Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pantry update - use it up!

Way back in October, I posted about using up things lingering in my pantry, fridge & freezer. It feels like I'm way overdue for another update. Here's how that's going.

  • Lemons - sadly, we've moved out of our house with the lemon tree, and I miss it SO Much! I think I have five lemons left. But, from a use it up perspective, we're all clear here. 
  • Two unopened tubs of Nutella - 3/4 gone. No additional progress since TSA confiscated a tub I was bringing to my mom. Had no idea it was a "liquid". 
  • Poppy seeds - (lemon poppy seed muffins) - done
  • 1/2 a bag of quinoa - gone! Used the remainder for spicy quinoa chicken tacos. 
  • two tubs of pesto unearthed from the freezer, from many, many batches ago - one gone, one slotted to go into pesto risotto soon - gone! We need to plant more basil. 
  • 2/3 a bag of chia seeds - gone. Used these in smoothies, yogurt, granola, etc. 
  • 1/4 bag of Craisins - used these in granola. 
  • An enormous quantity of baking chocolate, repurposed from random bars & gifts - all gone. Used these in granola, cookies, etc. 
  • 2/3 bag of cashew pieces (so, better for baking/cooking vs snacking, as not entire cashews) - no progress. - used up in granola!
  • A bag of dried pinto beans (I need to cook these & freeze them for tacos). -By far the worst experiment. Used all of them, but apparently didn't get the cooking right, because they were a stomach killer & I had to toss them.  
  • 8 individual packs of almonds & trail mix - used in granola!
  • 3 individual servings of honey peanut butter - used in granola!
  • 1 1/2 boxes of orzo - gone. Used in one of my favorite rice pilaf dishes. 
  • 3/4 a large box of stuffing - I've made another batch of stuffing, but no one really loves it, and it just . . . lingers there. 

Wow! Look at all of that progress! Moving definitely helped me whittle down the pantry, fridge & freezer. I'm in much more of a "restock" phase vs use it up these days. 

What about you? Do you have pantry, fridge or freezer items you are trying to use up?


  1. That must have been the best granola ever :)

    1. Ha! Multiple batches, but it was pretty great. ;-) Granola is a great catch all for the random bits & bobs in your pantry.