Peek Into My Pantry!

This rare glimpse into an actual Earthling habitat shows you what foods we keep on hand and how we organize them!  Get all the details in my article at Kitchen Stewardship!

Exclusively in The Earthling’s Handbook, play “Find the differences between these two photos!”  The one on the left was taken first, but then I noticed a few organizational flaws and made some small adjustments before taking the photo at right.  How many differences can you spot?  Let me know in the comments!

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This practical pantry isn’t slick and beautiful, but it’s functional.  We are able to

  • keep extra stuff on hand
  • save money by stocking up at the sale price
  • buy bulk foods and big packages that wouldn’t fit in our kitchen cabinet
  • plan menus using mostly what we have
  • reduce the temptation to eat poorly by having healthy ingredients handy
  • save time and gasoline by shopping less often
  • be prepared if weather or illness stops us from shopping

Our pantry’s basement location also helps us to stay fit and resist unnecessary eating!  If you have to walk across the dining room and down a flight of stairs to get a box of cereal, either you burn some calories doing it or you decide you’re not so hungry after all.

This is the pantry that works for me!  Visit the Hearth & Soul Hop and Real Food Friday for more food-related posts!

Can you scramble frozen eggs?

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Apparently, yeah, if you let the eggs thaw a little, you can make totally normal scrambled eggs out of them. At least, I did.

I guess I’d better clarify that I’m talking about chicken eggs. In our scary high-tech world, “frozen eggs” often means human egg cells that have been frozen for later attempts at reproduction. If you have that kind of frozen eggs, do not scramble them. The results could be disastrous, or at least not very tasty.

My chicken eggs were in an 24-pack from Costco stored on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. Poor old Rator has not been feeling well lately. We think it was the extremely humid, hot weather last month that caused trouble for our refrigerator, which is the type that has one temperature control for refrigerator and freezer compartments. (NOTE: If you are choosing a new fridge+freezer, choose one with separate controls for the two sections. We used to have that kind, and it was much easier to correct problems with one section being too cold or not cold enough.) A lot of frost built up on the upper back wall of the refrigerator section of this supposedly frost-free appliance, and puddles of water appeared at unpredictable times either inside the refrigerator or on the floor next to it. Daniel eventually realized that a drainage tube was totally blocked with ice and cleared it out, and that helped a lot. However, the recent condition of the eggs indicates that the problem isn’t completely solved.

Last weekend, I found that one of the three eggs remaining in the previous carton was broken–even the yolk had broken, and the fractured shell was sitting in a puddle of partly-dried raw egg. I threw that in the compost, cooked the other two eggs, and bought a new carton. I carefully checked that all the eggs were intact before buying.

Wednesday, I needed an egg to make Cheesy Walnut Burgers. It’s lucky that I brought the whole carton out of the refrigerator, rather than just opening it and grabbing the egg closest to me, because this way I noticed the four cracked eggs. Visible cracks across the tops and down the sides, but no leakage of egg white. The cracks appeared sort of glued shut. Huh?

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