For what it's worth, this has been mentioned before in the forum
by some others, and is something that I think Clint has under
consideration. As a big freezer user myself, I would find it
It would be nice to have the option to indicate an amount of
duplicates, i.e. three 15-oz. cans of black beans. To have a
separate column to enter a value in would be very helpful.
Currently if I have three cans of black beans I have to enter black
beans 15-oz. 3 and then delete the entire item and re-enter black
beans 15-oz. 2 if I use a can from my pantry and want a current
inventory list. Thanks for being open to suggestions for
improvements to this site to make it more user friendly. Plan To
Eat is awesome!
This would be awesome. Agree would make the site perfect. as a
compromise while you work on this. could we be able to enter
straight what and how many are in our pantry and manually take them
out as we use them. ALSO different issue: alot of overlap based on
how the author of the recipe wrote it. grass-fed ground beef vs.
ground beef. shows up as two different ingredients would love to be
able to sync these without going through all my recipes.
I wanted to also add to this thread... Generally I find the
pantry feature as currently developed hard to manage. I want to be
able to click on pantry and do some editing to it (remove stuff I
dont have anymore etc) as well as update amounts manually. It also
seems like when I add something to pantry it permanently stays
there (as in when the date passes it is not used up?) which seems a
little odd. Everything else on PTE is working actually great for
me, this is the one area I would like to develop a little more.
I too would love more functionality in the pantry as I have tons
of food storage. I would also love the ability to set an expiration
date for individual items instead of the whole list and these items
would not come out of the pantry even if the list is reset except
if you manually delete it. Things like baking items (flour, sugar,
spices, etc.) rarely need to be added to my grocery list but are
ALWAYS in my pantry and recipes!
Thinking about this: How about a separate place for freezer
inventory much like the pantry. And include an editable category
list: leftovers, prepared meals, pork, chicken, beef, etc. like the
I have been looking for the freezer feature for a long time,
Last November I created a "workaround" based on a suggestion of
Clint's, and it is working so well for me that I never think about
it any more. Here (pasted from another thread) is what I did:
I created a store called Freezer. I created two new categories
that I use only for the Freezer store, and called them &Meals,
&Staples. (I use the & to group all the freezer categories
together in the category list, make them easy to auto-fill, and to
distinguish them from normal shopping categoires). Each item I have
in my freezer gets added to my "Freezer" store staples list, with
the quantity and date frozen in the notes section. So:
Chicken Pot Pie
That way, I know at a glance how many meals I have, and how old
they are, so I can use the oldest stuff first. When I do my meal
planning, I go to the staples tab, check each of the freezer items
I want to use that week, and add them to my shopping list. Since
"Freezer" is a separate store, the Freezer shopping list doesn't
clutter my regular shopping, but reminds me what I'm using from the
freezer that week. When I add an item to the shopping list, I make
sure to edit the quantities in my notes, to reflect the fact that I
used some up. When it's all used up, I delete the item from the
Freezer staples list.
It's a little less elegant/automatic than the rest of PTE, but
it works well enough for me. FINALLY I am using PTE to track my
freezer items-- :)
Just wanted to add my .02 that this would be an absolutely
fabulous thing to add functionality to PTE! My husband is getting
very frustrated that things "get lost" in the
pantry/freezer/refrigerator and suggested I start planning meals.
However, I have lots of things already bought that I would love to
be able to keep track of.
I'm going to use the above work around for now but would love to
see this added in the future!! :)
Hi! I just joined today and plan to use the site for the 30 days
and, hopefully, continue if all works well. After a lot of research
into different sites, yours seems to be the best and I'm looking
forward to fully trying it out.
I really want to be able to use the pantry function more than
what it seems able to do. I am currently going through my whole
kitchen to add all items I have on hand to "My Pantry". I then plan
to use it to plan meals and shopping trips. I love the fact that
you can cook from what you have in your pantry. I noticed when I
was entering my Pantry items that most items didn't come up while I
typed them in. I assume I was calling them something different than
what they are called in your/other recipes? If there was a standard
list of all items one could have in a pantry and use for
ingredients, that would make it easier so it will subtract out what
you already have in your pantry when making your list. In order for
that to work, you would need to have quantities entered for the
items in your pantry in a standardized measurement. I live in
Canada and all our things are in grams, litres, etc. It would be
nice to be able to enter this and it convert automatically to cups
or ounces so American recipes could easily be compared. Maybe it is
doing this already...?
An example of what I'm referring to: I added the Marilyn's
Famous Whole Wheat Bread recipe to my plan and added the
ingredients to my shopping list. I had already entered whole wheat
flour to my pantry and salt but I called the salt "table salt"
(that's what my box says). Unfortunately, it didn't seem to
recognize it or compare it and just put the whole wheat flour and
salt in my shopping list. It was called "fresh whole wheat flour"
so I change the name of mine and also changed table salt to salt
and then erased the recipe, added it again and went back to my
shopping list and now those things are gone. My suggestion would be
to have some way of making the items standardized so when I'm
typing in whole wheat flour, the right wording would come up so
that the shopping list will recognize what I've entered.
Also wondering, if I check off that I cooked a recipe, could the
pantry then subtract what I used so it will always be up to date?
That would be a great feature! I could use my phone at the store
when I'm shopping to buy what I need, check the items off and have
them added to my pantry, get home and use my laptop to open the
recipe and make the meal, then check "meal made" or "panty items
used" or something like that and have the ingredients deleted from
my pantry. Would this be a possibility? Then the pantry would
always be up-to-date and the only thing I would need to do is
delete an item if I need to throw it out (expired)...but with all
this planning, hopefully I'll be throwing out a lot less! :)
Thanks so much for creating such a great website. I really hope
I can figure out how to use it to it's fullest.
Support Staff14 Posted by Clint on 06 Dec, 2012 12:20 AM
I'm just not sure it the pantry is not really as "smart" as I would like.
It's mostly a place to keep the stuff you already have. It does not
automatically remove items based on what you plan or cook. I do have plans
to include more information so it is clear what items in your pantry are
currently being used in your current meal plan, but I still feel
like physically inventorying your pantry before each shopping trip is still
a necessary step in the process (even if it's already in your head to some