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Notes From the Thrifty Kitchen--Purgin' the Food Hoard. 
Sep. 20, 2010 1:58 pm 
Updated: Sep. 23, 2010 7:01 pm
Hey, bloggees, long time not see!  I don't know how it happened, but it seems that the pantry and freezer are back to overflowing.  My poor husband won't even venture into the freezer to get ice for his drinks, just hands me his glass and asks me to get it for him.  His hyper-organized brain goes all wonky at having to re-arrange things in order to shut the door again.  Same with the pantry; he opens the door and gets this horribly pained expression on his face like he's trying not to cry.  Every so often I either take pity on him, or realize the ridiculousness of the situation and decide to purge the food stores and start fresh.  I usually wait until the first of the month, which I had every intention of doing this time, but then I asked myself why I wanted to wait another two weeks to get started on something that needs to be done NOW, so I figured I'd make it a 6 week food purge instead of my usual 4.  I haven't even started taking inventory of what we have; I poked around the pantry a bit this morning and found all sorts of goodies that I forgot were in there, so I'm actually pretty excited about it.  Don't judge me; I'm a stay at home mom, and my days are filled with Barney, flash cards, and peanut butter sandwiches.  I get my excitement wherever I can find it.

For the next 6 or so weeks, I'm going to limit my grocery shopping to whatever fresh produce I need that is on sale, milk for the kids, and coffee for the Hubs.  I'll plan meals around what we have in the freezer and pantry, and the cheapo seasonal produce at the Mexican market.  I love using the ingredient search feature on AR to try out new meals based on what we have around the house; we find some of our favorite dishes that way.  Maybe I'll even save enough money to buy that bread maker I've been drooling over for months now.  In any event, it'll clear out most of our old stockpile to make room for a new stockpile.  If I can get my *stuff* together, I'll write up menus and keep track of our expenses and savings here on my blog.  No promises, mind you, but I'll give it a shot.  Thanks in advance for all the recommendations I'll be asking for on the RE (or RB, I guess I should say) and if any of you fellow hoarders out there want to play along, I'd love to hear your plans too!  Happy Purging! (That just doesn't sound right)
Sep. 20, 2010 2:34 pm
lol right? Cleaned out my fridge and pantry, the other day, nobody noticed...... : ( And good to hear from you again! Hopefully I'm the first to comment! if nobody beat me to it!
Sep. 20, 2010 2:39 pm
I did a big one last year and felt so accomplished afterwards. Good luck and I'll be looking forward to checking on your progress. :)
Sep. 20, 2010 2:42 pm
Good luck to you! I look forward to hearing about your various creations. I suppose this IS one of the benefits to the "European" size fridges/freezers, I barely have enough room to freeze my meats and homemade stock...although it does seem like it's always "just enough" space everytime...sigh. I remember the days when I'd unearth things in my freezer I'd completely forgotton about...when I saw my new fridge/freezer I thought "however will I cope?" But it's worked out fine thus far...not sure what will happen when I go to buy a turkey for Christmas!! Ha ha ha.
Sep. 20, 2010 2:53 pm
Ugh! I need to do the same thing. I say I'm going to about every 3 months or so and then come up with a ton of reasons not to...the kids won't like it, I'm not in the mood for that, blah blah blah. Maybe, just maybe I'll actually do it this time. lol
Sep. 20, 2010 7:08 pm
Happy purging! For a food blog, that was an interesting choice of words, but I think in context, we get it. ;o) You will end up saving money on this...and it's always great to know you aren't going to be trashing food later because of expired shelf dates. Go for it! We're already in that mode, buying pretty much only what we'll eat that week. But I AM still whittling on the freezer stock and writing notes to myself on the refrigerator whiteboard as to what I have thrown into the freezer. For instance there are two and a half muffins in there right now. Anyway, all the best in your six week purge plans and execution.
Sep. 20, 2010 7:55 pm
I'm not at all a hoarder, but I do find the idea of cleaning it all out to start over interesting...I'll look forward to seeing how it goes! We got a new fridge/freezer a few months ago and I still haven't come close to filling it up.
Sep. 20, 2010 7:58 pm
My son left for basic, so we're left cleaning out pantry/freezer of stuff he specifically ate and we don't want sitting around. Totino's pizza - hard to tell the difference between the pizza and the cardboard. Not really that bad, but...
Sep. 21, 2010 1:05 am
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Sep. 21, 2010 5:05 am
Go to a Goodwill or thrift store to get your bread maker for $10.00. They all work about the same. If you decide to use it alot, then maybe buy a new one with bells & whistles you might use. Clean up your herbs & seasonings as well. For replacements,think about what you normally put together with your meals and then look for seasoning blends to match. It'll be like buying 5 for price of 1. There is a work from home mother in Alpharetta, Ga. who specializes in great seasoning blends that is my main source of seasoning blends. Be careful with using old freezer items since they do have a shelf life. Do you put the date on your freezer items when bought? If not, please start doing so.
Sep. 21, 2010 5:33 am
My pantry is so organized I can go in blind folded. I hate going to the freezer because my husband packs it in like a sardine. I wish he would leave it alone!
Sep. 21, 2010 5:52 am
good for you Rebecca, when my pantry gets unorganized I know I have been baking up a storm. Just headed to the wholesaler yesterday and stocked up/reorganized again. I made a list of things I want to make in the next while. Asked the family what they have been missing on the menu. They gave me a few old stand by suggestions, but it usually comes down to my decision. I like to make a meal of lets say tacos, remove some of the meat before I add beans to it. Set it aside and make nachos a few days later. Or make a roast one night, then use the left over meat and veggies to invent a stew a few nights later. Good luck in your quest!
Sep. 21, 2010 10:22 am
GREAT BLOG!! I am almost down to the Racks in my freezer and if the family isn't careful, They(racks) might get grilled and sauced! LOL I did find 5 family packs of chicken thighs and 1 chix legs on sale and then a 50% off sticker on top of that! One package was originally $9.70, on sale and with the extra sticker I got it for $3.50 for 7 lbs!
Sep. 21, 2010 1:39 pm
everytime i organize my pantry it stays that way for two weeks. then it gets messed around again! LOL
Sep. 22, 2010 6:30 pm
we have a share shed and picked up 3 bread makers there in case one didn't work! they're everywhere, people don't often keep them I noticed. On the other hand, I can relate, I to go through periods of letting the foods go down in cupboards and freezers. We recently plugged in a second freezer when we bought a 1/2 cow and have a fridge full fridge with no freezer in it. When you use up what's in the cupboard I find you notice things that you haven't had for a while and can use them up making room for new things! Good luck!
Sep. 22, 2010 6:56 pm
Sep. 23, 2010 6:58 pm
I am a food hoarder too and have the same fridge/freezer x 2 and large walk in pantry problem. In fact my husband only commented a few days ago that things are getting out of hand. (I have a confession also, I have a guest suite on the same level as the kitchen and have even started to fill the walk in closet with yet more food (Luckily we have no guests until next spring) so like you I am trying to work my way through everything I have in stock. Trying to use up the cans of fruit I brought, when they were on offer. We don't even eat canned anything! So you can see my dilemma. This week I just shopped at the deli and for fresh local produce. So hopefully we can help each other out over the next few weeks. Did I say I hold you fully responsible for the hoard of Pumpkin Puree I now have on my hands!
Sep. 23, 2010 7:01 pm
Have you looked on craigslist for a bread maker in your area? You will be surprised just how many new items you will find on there that people have received as gifts and don't want.
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