Sunday, July 04, 2010

Cleaning Out the Kitchen- Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone! I didn't mean to take so long getting this post up, but I was a little busier than I thought I'd be the past few days. We got our patriotic partying done last night though, so today is a quiet day around the house for us.

We recently bought a new car, which is very exciting for us. We feel so grown up because we were able to pay cash for it. However, we are also feeling the need to do some belt tightening since we just laid out all that dough. So this weekend I went through and cleaned out our pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. I got rid of some stuff that had been hanging around way too long, and took inventory of what we have available to cook with. I discovered that I am very efficient at wasting food and money. A lot of stuff that should have been used, but wasn't, and is now beyond the point of consumption. So, I decided to share just what it is that was left behind once I did the big dump. This is what I'll be trying to use over the next few weeks, along with our weekly produce and other few groceries we might need. Luckily I recently placed a meat order, so we have a pretty good stockpile in the freezer. Any recipe suggestions based on our kitchen contents?

Rolled Oats
Cereal- 2 half full boxes, 1 nearly gone
Brown rice
Arborio rice
Jambalaya Mix
Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Manicotti Shells
Small pasta shells
Mezze tubetti pasta
Tomato soup- 2 cans
Lentil soup
Vegetable soup
Garbanzo beans- 2 cans
Dark kidney beans
Great Northern beans
Black beans- 2 cans
Diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz.
Stewed tomatoes, 14.5 oz.
Chicken broth, 15 oz.
Pumpkin puree
Tuna, 6 oz. packed in olive oil
Beef stew seasoning- 2 packets
Corn tortillas, 24 count
All purpose flour
White whole wheat flour
Toasted wheat germ
Salsa, large jar
Butter crackers, 1 sleeve
Wheat thins, 1/2 box
Whole wheat bread
Popcorn seed
Dried cranberries

Eggs- 6
Sharp Cheddar, 3/4 block
Pepper Jack, 3/4 block
Helluva Good XXX Sharp Cheddar, 3/4 lb.
Fresh Mozzarella, 8 oz. ball
Feta, 6 oz. crumbled
Pie crust, 2
Soy Milk
Orange Juice
Salad Dressing
Apples- 3
Peaches- 5

Amy's frozen burritos- 4
Beer-battered fish fillets- 5
Spicy Black Bean burgers- 3
Small cooked shrimp- half a bag
Chicken breasts- 2
Unsmoked bacon, 1 package
Chuck Roast, 2.5 lbs.
Beef stew meat, 3 lbs.
Ground beef, 6 lbs.
Ground pork, 2 lbs.
Mild pork sausage, 1 lb.
Pork shoulder, 2.5 lbs.
Pheasant, 2 lbs.?
Trout- 2 2-person portions, 1 4-5 person portion
Whiting- 2 2-person portions
Cat fish- 1 2-4 person portion
Pesto, 4 cups
Puff Pastry, 1/2 package
Peaches, 12 oz.
Blueberries, 12 oz.
Mixed berries, 12 oz.
Pineapple, 6 oz.
Mango, 6 oz.
Peas, 10 oz.
Corn, 4 oz.
Green beans, 6 oz.
Mixed veggies, 6 oz.
Spinach, chopped 10 oz.

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