Hi! I passed up this thread a week ago for a few reasons. I don't have much of a pantry, but I have realized a little can go a long way. And most importantly, I was preparing food for two other adults (my mom and brother) who I thought would complain... but we decided to separate the food purchasing and preparation. Most of the pantry staples we have get rotated pretty regularly (and therefore it would be expected that I replace them), but I have noticed some beans lingering around, and a few other things I could probably use up.
I finished off some polenta recently, nobody will miss that. Pasta really doesn't stick around long, I always keep extra linguine stocked and any others come and go. I have some arborio rice I need to use, as well as medium grain brown (now my favorite- good bye long grain!). Dry beans: pinto, adzuki, a couple kinds of lentils. Canned: pinto & garbanzo. Spices and a couple other things fill up that cabinet.. On the other side we have cereal, grits, oatmeal, teas, a small amount of nuts and dried fruits (we use these sparingly, usually in salads, and make them last!) Ok then there is a closet with some spare things- ketchup, AP flour, lots of Cheerios, our favorite jarred salsa, a drink mix, two boxes of rice a roni, box of brownie mix... oh and a bag of store bought stuffing (for my brother's birthday, since he doesn't like home made
). Baking supplies stashed around the kitchen- ww, ap & bread flours; white & brown sugar; baking soda & powder; dry active yeast and a starter. Two roasts in the freezer, some marinated chicken, frozen corn and peas. Funny how it all adds up! I still think I have a somewhat small supply tho- none of this is just sitting around forever, it's stuff we do use.
So my plan is to.... do more cereal for breakfast (maybe try to find a better price on rice milk?); incorporate oatmeal and grits into baked goods and dinner, respectively; use up those beans and the meat in the freezer, figuring out ways to morph them into meals with homemade bread and little else. That should do it! I am $66 in for the month already.