Monday, February 6, 2012

Kitchen Inventory

I don't know about you, but I have tons of food. The pantry is full, the freezer is full, the fridge is...well, in a state of more than half-full. But I never have anything to eat. I look in the fridge, look in the pantry and decide it's time to go to the store.

So I did something drastic yesterday. I took inventory. I printed a template from Organized Home's Household Notebook, sat my butt on the floor in front of the open refrigerator and started writing down everything we had.

I was surprised at the outcome for two reasons: #1. we had far more food in there than I was expecting. and #2. most of it was actually pretty healthy. As I thumbed through the sheets of the contents of our fridge, freezer and pantry, I felt a little proud of myself. I made some pretty good choices when I was at the grocery store.

Of course there were some things in there that were not so healthy. Like these, which Jim and I actually just added to the mix this weekend. They make us laugh and they're pretty darn tasty!

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Jim and I have been playing a Scooby Doo mystery game on the Wii, so these went perfectly with our Sunday afternoon. Dipped in a little bit of this, and they're insanely delicious.

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I've been putting this stuff on EVERYTHING lately. I love this brand, too. Their dark chocolate version is to die for. They actually have a little sandwich shop around the corner from NYU in New York. It's pretty much a mandatory stop whenever I'm in the city. The place totally brings me back to childhood with a menu full of peanut butter sandwiches that would do any 5 year-old proud.

But I digress. We are talking about my pantry, not about travel or childhood. Suffice it to say, this peanut butter is the best, so if you haven't tried it, you need to. It's sold in very few stores, but I think World Market has it and you can buy it right from their website.

After I finished my inventory, I sat down with Jim and created a week's worth of meals. And you want to know something amazing? I have a list of maybe ten items I need from the store...and that includes baking powder and dish soap, both of which I just ran out of.

And I'm excited to have an inventory I can consult when its time to sit down and plan meals. It's sooo helpful to know what I've got in my kitchen. I can't believe I didn't do this sooner.

Do you keep an inventory of your kitchen?

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