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Don't Forget Your Pet's Food

Food shortages and baby formula shortages are important and devastating for families around the country. But we can't forget about food supplies for our pets. I had a horrible time finding food for our cat.  So far I have not experienced shortages of food for our dog.  Gracie our labradoodle needs special dry food and only eats certain treats.  I keep them on supply now and keep track of them using the system.

Looking for Deals at the Grocery Store

It's becoming more important to check for coupons at your local grocery store before shopping. You can still find some deals.  The other day my local grocery store had chicken on sale.  I bought several package and divided them up and put them in the freezer! And of course, I added them to my inventory system.

According to the Bureau of Statistics here below is the percentage of price increases from April 2021 versus April 2022.

Get Creative with Expiring Items

I made a tuna fish casserole the other night with tuna fish that was expiring next week!  I wouldn't have thought to make my casserole but I received a text this morning that let me know that I had several packets of tuna fish expiring next week.  To my delight I had all of the ingredients  on hand.  I normally add peas but this time I happened to have a bag of peas and carrots that had been in the freezer for a while so I used that. I also added artichoke hearts.  Artichoke hearts are a fun way to add another layer of vegetable and it gives it a tang!

Great Grocery Items for the Pantry that Contain Protein
It's a good idea to have food items that provide protein and have a long shelf life. Some grocery items have a longer shelf life than others. I like to purchase these "go-to" items when they are on sale. With prices going up up up...
Use Sturdy Storage Containers to Preserve Food Items
Sturdy storage containers are a great way to prolong the expiration date for opened food. Glass containers are great for storing food in the frig because they don't absorb food odors, flavors, or stains.
What's in the Freezer for Dinner?
Here is a great way to use the system. Finding food in the freezer for dinner is super easy. Using the system I searched on meatballs and found that I had several packages of meatballs in the Basement Freezer.
Chicken Spinach Artichoke Casserole
This is one of our favorite recipes. It's fun to create great meals that store well in the freezer after you purchase foods in bulk - in this case - chicken breasts. We divide this casserole into individual serving sizes, vacuum seal it and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Sloppy Joe Recipe

There are so many great dishes I make when I buy ground beef in bulk.  One of them is this recipe I found for Sloppy Joe Sandwiches.  My family just loves these.  We serve it with out homemade coleslaw and homemade pickles.... we'll have to add those recipes in the near future!


What Foods Have a Long Shelf-Life
Rising prices and scarce quantities are swaying consumers to purchase food items that last a long time. Choose food items that can easily be made into nutritious and delicious meals. I make sure I have some of the basics in my pantry such as dried peas for soups.