As part of the Empty the Pantry Challenge, I’ve taken pictures of all of the food in our house. I’m amazed at how much we have! I’ve also already cooked one of the many chickens in our freezer, made plans to cook a huge turkey with a friend, and found ways to use the ingredients we already have rather than buy more (like in jambalaya). Yes, I did end up buying quite a bit at the grocery store still, but the majority of it was fresh produce. Even that I’m going to limit though, because I’ve already accomplished one of my goals for this challenge: I’ve gotten rid of my extra fridge.
The more I think about it, the more I wonder why we’ve had two fridges for the past 1.5 years. We don’t need that much space! Plus it saves us $5 per month according to this calculator. Yeah, it’s more difficult having only one fridge. The downstairs fridge was what I used for my extra produce (like when I buy a huge bag of onions at Costco, which we will definitely use, but don’t want a dozen onions crowding my vegetable drawer). Emptying the freezer wasn’t a huge deal because there wasn’t much in it (though there were 3 bottles of breast milk from when Peanut was a baby! Yuck!), but the
upstairs only fridge is now pretty crowded. I’m going to have to change my buying habits.
Here are the pictures of our food pre-challenge: