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Eat from the Pantry Challenge

December 27th, 2023 at 08:56 pm

I tend to keep a lot of food on hand from picking things up on sale and so that it’s never urgent to go to the grocery store on a particular day if life happens. Even fairly shelf stable food doesn’t last forever, so I think it’s time to use up some of the older stash to make sure nothing gets wasted. I am planning to make this a January challenge (though may start now), if anyone wants to join me. The rules will be:


I can buy coffee creamer, eggs, and vegetables and replace anything I run out of that I am going to keep using (pasta, coffee, a particular spice, etc). I can also replace snacks for my desk stash of food, because I am not trying to get hangry at work on long days. I usually bring in a tupperware mid shift meal and the challenge rules will apply to that.


I can buy grocery items to make a recipe/meal that uses up ingredients that I already have (such as if a recipe to use up a bag of beans I have calls for a certain type of cheese)


Eating out socially is okay, this challenge applies to eating at home, which is 95% of my food intake. I mostly use eating out as part of maintaining social relationships and don’t see a need to upset those kinds of plans for this challenge, especially because I have several family birthdays in January.

Today I am eating some leftovers from the holidays and will be having dinner out with some visiting relatives.

2 Responses to “Eat from the Pantry Challenge”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I always do a January pantry challenge. I'll have to take a couple days off when we are in Seattle for my daughter's surgery, but for the rest of the month I will be doing one.

  2. anonymous Says:

    I also love to do a pantry challenge. When I make my weekly shopping list, I inventory what I have in the cupboards, fridge, and freezer. Also, about once a week, or more, I make a supper meal based on leftovers in the fridge, because I hate to waste food. For example, I take leftover chicken and make a chicken salad with egg or make a stir fry.

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