Saturday, October 16, 2021

A Working Pantry Boot Camp: 10/16/21

   Our challenge for last week was to take the age of our youngest child, grandchild, niece or nephew and add that number of items to our pantry!

The age of my youngest grandchild is 3 so that's how many items I added to my pantry!  

Here they are ...


A bulk box of Goldfish and a bulk box of Cheez-It's along with a package of lighters.

The Goldfish and Cheez-It's will be used in making a holiday snack food we enjoy every year (and use in gift giving).

(We won't use all of either of these when making our snack mix, so I'll vacuum seal what we don't use in jars and add them to my pantry.  We do this every year and we've found that they stay quite fresh for months!)

The lighters will be used in fire building in our wood stove this winter.

How did you do?

Our challenge for next week is a bit different but these are uneasy times we're living in so take that into consideration when you read this challenge ...

Add some shelf stable milk to your pantry.

It can be evaporated milk, goat's milk, almond milk, whole milk, 2 % milk, skim milk, powdered/dehydrated milk ... any kind of shelf stable milk that you'll use.  (This means it's likely going to come packaged in a can, box or bag!)

 (You can always substitute something totally different if a particular assignment doesn’t work for you. Just tell us what you’re substituting.)

Until next time!

 patsi

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24 comments:

  1. My youngest great nephew is 1 but I stocked up on cheese(again), pork ribs and keto bread.

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    1. Patti, are you freezing the cheese, is that how you're preserving it?

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  2. Our youngest grandchild is zero but when we went to the discount grocery they had individual restaurant servings of Mac n cheese that just needs heating in the microwave. These will great when she visits over the holidays for easy meals for her. We added five since they were 5/$1.

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    1. Lana, I love the way you counted your youngest unborn grandchild! That's a good price for Mac n cheese, I'm sure your granddaughter will love them.

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    2. Hmmm...she is 11 months. Maybe my method of counting her was not really correct. ??

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    3. Lana, I understand now! That makes sense! Either way, she's counted!

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  3. My youngest g-daughter is 14. I added bananas, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, can of Hormel Roast Beef and Gravy, Munchies pb crackers, Cheerios, ice cream, case of water, paper plates, apples, bread. I suppose I bought more. And, all but two of the items were in multiples, like the 10 pounds of carrots.

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    1. Practical Parsimony, your pantry got a good stock-up! Way to go!

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  4. My youngest is 2. I added 2 big bags of French's Fried onions. I think they are 24 oz? I love having them on hand. Especially for the holidays! Thanks

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    1. Barbara, they're good on green bean casserole!!

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  5. My great niece is six. I added individual portions of rice porridge that are long life packaged. They have over a month in the fridge but will freeze down too. They were on special and worked out way cheaper than buying the milk to make it myself!

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    1. Gill, love this! That was some smart thinking!

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  6. My youngest nephew is 14. I added a 2 lb bag of casava flour, 1 lb bag of sorghum flour, 1.5 lb bag of sorghum, 9 one pound packages of frozen vegetables and 2 packages of replacement heads for tooth brushes.

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    1. Cookie, You had a good stock-up too, those frozen vegetables can be used in some many ways!

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  7. I think my original comment got lost. The youngest around here is 18 so I bought 18 cans of pumpkin. We eat pumpkin bread year round as it is a family favorite. I would surely love to have a grandbaby. It seems most everyone else does, poor pitiful me. (Grin)
    Ginger

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    1. Ginger, LOL, grandbabies are just the best. All of mine live far away but this ole grannie doesn't let that stop her from having a good relationship with them. You indeed have something to look forward too!

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  8. I was away last week, so no pantry stock-up for me. But, following my late Saturday night return, I spent Sunday on winter prep, doing some exterior painting that was needed. I used two half-full cans of white paint that I already had on hand, and some good brushes that were stowed away by my late husband. When I moved into my townhome, I gifted my two tall extension ladders to friends of my son-in-law, with the understanding that I got "visitation rights" whenever I needed a ladder that size. Thanks to these good friends who didn't want me on the ladder, my deck is completely painted and ready for winter. I only asked them to borrow the ladder. But when they arrived and heard what I needed it for, they informed me in no uncertain terms that there was no way I'd be on that ladder, and my deck was scraped and painted on the spot. Exceptionally appreciative of my circle of friends!

    I'm going thru the cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer today, and preparing my shopping and stock-up list. Definitely need to check the dates on my evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk, as I use both in my holiday cooking. Thanks for the reminder on the importance of keeping shelf-stable milk in the pantry.

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    1. Lori, I'm so glad you have a good circle of friends that are there when you need something done! What a blessing!

      Shelf stable milk is a pantry staple at our house!

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  9. Youngest grandchildren are not quite 2 but I bought groceries this weekend and did add to my pantry: canned green beans.

    Just a heads up on the shelf stable milk. I've been adding it to my pantry and using it now for quite a while. I even had a small glass of it tonight with a cookie after supper. I've heard from a vlogger and blogger that you can buy this at Dollar Tree for $1 each carton. My nearest Dollar Tree doesn't carry it but it's a very poor sort of store compared to the two or three others I've been into. The milk I normally by runs anywhere from $2.79 up to $4 in some groceries. I like the Parmalait brand quite well.

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    1. Terri, our local Dollar Tree carries it but was out when I was in there over the weekend. Will check back again this week. This particular Dollar Tree was out of a lot of things, there was lots of empty shelves all over the store!

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  10. Playing catch up! Lots added to the pantry. Thank you, Patsi! It has been awhile since I was able to join in, so I have quite the list. Here goes:

    1. Something for Christmas- I added several bags of powdered sugar
    2. Something in a bag- I added several bags of brown sugar
    3. Less than a dollar- (this was recent, but I'm counting it!)4 pts apple jelly. Cost? Free! I made them using apple scraps from apples a friend gave me.
    4. Fall colors- I harvested sweet potatoes and eggplant from the garden (orange and purple) and added beef stock to the pantry (brown)
    5. Numbers in name (8)- I added 8 bags of frozen vegetables to the freezer
    6. As much as possible for $5- 5 boxes of corn starch. Cost-$4.45
    7. Age of youngest- My youngest is 16. I added 4 boxes of granola bars, 2 honey "bears", 2 bottles of mustard, a bottle of ketchup, 2 bottles of soy sauce, a bottle of Worcestershire sauce, a 5lb bag of rice, and several (more than 3) boxes of pasta.
    8. Shelf stable milk- We have several cartons in the garage, so I added some evaporated milk to my panty.

    Whew! When it is written out like that, I can see how much has really been added! Keep those challenges coming, Patsi! They are wonderful! And so are you!

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    1. Jennilee, thank you for your encouraging words! You made my day!

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  11. Yes, I freeze the chunks to shred or cube later in recipes

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