Thursdays Kitchen Cupboard 01/02/12

This week there was a lot going on in my kitchen. As I said last week I really wanted to try and use as much of last year’s harvest as I could from my pantry or freezer. I did not do as good as a job I wanted to. Part of that was that I only remembered that I was trying to do that on Monday Oh well

I did use cauliflower, sliced carrots, shredded carrots, green beans, onions, salsa, vegetable soup and tomato sauce this week. So I did make a wee little dent in all of 2011 harvests. However, all of that was just from 2 days....LOL So this week I plan on being a little more proactive in trying to use up last year’s harvest.

One of the highlights from the kitchen this week was the carrot and bran muffins I made. I wanted to try and use honey instead of sugar. The end result is they taste like they need sugar, but I think natural honey is a bit better than brown sugar.

Here is the recipe that I got from the Bee Maid Honey Website

Carrot Bran Muffins

2c flour
1tbsp baking powder
1tbsp baking soda
2tsp Cinnamon
1tsp salt
1 1/3C bran
2c grated carrots
1/2c raisins
3/4c  honey
3/4c milk
1/2c oil
3 eggs

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in bran, carrots and raisins. In a separate bowl beat honey, eggs, milk and oil
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid. Stir until just moistened. Spoon mixture into grease muffin tins, filling 2/3 full. Bake at 350F for 20-25mins. Make 24
Horrible picture...but they are yummmy!

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  1. I'm trying to use up things from my cupboard too. It is amazing how I'll just forget about something.

  2. Those muffins sure do look yummy! I bet the carrots make them nice and moist.

    There are certain items that I always forget about in the freezer. I really need to make a list and keep it in the kitchen.

    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

  3. I make muffins a lot, banana, apple and carrot are our favourites. This recipe looks good.

  4. I make muffins a lot, banana, apple and carrot are our favourites. This recipe looks good.

  5. Yum~ the muffins look so delicious and healthy.

  6. I try to cook from my cupboard whenever possible. Thank you for sharing!

  7. You're funny, saying after you used honey instead of sugar that they tasted like they needed sugar. We applaud your effort.

  8. Me too, I keep forgetting what I have in the freezer and in storage Like Robin suggested need to make a list but first I need to organize the freezer.
    Like you muffin recipe will try to make.

  9. mmm homemade muffins! You still have sever4al months befroe your garden will begin to produce! I have faith in you!! Use what ya got babe!! hehe

  10. I don't have a problem using things up as I live from my freezers and pantry. Trips to the market are very seldom unless something is on sale that I need and to get milk and eggs.

    I have an inventory of my freezers and pantry yet to make it to a spread sheet. However, I do a monthly menu which doesn't always get followed, but when I do it I use my inventory to plan my meals.

  11. Liz- I thought the whole idea of carrot muffins was pretty gross, but I am really enjoying them and would make them again for sure!

    Jody-I thought I would try a healthier version, but I do miss the brown sugar. I dipped one in sugar and it was yummy..LOL I really thought i would miss the taste of butter in them, however they taste very buttery..LOL

    Norma- I think I need a HUGE red sign on the door going to the basement that reminds me to use what i have stored!

    Wilderness-I think i need to stay with you for a month or two for a pantry/freezer bootcamp!


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