Friday, June 5, 2020

A Working Pantry Boot Camp: Assignment #1


Are you ready for your first assignment?  

Here we go …

From now until Wednesday, your assignment is to add something that is the color green to your pantry.  It can be something you grow in your garden, buy at the grocery store, barter for, glean, etc.  Keeping in mind the number of people you’re building your pantry for and your budget, stock as much of this item as you can or want.  

When you’ve completed the assignment come back here and share what you did.  

Now, what if green is not your color … you can substitute something totally different, it doesn’t have to be color related.  Just tell us what you’re substituting and share what you did. 

Let’s have some fun with this!!!!

patsi

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32 comments:

  1. Won't be doing much shopping for the next several days as I had a cortisone shot in my knee this afternoon. I did buy a box of disposable masks (50) to add to the stockpile this morning though-they are blue and white!!

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    1. Janice, I hope you do well with the cortisone shot.

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  2. Did an online shopping order and I've included 2 cans of peas, 2 jars of pesto and a bag of frozen carrots & peas!

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  3. I gladly accepted a basil plant which I will use all summer, freezing the excess for use later. I also plan to buy four bags of either frozen broccoli or peas, whichever is cheaper,to add to my freezer.
    Connie

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    1. Connie, we're growing basil too but it's not quite ready for harvesting either.

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  4. Salsa verde and chopped green chiles.

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    1. tmkb, I need to add more green chiles to my pantry, thanks for the reminder!

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  5. This week my colour is brown and green.
    Coffee is the cheapest it's been since March. Thanks to the extra day of work this week I'm going to stock up for 6+ months.
    With baby due at the end of the month coffee will be essential for hubby esp when I return back to work.

    Green will be the greens that I'm planting in the garden. So far I have silverbeet and kale growing. Hope to get some other seedlings started and growing before the weather gets too hot.

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    1. DiinAus, it always pays to stock up when an item you use goes on sale! Smart thinking!

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  6. My son's birthday is next week. One of the foods he requested for his special dinner is okra. I bought 4 bags of frozen okra for our freezer. They were 4 for $4 -- a pretty good price I think.

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    1. Mary, I think that's a good price for okra too!

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  7. Added 2 bottles of Dawn from Amazon as I have had trouble finding it locally. It's blue, but I also had bad vertigo.

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    1. Sherri, Dawn is one of those things that is always on my shopping list!

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  8. I harvested a bunch of kale. I froze a gallon bag to use in future stews, soups, pastas and smoothies. Some of the kale plants are getting seed pods so I will be collecting those to use for planting next year too.

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    1. Making Cents Of It All, I finished harvesting collard seeds over the weekend. Now I just need to find time to get the seeds out of the pods!

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  9. I harvested (green) feverfew and dried it in the dehydrator. When it is all picked, it will be ground in my coffee grinder and put in pills. My husband takes it because it improved his vision. It didn't help me but it does help him so I keep growing it.

    I also harvested all my garlic but it is white.

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

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    1. Jeannie, I'm glad the feverfew helps your husband's vision. I have some feverfew I need to harvest too! I'm not finished harvesting my garlic yet, there's just so much to do right now.

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  10. As much as I'd really like to add some green items to my pantry stock, our growing season has just begun here in Ontario. Although I just picked my first harvest of spinach this weekend, were going to eat it fresh this round, instead of preserving it.

    So I've decided to start with white this time round. Last week I bought an 8kg bag of rice, and today hubby bought 4 bags of pasta and a 2.5kg bag of powdered milk. The rice would definitely stretch over 6 months. With those 4 bags of pasta added, we now have a minimum of 6 months worth of pasta if ate 1 pasta meal a week. In reality, it would be more like every second week, as my family gets tired of pasta quickly. But pasta is also one of those pantry items I would share with others. As for the powdered milk, I'm not sure if it would last for whole 6 months if living solely off our pantry, but it would last for a few months. I'm leery of buying too much ahead, though, due to expiration dates. It's not a good deal if I end up throwing out spoiled product. So if need be, we could ration the powdered milk usage to make it stretch.

    Looking forward to the next challenge, Patsy!

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    1. Rhonda, that is something that everyone needs to be mindful of, don't store more than you will use before it ruins.

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  11. I have put 18 quarts of corn in the freezer and plan to finish a batch of sweet cucumber relish tonight.
    Mrs. N.

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    1. Mrs. N, you are one busy person! My cucumbers are not ready to harvest yet, but when they are, cucumber relish is on my to-do list.

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  12. Hi Patsy and we picked 590 g of snow peas from the garden and blanched and froze 4 meal sized portions for the two of us :) .

    I will admit we ate quite a few fresh too before that :0 .

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

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    1. Lorna, snow peas are pretty tasty from from the garden aren't they? That's one of the advantages of growing your own food, you get it when it's at it's freshest and best tasting!

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    2. Patsy thank you and they are tasty and fresh and we love growing our gardens for that reason and the fact it provides us with lots of food too :) .

      Have a great week :).

      Lorna.

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  13. Im still trying to get the hang of a 'working' pantry. Ive stored food for many years, but dont feel like Im doing an effecient job. But I did get 2 big cans of green beans at the store. A little is better than nothing :)

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    1. Unknown, since you've been storing for years, then you're ready to start menu planning from your pantry. That's what I do, I plan our menu from what I have in my pantry and then use my grocery money to pick up the few things I might need to complete my menu that weren't in my pantry and to shop sales.

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  14. Today, I froze 3 quart-sized bags of broccoli from the garden. I had picked it a couple of days ago, and just got around to processing it today. Then, I went out there, and picked 2 more! Those, I cut up into usable pieces and put in the fridge for dinners this week. Tonight, I used some in a stir-fry.

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  15. Won't be shopping until tomorrow, but I know what's green and on sale, and what I need to add to my pantry. I am completely out of green peppers -- and they're on sale. I will be adding several to my shopping cart tomorrow and plan on chopping several for the freezer (vacuum packed). I also have some parsley, basil, and chives that will be harvested over the weekend and dehydrated for my spices and seasonings stash.
    -- Lori K

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  16. I was given canned green beans!

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  17. I added green sourkraut. I am sorry I am a bit late to the assignments

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  18. I bought can green beans, on sale.

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