In my previous post, I spoke of a blog article that was written about a family’s challenge to go a year without grocery shopping at a store. It has inspired me in many ways.
Over the past week, I have been noticing how easy it is to just go to the store instead of hitting up the pantry or other options. I realize that my pantry isn’t really set up for doing the challenge. It is growing season right now and so the stores of vegetables and such that I had last autumn are depleted. I still need to locate local farms that sell raw milk, eggs, and farmer’s markets for produce.
One area that I am working on currently is to restructure my recipe collection. I am taking into consideration the items we typically might buy, but can be made easily at home. One example is saltine crackers. How often do you purchase a box of these at the store to use with soups or eat as a part of a snack? Did you know that these can be made with only 5 ingredients that are commonly found in nearly any pantry? Here is an easy recipe that is fast and easy to make.
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. milk
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Combine the dry ingredients, cut in the butter, then stir in the milk. Round into a ball and knead for few strokes. Divide dough into several pieces and roll out very thin on a floured board. Lay sheets on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt and prick with a fork. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
There are many things that we are so accustomed to buying that can be made easily at home. We have simply become spoiled with the convenience of the stores. Over the next few months, I am going to be making changes here at the homestead to take the challenge. I am being realistic. I know that if we were to simply start the challenge tomorrow, we would likely fail. I do want to make the necessary changes to give us a real chance at being as successful as possible in doing the challenge.
The end goal is to rely as little as possible on the stores for our food. We don’t want to continue being caught in the trap of having to pay rising costs to feed our family a healthy meal. We also are wanting to support local small farms that are trying to survive in a time when Monsanto’s GMO food products are so prevalent and forcing small family farms out of business. It is also giving us back the control to decide what we will and won’t put into our bodies. I have said this before but it can never be said too often, “The chemicals individually that are used in food production may be determined to be safe, but there has never been sufficient testing done on what the cumulative effects of the various chemicals to our bodies. How do they interact as the chemicals build up in our bodies over time?” By being more aware of where our food comes from, we can make informed choices.
I look forward to hearing about any plans that you may have to trying this challenge in some form or fashion.