The elimination of all the things that I have accumulated over the years certainly didn't end in the kitchen. I have already purged a large accumulation of appliances and kitchen gadgets. But it doesn't end there. After cooking for children and groups of people I have also accumulated a large pantry of spices and and food items.
|Here is my pantry in all it's glory|
Some of the items are no-brainers. When I applied the "have you used it in the last year, they didn't make the cut. Then of course there are the items that are clearly outdated!! They won't be making the transition to the trailer either. I certainly can't take them all with me so I have been using an interesting method to use up the remaining items that I have on hand.
I have found a number of online recipe sites where you list the ingredients you have on hand and a list pops up with recipes with the ingredients in them.... See good things come to those who spend time on computers!
So here are a couple of my favorite sites. These will come in handy in the RV when food storage is limited.
Ingredients on Hand
http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,ingredients_on_hand,FF.html Type in some items you have on hand and the web-site will give you a number of options using some of the items.
The Leftover Wizard
http://www.bigoven.com/recipes/leftovers Search 160,000+ recipes at once. This one is kind of fun, because it seems more interactive than most. As you input each ingredient, the # of recipes available to you automatically changes — as do the photos of the ingredients you just entered.
Play with these planners and enter some unusual combinations of ingredients and see what creative recipes you come up with. So whether you are starting with raw ingredients or using up leftovers... these websites will help you make the most of the ingredients you have on hand.