Sunday, June 14, 2009

Freezer/Pantry Inventory



I decided that I needed to do an inventory of my freezer and pantry to see exactly what I have on hand. I have been so busy buying all the great deals that I was afraid I might be forgetting what all I had on hand.

It was quite a shock to write all of these items down. My mother is living with us now and she said I have enough groceries on hand for "the summer, at least"!

My freezer is so full that I didn't realize we still had meat from the whole hog we bought last fall. And, of course, we still have a lot of beef from buying the 1/2 cow late last year.

I am going to list all of the items I have on hand below. This list is a convenient way for me to keep track and, hopefully, I will be more accountable about using up what I have on hand instead of going out and buying more. I absolutely do not need to buy meat!

I will be following this post up with a menu plan based on what I have on hand. I will make as many meal plans as I can.

Freezer Inventory:

Beef roast
Round steak x 4 pkgs
Steaks x 2 pkgs
Ground beef x 29 pkgs!
Beef liver x 2
Frozen hamburger patties x 7
Ham roasts x 2
Pork roasts x 4
Ham hocks x5
Pork Chops
Sausage x 5 lbs.
Bacon x 1 lb.
Bar S Franks x 15 pkgs
Shrimp
Chicken Breasts x 2 pkgs (1.39lbs and 1.32 lbs)
Whole chicken x 1
Whole turkey x 1
Bulk Italian Sausage x 1 lb.
Canadian Bacon x 2 pkgs
Frozen veggies x 12 pkgs
Bagels x1 pkg
Bagel-fuls x 1 box
Eggo waffles x 1 box
Frozen bell peppers from garden
Frozen jalapenos from garden
Frozen blueberries from garden
Frozen corn on cob from farmer's market x 10 bags
Frozen peaches from farmer's market x 2 bags
Pecans from aunt's trees
Walnuts
Strawberries
Frozen biscuits
Hamburger buns x 2 pkgs
Hot dog buns x 2 pkgs
Phyllo dough
Shredded cheese x 6 bags
Corn bread muffins


Pantry inventory:

Lipton Family size tea bags x 5 boxs
Lemon tea x 5 bxs
Agave nectar x 6 bottles
Cereal x 20 bxs
Ritz crackers x 3 bxs
Wheat Thins x 4 bxs
Salad dressing x 7 bottles
Ketchup x 3 bottles
Jello x 18 bxs
Graham crackers x 2 bxs
Cereal bars x 2 bxs
Instant oatmeal x 3 bxs
Plain Flour
Whole wheat flour
Self-rising flour
Cornmeal mix
Grits
Butter Buds
Sugar x 50 lbs
Confectioner's sugar x 2 bxs
Brown sugar
Sugar in the Raw
Splenda
Old fashion oats
Baking soda x 5 bxs
Baking powder
Salt
Cornstarch
Powdered milk
Knox gelatin
Corn syrup
Vanilla x 3 bottles
Funnel cake mix
Chocolate chips x 17 bags
Cake mixes x 2
Frosting x 1 can
Brownie mixes x 2
Chocolate Bark
Chicken Bullion
Microwave popcorn
Nilla wafers
Mayo x 3
Instant rice
Regular rice
Flavored rice mixes x 6
Instant potato mixes x 4
Pasta Roni x 4
Couscous
Instant brown rice
Penne Pasta x 2 bxs
Wacky Mac x 2 bags
Egg noodles x 2 bags
Elbow macaroni
Fettuccine
Lasagna
Mini Farfalle
Spaghetti noodles
Easy Mac cups x 8
Velveeta Shells and Cheese cups x 7
Smoothie mix
Cookie mixes x 2
Taco seasoning
Ranch dip seasoning
McCormick marinade seasoning
Cocoa
Honey Maid graham crackers x 2 bxs
Sandies cookies x 2 pkgs
Chex Mix
Triscuit crackers
Biscotti
Velvetta Shells and Cheese x 1 bx
Syrup
BBQ sauce x 4 bottles
Black olives
A-1 sauce x 3 bottles
Red Hot sauce
Yellow mustard
Dijon mustard
Marinades x 4 bottles
Worcestershire sauce x 3 bottles
Sweet Relish
Bread and Butter Pickles
Cherry Preserves
Apricot Preserves
Orange Marmalade
Saltine crackers
Hot chocolate x lots
Lemon juice
Olive oil x 3 bottles
Sesame oil
Diced tomatoes x 7 cans
White vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Balsamic vinegar
Red wine vinegar
Rice vinegar
Onion soup mix
Raisins x 2 bxs
Sunflower seeds
Cream of mushroom soup
Chicken noodle soup x 2 cans
French onion soup
Honey
Mandarin oranges x 3 cans
Fruit cocktail x 1 can
Tropical fruit x 1 can
Crushed pineapple x 1 can
Peanut butter
Chili sauce
Chicken broth x 9 cans
Tomato sauce x 14 can
Tomato paste x 3 cans
Tomato soup x 2 can
Green beans x 1 cans
Corn x 5 cans
Peas x 1 can
Green chilies x 1 can
Rotel tomatoes x 4 cans
Mushrooms x 1 can
Chicken breast meat x 1 can
Salmon x 2 cans
Bush's baked beans x 2 cans

Wow! What a list. I now see that taking an inventory of what you have is really important. I think I will start doing this at least twice a year.

What about you? Why not stop and take an inventory of what you have on hand. You might be as surprised as I was. I think now my challenge is to plan meals from my pantry and only buy milk and fresh produce for the rest of the month. Check back and see how I do. Better yet, join me in my "Eat What You Have on Hand Challenge".

If you have any meal ideas, please leave me a comment. Thanks!

5 comments:

Rochele said...

Wow, I can't believe you took the time to actually go through and write all that down. Now that is impressive and organized.

Lisa said...

Isn't it eye-opening to do an inventory! Your pantry is much more organized than mine!

JCem said...

You might just wanna print that out, hang it on the inside of the pantry and cross things off as you take them out. Then, you won't have to do the big inventory-taking exercise for a while.
Off to inventory my freezer and cupboard. Though, without a deep freezer and only a small "pantry" it won't take me quite that long.

Marilyn's Money said...

Wow, I can't believe you actually took the time to do this! We actually cleaned out our deep freeze in early May, it amazing what can hide frozen for years in there!

Victoria said...

I am impressed that you inventoried it and I probably have as much as you do. My hope would be that I could do what JCem suggested and keep a running list of what you have.