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post #121 of 224
I'm in.

DH is currently unemployed (and a very good cook
If we end up moving we'll be glad we slimmed down the pantry.
We also inherited a few random items from DH's grandmother's pantry (she just went to a nursing home )

Yesterday I made hummus from pantry dried beans, homemade yogurt, and a soup with homemade shrimp stock so I did pretty good. Today DH will do the cooking so I'll see what I get when I get home

I have a bunch of sunflower seed. Has anyone tried sprouting them? A favorite vendor at the farmer's market raises and sells them and they are yummy, but I'm not sure how involved of a process it is.
post #122 of 224
Dang.

Have some very unexpected meat coming our way.

So, I'm at work this morning (I nanny), and we're in the lower level playroom, I glance outside to the backyard and see, at the base of the climbing wall of the swing set.....

A deer. With an arrow through it. Presumably dead. So, I call my employer, who did NOT know about it, skip a few calls ahead, and the game warden says, "Well, give someone an hour or so to see if they track it down, otherwise, the deer's on your property, it's yours."

Not to get into gory details, but, the deer was fresh. We had snow last night and all day and we could see the blood trail that was NOT covered by the snow....

So, my boss says, "Well, I guess we'll get it processed, and you're more than welcome to some of it, because we don't eat that much venison."

So, we're getting some venison....I don't know how much...I remember from when my Grandpa hunted the average deer yields around 50 lbs, so, we'll see. At least I know the poor deer didn't die for nothing....
post #123 of 224
Havent been to the grocery store yet...
Had more lasagana and rolls...
Really hate pop-tarts

Planning a trip to get produce and dairy this weekend.

Used up a jar of peanut butter in a cake. This thing is delicious.... Take a boxed cake mix, add 1/3 c water and one egg and one cup PB, mix and bake as directed. Take one tub of frosting (white or chocolate) add 1/2-1 C PB (per your liking) mix and frost cake...
**find lost M&M's in panty and top cake with them.... kids and DH think you are 'da bomb'**
post #124 of 224
Thread Starter 
I have all those ingredients in that peanut butter cake, but with all this snow on the ground and coming, I am afraid of cabin fever w the sugar high! But it sounds yummy!

Tonight sausage pizza and today making soup day!
post #125 of 224
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Originally Posted by 1growingsprout View Post
Used up a jar of peanut butter in a cake. This thing is delicious.... Take a boxed cake mix, add 1/3 c water and one egg and one cup PB, mix and bake as directed. Take one tub of frosting (white or chocolate) add 1/2-1 C PB (per your liking) mix and frost cake...
**find lost M&M's in panty and top cake with them.... kids and DH think you are 'da bomb'**
Mmmmm....peanut butter cake....What time did you say it would be ready? :

I swear, the leftovers will be gone tonight! Whoo-hoo! I did have to bust into a cheese I was saving for next week...I noticed a side was going moldy, so, I cut that off, and we've been eating it for snack/lunches. But, I need to go get dairy this week anyway, so, I'll pick up the cheese then.

Made whole wheat blackberry buttermilk pancakes this morning. DD and I picked the blackberries and mulberries around the complex last summer, and IQF'd them. It feels like it's time to have a little bit of sunshine in our food around here.

Tomorrow, I am making chicken soup with the stock I made. It will use up the carrots, some of the potatoes, and whatever bits and odds I find (some frozen veggies for sure). With rolls I will make today.
post #126 of 224
I am planning on making an apple pie this weekend. This fall I canned up several quarts of apple pie filling, and have yet to use them (except the one that didn't seal).

Otherwise, we continue to work on leftovers!
post #127 of 224
Tonight's dinner is spaghetti (sauce and meat from the freezer), bread (leftover from paninis) and salad with the veggies I have left.

I have some broccoli too that I'll turn into soup this weekend.
post #128 of 224
hey everyone. yesterday was the day from hell. we got some tragic news that the father of one of the students at my kid's school (a very small, close knit private school) was shot and killed. so pretty much everything got put on hold to deal with that.

as for dinner, we had frozen pizza and salad as there wasn't a lot of time to cook.

i went to the grocery this morning (i shop every friday morning) and got only fresh fruits and veggies, cheese, yogurt, milk, o.j., eggs, stew beef, popcorn, and granola bars. just stuff we really needed for dinners/lunch boxes, etc.

tonight we are having dinner at my mom's house so i have no idea what we're having, but i don't have to cook it so i'm happy.

tomorrow morning we have a funeral to go to (kids are staying with grandma) and dh and i will most likely grab dinner out.

sunday is our small group bible study and we are hosting it this week, so i'm making beef stew (hence the stew meat i needed). and everyone else will bring a dish....salad, veggies/dip, dessert, etc.
post #129 of 224
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hugs vm9979 its hard when another family in your community has this happen.
post #130 of 224
I'm actually having fun being creative with what we have to use up! I've needed some inspiration in the kitchen so :. And who knew burritos could be good without cheese!
post #131 of 224
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hugs vm9979 its hard when another family in your community has this happen.
thank you. it IS hard because of the children involved. the family has 4 kids, the youngest (that is in school with my kids) is in 7th grade and is a friend of my dd (who's in 6th grade). then they have 2 in the private high school here and 1 that's a freshman in college. it's been very hard as it's a publicized shooting, so these kids have to deal not only with the devastating loss of their father, but also the media attention that's now been brought into their lives because of it.....news coverage all day long, newspaper articles, etc. and on top of everything, their dad was a heart transplant recipient just last year. so they almost lost him once and now this. it's just too much for one family to go through in only 6 months. my daughter is soooo worried about their daughter (her friend). they pulled the 6th-8th grade classes out of class yesterday for a prayer session and to explain what was going on (it's a parochial school) and the kids shared many tears with each other. it's been a difficult time trying to answer questions from my kids that i don't have any answers for. it breaks my heart.
post #132 of 224
vm9799 - so sorry to hear about the father who was shot. That's tragic. Sounds like you're doing your best to keep up with the pantry challenge in the midst of upheaval!!

As for me, I've cooked every day this week, and my main goal is to NOT eat out. That's meant having to pick up some groceries here and there because I don't have tons of anything in my pantry except for diced tomatoes and mac-n-cheese!!

Costco had a coupon for their take and back pizzas. That's our dinner tonight with some salad. We're doing movie night. So I'll also make popcorn and I think we'll bake cookies, too. I have all the baking ingredients on hand! Last night we had potato leek soup. I had the milk, powdered potato mix (to help thicken it since I didn't have cream), and chicken stock already in the pantry. I did buy leeks and potatoes this week. I'll use the potatoes in something else, too. Maybe a breakfast casserole? I have lots of turkey sausage links and eggs. So, I'm thinking about fixing up a bfast casserole this weekend.
post #133 of 224
vm9799 - so sorry to hear of that tragedy. s:
post #134 of 224
Went shopping today, since I was in the coop/trader Joe's end of town.

Interestingly, raw milk (for me and DD to drink) is only 28c more per gallon than the organic whole milk (for cooking and DH to drink). Raw milk went down, organic whole milk went up. And, the raw milk comes in half gallons - it's actually CHEAPER than the half gallon of organic whole milk.

Of course, they're not at the same store, so, I didn't realize that until after I'd already bought the org. whole milk. But, heck, from now on, I'll just buy all raw milk (or, almost...DH swears he doesn't like the taste, so, I'll still have to buy some past. org. milk every once in a while) - it'll support the local farmer a bit, and I'm more than willing to pay the extra 28c/gallon to do that.

Anyway, in addition to a lot of milk, I got a bunch of cheese (I'm addicted), some meats, a few veggies we needed, and some staples for the pantry. Popped a loaf of bread into the machine before I left this afternoon, and just had a late lunch of fresh, warm bread, raw cheese, and raw milk. :
post #135 of 224
I need help stockpiling moms!

I froze a few bags of green beans at the end of summer. Just thawed some out to eat with dinner. The texture is fine, still a bit crispy, but the smell!!!!! Oh my goodness, they reek!

So, the beans are not rotten, not slimy, they are bright green and look fine, but they have a very strange smell...very vegetal if that makes sense. I ran them under some warm water and had a few bites --- blech! They are inedible.

Okay, so I am going to toss these, but what did I do wrong? I used freezer grade Ziplocs, so I don't think it is a freezer burn issue. They don't look damaged at all.

The only thing I can think of -- I froze them without cooking them. Should I have blanched them? Any ideas?
post #136 of 224
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I need help stockpiling moms!

I froze a few bags of green beans at the end of summer. Just thawed some out to eat with dinner. The texture is fine, still a bit crispy, but the smell!!!!! Oh my goodness, they reek!

So, the beans are not rotten, not slimy, they are bright green and look fine, but they have a very strange smell...very vegetal if that makes sense. I ran them under some warm water and had a few bites --- blech! They are inedible.

Okay, so I am going to toss these, but what did I do wrong? I used freezer grade Ziplocs, so I don't think it is a freezer burn issue. They don't look damaged at all.

The only thing I can think of -- I froze them without cooking them. Should I have blanched them? Any ideas?

I don't know if it's necessary, but, I've always blanched my greenbeans. I pulled a couple bags out for Christmas party food last week, and they cooked up great...
post #137 of 224
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I don't know if it's necessary, but, I've always blanched my greenbeans. I pulled a couple bags out for Christmas party food last week, and they cooked up great...
I can't say this conclusively, but I think you have to blanch *any* veg that you are going to freeze. I don't freeze, I can, so I'm not 100% sure. I don't think it would ever hurt it, though.
post #138 of 224
Okay, so I mentioned before that we are getting our side of beef in about a month. I updated my inventory in the meat freezer and rearranged, so I have about 5 cubic feet right now freed up. I need to free up about 1 more cubic foot. I have 38lbs. of very lean ground beef from a steer butchered over the summer and I have 16lbs. of sausage. I also have lamb, fish, a couple of roasts still from the butchering a year ago (plus one that will be for supper tonight), 4 whole organic chickens (plus one that will be Sunday dinner) and 26 chicken breasts.

Working with these meats, I need some yummy ideas for getting rid of about 10 - 15 lbs. of meat over the next month. This feels like a chore and I am totally uninspired even though I love to cook. Any ideas? Last gasp effort will be to can the chicken and beef, but I already have dozens of pints and don't really need to add because we rotate those less often.

I have absolutely no room at all in my other two freezers, so I can't move this stuff around. Help!!
post #139 of 224
So I have been googling and have learned loads about freezing veggies. I royally messed up by not blanching the beans. Natural enzymes need to be killed before freezing or they continue to so something to the food while it is frozen. Not sure what they do exactly, but the effect of their activity was stinky.

I found a site in case anyone is interested in blanching times for various veggies.

http://missourifamilies.org/features...yfeature12.htm

I guess I learned my lesson the hard way.
post #140 of 224
Velochic, your post is cracking my up. I have all these recipes for stretching meat -- coating chicken breast pieces in leftover breadcrumbs for tenders, adding it to chili (love white chili!), pounding it thin and grilling for burritos, adding it to enchiladas with beans.

What to do with extra meat? Savor it, enjoy it, have a party and invite friends to eat it.

I did have make some chicken the other day that I really loved -- Saute thin breasts in a bit of coconut oil, add shallots and saute for a bit. Add a few tablespoons of peach jam and chicken stock and simmer till done. Warm and sweet and tangy. I loved this.

I love a recipe on epicurious dot com called 'Chicken with Shallots, Prunes, and Armagnac'. I make this when I am flush with cash and need an 'impress the inlaws' kind of meal. I am not a fan of armagnac, but I love calvados. Even applejack works just fine and won't cost an arm and a leg.

I don't eat a lot of red meat, so am not much help there. I usually just salt it well and toss on the grill.

Enjoy your meat month!
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