I have been working for a couple of weeks to try to eat down the freezer a bit so I had room for the latest cowzilla (we bought 1/4 of a local cow), but as Christmas, anniversary, and birthdays approach, I have decided to make a serious push toward not letting anything go to waste, and trying to eat as much as possible out of my pantry and freezer stores. This is the last week I am going to get CSA veggies until the spring session, so I will have to buy a bit more fresh produce. I really want to try to limit my purchases though, to fresh dairy, produce (eating first what I already have), and a few fill-in items.
In my freezer, I have 1/4 of a cow, about 6 lb of chicken, 2-3 lb of ham, 1 lb of pork loin, 2 lb of shrimp, 2 lb of flounder, and 2 lb(ish) of salmon. There are also frozen veggies and fruits, and a bunch of random meal components. In the pantry, there are tons of beans, veggies, soups, tuna, all manner of condiments, and some grains (couscous, some brown rice, pastas of various shapes, bulgur wheat, quinoa, etc). My fridge is currently bursting at the seams with produce and leftovers.
All of this has set me up quite nicely to save a bit of money heading into the holiday season, but will also let me exercise my creativity, and clear things out enough to enter the New Year with a better handle on what I have and need, so I don’t end up with such a glut in the future.
I will be posting the things I come up with, and my experience with staying the course on the challenge. Join me!