LTD eat-off challenge
We’ve all heard of January as “eat everything in the house” month. We’re starting a month early. Waste not want not. Now- on our farm, we have the advantage of growing/raising/eating our own products. Plus Khaiti’s been a food hoarder maniac since her thrifty childhood experience.
So what’s your food inventory like? There’s plenty of people who have chest freezers full of food and are scared to go in there. It’s pretty satisfying to de-mystify your stocks. We wanted to have a thorough inventory list to eat from this winter, while our funds are low, and we have a plethora of goods frozen and canned to live off of. Maybe you can try the same and be encouraged to use what you have. We’re going to document our own eat-off challenge, and share how we combine stored foods into delicious meals.
Think of people before grocery stores! They HAD to stock up before winter came, and then they HAD to live off that food, until wild and raised crops became available. Planning your food use with this in mind can help you eat within your local foodshed all winter long, as well as being prepared for a shut in scenario – like we have today with a monster blizzard stranding us at home!
Our list is quite ridiculous. The one thing we don’t have enough of is greens because we moved to the new farm in September, at the end of the growing season. Any type of greens freeze well, after a quick saute, making them very compact for storage, and useful in many applications: scrambles, soups, casseroles, etc.
Here’s a partial list of what we have to last us until spring (I think we’ll be stocked very well, but we shall see!)
25lbs of rice, 25lbs of polenta, 50lbs of flour, pork roasts/chops, ducks, a turkey, lard from Roxy’s pork fat, stock, canned tomatoes/salsa, jams, pickles, goat cheese (ricotta and feta), frozen duck eggs, refried beans, tuna, potatoes, and onions. I also purchased 25lbs of popcorn and a case of organic tortilla chips from our local lovelies at Whole Grain Milling Company. The freezer has lots of organ meats from our animal harvests. Not every customer wanted these nutritious goodies, and we are happy to put them to good use in our own kitchen.