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Old 01-26-2006, 06:52 AM   #1
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Weekend Pantry Challenge?

I was reading today online about this "cook from the pantry" challenge. Has anyone heard of it? I wasn't really sure what it's about. I think the basic premise is that you randomly pick a weekend and on a Friday afternoon say to an unsuspecting friend, "We're not going to the grocery store until Monday or eat out until Monday and we have to fix all our meals and snacks from what is in our cupboards at THIS moment." I guess a friend of mine on the West Coast of the US did this with another mutual friend and it produced some quite extraordinary results of what you can do with what you have.

I was wondering if anyone had done this before and what sorts of dishes turned up from it. I thought the idea fascinating, although Sunday shopping is pretty much out for me, anyway.

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Old 01-26-2006, 08:50 AM   #2
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Well, I guess we would starve. Unless you can figure out a way to make something eatable with spices and condiments
I'll be glad when tax time is over. I'm getting a freezer so that I CAN have food all the time instead of week to week.
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:17 AM   #3
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my house wouldn't have a problem, i got more food in that pantry (and my backup pantry) to last through til the next weekend, but i am goofy like that.
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:46 AM   #4
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No problem here either, we have a super small fridge and freezer so I depend a lot on what I've got in the cupboard since we don't have a car and shopping trips are often done by me on foot.

My mom and I both agree that we love the comfort factor that comes with having a decently stocked pantry. And I find it so helpful during extra lean months or weeks when almost every meal becomes a "whats on hand" dish.
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:41 AM   #5
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I usually plan and purchase everything except fresh produce for the whole month! So I will occasionally do a "Pantry Challange" for a week to use up all the stuff in my freezer and pantry. I actually have planned to do one in a couple of weeks.
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:23 PM   #6
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We'd probably eat cereal, pasta & popcorn
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:31 PM   #7
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I need to have a pantry "purge" and probably a freezer "purge" also. I'm one of those who probably have a fear of going hungry. I keep some of everything stocked at all times. Some of this comes from living where no good grocery store was located for about 20 miles and some of it just comes from overspending. One good thing - I never run out of something to cook.
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:55 PM   #8
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If I could do with out fresh veggies ...
Paul and I could live for four or five months with out going to the store.
Our pantry and freezers are filled to the brim with stuff. We might not always have the exact meal that we want but... we'd survive very nicely.

We even have a nice supply of canned food and bottle water in the basement for when the "big one" hits Seattle. lol.
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If I could do with out fresh veggies ...
Paul and I could live for four or five months with out going to the store.
Our pantry and freezers are filled to the brim with stuff. We might not always have the exact meal that we want but... we'd survive very nicely.

We even have a nice supply of canned food and bottle water in the basement for when the "big one" hits Seattle. lol.
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I only laugh because...we have enough in the pantry to last forever but... hubby "needed" a special box filled with stuff.
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