Part of the back pantry
More of the back pantry. I know some of you are cringing at all the jars of gravy I have stored but I have lots of recipies calling for canned gravy. Yes I know how to make real gravy and do it often, we are Southerners after all. Fry it or add a little gravy and anything is ediable!!
Home canned shelves so far.
The best layed plans sometimes get put to the side. This morning was peach canning day but when I opened the kitchen pantry this morning it became clear that first on the list for the day was to do a clean out and reorganizing of everything. Lots of sorting and condensing of partly used items and well as dehydrated food jars. The only food waste was hamburger and hot dog buns. Not bad considering what bad shape it was in before I got started.
PS. I did find a few vanilla wafer's the little girls had squirreled away in the pantry in various places, sneaky little buggers, they went in the trash. AJ the beagle doesn't care for store bought cookies, only homemade, rotten dog she is no help at all keeping up with hidey holes the little girls have.
Might as well move to the back pantry while I was at it. We have a few holes to fill in here so I started my list of things we need to pick up. As things go on sale and hopefully with a coupon I now know what to stock up on.
Went ahead and did a quick sort on our home canned goods, looks are deceiving. While the shelves look about 1/2 full the reality is many of the cases are not full. In order for things to stack nicely many of the jars in the cases are empty.
Which moved me to the next must do before canning again, organizing empty canning jars. Once I have a full case of empty jars they are moved to the garage, however I don't really keep up with this as well as I should. I want to use small mouth jars for the peach juice I will be trying this year. I HATE small mouth jars, don't know how I ended up with so many, more than likely they were on clearance at some point. My jars are all set now for a marathon of canning. Please let things cool down as promised by the weather man.
Hells Bells why stop there. The inside refrigerator was next. I hate to admit how much food waste was in there. Condiments were the culprit, I had to throw out so many salad dressings it was embarrassing. I need to be more diligent in keeping the door of the refrigerator organized, maybe then the hubby and big kids won't open an additional bottle of something because they can't find what they want. Other than the condiments there is no food waste. I have home cooked meals to last me for the next 2 days. GO ME!! The outside refrigerator was in good shape, about the only thing we keep in it on a regular basis is hubby's beer, we never have any waste there!! HA
The freezers got a little TLC as well. I can now see we are in need of some quick breakfast food, English muffins, sweet muffins, waffles and such. When things cool down I will have a baking day to replenish the supply. We are totally out of pork roast, not sure how that happened, time to watch the sales!!!
Headed to Wally World in this crazy heat to find an organizational container to store the cake/cookie decorating supplies in. They have been setting in a basket for way to long waiting until I had the time to find the right thing, today is the day. I also need a new purse notebook to keep a record of my grocery stock up list in. Be still my heart, I am a sucker for cute notebooks.
I may or may not get around to working on the peaches today but for sure in the morning I will be able to get a great start now that things are in order in the kitchen.