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I think my odds and ends are all gone!

I’ve been doing a freezer challenge for the last few weeks, mainly inspired by wanting to stay out of the grocery stores as much as possible. And what better way to do that than to eat the food I already have?

bread ends

Here’s what I started with last week.

freezer challenge

I used 3/4 bags of bread to make Pioneer Woman’s French toast casserole.

French toast casserole

I made a smaller dish for Sonia, subbing coconut milk for the regular milk, and that worked out pretty well.

Coconut milk is a decidedly terrible substitute for dairy milk sometimes, but this was not one of those times. Yay!

I thawed the applesauce and we ate it with dinner one night.

homemade applesauce

(Here’s how I make my applesauce, usually from boxes of bruised apples.)

I ate the butternut squash soup for lunch one day with some sour cream stirred in.

butternut squash soup

(Here’s the recipe I use for butternut squash soup.)

I made rice pudding with the rice in the green container.

rice pudding

And the cookies in that tin are almost gone now.

So! All that’s left is this bag of bread ends.

bread ends

And at this point, I think even my chest freezer has almost nothing but main ingredients for meals.

(aside from this bag of bread ends, obviously.)

So, I’m not going to give myself a new set of freezer candidates for now. But as I work on making meals from my freezer, I might discover enough odds and ends for another freezer challenge in a month or so.

And of course, I’m going to do my best to use up this last bag of bread. Maybe I’ll make a bunch of croutons.

How’s the odds and ends state of your freezer?

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Friday 24th of April 2020

I've been sucking at emptying the freezers lately! I was on track, then this pandemic happened and I started buying too much food again (anxiety?). Need to get serious about this!


Monday 20th of April 2020

I never met a CROUTON I didn’t like!!


Tuesday 21st of April 2020

It's hard to go wrong with bread/butter/seasonings. :)


Monday 20th of April 2020

I would use the bread to make homemade stuffing one night as a side dish. Great job on your challenge. I seem to be stuck in a bean rut. I did make a curry pasta salad no meat sub chick peas. Leftover chicken and celery and onion if you have it and carrots would be great. I used greek yogurt mostly with a little mayo and curry spice mix. That worked for a couple of days.


Monday 20th of April 2020

I really need to get out and organize my freezer. It’s pretty full right now as I just got 50 lbs of ground beef and we are still working on the half a pig I bought last fall. Not much in the odds and ends in the “outside” freezer, but I should check my refrigerator freezer. So easy to lose track when people just keep piling stuff in. One of the downsides of the chest freezer.


Monday 20th of April 2020

Try oat milk as a sub for regular milk. I’ve only had it in coffee and ice cream but the barista said it was the most similar tasting to regular milk. I too am dairy free so I know the pain of finding food to eat! Luckily I can still eat foods baked with regular milk.

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