I know there are others out there that have a lot of certain food items in their pantries. I had this conversation yesterday with a friend. Sometimes we just have to find some new uses for old items.
I will hit on a few items that I always have an abundance of in the pantries.
I hope this gives you some ideas.
I have so many jars of jams and jellies. I very seldom use them. I give what I can - but golly, there are a lot of jars. Here are a few new ideas for all that sweetness!
Melt and pour over ice cream - makes a good sundae
Serve over yogurt
Thumb print cookies
Jelly rolls (I got to make one of these soon) - a favorite from my younger days
Blend with other ingredients for BBQ sauce or glazes
Use with cream cheese over crackers for snacks or appetizers
Topping for cheesecake
Put in smoothies or milk shakes
Mix with vinegar for salad dressing (specialty dressings are expensive)
Melt and use as syrup on pancakes, waffles
And of course PBJ and on toast!
A super versatile item. Tomatoes and things made with tomatoes can be used in so many ways.
Soups, stews, casseroles
Mix salsa and rice for Spanish rice
Spaghetti sauce can be used as pizza sauce
Use in cold soups
Top pizza with tomatoes or use as a base
Add to salads
Add tomatoes or salsa to mac n cheese (one of my favorites)
Salsa and eggs
Anything Italian or Mexican - just add different spices
Sauce or paste can be made into juice
Salsa (or tomatoes) and cheese melted together is a yummy dip
Not just for breakfast anymore!
If you do eat a lot of oatmeal - top with jelly/jam, peanut butter, fruit, nuts, etc.
Use in cookies, muffins and breads
Add to trail mixes
Grind into flour
A childhood favorite - mixed oats with honey or syrup and ate on bread or crackers!
DRY BEANS/CANNED BEANS
So many options to choose from and so many uses.
Beans & ham or sausage
Make into refried beans
In soups, chili, casseroles
Huge in Mexican dishes - meat, tomatoes, corn, beans, seasoning Burritos, enchiladas, tacos, etc.
Turn into (veggie) burgers
Dips - can mix with all kinds of things
Beans and rice
Canned beans are great in all kinds of salads (hot or cold)
Red bean (or any type) salad
Add to stir fry
Serve with breakfast food
This is a great protein item. Handy to have on hand and keeps for years. I include split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, etc. in this group. There are just an unlimited amount of uses for an inexpensive price!!!!! One of the cheapest foods/ingredients that you can purchase.
Canned, frozen or home canned can be used in a variety of ways
On ice cream
Use in muffins or sweet breads
Turn into fruit butter (I am getting ready to do this with home canned apples & applesauce)
Use in smoothies and shakes
Over pancakes, waffles, French toast, oatmeal
Stew or fried fruit is yummy
Puree and use instead of oil in baking
Turn in jelly, jams, syrups
Freeze and use as a frozen summer treat
Make pies, cobblers or crisps
Hopefully this gives you something to think about and maybe a few options to use up what you have. Waste not want not!!!!! It's nice to have options - never be hungry!! Never waste!
THURSDAY MOTIVATIONAL CHECK-IN
How are you doing on cleaning, lists, using what you have, projects, etc.??????? Are you making any headway?
I have cleaned several walls (washing down) and working on cleaning lots of knick-knacks. UGH. SO many dust catchers around this house (but I love them)!
Let us know how you are doing - help to motivate the rest of us with your projects!!!!!