It’s “clean out the refrigerator/freezer/cabinets” week here at Chez Em. I haven’t sworn off grocery shopping by any means, but I’m making a conscious effort to use up the things that have been sitting in the cabinet. Think “Chopped” for the pantry. It’s working really well – I have two cans of sliced beets and four cans of green beans left on the “must go” shelf. The beets will get a pickle, but I’m really not sure what to do with the green beans.
We don’t like canned green beans (the boys don’t like green beans at all – they think they have to pull the bean out of the pod), and I don’t make anything that uses green beans as an ingredient. I briefly considered making green bean casserole – but getting stuck with a gigantic casserole is SO not on the to-do list.
I’m also making a conscious effort to NOT stuff the cabinet *just* because there’s a “really great sale” (on food we don’t really eat). There’s no point to four cans of green beans when we don’t eat canned green beans, no reason to have a dozen cans of green peas when “I don’t LIKE canned peas, Mama. I like FROZEN peas. Canned is too mushy and eew.”
What do you have lurking in your pantry? Are you going to use it or donate it?