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No Groceries for Two Weeks Project

shoechick's picture

While I do still continue to cook from my book for this project, one of the other issues I wanted to attempt this year was cooking from my freezer.  So.... for the next two weeks, we will not buy any groceries.  I leave for a trip on Dec. 2, two weeks yesterday, so it's almost a two week project.  We have to consume only what is on hand, what can be made from ingredients on hand and what is in the freezer.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner from what's in the house no eating out.  The only exceptions are Pepsi for him and Water for me.  I swear I didn't do any stocking up, albeit I did hit trader joes today so do have some extra items on hand.  I have a pretty good stock pile in the freezer, but who knows how long it will last and what scary things are in there.  I know I only have 3 eggs so will have to make them last. 


Tomorrow's menu.... toast for breakfast, tuna sandwiches, greek salad, mandarine orange and bananas for the day and Halibut with papaya & mango salsa, roast potatoes and not sure about veg. at this time, I think I have some mushrooms which I'll probably save for another day, definitely have corn, we'll see about the side.


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

slycat's picture

(post #67235, reply #1 of 165)

Good for you! I do this once in awhile. My freezer can really get away from me and soon it is overflowing and the "stuff" on the bottom, (we have a chest freezer), gets lost. The same goes for the pantry. It is a good feeling to clean things out. I am impressed you are doing this right now, so close to the holidays! It is amazing what you can do with what you have on hand when you put your mind to it. Keep us posted.


Cathy

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #2 of 165)

Well I do have the benefit of being Canadian, so we've had our Thanksgiving.  But yes, it will be interesting to see what's in the scary parts of the chest freezer!!

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

slycat's picture

(post #67235, reply #3 of 165)

Oh you don't even want to know what I have found in mine.


Cathy

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #4 of 165)

It's actually part of what made me want to do this.  About three weeks ago I went through ours and chucked 2 1/2 big black garbage bags of crap.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #67235, reply #5 of 165)

to make room for the Thanksgiving glut I went through the fridge today and got rid of all the science experiments, the mostly empty jam jars, and I'm pretty sure I wiped out an entire civilization that had developed in my long-neglected sourdough starter. Then I got a fortunate call from our Girl Scout Troop leader, who asked everyone to bring in non-perishable grocery items for Operation Provider, who is helping all the families that lost their homes. went through my pantry and made even more room. yay!


I'm impressed by your project, but what about things that won't last for two weeks, like milk, coffee cream, etc.?


I've done a week of freezer eating, will again, soon. but I don't have a chest freezer anymore, so it doesn't pile up too high.


~RuthAnn
foom!


~RuthAnn

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #6 of 165)

My Pet..ie my soughdough starter got chucked last week...very sad :)  but it was so neglected. 


We're not big milk drinkers, although I do wish I'd bought some before starting this as we do have cereal in the house.  I bought a half and half on the weekend and I think the expiry date is Dec. 2nd (the day I go away).  What won't last are salad greens, fresh fruit & veg. although I do have a case of corn to use up.  I was just getting so sick of throwing things out, that it's time to clean house and get creative. 


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Risottogirl's picture

(post #67235, reply #25 of 165)

a case of corn


a CASE?  Aren't there just two of you? And don't you live in a condo?


LOL



Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay


Edited 11/21/2007 11:29 am ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #26 of 165)

Yes, I have to admit that case was a true showing of lazyness.  I was at Costco and needed corn.  So it was either make another stop, or spend the $6 for 12 of them :)  I parted with an extra $6.  This was months ago and I think I've only used 2.  Might donate them to SIL for christmas dinner.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Geoffchef's picture

(post #67235, reply #7 of 165)

On your trip perhaps you could drop by here and help me clean out my freezers?

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #8 of 165)

I'm going to Vegas with my Mom...sorry :)

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Geoffchef's picture

(post #67235, reply #9 of 165)

Which hotel? I'll ship!

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #10 of 165)

Paris, but hold on to it, by about day 10 of not buying anything, I might need a care package :)

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #67235, reply #11 of 165)

oh sure, NOW you're in Vegas... =)


 


 


 


~RuthAnn
foom!


~RuthAnn

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #12 of 165)

;)

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Sondra's picture

(post #67235, reply #13 of 165)

What a great plan!  Since we generally do a long trip in the Winter, I am doing the same thing.  But I have a month or so to do it, not 2 weeks.  I'll be interested in hearing your creative menus and updates. 


I MAKE myself inventory the freezer and make a list now.  In fact, when I bring home meats, and divide them into food saver storage, I add them to the list to keep track (and cross them off when I use a package).  I generally consult the list before deciding what to cook.  I know that seems anal (and believe me, I'm not), but it seems to be the only way I can be efficient with my freezer space.


 

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #14 of 165)

Believe it or not, I used to do that too.  I would know exactly what was in there.  Cleaning it out was a scary project!!!  I'm doing this for a couple of reasons, one, obviously clean out some of the stuff in the freezer, the other is I'm tired of buying food and throwing it away.  Or finding I have 3 lemon halves in the fridge or three pieces of the same type of cheese that I keep buying over and over again and I'm getting really annoyed with throwing out salad greens that we don't touch.  So maybe this will teach me to plan with what I currenty have before going to buy more.


So far so good.... although it is hard to buy groceries before 8:00 am :) We both have fully packed lunches and everything is at  home for dinner.  I do only have 3 eggs, no milk, about 5 slices of bread left, but I bought a big pack of portugese rolls from Costco on the weekend so that will be the fall back lunches.  I don't think dinners are going to be an issue...well I'm hoping not anyway...we'll see next week.


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

whatscooking's picture

(post #67235, reply #15 of 165)

I dream of doing this as I can hardly get anything in my freezer in its current state.  But in my dream, I still get to go buy fresh green veg at the market.  Other than some really old frozen spinach and TJ's haricot verts, there's not much green in the freezer.  Keep us posted about where you run into trouble - i tsounds like an interesting two weeks is ahead of you.

Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #16 of 165)

What's with husbands???  all day everything was fine, lots of snacks, dinner was good. Halibut and roast potatoes..than about 10 minutes ago he announces...... I want Chocolate, I'm going to Dairy Queen, want something?    NOOOOOO!!! So I think I've talked him out of it.  We have both Lemon and Raspberry sorbet in the freezer. 


Tomorrow, I still have a few slices of bread left so Toast and Peanut Butter for Breakfast, I'm currently cooking a couple of Chile Lime Chicken Burgers for lunch and was pleased as punch to find 3 apples in the crisper.  For dinner tomorrow, a French Tart from Trader Joes.... yes, of course I could have done it myself, but I wanted to try it..... Flat Bread with Ham, Caramelized Onions and Gruyere Cheese.  This will be served with a salad of greens, pears, toasted walnuts and stilton.


There was lots of left over Mango & Papaya salsa from dinner tonight so I took some and whizzed it with Mayo for a tasty spicy mayo for the chicken burgers for lunch tomorrow.


Tomorrow night I'll be making Means Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chuck Cookies to supplement the fruit that I will run out of for snacks. Only uses one out of my three eggs :)



The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine


Edited 11/20/2007 10:28 pm by Shoechick

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

soupereasy's picture

(post #67235, reply #17 of 165)

I can only applaud your effort. I have done the clear out the freezer thing, but no milk would have done me in. Need milk for my tea in the winter. Good luck! :)

TracyK's picture

(post #67235, reply #18 of 165)

Is that the french apple tart? With the cinnamon sugar you sprinkle over the top? It's surprisingly tasty!


CT poster in bad standing since 2000.


Edited 11/21/2007 12:05 am ET by TracyK

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #19 of 165)

a French Tart from Trader Joes.... yes, of course I could have done it myself, but I wanted to try it..... Flat Bread with Ham, Caramelized Onions and Gruyere Cheese. 


You mean this French Tart, with Ham cheese and onions?   ;)  No it doesn't have any apples and cinnamon sugar  - but I did see that one, next time.


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Heather's picture

(post #67235, reply #20 of 165)

I've had that French tart--it's very salty but tasty.

TracyK's picture

(post #67235, reply #21 of 165)

Ha... I was reading that as two separate things! :-)


Plainly I should avoid CT after three beers. :-)


CT poster in bad standing since 2000.

annieqst's picture

(post #67235, reply #22 of 165)

I would so miss fresh fruit & veggies--I eat a ton! Years ago we went on a 3 week camping trip in Baja. No facilities, no electricity, no close by civilization. It was a great experiement to see what we could eat camping. We packed two coolers; one had dry ice that we kept well covered and went into infrequently. I got mighty sick of a very large head of cabbage (not in any cooler) for salad, but it lasted up until almost the end.

whatscooking's picture

(post #67235, reply #27 of 165)

Earlier this week at TJ's, they were sampling a rasberry brie streudel.  A little sample or two of that and a complimentary cup of coffee and I had a great mid-morning snack.  It was really good.

Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #28 of 165)

Oy!!! no talking about food that I don't have!! :)


So today, went very well.  Breakfast was toast, peanut butter.  Getting very low on the bread.  Snacks, oranges and bananas each.  Now out of Bananas.  Lunch.... I cooked up the Chile Lime Chicken Burgers last night that we could nuke in the work microwave. Took buns, sliced tomatoes, red onion etc.  Last night we had lots of Mango Papaya salsa left so I mixed it with some mayo...great with these burgers.


For dinner.. the Trader Joes French Tart, which OMG was so good.  The pastry was so light.  Can't wait for this two week experiment to be over to stock up on more of those ;)  We served a baby greens salad with pears, stilton, dried cranberries and toasted walnuts.  I made a dressing out of White Wine Vinegar, Maple Syrup, Dijon Mustard, a Shallot and Walnut Oil.  Major yum!!


I also have the foccacia from No Need to Knead going to give us a break from Portugese Buns for lunch tomorrow.  Sliced open for a sandwich bread with more of the mango mayo and some turkey breast.  Added some caramelized onions and Sun Dried Tomatoes to the dough.


Chicken Breast thawing... for Chicken Marsala tomorrow night over pasta.  The gorgonzola will be replaced with stilton. 



The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine


Edited 11/21/2007 8:54 pm by Shoechick

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

LuciaK's picture

(post #67235, reply #29 of 165)

I love this! Sheesh, you're eating better wihout shopping than I do when I go to the store. Anyway, this reminds me of my reality tv fantasy, based on the old "Door Knock Dinners" - a chef shows up at my door, and must cook every morsel of edible food in my pantry, fridge and freezer. We invite the neighbors over, stuff them silly, then the tv show gives me $1,000 in free groceries to start fresh.


"Some people make a big deal out of inspiration.


 And the rest of us just get to work." - Chuck Close

Minivan Mom. Fueled by Caffeine.

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whatscooking's picture

(post #67235, reply #34 of 165)

I agree with Lucia.  You seem to be eating really well.  The salad sounded fantastic!  It seems like you are doing a lot of taking stock and planning ahead.  I think I am going to resolve to clean out the freezer (by eating the things that are still edible) before the new year. What a pleasure it would be to have an empty freezer!!! (or at least one where things don't fall out when I open the door, LOL)

Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

shoechick's picture

(post #67235, reply #35 of 165)

Yes, so far so good.  Next week will be the challenge.  What I've really found helpful is to have a day to day list made out and pegged on the fridge.  Ok we have Salad greens and they expire on the 28th, so how am I going to use them by then.  Or we have a frozen Lasagna, so if we have it for dinner on Sunday night, we can use the rest for lunches on Monday.  Right now I have until Monday mapped out and I'll relook at everything on Sunday to see how we're going to manage the week.


I really had to think twice yesterday about making the foccacia as it used 4 cups of flour which didn't leave me with much.  I'm now out of bread as of this morning so breakfasts are going to have to start getting more creative or actually more fattening as I made about 20 croissants the other week, time to start in on them.


Today for lunch is a turkey breast sandwich on the foccacia made last night.  Dinner is Chicken Marsala, had the chicken breasts in the freezer and pancetta, mushrooms in the fridge that are probably a bit dry by now, but oh well!  Have pasta, heavy cream and marsala so no issues tonight.  Will see if I can get lunch out of it tomorrow as well.  DH get's a reprieve tomorrow night as it's his Poker night with the guys but I have left over French Onion soup out of the freezer for me and probably the same salad as last night.


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

helena1's picture

(post #67235, reply #36 of 165)

I think your project is great :o). And you inspired me to clean out my freezer today and part of my pantry!