Emergency Pantry Meals

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I always try to keep a few pantry meals handy so that I can make dinner without running to the store. I’ve even gone so far as to write down my “meals in reserve.”

But I hadn't thought of the clever idea featured in last month’s Better Homes and Gardens. In an article called Zoning Rules they suggested creating bins to hold a few weeknight meals in your pantry. For example one basket might contain everything you need for a spaghetti dinner: a jar of sauce, pasta, a side dish, even a loaf of French bread. Other menu possibilities might be fixings for chili, tuna casserole or a taco dinner.

If you’ve got the shelf space, it’s a great way to keep everything together and you're guaranteed to have all the ingredients. Once you cook the meal, write down the replacements you’ll need on next week’s grocery list.

6 thoughts on “Emergency Pantry Meals

  • May 21 2008 at 9:23 am
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    I love this idea. I've done something similar with freezer cooking, putting anything that's frozen and used in one meal into a big ziploc baggie.

    Something else that works well is to do your meal plan and then put the main ingredients into a colour coded basket for each day of the week. You can have a set in the freezer and in your cupboard.

    It can be fun because there are some really cute baskets in nice colours out there these days and it's so easy to just grab the basket for the day. Kind of like convenience food on steroids.

    Jan – queenofkaos's last blog post..Liven Up Your Livingroom with Feng Shui

  • May 22 2008 at 9:23 am
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    Jan – awesome ideas!
    Organized Mommy – I'm so glad – thanks!
    Karen – thanks for the comment!
    :) Eva

  • May 27 2008 at 12:51 pm
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    I do the same thing with brown paper bags. I put the ingredients for the days dinner in one bag. The bags can be used in fridge or pantry and you can write the name of the dish/menu on the bag. The bags can be reused.

  • January 5 2010 at 6:10 pm
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    My name is Michelle Snow and I have been demonstrating bag meals for a few years now. I also have a book titled, "It's in the Bag: A new approach to food storage", that is being released in May of 2010 by Cedar Fort Publishing. Perhaps your relative/friend attended one of my demonstrations. I have a blog that features bag meals and will give readers an inside view of the book's journey, the latest kitchen experiments, preview recipes, and some promotional book giveaways. Please check the blog out and tell your friends. Even if you aren't interested in food storage, the recipes can be used for quick and delicious meals anytime, even for the "kitchen-challenged."

    You'll find us at http://www.bagmealtestkitchen.blogspot.com

    Thanks and happy eating!
    Michelle

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