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Pantry eating continued

January 8th, 2024 at 05:30 pm

Looks like the site lost my last update post- oh well. I continue the pantry challenge but did get some groceries Friday ahead of winter weather.


1 dozen eggs – 5.18

12-pack of microwave popcorn – 4.82

8  packets of ramen noodles – 2.40

1 box chocolate pudding mix  1.57

1 quart of milk – 5.32

2 bags of frozen broccoli cuts at 0.88/each – 1.76

Pack of 5 garlic bulbs – 2.50

Total this trip: 23.55

+ $11 from last trip = 34.55 so far.



The eggs, frozen broccoli, and popcorn are core staples of my diet. The jello mix and milk are for a  dessert recipe to use things up, and the milk will also go with the cereal.



Friday I had udon noodles from the cabinet with some sesame oil, frozen peas from the freezer, and sauteed cabbage with an egg late morning. At work I had tea, a banana from home, and  an ice cream sandwich (I caved!). For dinner, I found about a cup of what looks like sushi rice in a little jar that I inherited when a friend moved a couple years ago, so I made this into fried rice with some odds and ends of older vegetables from the fridge. It actually made enough for two meals.


Over the weekend I hung out with friends for some meals, but managed to use up from the pantry: a can of sauce, a box of dough mix, a can of soup past the best buy date, a can of olives, and half a box of crackers. For dinner last night I made udon noodles (pantry) with frozen broccoli and some sesame oil (pantry) and an egg, then later had some microwave popcorn as a snack.


Today I didn’t feel well in the morning and am working from home, so I didn’t try to eat until lunchtime. I thawed some frozen pasta sauce from the freezer and had that with some gnocchi, also from the freezer.  This batch of sauce was not great when I made and froze it over the summer, but it's perfectly edible. One thing I have definitely noticed from this challenge is that some things hang around in my pantry because I didn't love them on the first try, but this is a good reminder to make the effort to try to fix them (different seasonings, etc) instead of wasting food.


5 Responses to “Pantry eating continued”

  1. Lots of ideas Says:

    Do you buy some special kind of eggs and milk?
    I can get a dozen free range eggs at Target this week for $2.89, a quart of whole milk for $1.39.

    I’m just curious.

  2. Greenleaf Says:

    Lots of Ideas- I do buy special certified humane milk and pasture-raised eggs. This is my compromise with myself for supporting animal welfare but not going full vegan. I don't eat meat and rarely buy milk, so overall my grocery costs are still reasonable even with these splurges.

  3. Lots of ideas Says:

    Thanks for explaining.
    I grew up in a rural area and the farm where our milk came from was across the pond from out house.
    A common activity was to walk there in late afternoon and watch the cows come in from the pasture to be milked (we were easily amused)
    The pasture was across the street from the barn and traffic stopped while the cows came home.
    Each knew their own stall - their names were stenciled on but I don’t think they could readSmile The milk had a high butterfat content . I no longer drink milk because it all tastes watered down to me.
    I hope your milk is as deliciousL

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I wondered about the cost of eggs, thanks for explaining. We all have our priorities.

    Good work on eating from the pantry.

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Eggs and milk are still expensive.

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