No one can say we are suffering around here while using things up! Yesterday, Rob cooked one of our turkeys on the barbecue. It was smoked for a few hours, then the heat was turned up and it was finished. We are going to have quite a few friends and family coming over this weekend to help us get the place ready to list next Thursday. This seemed like the easiest way to make a lot of good food for the weekend. I’m going to take all of the meat off the bones this morning, and send the bones home with a friend, since I am too busy to deal with them today. Then, I will warm the meat up each day.
I found a small bag of brown rice on the shelf. It had been there for a while and had been a promotion at Safeway–buy some tortillas and get the rice for free. I cooked the entire bag. I also cooked some lentils. I found a recipe for a brown rice/lentil salad that I will have the 4H kids make today with part of the rice and lentils. I will make that salad again to have on hand for the weekend, saving both time and money.
The other foods that I used up this week were mainly the normal ones we use each week, such as lots of home-canned fruit, green beans, tomato products, etc.
I did use a little jar of horseradish sauce on a roast. It sounds strange, but years ago I found a recipe where you put the roast into the crock pot and cover the top with an entire tiny, little jar of horseradish sauce, then cook all day. Somehow, the horseradish mellows out in the process and it is not as overwhelming as I thought it would be the first time I made it. It came out great. I used a bunch of carrots, too, cooked along with the roast. I am getting to the bottom of the 10 lb. bag I bought over a month ago at Costco. Right now, our meals are simple, due to the many, many hours we are using on the house, so that was it that day, both for lunch (for me) and dinner (for all of us)–roast and carrots. There is always fruit to fill in with if someone is hungrier than that. There is still some roast left and I will probably grind it up in the food processor and use it for sandwiches, mixed with mayo and relish.
I hope you were able to get into your cupboards and freezers and find some good treasures to use up this week as well! Food storage is like money in the bank as long as you remember to “withdraw” it before it goes bad:)