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post #101 of 110
I can actually see the bottom of our basement chest freezer! Yippee! The pantry is a little sparse, but I could keep going a while longer. Where did all this pasta come from?
post #102 of 110
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Originally Posted by Synchro246
So anyone still have mass quantities of stuff in their cupboards? I think we are going to have to start a May Pantry/Household challange. I could go for at least another month I think.
Absolutely! I went to the grocery store for the first time this month and spent only $55. That included diapers and wipes, about 5 lbs of cheese (we are OUT) and toothpaste, among other things. Everything else was dairy or fruit/veg except for BBQ sauce (we're out and it was only $0.68 for the bottle!) and some relish (which I've been out of for like 6 months and finally just WANTED some!!).

I'm pretty proud. . .
post #103 of 110
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Originally Posted by 3boysmom
Where did all this pasta come from?
Probably from the 3/$2 sale that flunked me out of the pantry challenge this month.
post #104 of 110
Someone asked for a tomato soup recipe way back, but I thought I would post this anyways...This was my favorite meal growing up as a kid.

American Chop Suey

Take some ground beef and cook it in a big frying pan. Drain (I usually poor water over the meat to get all the extra grease off). Then put it back into the frying pan. Cut up some peppers (Green, Yellow, or Red) and add to meat along with a can of tomato soup and a can of water. Cook until peppers are soft or crunchy (whatever you perfer) Pour over plain pasta
post #105 of 110

Question. . .

Courtenay_e is probably the best persont to answer this ( ), but I could use a little feedback. . .

I made a LARGE amount of chicken stock yesterday. I had previously roasted two chickens and then froze the carcasses until I was ready to use. I also had in the freezer some chicken innards I froze for this purpose, as well as a bag of the liquid left over from one of the chickens (I crockpotted it), so I know it's really rich. Anyway, I thawed everything out and then made stock. Right now it's in the fridge and I haven't yet pulled all the bones and floppy celery, etc. out. Normally, I would pick through all that and save the meat to add back for soup. However, since any meat left has been roasted, then frozen, then thawed, then boiled and simmered for a day, I'm thinking it's pretty devoid of nutrients at this point. I'm inclined to just throw it all out, especially since I won't be making soup any time soon. This broth is going in the freezer and I'll use it for whatever.

What do you think? Keep the meat, or not?
post #106 of 110
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Originally Posted by mmgarda
Courtenay_e is probably the best persont to answer this ( ), but I could use a little feedback. . .

I made a LARGE amount of chicken stock yesterday. I had previously roasted two chickens and then froze the carcasses until I was ready to use. I also had in the freezer some chicken innards I froze for this purpose, as well as a bag of the liquid left over from one of the chickens (I crockpotted it), so I know it's really rich. Anyway, I thawed everything out and then made stock. Right now it's in the fridge and I haven't yet pulled all the bones and floppy celery, etc. out. Normally, I would pick through all that and save the meat to add back for soup. However, since any meat left has been roasted, then frozen, then thawed, then boiled and simmered for a day, I'm thinking it's pretty devoid of nutrients at this point. I'm inclined to just throw it all out, especially since I won't be making soup any time soon. This broth is going in the freezer and I'll use it for whatever.

What do you think? Keep the meat, or not?
Well, I dont think I would. It's been roasted, now boiled for copious amounts of time in the crockpot? Besides lack of nutrition, I doubt it has much flavor left. Or texture. I'd say toss it...it's served its purpose!
post #107 of 110
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Originally Posted by courtenay_e
Besides lack of nutrition, I doubt it has much flavor left. Or texture. I'd say toss it...it's served its purpose!
That's what I'm thinking. I scraped off a bunch of fat this morning and am letting it come back to room temp so I can pull all the solids out. Thanks!

FYI TIP: I always use my pasta pot to make soup stock. That way, I can just lift the strainer part out and have all the meat/bones/veges/whatever to toss or go through while the broth stays in the pot. Much easier than having to pour the broth through a strainer or try to make sure I've scooped out all the bones individually!
post #108 of 110
ALRIGHT women, I need to continue this challange. Who ever is with me can meet me- same forum- May challange.
post #109 of 110
Thread Starter 
I'm going to bow out for May. I made big re-stock shopping trip already this week. (Going over 2 weeks without salsa was my personal biggest challenge! ) But thank you all for going on the journey with me in April! It was a big success for me. I still have too much of some things in my cupboards, but now I'm more inspired to use them!

Thanks again to you all! This must be the longest thread I've ever started.
post #110 of 110

Come and join us!

We started a May challenge if'n y'all wanna join!

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...27#post5054527
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