Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 04

Day 4 of my 30 day blog series journaling my experiment with a Capsule Kitchen. The plan? Use 33 ingredients to create all our meals for three months. If you just joined me you can either start at Day 1 or view all Capsule Kitchen posts.

On Day 3 I created my Capsule Kitchen List of foods. Today I’m going to inventory my pantry and refrigerator.

Items Not On My List

I found many items that I don’t include on my list. My pantry contains:

  • 1 small box of quinoa - purchased weeks ago to try in a new recipe I haven’t made
  • 1 small can of chipolte peppers in adobe sauce - purchased months ago for another new recipe I never made
  • baking supplies - flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, etc. that my daughter uses to make treats
  • a box of cereal - that only my son likes
  • a loaf of bread - requested by my children
  • a box of rotini pasta and two jars of marinara sauce
  • 2 (4oz) cans roasted green chilies
  • 2 (12.5oz) cans chunk white chicken
  • 1 can of albacore tuna - only my son and I will eat this
  • partial small bag oyster crackers - requested by my daughter for a recent soup meal
  • a large jar of popcorn - my children’s snack of choice

My refrigerator and freezer also contain many non-list items:

  • a pint of 1/2 & 1/2 - use for a couple of recipes
  • 1 bag of precooked frozen meatballs - my kids heat these up for a quick meal
  • 1 bag frozen tortellini - another meal my kids like with olive oil and Italian seasoning
  • 2 (32oz) bags of frozen mixed veggies - used in several recipes as a shortcut
  • a large bag of frozen berry mix - used in fruit smoothies
  • a large block of cheese - my children shred this to add to meals
  • a tube of turkey breakfast sausage
  • small containers of lemon juice and lime juice - used to make guacamole

Instead of throwing these items into the trash, I’ll incorporate them in this first month of meals.

Items On My List

I was happy to find several of my list ingredients. This confirms that my list does reflect what we are eating.

What’s Next?

On Day 5, I will create a grocery list and go shopping.

Take A Look In Your Pantry

What’s the strangest ingredient you found? Is it an ingredient you use for a go-to meal? Would you include it on your list?

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8 Comments Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 04

  1. Picture of Stephanie Stephanie June 04, 2015

    I am loving this capsule blog! We have decided in the last week to sell it all and travel. As late night talks take place for the how to begin and where to start and then where will we go and what do we want to see…...this capsule blog is making me start taking inventory of my home kitchen to see what I have that I don’t even use and to make a list for the next thirty days of the foods we eat often, to make traveling with those foods easy and quick, eliminating the cost and storage of things we hardly use. THANK YOU!

  2. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink June 04, 2015


    So excited for you! The “selling it all” phase can often times be difficult, but the pay off is so rewarding.

    So glad the Capsule Kitchen series is helping you prepare for your travel phase.

    What type of travel are you planning? RVing, Boating, Globe-trotting?

  3. Picture of Michelle Michelle June 04, 2015

    I think it would take me 2-3 months to use up all the items in our fridge/freezer and pantry before I could even begin…and that would be if we ate at home every night! It’s been fun to read along :)

  4. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink June 04, 2015


    Well, you don’t have a tiny kitchen, and you have a husband who provides you with a year’s worth of meat every fall.

    In addition, you know how to do the “canning” thing. BTW, last year I had hoped to learn and do a little canning with you. Think we could give that a try later this season? I’ll have room in my pantry (as long as I put it on my Capsule Kitchen list). ;)

  5. Picture of Michelle Michelle June 05, 2015

    Sounds fun! I just bought a second applesauce grinder thing at a garage sale for $3.  Late summer is best for peaches and pears. Early fall for apples. Need to make some strawberry freezer jam soon.

  6. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink June 05, 2015


    Believe it or not I’ve successfully made strawberry freezer jam in the past. Unfortunately, my RV freezer won’t store more than a small container or 2.  Have you ever canned strawberry jam? Or is it just too much work?

    Would love to do peaches, and pears with you. Not sure if we’ll be around late enough for apples.

    Do you can any veggies? Or tomato sauce?

  7. Picture of Lonna Lonna July 01, 2015

    Nice to see others trying to use up pantry ingredients and being more flexible with the “rules” of this system than some of the first articles I’ve read. I have found too much languishing in the pantry going uneaten because my husband and I have different shopping styles. Going to attempt to streamline and thin out the pantry staples he hoards before formally embarking on a capsule.

  8. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink July 02, 2015


    I just couldn’t throw out pantry items I’d spent money on. Luckily, because we don’t have a lot of pantry space in the RV, it wasn’t nearly as many items as it would have been back in our sticks-n-bricks days.

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