For the last three weeks or so, we have been eating from the pantry and freezer as much as possible….spending only about $100 at the grocery each week for basic perishables.
Day by day, the kitchen pantry looks a bit more empty. Then I refill it from the garage pantry, which is also dwindling down. I’m excited! Why?
There’s something wonderful about using up every last thing. I must admit that I’m fighting feelings of vulnerability. My stockpile is my good friend. However, it’s healthy for me to push the limits a little and just trust.
We’re probably not going to starve. Really.
As I open box after box and can after can, I glance at the expiration date and realize that I’m almost out of time on some of this food. What’s the point of a stockpile if the food expires and you have to pitch it?
Once everything is eaten up, I’ll start looking for sales again and re-stock. When I buy food, though, I don’t plan too far out, just a month or two. Otherwise, I’ll deal with the same problem of trying to eat everything up before it expires.
For me, this is balance.
Something else I’ve been thinking about this week…how many recipes do you really need?
You do it….I do it…admit it.
We all clip/rip out/print more recipes than we could ever find time to make. We buy more cookbooks than we’ll ever use.
I fight it, I really do. But especially around the holidays, the beautiful pictures of sugar-filled goodies draw me in as I visualize happy children enjoying making the treat with Mom.
Yet, I rarely get around to all the baking that I might hope to.
Am I alone here? Does anyone else have a stash of recipes stuck in your cookbook that you’ll likely never make? Tons of cookbooks you’ve yet to open? Yeah.
My philosophy is this…when I need a recipe, I’ll look for one. Cooking thematically like I do, I really only need two or three recipes per category or evening. I discuss this in my free eBook “Just Get ‘em Fed” if you’re interested.
On Monday, we enjoy casseroles. I have a few casserole recipes that my family loves. There currently isn’t a need to add more recipes to my repertoire. Nothing broken, nothing needs to be fixed.
Tuesdays we have beef or venison. I have a handful of recipes that my family loves. I don’t need anymore recipes right now. See what I mean?
When something isn’t working anymore or if my family lets me know that they are tired of a particular dish, then I’ll look for a replacement dish. Until then, I’m good.
The Simple Kitchen.
How do you keep your kitchen simple?