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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Eat What you Have

One week a month don’t buy any groceries and use what you have. Only buy produce and dairy products if necessary.

After a rigorous spring cleaning, which included the kitchen cabinets, I realized that three quarters of the stored food had expired.

Go through your pantry and freezer and see what you can use. Any doubts if something is still fresh, check on Still TastyWhen re-stocking the pantry, put newer cans and packages to the back and use older products first.

During the month put any left over vegetables into a zip lock freezer bag or a Glad container and put in the freezer. You can use these for soup during the no grocery shopping week. If they’re raw, you will need to Blanch them before freezing.

One easy slow cooker meal is taco soup. Put whatever vegetables you want to use in a slow cooker, add a package (or two if you have a lot of vegetables) of taco seasoning. Optional: Add chicken or beef cut up small. Cook thoroughly for 5-6 hours. Serve with rice.

If you have a lot of canned tomatoes, make spaghetti sauce. 

While looking through my pantry I found enough ingredients to make Ginger cookies. This recipe was on a blog and I wish I’d made a note of who to thank for it. I had all the ingredients except molasses so I substituted that with brown sugar.

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 tbsp. ground ginger
2 teasp baking soda
1 teasp. ground cinnamon
½ teasp. salt
¾ cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
¼ cup molasses (I substituted ¼ cup of brown sugar)

Sift flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a sifter.
Cream shortening until soft, add sugar(s) gradually then beat in egg and molasses.
Mix dry and creamed ingredients together.
Form teaspoonfuls of dough into small balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 350 for 12-15 minutes (tops should be lightly browned)

You may also find you have ingredients on hand to make Chocolate Brownies in a Mug


  1. I so need to do this. I have tons of food in my house. You would think I am stockpiling or something.

  2. Just making sure you got the email I sent you yesterday that you won the cookbook over at Book Giveaways. Looking forward to hearing from you soon :)

  3. Great blog here, found it via the book hops. I love ginger cookies, and I think I have all those ingredients too (and who knows what else in the cupboards!), I'll have to try the recipe.

  4. Trying to do this as well. Sites like AllRecipes.com let you put in the ingredients you have and then gives you suggestions of what to make. Great for when you don't have the time to figure it out yourself or are not a very creative cook (like me). :)

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog simplyfrugallifestyle.blogspot.com I decided to stop by yours as well.

    There is a company called "Shelf Reliance shelves" that is a GREAT way to rotate your food. Makes it REALLY easy. They are a little pricy for my book, so my husband made some for my pantry out of scrap lumber. I have also seen some that you can buy (or make) out of cardboard.

  6. Eat what you store and store what you eat.


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