Temperatures here are still running in the 40s.  And its been rainy so it feels colder.  Therefore, I decided to go through the freezer and pantry to identify foods we use primarily in the winter so I don’t have to store them all summer.  In the summer we BBQ more and use the oven less.  I also don’t pack lunches so single serve items are in much less demand.

Here’s what I found.  I’m going to aim to use these up before Memorial Day.


  • Pumpkin pie filling / Condensed milk – used to make a pumpkin pie for Easter
  • Pecans – made one pecan pie for Easter; enough pecans for one more pie
  • Chestnuts
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pineapple slices
  • Prunes
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Cream of mushroom & cream of chicken soups


  • Blueberries
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Heavy cream
  • Egg whites
  • Tater tots
  • Homemade apple crisp


  • Ham
  • Cauliflower

Most of these items are seasonal and will go on sale again before I need them for the holidays or we reach the depths of next winter.