pantry challenge

Pantry Challenge

Maybe we’re not the norm, but I am constantly baffled at the fact that our fridge/freezer/pantry is stuffed to the gills and yet we have nothing to eat. So, we are dedicating the month of June to cleaning out the fridge/freezer/pantry and eating all the food we’ve squirreled away. Think of it as spring cleaning for the kitchen and for our wallets.


The Challenge: Spend $10 per week on groceries and make up the rest of the meals from fridge/freezer/pantry ingredients for the month of June. (Weekly staples are not included in the $10 budget, but will be listed below for reference.) Follow along on our Instagram feed for daily updates.


Weekly Staples: milk, eggs, yogurt, string cheese, fresh fruit.

Fridge Inventory:
After cleaning out the fridge (i.e. getting rid of all of the random containers and condiments) we didn’t really have much left…
Spinach, arugula, mandarin oranges, lemons, beets, almond milk, onions, sweet potatoes, cheddar cheese, bagel thins and every condiment you can think of!

Freezer Inventory:
Veggies: broccoli, stir-fry veggies, green beans, peas, snow peas, winter squash, 1/2 bag spinach, 1 cup corn, ginger
Fruit: mango, strawberries, blueberries
Poultry: whole chicken, 4 lbs chicken breasts, teriyaki chicken meatballs
Pork: 3 packs pork bulgogi, pork loin, pork spare ribs, 3 links sausage, 1/2 lb pork sausage, random ziplocs of pork belly
Seafood: salmon, 2 lbs shrimp, 3 crab stuffed flounder fillets
Beef: 3 packs kalbi (Korean short ribs), 2 rib eye steaks
Miscellaneous: 2 pizza doughs, 3 portions of pizza sauce, almond flour, coconut flour, shredded coconut, Korean rice cakes, Korean chili flakes (gochugaru), cool whip

Pantry Inventory:
Grains/rice: white flour, whole wheat flour, brown rice, jasmine rice, short grain rice, wild rice, barley, arborio rice, quinoa, whole wheat couscous, israeli couscous, corn meal
Oats: old fashioned, steel cut, instant; 3 boxes cereal
Spreads: crunchy peanut butter (2), PB2, nutella, strawberry jelly, pepper jelly
Canned: mandarin oranges, corn, tomatoes, kidney beans, pumpkin, enchilada sauce, beef broth
Fish: 2 tuna, 1 salmon, 2 sardines, 1 trout
Asian: noodles (2 rice, 2 buckwheat, 1 soba), spring roll wrappers, nori, dried seaweed, 2 ramen
Baking: baking powder, baking soda, arrowroot, chia seeds, muffin mixes (4)
Seasonings: taco seasoning (3), alaea salt, kona coffee rub, dry bbq rub
Nuts & fruit: almonds, pepitas, pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, pecans, popcorn, dried cranberries, raisins, dried orange
Miscellaneous: Lasagna, dried black beans, salt, tomato paste, decaf coffee beans, crystal light, panko, cornstarch, condensed milk, assorted vinegars, mac & cheese

Next Up: Meal planning based on our ingredients!

PS. This is not some unique and marvel idea I’ve come up with on my own. I’ve seen it here and here, among other places.

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