The Eating from the Pantry & Freezer Challenge Starts! Week 1

It’s time to start the Eating from the Pantry & Freezer Challenge!

I told you last week that I’d be sharing my goals and plans, so here’s what I’ve got in mind:

My number one goal is to clean out the pantry and freezers, especially the freezers!  It seems like we’re always throwing stuff out because it gets lost for far too long. :(

Secondly, I’d like to spend only $25 each week on the items I decided to keep buying (dairy, eggs and produce).  I think this is going to be very feasible, especially since my Mom’s garden is starting to produce a lot of veggies!

It’s important to decide on an amount you’d like to spend during the challenge.  By not setting an amount, you could be setting yourself up for spending too much!  Determine how little you think you can get by on.

Also, I think it’s important to say to make this challenge your own.  Decide what will work best for you to help you clear out your pantry and freezer while still making it a challenge.  Maybe this means you won’t be buying any household items (toilet paper, toothpaste..etc) because you really do have enough to get you through until the end of the challenge.  Or maybe you realize that you have a ton of stuff to go through so you can actually do the challenge for 5 weeks.  Make it yours!

Now, how am I going to make this happen?

I took inventory of our pantry and freezers (and discovered I had a lot more than I thought)!  Here’s what I’ll be working with:

  • Lots of chicken breasts
  • Quite a bit of beef (ground, a roast and a few steaks)
  • One package of ground turkey (will make two meals)
  • Plenty of flour, bran, oatmeal, rice, pasta, quinoa
  • Lots of frozen fruit (peaches, strawberries)
  • A bunch of freezer meals I prepared before Sienna was born (Shepard’s pie, shredded beef, potato and chicken noodle soup, Cheesy beef & rice)
  • Plenty of produce from my Mom’s garden, especially cucumbers, tomatoes and beans right now

I’m actually quite shocked at how much I found and I’m sure I could do this challenge for longer than the three and bit weeks I have planned!

Here’s what we’ll be eating until next Monday (when I’ll have our next menu plan posted)


  • Breakfast:  Refrigerator oatmeal (recipe coming)
  • Lunch:  leftover rice and black bean burritos
  • Dinner: Perogies and Sausage, steamed veggies (needs to be a quick dinner)


  • Breakfast:  Refrigerator oatmeal
  • Lunch:  Chicken noodle soup
  • Dinner: BBQ Chicken Salad




  • Brunch:  Waffles with peach sauce and whipping cream
  • Dinner:  Possibly at my parents, or we’ll have marinated steak, pasta salad, grilled veggies

The only thing I have to buy for this week is whipping cream!   Yay!

On Monday, August 13, I’ll be back with my next menu plan and how much I actually ended up spending on groceries to get through this week’s menu!

Now, it’s your turn to share your menu plan, goals and plan of attack with the rest of us!



  1. Just seeing this now but I think I totally need to try this! I’m constantly getting in ‘trouble’ for throwing stuff out! LOL

    I’m going to go through your recipes too! Bet I can use some!! Thanks! :)

  2. I love this idea, too! You’ve definitely inspired me to go through my freezer items. I’m a little afraid, I have to admit – there’s some stuff way down in the bottom of the freezer that I don’t even recognize any more! I also have to go through my canned items – I tend to keep buying the same things without checking to see if I already have them.

  3. I am also posting about it on my blog! Got the inventory down. Being hunters/ fishers and gardeners our freezers are loaded and shopping for a new freezer right now to =S We also do all our grocery shopping at costco and the farmers market but shopping at costco your pantry fills up fast! I have doubles and quadruples for everything. I need to find a plan to put those somewhere else!

  4. The inventory is done but our menu is based largely on what the garden is producing right now So lots of tomatoes, zucchini, green beans with melons and raspberries just around the corner. Also potatoes and onions are ready , just need to go pick them as we want them. If we went totally vegetarin, it could be very cheap eatig for a while.

  5. What an awesome idea! I know I have stuff at the bottom of my freezer I haven’t seen in quite some time!!!

    I’m going to start that Freezer/pantry inventory on the weekend.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  6. Cindy Rathburn says:

    I want to try this. It sounds very feasible for me to do. I bought a summer hamper package from Santa’s choice. I have a full freezer of hot dogs, smokies, and hamburgers. Plus, other choice cuts of meat and bags of vegetables. Since, my hours at work are low. That means money is low as well. And, now that I am surgery bound, I have to hold on to all of pennies. Here goes nothing.

  7. That sounds fantastic! I am going to post my plan on my blog. I am not sure how much a week I should spend. I guess I will do my plan and then guess. My husband would be thrilled if I spent just $25 a week :-)

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