Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pantry Project

I had all the best intentions of posting the past few months and I took a ton of pictures but no.  I blame it on the heat.

I even planned to post this a couple of days ago but it was just so darn hot i ended up just ordering chinese food delivery.  Twice.

But for now i plan to be back because i have a little challenge for myself.  We are in the process of buying a house and when we finalize it i want in there asap.  So i'm packing up what i can right now and decided that instead of bringing along goodness-knows-what is in the pantry and freezer, i will try to feed us with it over the next month so i can start with shiny new food in a shiny new home.  You guys haven't seen my pantry yet.  I am also simultaneously trying to drink up all the liquor in the wine cabinet so forgive me if this stops making sense halfway through the post.

I tried to come up with some rules to make it interesting but that became too complicated too quickly.  Basically, until everything in stock is eaten up the only things i can buy are staples such as butter, eggs, cheese, and vegetables (since i primarily use fresh vegetables i don't have much frozen or canned, but what i do have needs to be eaten before i can buy other veggies).  I also won't make us eat something that is ridiculously freezerburned or five years expired or anything.  It looks like we are going to inadvertently be primarily vegetarian for this project because technically all the lentils and beans and fifty million morningstar farms burgers we have are the majority of the protein sources to utilize, and we can't buy more stuff until this stuff is eaten.

Behold, the pantry:

Above is some of the "savory ingredient collection."  Two kinds of lentils, a bag and a half of barley, tempura batter mix, falafel mix, cheddar cheese powder, capellini noodles, etc.

And here is part of the "baking ingredients collection."  Both above and below photos.  Twenty bags of coconut flour (exaggeration), ten bags of almond flour (not exaggeration), five different kinds of shredded coconut, several various nut flours, two bags of chia seeds, etc.

I see a lot of desserts in our future.  Dessert for dinner, even.

I still have to take inventory of the other three shelves in the pantry, the "baking cupboard," and the shelf in the home office room that holds a few obscure food items plus two hundred cans of campbell's soup that david bought once that didn't fit (obviously) in the pantry.  I single-handedly consumed all the mac and cheese boxes we had over the past two weeks so i think we are off to a good start.

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