Freezer Feast 2011

I am about to do the impossible.

For me, at least.

Our family is going to attempt to get through the next 31 days without buying (ALMOST) anything at the grocery store.

This sounds crazy to me, because even though Darling Husband is the official grocery shopper of our family, I am the queen of “We don’t have any groooooceries! You need to go to the storrrrrrre! I’m so hunnnnnngry!” (Yeah, I really am that annoying. But I am also very delightful.)

I am also guilty of “not seeing” the piles of food we DO have. I scope out the fridge pretty well, but I’m terrible for not seeing stuff in the freezer, deep freeze and cabinets. Or, if stuff stays there too long, I sort of … lose interest. God, this sounds terrible, writing it all out. But I do. I love new, shiny stuff, fresh from the grocery store! Packaging! And newness! And unopened-ness!

And you know what? This has resulted in a heck of a lot of stuff that hasn’t been getting eaten.

So today, totally inspired by John and Sherry over at Young House Love, I went through our cabinets, freezer, and deep freeze. I made an extensive list of everything, and will use the list to make sure we’re eating these poor, forgotten-about items.

The rules:

  • We will continue to buy essentials like milk, eggs, butter, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc. as needed
  • We will continue to buy Diet Coke and potato chips, so that I don’t kill myself/someone/everyone
  • We will, of course, continue to buy all things Baby Boy needs (his cereal, Cheerios, etc.), although he probably has enough frozen purees to last the month without me needing to make more
  • We will buy fresh ground beef and chicken if it’s needed to “go with” one of the items (Hamburger Helper would be a pretty sorry sight without ground beef)
What we’ve got to work with …
  • Breaded chicken breasts (3)
  • Cheddar sausages (5)
  • Burgers (4)
  • Sirloin meatballs (15)
  • Meatloaf (1)
  • Meatballs in sauce (20)
  • Chicken strips (16)
  • Pepperoni (1 stick)
  • Tuna (1 can)
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn (frozen)
  • Corn (canned)
  • Baby carrots
  • Green chilies
  • Blueberries
  • Mixed strawberry/blueberries
  • Mixed strawberry/blueberries
Breakfast foods
  • White bread (1 loaf)
  • Whole-wheat bread (1 loaf)
  • Oatmeal brown bread (1 loaf)
  • Waffles (8)
  • Hashbrowns (1 bag)
  • Rice Krispies (1 box)
  • Raisin Bran (1 box)
  • Pancake mix (2 boxes)
  • Bran muffin mix (1 bag)
  • Oats
  • Oat bran
  • Flaxseed
Quick meals
  • French fries (1 bag)
  • Pizza Pops (8)
  • Bagel Bites (40)
  • Coffee (3 cans, 1 bag)
  • Tea (with caffeine)
  • Tea (caffeine-free)
  • White Grape Juice (1 can)
  • Apple juice (2 cans)
  • Strawberry Rhubarb pie (1)
  • Freezies
  • Popsicles
  • Cornettos (3)
  • Saltines (3 packets)
  • Triscuits (1 box)
  • Spaghetti (1 box)
  • Rotini (1 box)
  • Wild rice packet (1)
  • Hard taco shells (24)
  • Soft taco shells (12)
  • Pizza kit (makes 2 pizzas)
  • Hamburger Helper (2 boxes)
  • Kraft Dinner (4 boxes)
  • Perogies (1 box)
  • Turkey gravy (2 cans)
  • Taco seasoning packet (1)
  • Salsa packets for tacos (3)
  • Breadcrumbs (1 canister)
  • Peanut butter (2 kg)
  • Onion soup mix (1)
  • Tomato sauce (1 jar)
  • Crushed tomatoes (1 can)
  • Cheddar cheese soup (1)
  • Beef bouillon cubes
Lots of food, right? I have to say that I’m already liking that it’s so organized. I never know what’s in the deep-freeze, because it’s in our storage room, so this writing-it-all-down habit might continue past these 31 days.
Wish me luck — and feel free to do it, too!

One Comment on “Freezer Feast 2011

  1. I do this every couple of months … I come to the shocking reality that we actually have tons of food in our cupboards and there is really no need to spend so much $ on groceries. I also find it quite satisfying to clean up the fridge and cupboards.


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