In December, I told you about the January Pantry Challenge that I planned to participate in.
Here is my week 1 recap.
I had previously made a dinner menu plan for the month.
Dinners on days 1-4 were not what I had planned.
There were things in the fridge to get used up.
A Taco Soup craving happened. 😀🙋
No big deal.
We still ate from what was in the fridge and pantry.
I had said that I was only going to shop to stock the future pantry.
On Tuesday the grocery ad comes out for Safeway.
They have cheese on sale-2# for $5, limit 4.
Since my Wednesday group was cancelled,
Ernie volunteered to go shopping for me.
Armed with his detailed list and asked to check for on sale beef, off he goes.
He came home with all the list items plus
2 big packages of hamburger and
4 big packages of chicken thighs.
We got that all packaged up for the freezer.
Thank goodness he likes to vacuum seal.
(I kind of want to go get more cheese and thighs to can.)
On Tuesday evening I had taken 4 pork loins out of the freezer.
We got them on sale last year for a really good price.
I think the price was so good because they were the toughest pork I had ever had!
So after they finally thawed,
I cut the meat off into chunks and we ground it up into sausage meat.
I had watched this video about making Sausage Eggs cups
and knew I wanted to try canning sausage.
Don't turn up your nose until you've tried it.
(I did make some egg cups using diced ham...yummy yummy!)
I got 22 1/2 pints canned up and yesterday tested it making gravy.
OMGoodness! Sooo good.
I still have more roasts to thaw and grind.
So I consider my week a huge success.
I bought no real groceries,
I stocked the pantry and freezer with some yummy food.
I have my husband on board with my challenge.
I don't mind being flexible with my menu plan.
It's working for us.
My plan for next week is looks really yummy and exciting!
Do you do kitchen and cooking challenges?
Here are a few of my past freezer challenges.
I'm so easily entertained.