I thought it might be fun to take a quick look inside my pantry so you can see what I’m stocked up on and what I’m not stocked up on. Here’s some pictures some of the places where I store food, and a little bit of chatter about what I’m stocked up on, where I’m lacking, and how we eat from the pantry.
This week, I’ve gotten majorly stocked up on barbecue sauce and other condiments. We actually prefer to make barbecue sauce ourselves, but when it’s cheap, I’ll buy it and throw it in the crockpot with meatballs for an easy meal.
For some great ideas on stocking the pantry, food storage, and more, read the posts in the Eat Well, Spend Less series!
Most of that ketchup (all but 2 bottles) are actually from last summer – yes, I know that’s a little crazy, but it was $1 at Walmart and it is not good when we run out of ketchup. (Jeremy is brand-loyal to Heinz.)
There’s three lone boxes of Annie’s Mac and Cheese left from when it was 49¢ at King Soopers a few months back. Kind of sad to see that part of my stockpile looking so low, but we’ll do without until the next sale.
You can also see that I have a stash of Mom’s Best cereal from when it was 99¢ at King Soopers awhile back. Before that sale, my cereal stockpile was virtually depleted. I think I even bought some cereal at a “so-so” price because my stockpile was so low!
A few months ago, this section of my pantry was filled with canned tomatoes and chicken broth from a Mega Event at King Soopers, but I blew through that rather quickly and it’s pretty empty right now. I’ll be using tomatoes much less during the summer, as much of what I use canned tomatoes for are cold-weather dishes like soups and stews, so this is pretty normal for the summer months of my pantry.
I also used to have a pretty good supply of flour, but that has now dwindled to just one or two bags. I may be buying a big bag at Sam’s to get us through until holiday baking season starts again.
Ah, my pretty little condiments. ;) We’ve been eating a lot of sandwiches lately and with starting to grill burgers more, I’m thinking this stuff will go fast.
It’s been months since I used worcestershire sauce – I like using it in meatballs and burgers, but it just seemed too pricey so we’ve done without. I’d prefer Lea and Perrin’s, but I can’t resist French’s for free at Albertsons.
There are some random Asian condiments stuck in there if there are a few bottles you don’t recognize! :)
Right above the condiments, you can see the bottom of the shelf where I keep food storage bags and tea. That Celestial Seasonings tea, I’m sorry to say, is from a couple of winters ago when it was free. We just don’t drink a lot of hot tea, and now it’s expired and I don’t really want to donate it because I’m not sure if food pantries throw away expired goods? Anyone know?
I have a, um, rather large stockpile of pasta right now from when it was free to $0.49 at King Soopers. Actually, it’s from the last two sales at King Soopers where it was $0.49 or less. I still had a stockpile left when another Mega Event started, but since you never know when it’s going to come around that cheap again and pasta is just about the most versatile pantry staple you can buy, I stocked up some more.
And, yes, I made a lot of trips to King Soopers to stock up that much – I don’t clear the shelf. :) They’re in our unfinished basement, keeping company with our set of Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible ($0.50 per volume at a garage sale!).
And, some more Mom’s Best cereals and a big bag of popcorn from Sam’s.
Part of my reason for doing this post is to show you that my stockpile rotates throughout the year. Right now, I have a great supply of condiments and pasta, but in six months, I can almost guarantee that we will have eaten all of that, and something else will take its place.
When we run out of something, we generally try to do without until it goes on sale again. Yes, that means that we went a couple of months without chocolate chips because I was waiting for a sale, but we were OK with that. I have a 3-6 month supply of some things on hand, but I don’t keep a 3-6 month supply of everything, which also helps with storage space, as I’m not trying to keep a 3-6 month supply of absolutely everything we could possibly need – if we don’t have it, then we usually try to do without.
How’s your pantry looking these days?
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