Today, we are going to talk about taking inventory in your kitchen.
Sometimes, I get burned out on cooking. To the point of “y’all are on your own tonight, Mama is done!” I open the fridge door, and stare at the contents, willing something to jump out at me and when nothing does, I think I need to go shopping. For food, anyways 🙂
One of the driving forces for me with this challenge has been to save some money, and use up what’s in my pantry, fridge, and freezer. How can I do that when I am constantly shopping for new food, right? Anyone else feel the same way?
So, this is what I did. I took inventory of my fridge…here it is:
What I found I had was this:
- mozzarella cheese
- parmesean cheese
- red peppers
- sausage (chicken)
- milk kefir
- 2 lbs. hamburger
- chocolate syrup
- blueberry syrup
Of course, none of those items would make a meal, right?
Yeah, that’s what I thought at first. I had to take a few moments and redisover my creative self and I came up with this list of menus based on what’s in the fridge.
- smoothies, using the yogurt and kefir and peaches or strawberries
- biscuits and gravy (using 1 package of chicken sausage, buttermilk and milk)
- Dutch baby (oven baked pancake) using peaches or strawberries
- muffins using whatever’s left of the peaches/strawberries
- pizza, using the mozz cheese
- Swedish Meatballs, using the hamburger
- salad, using the lettuce, parm cheese, carrots
- Sausage and rice, using the sausage
- enchiladas, using the rest of the hamburger
- veggies with hummus, using the veggies and hummus
So, you see, we aren’t going to starve if we don’t get more food into this house, I just need to get back to my basics.
Sometimes, that means stepping back and cleaning out the fridge a bit and re-arranging the items so you can see what you have. Other times, it means trying something new and pushing your creative limits. So, take an inventory of what you have in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. I like to do this at least twice a month to insure that I am using all the food up, and not wasting any. (Yes, spoiled food goes to the compost, but I don’t like to grocery shop for the chickens.) Then, decide what you family likes to eat. Fill in the most obvious meals first..yogurt for breakfast, veggies with hummus, salad…then move on to what you have in the pantry to make more options. Like flour for pizza dough or pasta, making tortillas for enchiladas or tacos, rice for a side dish.
Don’t forget to include your freezer in this.
Do you have some meat lurking behind the ice cream that you can use? How about pulling some of the frozen zucchini to make zucchini pancakes or bread for snacks? Hey, isn’t that a pack of stale bread for making breadcrumbs? Once you get the creative juices flowing, there’ll be no stopping you! And, when you can’t get into making food again…there’s always the eggs. Scrambled eggs for dinner, anyone?
Do you take inventory in your kitchen? How does that work for you? Be sure to pin this for later!