So I sat down today and realized that it is almost 3 months until Pesach (11 weeks but who is counting?! Not me, nope, not me) I took a look around my kitchen, and realized my pantry and freezer were FULL. As in, the only room to be found in my kitchen is in the refrigerator itself, and there wasn’t a ton of room there. I even have big bags of individual snacks (for the DCs to take to school) overflowing onto my kitchen table.
Short of staging an intervention (DH has threatened, but I countered that since I know I have too much stuff and plan to use it there was no need for drastic measures) I decided I have to come clean in the literal sense. I have to start cleaning out what is in my pantry and freezer.
I stared into my freezer wondering what to make for supper. I pulled out half a pound of veal stew meat, and a pound of dark chicken cutlets. Add to this 5 Gefen frozen cubes of basil, 4 garlic cubes and 4 parsley cubes. Then add a large can (the 28 oz one) of crushed tomatoes, 2 regular size cans of chopped mushrooms, about 2 cups of dry red wine, salt and pepper. Bring this to a boil, then reduce to low for the better part of 1 and a half to 2 hours, or until the mixture reduces by a third.
I added this to some frozen broccoli, Uncle Ben’s boil in the bag rice, and some pine nuts I toasted in a dry saute pan with a spray of Pam. It made a comforting, hearty meal, but one where you don’t feel like you need a nap after.
My goal is to reduce what is in my pantry by at least 2/3 between now and 3 weeks before Pesach – that gives me 8 weeks. DH says I should just open the cans and serve them, but where is the fun in that?!