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08 January 2009

Pantry Challenge 2009 Series - Part One

I follow many, many blogs regularly and as I was reading through them today I came across a new post called "The Pantry Challenge 2009" by Tanya of the Sunday Baker. I was immediately drawn in.

In her words, this is the challenge " you cannot got the the grocery store for any new food items (with the exception of staples like milk, butter, eggs, and meat) or ingredients until you have used up all the extras you have sitting in your pantry and fridge!"

Step one: Go to your pantry/cupboards/fridge/etc and write down all the extras you have inside. This is a great time to get rid of expired items and to organize.

Step two: Get creative and thrifty. Find recipes that use up the extras you have floating around. One example from Tanya, "maybe you would buy already made dinner rolls... instead, make them."

Step three: When you get down to the bare bones, go shopping again and bring home all new things. Tanya says, "it'll be the perfect time to clean everything out, and label and organize too."

I really love the idea! It will help save money and waste less! And it's the perfect time to get your pantry/cupboard/fridge/etc organized for a fresh start!

I think this challenge is helpful for everyone with a fridge, haha! Tanya encourages everyone to actively participate by taking photos, sharing our extras list, and sharing recipes.

Please check out her "Pantry Challenge 2009" post for more details on how to participate and the chance to win a full year's subscription to the 'Home and Gardens' magazine!

If you are going to participate, leave a comment! We can help give each other ideas, motivation, and we can share recipes, too!

I will share my extras list and some photos in Part Two of this series, so check back soon!

Sunday Baker


Photo credit: CountryLiving.com


Miyaw said...

What a wonderful idea Mannie! My retired mother currently lives with me but she goes to stay with my sister in California at least 2 month of the year... While she is gone I always practice this same thing. I have found I can live for multiple weeks on what is currently in my pantry and freezer! It also allows me to regularly clean out old and expired items (at least once a year).

Renee toeNja said...

I need to do something like this. You wouldn't believe all the odds-and-end foodstuffs I have in my kitchen.

365 Letters said...

That's a great idea! Thanks for passing along the information. I'm going to try and get that going this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Great idea. Wish my pantry looked like the picture.

SleightGirl said...

I do this anyway...but usually it's more out of necesity than anything else...lol.

Marlene said...

Oooh, awesome idea, we have a lot of stuff in out cabinets, I have no idea what to do with!!

Hyla Waldron said...

Very cool!

Moxie said...

I really love your blog! What an awesome idea about the pantry challage, I"m going to give it a go for sure. I've been hoarding away stuff and I'm almost scared to look deep in my cupboards. :)

blackfeatherfarm said...

This is a great idea, as things can be hidden that you forgot you had !

Tanya said...

I'm so glad you're taking a part in the challenge! I can't wait to see all of the recipes and pantry pictures :)

Have a great day!

Estela said...

wow! that's really cool. Let us know how it works out for you! I'll have to tell Riley about this!

Vanessa said...

Great challenge! I wish my pantry was that organized!