Do you find your pantry and freezer overflowing with food, yet you keep buying more food?
Would you like to join me for an impromptu pantry and freezer challenge? You could possibly save hundreds of dollars on your grocery bill by eating out of your pantry and freezer!
We’ve been feeling lately, in the Simply Frugal household, as though we’ve got way too much food just hanging around not leaving the pantry and freezers. (umm, except for the ice cream, that mysteriously disappears ;)!)
Since I’d like to use up what we have in the freezer and pantry to use up many items that are coming up on their prime, I thought a challenge would get me motivated! Maybe it will help you as well?
Here’s the plan:
Starting on Wednesday, April 18, the Eating from the Pantry/Freezer challenge will officially start!
I’ll be sharing my menu plan on Wednesday and would love to hear your plans and goals as well!
What you’ll need to do before April 18:
- Do a complete inventory of your pantry, freezer and fridge
- Decide what your goals will be for the challenge (how much do you want to save, how long do you think you’ll be doing the challenge for…etc)
- Write up a meal plan for at least the first five days of the challenge (Wednesday – Sunday)
- Make a list of the items you’ll need to buy to complete your meals. (I’ll still be buying produce, dairy and eggs)
Every Monday following (April 23 and 30) I’ll be sharing my menu plans and progress. (At this point I’m not sure how long I will be doing the pantry challenge, but I will know once I take inventory.) This would be a great time for those of you joining in on the challenge to share or link to your menus and progress in the comment section! I’ll also be tracking how much I’m spending on groceries for the duration of this challenge and sharing my totals.
There’s a Facebook group that I would love to have you join! Click here to join the Simply Frugal Community. I think it will be a great place to share meal ideas, tips and even our struggles during the challenge!
Does this makes sense? Any questions? 🙂
Here are some useful resources to help you out with the challenge:
Will you be joining me as we eat from the pantry and freezer?
My Mom, being the awesome Mom she is, sent along her instructions, with a couple of pictures, on how she makes homemade vegetable broth!
The broth is perfect for soups, stews, rice dishes, Risotto, and pasta sauces!
Want to know how to make vegetable broth? Read on…
How to make Vegetable Broth
There are a ton of vegetable scraps that can be salvaged for broth:
- carrot peelings
- broccoli, mushroom pieces, celery, peppers, onions
- Herb stems
- Pretty much anything if it isn’t rotten!
Here are some tips to prepare your scraps:
- Scrub your vegetables before peeling
- Place all your scraps/peelings into a freezer bag or container
- Keep adding to the bag/container until you have enough to make the broth (about 4-6 cups worth)
Vegetable Broth Method:
- Place the peels to a stock pot, add enough water to cover completely, then add ground pepper, bay leaf and a garlic clove.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 hour.
- Cool the broth, then strain and discard (compost) the solids.
- Pour broth into containers and refrigerate or freeze for up to 3 months.
Here we are, five days into the new year. How are your resolutions or goals going so far?
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Want to see your favorite food bloggers in action in their own kitchens? (I know, me too!)
I’m so excited to tell you that you have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek into the kitchens and brilliant meal-planning minds of some top-tier food and health bloggers.
Tomorrow (January 3, 2018), you can join me for a Meal-Plan-Along where we’ll be invited into the kitchens of bloggers like:
- Wardee Harmon of Traditional Cooking School who will spill her time-saving secrets for using the slow cooker and pressure cooker to meal plan.
- Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship who will talk about how meal planning can reduce your stress.
- Kresha Faber of Nourishing Joy who will share meal planning techniques for beginners.
- Susan Heid of The Confident Mom who will dish out tips for meal planning on a budget.
- Elise New of Frugal Farm Wife who will offer ideas for crafting a meal plan that’s allergy-friendly.
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Hope to see you there!
P.S. If you’re unable to join the live simulcast, there will be an encore presentation on Thursday, January 4 at 10am ET! Register for the encore here.
Kelly from New Leaf Wellness has put together a list of 12 Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals to Make in December! Her free download includes 13 printable recipes, a printable shopping list and a meal planning calendar.
Kelly from New Leaf Wellness put together a list of 31 Keto Crockpot Freezer Meals. Her free download includes 10 printable recipes and a printable shopping list.