The Main Food Cupboard in July
We were chatting this morning as we drank our first cup of coffee of the day, about this year long Challenge and the interesting results it is throwing up. Mainly we are surprised by the amount of food still left in the cupboards and it has really highlighted that we eat fresh foods as and when we harvest them or buy them in.
We store lots of our own homegrown foods so we can eat them for as long as possible, and then we move on to alternatives when they run out. For instance; we store potatoes in the cool, dark cupboard under the stairs, when these are all gone we will switch to more pasta and rice based dishes, we store tomatoes in the form of frozen or bottled sauces and only when these are gone will we switch to tinned tomatoes and purees. We have homegrown garlic hung in strings on the back of the kitchen door and loose heads that could not be tied up in a bowl in the cupboard for using up first, if these run out we have some jars of easy garlic and some garlic pastes and dried garlic powder that we can continue to use to keep up our garlic addiction.
We store homegrown fruits open frozen as they are picked and then bagged up to be loose flowing, and also in the form of jams, marmalades, pies and crumbles. And the freezer is full to bursting with bags of free flowing frozen homegrown vegetables of every description. And of course we are still eating freshly picked vegetables that are still growing directly from the polytunnel.
So with all this in mind we are rapidly re-evaluating the stores we actually need to hold of bought in foodstuffs. The items on our Permanent Shopping List at the top of the blog and here in this link, have been added to and deleted over the course of the year and it is levelling out nicely at a future plan for the spending needed over the coming years.
And all this has been the main reason for this year long Challenge, that is fast racing towards its finishing date, just how quickly has this year gone!! It's been a very worthwhile venture and we have both learnt a lot.
And I'll have to get around to photographing the food cupboards again :-)
Today is a No Spend Day