reflections on 30 days of cans

Reflections on 30 Days of Cans

My 3o days of cans challenge came to an end on May 1, and , as has become my habit, I want to share the results.   In other words, it’s time to review my recipes, and see how I did in relationship to the rules that were established for this  challenge.  The 30 days of canned food challenge had only a few rules. They were: 

Patty Cake's Pantry begins 30 days of canned food challenge

30 Days of Cans

For those of you who have been following my blog, it should come as no surprise that I am doing another “30 days of…” series for the month of April.  Last year,  I posted 30 days of recipes containing beans.  This April, my self imposed challenge is to share one new recipe each day that is made with canned or other shelf stable food.  You may be wondering why I would choose to use canned food for this challenge instead of something fresh.  I actually have a few reasons. 

Clam Chowder from Food Storage Items--Delicious served in a bread bowl.

Clam Chowder From Food Storage Items

As the weather gets colder, we begin to think in terms of  foods that are hot and hearty.  Nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of clam chowder served with some crusty sour dough bread.  Baker’s Man isn’t much of a soup fan, but he loves chowder.  After growing up in San Francisco, he is  also very fond of sour dough bread.  Clam Chowder served in a sour dough bowl seemed like a great idea. 

Food Storage

What Should I Store?-Part 3, Deciding How Much Is Enough.

With Food storage, there is a fine line between enough and too much.  For this post, I had considered making a list of all of the items I would need to buy in order to make my two week menu plan along with quantities, but I realized that it wouldn’t be relevant.  Each families situation is unique.  This decision has to be your own. In my household, we try to have about a 3 month supply of food on hand at any given time.  Occasionally, we have as much as 6 months of food on hand, but this usually happens […]

Making your List

What Should I Store?-Part 2, Making Your Food List

In our last post, we looked at the meals that my family ate for the last two weeks and decided to use those items as the basis for a proposed 2 week rotating menu.  You can use this same principle to figure out what to include in your family’s food storage.  Let’s look at that list of meals again. Breakfasts:  Bagels, cereal, oatmeal, french toast with bacon, and pancakes with sausage.  On work or school days, our breakfasts are generally pretty simple and often repeated for several days.  More complicated breakfasts are reserved for weekends. Lunch:  Generally leftovers from dinner […]

Food Storage

What Should I Store?–Part 1, Determine What You Eat

The internet is full of suggestions on how to build a food storage for $5 or $10 per week as well as suggestions for what you should store.  These suggestions can be good for some, but not for everyone.  Many of these one size fits all food storage plans encourage storing wheat.  Since allergy to gluten (the protein in wheat) is on the rise, wheat might not be a good thing to build your food storage around.  If one of these blueprint plans for food storage recommended buying canned carrots or spinach, it wouldn’t work for our family.  I’m not […]

Cutting out Take Out

Cutting Out Take Out

One of the biggest challenges faced by someone who is trying to build up a well stocked pantry is figuring out what to store.  One of the simplest rules to follow when storing food for future use is to remember to store what you will eat.  A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to keep track of what you ate as well as when you ate out and why.   Lets start with the list of when you ate out and the reason.  This may seem counter-productive, but statistics say that fifty percent of American meals are eaten away from […]

Save 10% to 40% on Groceries

Last week, I mentioned that when I watch those TV shows or news clips where people have basements full of food items and do super coupon shopping and bring home tons of food items for next to nothing, I am very impressed, but I often wonder how much of that food gets used before it spoils. Food that spoils before it is used goes into the trash. Food that goes into the trash is money wasted. This is an obvious fact, but it’s one that is often overlooked. I know a woman who routinely throws out all of her leftovers […]

stored food

Eat What You Store

A few days ago, I was searching my pantry shelves for a can of garbanzo beans to add to a pot of  homemade vegetable soup, only to discover two things—my pantry has become very disorganized, and I didn’t have any garbanzo beans. Being a big fan of the “make do with what you have” philosophy, I grabbed a can of great northern beans only to discover that I had purchased it in 1999. Yes, I am talking about FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, 1999.  Needless to say, that can of beans went into the trash bin and not into my soup. It broke my […]

eating trash

The Night I Fed My Family Trash

In spite of the apparent reference to garbage, this post is not about eating garbage nor is it a commentary about how certain foods lack nutritional value and should be tossed in the garbage rather than eaten.  Seriously, if  you feel that a food has no nutritional value, save your money.  Don’t buy it.  This is the story of the night I fed my family trash, and I’m not talking about dumpster diving, either.  The really weird part of this story is that 5 out of 6 members of my family actually enjoyed their trash based food.  Before anyone sends […]