Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A Working Pantry Boot Camp Challenge #6


Are you ready for another 'challenging' challenge???  

Here you go … 

Add something to your pantry that doesn’t involve money … meaning it doesn’t cost you anything … not even one cent!

In a nutshell, what this means is that for this challenge, you can't spend any money this week!

When you’ve completed the assignment come back here and share what you did.  Pictures are welcome but not required.

Remember you can always substitute something totally different if a particular assignment doesn’t work for you.  Just tell us what you’re substituting and share a picture if you can.

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34 comments:

  1. Just a question about this weeks challenge. Does garden produce count as completely free? Technically I did spend some money to put the garden in, so I thought I'd ask if that disqualifies that produce as "free".

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    1. Rhonda, yes, it does. What I meant was that you can't spend any money this week to complete the challenge. I hope that clarifies it better.

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    2. This week the green and yellow wax beans are starting to ripen in my garden. However, the heat/drought we're experiencing is taking its toll. So far, the harvest is not very substantial, but will be blanched and frozen once I have a bigger amount. Too hot to do it for tiny amounts.

      So for this challenge, I decided to use $20 worth of loyalty point towards my groceries this week. I bought 2 smaller cans of tomato sauce, 2 packages of Hollandaise sauce mix, a 12 pk of KD, and quite a few grape (on sale for $.98/lb). The grapes were pulled off the stems, washed and most of them were packaged up with my FoodSaver for the freezer. DD and Hubby really enjoy eating frozen grapes. I figured it would be a nice treat to have in the middle of winter, when fruit selections are limited.

      I also went to Costco this week. I purchased a 20kg bag of All Purpose Flour for the last challenge (as promised). I also stocked up on oatmeal, feminine hygiene items, iron pills, shampoo, conditioner, liquid hand soap, bar soap, eggs, and Laundry soap. Our shelves and freezers are starting to burst at the seams. Hubby is getting more vocal about not buying so much. So I may need to be even more strategic on my stockpiling as we continue on this challenge! In reality, if we had a second lockdown tomorrow, we'd be able to eat comfortably for quite a while on just what we have already.

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    3. Rhonda, it sounds like you've done really well. Maybe asking your hubby if there is anything he can think of that might be needed if or before there was another lockdown would help him see what you're trying to do. Sometimes being involved helps. Good luck!

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  2. Would foraging edible weeds count??? I have been doing a lot of foraging of late in my back yard. Have not worked out how to preserve them. Have a mix of wild lettuce, sow thistle and heaps of cobblers pegs. I'd love to know how to use them better. Typically I just add the leaves to egg dishes or fitters. The nutrient boost makes a real difference to my energy level the next day.

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    1. DiinAus, foraging edible weeds definitely counts!

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  3. i CAT SAT FOR FRIENDS OVER THE WEEKEND AND THEY TOLD ME TO PICK AS MANY BLUEBERRIES AS POSSIBLE AS A THANK YOU!! 3 1/2 GALLONS LATER THEY ARE GOING INTO A BLUEBERRY YUM YUM AND A COBBLER (MIXED WITH A THE FEW UGLY PEACHES WE GOT THIS YEAR). THE REST WILL BE FROZEN FOR SMOOTHIES AND COBBLER!!!!

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    1. lab1281, that's a lot of blueberries! You did good!

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  4. Would using Loyalty Points count for this one?

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  5. I used rewards points from my credit card to order hardwood floor cleaner and disposable masks from Amazon.

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  6. Hi Patsy and what an interesting pantry challenge for this week which has certainly got us all thinking :) .

    For this challenge so far as I am a supermarket taste tester and get free samples to try out we have added to the freezer -

    - a 500g bag of brussel sprouts and a 500g bag of blueberries.

    I was also given 2 big bags of lemons from two separate friends so we will zest them and freeze the zest in tablespoon lots for making fruit buns and bread with. Then we will juice them and freeze the juice in ice cube trays and once frozen we will put these in a container in the freezer for making cheesecakes, preserving with and making jams with.

    The day before the next challenge begins we will also be cutting more firewood free on a property we have permission from the owners to do for our firewood pile which will be anywhere from 1 - 1.5 cubic metres more firewood for next and coming winters. We already have the chain bar oil and fuels etc here so won't spend anything doing it.

    Have a great productive week adding to your pantries everyone :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

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    1. Lorna, free samples, lemons and firewood, you've really done well with this challenge!

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  7. It's been very hot here for the last 10 days (90+) and I've had to keep my balcony boxes and planters watered sometimes twice a day. But, my parsley, oregano, basil, and chives are growing like weeds and are ready for another haircut, and my tomatoes, bell peppers, and habanero plants are bearing fruit (not yet ready for picking, though). As an FYI, I now live in a townhome and can only do container gardening. For this week's challenge, oregano, parsley, and chives have gone into the dehydrator -- one tray of each, to add to my stash of seasonings. For the basil, this time I used it to make pesto, and placed 2 "snack size" ziplock bags into the freezer (single servings, since it's just me). Later this week, I'll transfer and seal it in Foodsaver bags, for longer storage with less freezer burn.
    -- Lori K

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    1. Lori, where there's a will, there's a way! You're doing what you can where you're at, good for you!

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  8. I am picking wine berries everyday ad I stuck some in the freezer this morning. I also made a big batch of pesto and put some in the freezer. My MIL's basil plants are huge. I have some peas to shell and they will be going into the freezer too.

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    1. Making Cents Of It All, you've been busy!

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  9. Dear Patsy,
    I canned more peas and butter beans this week and this will probably be the last of them.
    Also, I picked some tomatoes (the plants were given to us) and we are getting figs from our fig tree.
    I am a self proclaimed 'tightwad' so this challenge was well suited for me ! Ha Ha
    Mrs. N.

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    1. Mrs. N, it sounds to me like you are a prudent and wise woman!

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  10. I was given a shopping bag full of red capsicums(bell peppers). I used these and other garden and pantry items I already had and made up a batch of chilli jam. Once large jar was swapped for two large fillets of fresh fish. Bluey picked up two bags of free grapes at our foodbank.

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    1. Jane, I've never heard of chilli jam, I'll have to research it. You really did good with this challenge, swapping to get something you wanted and could use was smart. Free grapes ... yes!!!

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  11. I was gifted the end of a mozzarella deli cheese. It was really small so I did not think I would get much out of it once I grated it but I was surprised to get 1 cup of grated cheese out of it. I froze it for future use.

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  12. Used $20 worth of Loyalty points to buy 4 jars of pickles - 4 cans of meat spread and a 1 Litre tetra pack of Long Life UHT milk.

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    1. Margie, Sounds like you spent your loyalty points wisely! Good job!

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  13. Had a good picking from my rhubarb for the freezer and GD gave us a large jar of creamed honey. On the down side my 5 blueberry bushes didn't survive the winter and I had to pull them all out, sad, sad!!

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    1. Janice, I'm sorry you lost your blueberry bushes, that is sad.

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  14. Last Wednesday a friend of mine told me that our Aldi had bananas marked down to 20 cents a pound (usual 43 cents). I had an appointment for a haircut in the same plaza that the Aldi is in. After my haircut I went over to get in on the deal and was surprised when I saw that they were further marked down to FREE. They were very very ripe and they just wanted to get rid of them. I brought home almost 10 lbs of bananas and froze them two to a Ziploc bag for later use.

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  15. I received a bag full of delicious tomatoes from my neighbor. Since I am well stocked with tomatoes, I shared them with a friend.

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  16. I used the last of our radish harvest to make Rosy Radish Relish. Winter stash is growing.

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    1. Barb, can you share your recipe for Rosy Radish Relish, I've never heard of it but it sounds like something I would like.

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