We high fived ourselves for doing this challenge during the Polar Vortex. No one wanted to venture outside when it was – 9 degrees (F,) including Lacey. As it was she was less than thrilled we made her wear a Thundershirt and dog booties to protect her from frostbite when she had to take care of business outside.
At least I know I’m not the only dog in town wearing silly dog snow boots. Lisa made fleece dog boots (learn how she did it here) for me because all the pet stores sold out of dog boots before the storm hit.
The Polar Vortex helped us in another way (besides the incentive to toss random leftovers in the slow cooker and call it dinner) because I’m trying to make the best out of a cold situation. I passed the time decanting the last of the kitchen and pantry items from their boxes and bags and into jars we emptied over the holidays.
Which lead to three new projects:
- Eat this food too (fortunately none of it expired)
- A vacuum sealing party to test my new to me Foodsaver. Mine is like this Foodsaver on Amazon except mine is black and cost a lot less on eBay. It didn’t come with the bags (do I need them?) so I sealed food in jar because I already have the Foodsaver mason jar attachment from my DIY vacuum sealer tutorial (you can read it here.) I don’t know if I will keep everything sealed in jars but it was a fun way to pass a Saturday afternoon!
- Relabel and reorganize the kitchen and pantry. Moving the stuff from the shelf in the utility room to the kitchen would be nice too. That’s how I ended up with 8 unopened bags of lentils. I had lentils in all three places. Whoops!
What did we make to use up this unexpected food stash?
- An ebleskiver (Danish pancake) brunch smorgasbord. We didn't have enough pancake mix to make regular size pancakes but we had enough to make tiny Danish pancakes if I served more than one mix.
The only thing we had to buy so far is milk. This isn’t surprising. Husband drinks a gallon of milk or more a week. I offered him some of my non dairy milk. He declined after the first latte and declared that someone in this family needs to keep the local cows in business and he is the right person for the job.
What is the strangest thing you found during a kitchen cupboard clean out?
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