars with the labels and instructions attached would be beneficial.

In addition:

We were given 4 loaves of bread that were beyond their ‘best by date.’   The bread was still soft and in good condition, so I wrapped each loaf in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil and froze them. When we get ready to use a loaf, I’ll take one out, let it thaw in the refrigerator and use as normal.

I had some fresh garlic that needed using so I minced, dehydrated and added it back into my pantry in a form suitable for longer term storage. 

I started reading Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, Volume 1, Rita Van Amber this week to get some inspiration on ways to live a more frugal life.   

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

Can chicken and chicken broth

Finish vacuum sealing the dry pinto beans I have into jars

That's it for me this week, 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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  1. This is a great post. I like the way you felt freedom to change your plans.
    Here's my thrifty post.


  2. It looks like you had a great week! I love the flowers. It's beginning to look like spring here in Western Oregon, as well. I'm loving it whenever I rear my head up from my cleaning, sorting, packing, etc. We are getting ready to list the house, and made great progress this week! I did see some daffidills blooming in my flowerbed and plan to pick a bouquet to brighten up the fireplace mantle when the flowers that are there fade.


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