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What's THAT in your pantry?

After I made remarks today to both Tam and Val about getting stuck in the blizzard and ending up with nothing to eat but the weird stuff in your pantry, I realized that would be kind of a fun thing to hear about.

What's the weirdest food item in YOUR pantry?

The can of sliced beets is #1 on my list. It seems like we used to make a good beet and orange salad and I was going to try using the canned beets rather than fresh since it would be less messy, then never made the salad. Probably two years ago.

I have a pre-packaged Indian meal that's likely too spicy.

And I found some really old gelatin made with Splenda I special ordered ages ago...I don't think that stuff goes bad. I'm having me some Jello!

So what about you? What's weird in there?

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cass1969
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Nothing particularly weird -- although that thing in the veggie drawer is starting to look...odd.

But no matter how low my supplies get I always, always seem to have pickled onions in the fridge!
jordan_c_price
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I like onions! I had to use up my cilantro tonight because it was liquefying.
drgaellon
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm an adventurous cook and eater, so I have a number of unusual things in my pantry, including a jar of Peppadews, a bottle of powdered sumac and one of za'atar (a Middle Eastern spice mix based on the same sumac). My fridge boasts both traditional sauerkraut and Jewish-style new kraut, preserved lemons, and four varieties of cheese (not including the Parmigiano and Pecorino). I've got tubes of anchovy paste, canned oysters and matzo ball mix.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
But nothing that you're thinking, "That seemed good at the time, but how...ick"?
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andy_slayde
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I just cleaned out my pantry. All gross and out of date stuff went to my friend's chickens. They'll eat anything. So I would have to say Vegemite is the oddest thing in my pantry right now.
I used to have this can of bamboo shoots. No idea why I had to have them and they moved several times with me and I have no idea what happened to them.

Edited at 2011-02-02 12:20 am (UTC)
jordan_c_price
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yay, chickens! That's a good use for WTF-food.
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egret17
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Well, I live two blocks from a grocery store and I have snowshoes. I should be ok. :)

Um. I have paraffin for making chocolate-covered candies. You'd have to be desperate to eat that. I have a lot of things that are probably pretty nasty because they're really old - things like rock hard granola bars, etc.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
I should probably break out the snowshoes at some point but the wind sounds too horrible to bear.

Paraffin, good one!!!
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piplover
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
I have a packet of instant egg drop soup. I think it's a few years old, but should still be good. That and the can of evaporated milk. I'm afraid to delve further!
jordan_c_price
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
It seems like I used to have an ancient can of evaporated milk back there...I think I ran out of creamer and used it.
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cdn_tam
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
I cleaned out my pantry over Christmas so got rid of some weird stuff. There was a bag of pasta in there I bought in Spain 3 years ago. LOL It was all weird shapes and colors and I'm sure impossible to cook because the sizes were all different. A couple of packages of Kiesel which is kind of like a combination of pudding and jello (made with potato starch) that came from Poland. My daughter liked it when she was little, I found it kind of a gross consistency. It was about 4 years old, some really old Crystal Light that was weirdly flavoured, some ancient cereal that I finally tossed and must have been uber stale, that's about it.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, those were all good weirdo things. The Kiesel sounds like something I'd make anyway because it was too exotic to throw out.

I have some oddball Chinese cooking ingredients but those'll find their way into a dish so I'm not worried about them.
merith
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
In my can cupboard, I have a can of red bean paste (Azuki). A couple of years ago, I was going to make a Japanese dessert for New Years, but left it for too late and ran out of time.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
I would probably get a sweet tooth craving and make something out of that!
quillismightier
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Not exactly odd but old.

Cleaning out the pantry in preparations for the storm, we found Campbell's Split Pea Soup from 2005. That has an expiration date of April 2007 on it. Gross.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
Split pea + way old = ewww!
gaycrow
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
The can of sliced beets is #1 on my list. It seems like we used to make a good beet and orange salad and I was going to try using the canned beets rather than fresh since it would be less messy, then never made the salad. Probably two years ago.

This is something you'd very likely find in every Aussie pantry. ;D

I don't have anything too weird. Some things a little unusual are the packets of crystallised ginger in unsweetened carob. So yummmmmy.

If we had to rely on what's in there now, we'd be living on macaroni, noodles and cereal. And ginger. ;D
jordan_c_price
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
Yummy on hamburgers? It must be pickled, at least.

Macaroni/noodles are synonymous here. What's the difference there?
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wynnmercere
Feb. 2nd, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
I'll give two examples since 'weird' tends to be a byproduct of one's culture. :-)

1. dried squid
2. pickled okra
jordan_c_price
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Weird is definitely a relative term. I meant "weird to you" as in "why did I ever buy this and how long has it been here?" and assumed everyone could read my mind. If you eat a lot of dried squid, it's not a WTF-food that gets fed to Andy's friends' chickens :D
lou_harper
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
Sardines. About once a year I get a craving for them. I also have coconut milk.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
I had some coconut milk but I used it up Monday! I love that stuff. Even if it seems like I can't taste it in the finished recipe, I still love it.
violetlavender
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry I forgot to enter my id...

I found a jar of liquid smoke. My friend swears it was his secret ingredient in fajitas, but I never managed all the other ingredients or the actual desire to make them myself. I thought one day I we would all have dinner at his house and I would suggest fajitas and bring it. Then he got married and moved, not I just keep moving it around because, what do you with liquid smoke. I also found a bunch of chinese cooking oils that I bought when I was trying to make my own dumplings when I read more carefully it turns out they should have been refrigerated. I also have 3 open 8 oz shakers of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning, and one of the low sodium version and two open containers of old bay. These were left over from my obsession with shrimp etouffee, before I found out I was allergic to shrimp. I don't know why I have 3 open containers except they were in 3 different places so maybe I just forgot? Add to that speciality things that I needed for specific baking recipes and I had a lot to throw away.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh, you have quite a wonderful stash of WTF-food. I think I also have liquid smoke, although it's in my spice cupboard, which I don't over-analyze. I know I use it for TVP (textured vegetable protein, or dried soy) but that I haven't made that in years and years, so that'll give an idea of how old the liquid smoke is! I must have been using it in some other recipe after that...
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violetlavender
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I just learned that anyone can just post an anonymous comment it just takes an accidental click of the send button. But to enter a comment under you id, you have to not only log in, but answer on of those captcha things. Shouldn't anonymous people be required to use those too? Maybe even more than people entering an id?
jordan_c_price
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
Isn't it all just a pain in the ass? I think my computer should just know who I am :D
eavling
Feb. 3rd, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Cans of V-8...I hate that stuff, and last Fall we picked these volunteer squash (i.e. I didn't plant them). They're really delicious when cooked, similar to butter-nut squash, but we haven't gotten around to cooking them yet, because of the prep time. Why didn't I use them as Fall decoration if I wasn't going to actually eat them?
jordan_c_price
Feb. 4th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
How funny, I like V-8! I'm jealous of your volunteer squash. I think the only volunteers I got last year were a bunch of garlic.
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