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Eating down the Fridge (and Pantry and Freezer)

March 9th, 2009 · 13 Comments

freezer stashWe’re counting down the days till spring and the official re-opening of our neighborhood farmers market. When I read about Kim O’Donnel’s “Eating Down the Fridgechallenge — a week-long endeavor to be frugal and prevent waste by eating up the food stashed in our fridge, freezer and pantry — it seemed like a great excuse to do a little spring cleaning. We don’t eat a lot of canned goods, but I do have quite the assortment of canned beans and half-used boxes of grains and pastas. And the freezer contains a stash of frozen local fruits and vegetables from last summer that I’ve been remiss in not using up already.

Eating Down the Fridge starts today, so I’ve taken inventory to prepare. My goal is to use up at least 10 of these items this week. And I hope to find some recipe inspiration from the other participants as well. Stay tuned!


  • chipotle peppers
  • dried cherries
  • navy, aduki and cranberry beans
  • crushed tomatoes
  • quinoa, buckwheat and purple prairie barley
  • Spanish sardines
  • chicken and beef broth


  • asparagus
  • shredded zucchini
  • peaches
  • apricots
  • plums
  • cherries
  • sausage
  • shrimp
  • assorted steaks/chops/chicken parts


  • 1/2 bottles of cream and buttermilk
  • many, many slivers and ends of cheeses
  • sweet potato, red pepper, carrots, celery, onions

Tags: pantry

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jill // Mar 9, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Will L and O eat sardines?

  • 2 Danielle Deskins // Mar 9, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I try to do this from time to time too. I just hate looking in the freezer and seeing a bunch of uneaten frozen leftovers. I must have thought them good enough to save, so why haven’t I bothered to eat them? I guess because I love to try new recipes and would rather create something new than eat something I’ve already had. I love the challenge to create new recipes using what you already have. I’m anxious to read more.

  • 3 Mama Kalila // Mar 10, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Sounds like a great idea!

  • 4 Elizabeth @ Capital Spice // Mar 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Great idea! We tried to do something similar last week but did not have the discipline to make it more than a day or two. I love the idea of spring cleaning the pantry and freezer though. Maybe it’s time to try again.

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  • 6 Libby // Mar 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Have you got the flour, yeast, and olive oil to make pizza dough? The crushed tomatoes, sardines, asparagus, zucchini (my secret pizza veggie), sausage, red pepper, onions, and bits o’ cheese scream pizza or calzones to me.

  • 7 Patty // Mar 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Sounds like a delicious fritatta might be on the menu (one of my favorites for leftovers)…it is amazing but we throw away about 30% of the food we buy (think of the shoes we could buy instead!)…look forward to hearing how your challenge goes….

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