I’m still excited to be participating in the Clean Out the Cupboards Challenge during the month of January – of course it’s pretty early! I’m still shopping for the best bargains that I feel obligated to post about can’t pass up, and staples like bread and milk, but for the most part I’m just shopping from my own stockpile with the goal of spending as little as possible this month.
The toughest part so far has been doing the inventory because we have SO much stuff in the freezer – we have a chest style freezer in addition to the side-by-side refrigerator one and they’d gotten overstuffed. First thing we did was double bag two large yard trash bags and start throwing out things that had been waiting around too long, then make a list of the rest.
It wasn’t too difficult to take an inventory of the stockpile because we’re lucky enough to have a large space above my husband’s bee house to spread it out. On the other hand, the kids LOVE to “help” organize in there so it’s a little on the messy side, but we do have everything divided by category and type so it’s not hard to find anything. I took a bunch of “before” pictures and plan to take some more after the challenge is over.
Now that I have a good inventory it’s very easy to plan the weekly meals, but with more than a dozen boxes of pasta in the stockpile I’m trying to plan ahead a little so that we don’t spend the last week of the month eating spaghetti or rice. My favorite way to figure out what to make when I’m staring blankly at a list of ingredients is to head over to Recipe.com and type a couple of ingredients in the search box and see what comes up. For example, I typed in “penne” and “chicken” and 73 recipes came up, then I clicked on the ‘5 Ingredients or Less’ category to narrow it down to six.
Please link up below if you’re participating in some sort of pantry or cupboard challenge this month – we can all use the support and would love to see how you’re doing. Leave a comment if you don’t have a blog 😉