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Monday, February 26, 2007

Shopping List

I thought I'd document my shopping list and pantry organization for all of you. I know at least Gigi cares, so that's good enough for a blog post from me!

Basically, I started a few days ago by getting out a notebook and writing down all of the food I normally buy at the store. Then, I added staples that I don't buy too often but need to have around (baking soda, baking powder, spices, aluminum foil, etc...). My list was getting pretty long. I then thought about some of my favorite "go-to" meals. These are meals I make often because we like them and I usually have the ingredients on hand. If I didn't have any of the ingredients for those dishes on my list, I added them.

I went to Menus4moms to get an idea of someone else's pantry list. It turned out to be a fabulous resource and it is even helping me keep my house clean (ala Flylady---but without having to wear shoes or pants--ha ha-- and clean my sink everyday). I filled in whatever gaps I had left on my list and then typed it up. I printed it out and then went around the house clearing out all the shelves in my pantry, cleaning out the fridge and organizing the freezer. I marked on the list what we had on hand. It was interesting to see the things that I had way too much of (bread crumbs and jello). If you'd like a copy of my shopping list, I'll email it to you. Just send me an email and I'll reply with the file (sra_nelson AT yahoo DOT com).

I divided my list into the sections at my local grocery store. I change the items on the list to bold when I need them. Then, I print out the whole list and I'm good to go.

I have very little pantry space in the kitchen. I have a corner lazy susan cabinet and then another corner cabinet. I keep cereal and chips and stuff in a cabinet above the stove but I can hardly reach it so I don't keep essentials up there. Some of the things that I want to have on hand but not necessarily at my fingertips, I keep downstairs on our shelves in the basement. I keep extra cereal, paper towels, extra flour, sugar, corn starch, corn syrup, popcorn, etc... down there and just bring it up when I need it.

This is not really different from how I had it before---but the difference now is that I know exactly what I have (documented) and a list of exactly what I use on a regular basis. Going to the store this weekend was so stress-free. I also know I won't need to go to the store for things other than basics (like milk) for a while.

Here is our menu for the week:

MONDAY: Shake n' Bake Pork Chops, herbed potatoes, corn on the cob
TUESDAY: Mexican Tacos (chicken w/ onion and cilantro on corn tortillas--squeeze of lime--YUM!)
WEDNESDAY: Meatloaf, salad
THURSDAY: Leftovers
FRIDAY: Turkey burgers, salad, fries
SATURDAY: Soup
SUNDAY: Breakfast for dinner

7 comments:

  1. Christy,
    That's Great! Send me your list.
    Mom

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  2. Hey! I love Menus4moms! I just started using the menus and grocery list...this week in fact! I made the first meal yesterday. It was pretty good! Have you always know about this site? I haven't done the organizing yet though...just printed off the menus, recipes, and grocery lists. You may inspire me yet though1

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  3. I've used the site in the past but just recently signed up for the email newsletter. I don't usually follow their weekly menus but it has given me some good ideas for recipes of my own.

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  4. I have to say that I love Breakfast for Dinner!

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  5. What a great idea. Such organization makes me jealous. Sign me up! I'm sending my email to you now.

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  6. I wish I could get so organized.
    We have 3 big freezers and 3 refrigerators--and a store room of food! I wouldn't know where to start! I try to rotate the food on the shelves but the freezers are out of control. We eat what's on top. Which means we pitch a lot when we defrost!

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  7. Wow, Marsha! We don't have an extra freezer or fridge---I wish we had a freezer now that I'm more organized. It's on my list of things to get eventually.

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