My challenge for this month is to try to eat my way through our pantry….until I can see blue sky, or in this case, bare shelves. I am not going to buy any food items other than fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy – ie fresh stuff….for as long as I can hold out, and hopefully at least a month.
Why? Not for some new-found austerity, or a desire for minimalism in the kitchen (minimalism and I don’t go together – I am the person who thinks it is essential to have six different types of paprika in my wall of spices afterall!). But my pantry is overflowing (as is my freezer), and I can’t physically cram anymore in there. It would be quite nice if we could eat our way through some of our stash. And I know it will only happen if I force myself to do it.
I officially started this challenge earlier this week. I was doing a quick shop before school pick up and found myself wondering what else we needed (after I had stocked up on the fresh stuff). I started aimlessly wandering the aisles, picking up boxes “just in case” we had run out of whatever it was at home. And then I remembered – no more shopping for food stuff. It felt rather strange to walk out with just my fresh stuff. I was pleased but also slightly anxious.
When the sugar runs out I will just have to start using one of the five bottles of honey I have in the cupboard (why five? even I don’t know the answer to that one other than a trip to New Zealand and Manuka honey featuring somewhere in that little bit of overconsumption!). We don’t normally buy biscuits other than crackers for cheese…which I guess I will have to make now. When the flour runs out I might have to use some of the six different types of gluten free flours I have in the pantry. Are you getting a bit of a mental picture of my pantry as yet?! 🙂
Wish me strength and join me in this challenge if you feel so inclined.