the pantry

dinner

It wasn’t as hard as I had expected.  I am in the groove now.  I still have to locate the  out of date anchovies that my husband has turned into paste.  I know him too well.  He will convert something we have not used into something else we will not use and eventually I will be allowed to throw it out.  No more.  I have removed all food items we will not eat and, where possible fed them to the chickens, the rest have been put on the compost.

I use a weekly menu plan and shop only for those items that I need for the weeks’ meals but do not have in stock.  This encourages me to use my cookery books and try out new recipes as well as making it a lot easier at the end of the day.  All I have to do is look at the list on the fridge and open the appropriate recipe book at the appropriate page.  Life is much easier that way.  I keep my diary to hand when menu planning, if I am going to be out all day and then doing the Mummy taxi run in the evening there is no point planning a meal that requires preparation and last minute attention.  On the other hand, if I have a day at home and everyone home by 6.00 then we can go for something a little more adventurous.

On a good week I shop from the larder and the freezer.  Unfortunately now the freezer is mainly offering up those odd things we bought because they looked interesting.  I love heart for example, it is tasty and cheap.  I am going to struggle to slip it under the teenage radar.  We usually buy a whole or half sheep.  For some obscure reason I asked for one of the legs to be left whole.  Dinner for 15 anyone?

This is what I hope to avoid in the future.  No more whimsical purchases.  A freezer with only food we know we will eat and know when we will eat it.

Tonight all the girls are out.  So the Boss and I are having lobster and crab salad.  That’s two items out of the freezer, salad from the garden and dressing made with the ends of various oil and vinegar bottles.  A good clear up dinner I think.

7 thoughts on “the pantry

  1. I love clear out dinners, I seem to always end up once a fortnight with too many odds and ends of stuff, mainly root vegetables, so we have a clear out the fridge dinner then. It is amazing what you can produce with a well stocked larder and a nearly empty fridge.. So don’t destock the larder too far. You will regret it later.

    • No fear of it being destocked too far just destocked of the things that have been there for years and never used … and never will be. It looks and feels a lot better already.

  2. I did that twice last year, after the moths got in…. I am now trying hard to use up everything that is still good but getting a little aged. My fault for trying new recipes that only call for a little bit of something, and then the rest just sits there…

  3. Hi Gillie,
    I replied to you at my blog, but just in case you weren’t notified (I’m never sure if commenters find out that I replied to them…must figure this out somehow…), I wanted to stop by here as well. Glad to read this pantry post from you because I completely relate to it and wrote a similar post a while back called “Buy Food Mindfully”–it’s linked here in case you’d like to take a look: http://www.joyfullygreen.com/2013/02/instantly-greener-buy-food-mindfully.html. Anyway, happy to make your acquaintance across the blogosphere, and thanks so much for adding Joyfully Green to your blogroll!
    Best,
    Joy

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