This month I am joining forces with Quilting in my Pyjamas in the Freezer/Pantry Challenge.
Although my stock pile is not nearly as impressive as hers, I have loads of frozen meat and decided to use it up before purchasing any more.
(these pictures taken by The Teenager...who wants you to know I don't clean out the freezer as often as I should!)
(Did I mention that we are going to get a new refrigerator for our anniversary...? This one is as old as College Diva!)
It had been a while since I saw the bottom of my deep freeze...
I found a trout that Fly Guy had caught over a year ago!
(Scary...I know. What can I say...defrosting as I type)
The plan is to purchase fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy and the most necessary of items.
Uh, can we say painful? I might cry when I see great deals passing me by.
My pantry has a nice amount of sauces, pasta, rice and beans. I am going to finally make good on my promise to introduce more variety into our meals…I love all types of food, however when meal planning I tend to get stuck in a rut.
Can anyone relate? Good, because I feel like we have spaghetti every week when I know we don’t really…although I could eat it every week because I love.it.that.much.
Anywhoo…my point being that I am going to crunch my already crunched food budget and see how creative I can get without my family leaving in protest.
This means no little stops at the store to pick up this or that to make a dish. If I don’t have it on hand then I will improvise. Again…I may have a riot in the kitchen, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I also won’t be posting my menu ahead of time because I am not great at following menus. I've tried but ail miserably each time. I might for grins put what I think I might make that week then post at the end of the week what I actually made. It might humor you
Since we don’t dine out often, I estimate I will be making 26 dinners. Exceptions will be for a dinner out with a friend and Fly Guy’s birthday celebration dinner. (Sushi)
I have on hand,
Two spiral cut hams…
One 9 lb Turkey
9 lbs ground sirloin
1 lb bacon
3 lbs pork chops
3 lb pork roast
4 lbs pork ribs
4 packages of tilapia fillets
12 lbs chicken breast
3.5 lbs stew meat
4 lb beef roast
2 lbs Andouille sausage
1 package Italian Sausage
1 package of beef cocktail sausages
I have plenty for the month as well as using up items that keep getting ignored…overlooked.
I will be instituting our Meatless Mondays, which sometimes get pushed to Meatless Wednesdays…Thursdays or something.
I plan to cut my weekly grocery expense to $40.00 a week, down from the $75.00
I usually spend.
Wish me luck and come back to visit for more stories from the Adventures of The Frugal Missus.