Pantry List, Part Deux

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This is what my pantry looked like when we moved in, July 2006. Oh how times have changed.

Way back in June 2008, I posted this list of everything in our food receptacles (pantry, freezer, fridge). I wanted help making meals of what I had.

However, being that the only people who read the blog at the time were a handful of relatives and friends, I didn’t get a lot of suggestions. In fact, I only got one suggestion (thanks Kelly!).

So here, I’m going to try it again. With the whole moving-in-about-a-week thing, I’m eager to use up as much of what we have as possible. I’d love to have your suggestions on how to go about that! Obviously I’m very low on fresh things and am willing to make a small grocery trip if it will help use up what is there!


Baking staples
whole wheat flour
white flour
coconut oil
quick grits
peanut butter
powdered sugar
1 package onion soup mix
1 package vegetable soup mix
sugar cookie mix
self-rising cornmeal mix
sunflower seeds
1 can evaporated milk
1 package tomato/basil/garlic marinade
normal assortment of cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, etc.
every kind of vinegar you can think of!

instant mashed potatoes
1 lb. farfalle pasta
1/2 c. cheese tortellini
instant/boil-in-bag brown rice
jasmine rice
whole wheat couscous
1 box Rice Krispies
1 sleeve Ritz crackers
TJ’s 12-grain crackers

1 can cream of celery
1 can cream of mushroom with garlic
1 pouch tuna


mustard–regular, dijon, grainy
oyster sauce
Worcestershire sauce
pickle relish and dill slices
strawberry jam
tomato paste
A1 sauce
A1 marinade
BBQ sauce
teriyaki sauce
soy sauce
maple syrup
Ceasar, Italian, 3 cheese Ranch, and Asian sesame salad dressings

orange juice
half and half
chicken stock (homemade)
natural peanut butter
bread dough–enough to make 2 loaves or equivalent rolls

garlic hummus
English muffins
hamburger buns


Island Pork Roast – I think we’ll have this tomorrow
1 package chicken thighs
turkey lunchmeat
chicken and apple sausage
sun-dried tomato chicken sausage

3 Hot Pockets
2 servings spaghetti with meat sauce

whole pecans
1/4 c. pecan pieces
TJ Harvest Grains mix
chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
diced hashbrowns
chopped bok choy
shredded Parmesan cheese
strawberry buttercream (hmm, been in there since about April, perhaps I should throw out!)
butter beans
1 banana

I’m sure this is overwhelming, but if you’re into this kind of thing, go to town! What should I make with all this mess?

6 thoughts on “Pantry List, Part Deux

  1. Cinnamon rolls… you can use the bread dough, the coconut oil or butter, honey or maple syrup(or brown sugar if you still have some) for the inside of the rolls… add some pecans or walnuts to the inside. Then you can make a glaze for the top with either the half and half or the evaporated milk and powdered sugar.

    You could make a teriyaki kind of thing with the chicken thighs, bok choy, rice… use coconut oil as the oil to do stir fry stuff, throw some sunflower seeds and garlic in for flavor with the teriyaki or soy sauce. You might need to get more veggies though. You can use the chicken stock to cook the rice for more flavor.

    Something jambalaya-like… sun-dried tomato chicken sausage, rice, tomato paste, the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You might want to buy an onion to go in it, cause I don't know that the onion soup mix would cut it.

    Good luck! I know that I've made some seriously weird foods prior to moving in the past. LOL

  2. I would use the stuff from the freezer because the rest of it will all move. Definitely sun-dried tomato chicken sausage with the spaghetti with sauce! Hashbrowns with the chicken/apple sausage. That might make a good casserole if you add a couple of eggs. Soup is always a good user of refrigerated items-chicken thighs, chicken stock, any veggies and/or grain/pasta. YUM! getting hungry for lunch 🙂

  3. Here is a recipe for no-bake ganola bars from my friend's website. It uses several of your pantry ingredients. I haven't tried it yet, but I have made several of her other recipes. She is a great cook!

    These strawberry oatmeal bars would use up some ingredients too. I have made them and they are wonderful.

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