I am in desperate need of doing a pantry challenge. We have been blessed with wonderful crops from our CSA, Bluebird Gardens. My freezers, fridges and cabinets are full! After I spend so much time putting all this food away for winter I tend to hoard it. Now that it is January, I'm realizing that I need to make a more concerted effort to use up our supplies so we have room this spring for new veggies.
Our kitchen at this house may be small but, it feels like we have our own appliance store downstairs in our laundry room. We have our washer and dryer, a fridge and 2 freezers.
When we moved from Waupun, WI to here we brought our almost new fridge with us because we weren't sure if our new house would have one. It did, so know we have two. When we moved from MO to WI we didn't bring any of our appliances and we really regretted that, especially since our house in WI came with a fridge from the 1940s. Most of the time we haven't had it on, but as our food stash from summer gardening has increased we've now been using it full time.
A few years after we were married we bought a little chest freezer which we have keep pretty full through the years. I was really grateful for this freezer when I discovered the world of freezer cooking. My family has eaten many nutritious meals that I've stalked in the freezer.
Last year my parents decided to get rid of their stand-up freezer and so we gladly accepted it. YEAH, free freezer! I love being able to see stuff on the shelves. It is so much easier to access, so I put lots of things that I need to find in this one.
I know we probably pay quite a bit in electricity, but I love knowing where my food came from and all the harvest events at Bluebird Gardens are considered a free bonus. Free food = Stock up!
Sooo....here are my pictures of our food stash. (I also have a snack cabinet and a rice/noodles/baking good cabinet that I didn't take a picture of) I feel like these are the before pictures of a home improvement project. Hopefully in a few months these freezers will be empty and ready to be filled with fresh food. I'm also hoping to see if I can lower my food bill for a few months too.
Upstairs Freezer. I don't really like these side-by-side kind, but it can hold lots of veggie bags.
Our stand-up freezer downstairs. It's stuffed with chickens, beef and more veggies.
Our chest freezer full of duck, geese and LOTS of veggies.
Man that is a lot of food. I'm glad that God has blessed our family this year. I shared lots of our veggies with friends as they came by the house and gave jars of canned stuff for Christmas.
I've been checking out allrecipes.com for good recipes to use up our stash. If you are interested in learning more about this type of challenge check out GoodCheapEats for more ideas and other moms who are doing the same thing.