Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Pandemic Pantry ~ Taking Inventory

We are doing our best to stay home for (at least) the next two weeks.  Let's hope if we all work together, we can flatten out that Coronavirus curve.

Now that we are here, what can we do with what we have?

Taking inventory of our Pandemic Pantry is a good place to start.

I decided to start with the refrigerators/freezers.  We have two of them.  We have a fairly big refrigerator/freezer in the kitchen and a smaller older one in the basement.   First I started in the basement.  I emptied the freezer, took an account of how much of each item I had and then better organized them back into the freezer. The refrigerator was easier.  We don't have very much in the basement one.  I do store my extra sugar and flour in there.

The kitchen refrigerator/freezer was next.  I emptied the freezer, took an account, and then organized it better.  I moved some of these freezer items to the basement freezer.  The refrigerator was next.  Rather than take everything out, I took photographs of everything and took a rough account of items using the photographs.  Once I had my items listed, I opened the refrigerator to count the apples, yogurts, packages of cheese, etc.  Items that have expiration dates (ie shredded cheese) were organized by due date.  I decided to move some extra items from the kitchen refrigerator to the basement refrigerator.

Now that I have it all tallied up, I need to type up my results and keep it up-to-date.

Have you peeked in your refrigerator/freezer lately?

12 comments:

  1. I dont know why I havent received any of your recent posts, so have finally caught up just by coming for a visit!
    Like you,we are self isolated at the moment and wondering how long this will take. My freezer is pretty full with some of last year's produce.

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    1. I don't know why either, Barbara. It is good to see you! I'm glad your freezer is full. xo

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  2. I only have one refrigerator/freezer combo, so it's pretty easy to keep track of what I have. :)

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    1. Welcome, Great-Granny Grandma! Thank you for visiting and commenting! You sound very organized!

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  3. I do have an extra freezer and a fridge in my garage, Gina, and it's easy for me to see what I have in there.
    I loved your previous post, about finding JOY in the everyday. That is so important to keep our spirits up. Stay safe and healthy!

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    1. Thank you, Kitty! There is always something to be thankful for!

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  4. We have taken inventory and made a run to the store to pick up things that we think we could use to get us through 3 weeks, you never know when they will ask us to stay home.

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    1. Connie, how did you find the stores? They weren't too bad on Friday when we last went. ♥

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    2. it was pretty wiped out, but we did manage to find Lactaid milk instead of regular, and a package of toilet paper so we should have enough for a month now, they had hamburg and that's about it for the meat, no chicken or turkey at all.

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    3. Connie, I bought a lot of ground beef/hamburger a few weeks ago at Costco. I'm so glad I did!

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  5. We did inventory both freezers and refrigerators. We should be fairly set for the duration minus the fresh fruits and veggies and milk. Stay well and healthy!

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    1. Robin, I'm glad you are well stocked. I hope to start my garden this week. I do miss my garden in NC.

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