Since I had to go into town today for a project with the kids' school, I did go grocery shopping just in case I didn't have enough for the week. (Don't worry - I am not using any of my new groceries until tomorrow.) I just didn't want to have to make another errand run into town at the end of the week if I was already there.
I was pleasantly surprised over the month of how meals went from cooking just from my cupboard. I thought about sharing all of the meals I made, but realized that my cupboards are different than others. If anyone else wants to try this, I didn't want to taint their creativity by listing what I did - or didn't think of doing. I will tell you some things that I took out of this month of cupboard cooking though.
- It was extremely helpful to have a nice supply of dried goods on hand that I buy extra of when on sale.
- What I have canned and preserved turned out to be a major part of keeping my cooking from my cupboard going - fruit, dried beans, meats, vegetables. It really has got me excited for this upcoming canning season and broadening and expanding on the foods that I preserve.
- I became much better with substitutions when cooking. I don't deviate from recipes that much out of fear of ruining a meal, but I was pleasantly surprised with how things turned out when I had to substitute - again, I won't share in this post what I did out of necessity as to not hamper your creativity!
- Taking some extra time to think about what is on hand before planning a meal greatly helps keep grocery purchases down. I usually plan meals around what I want to eat/cook and then purchase ingredients instead of planning meals around what I have on hand.
- I am very thankful to have a wheat grinder and a large supply of wheat berries for making bread. Fresh whole wheat bread can provide for many yummy and nutritious sandwiches.
- Having chickens is wonderful! Eggs are used in so many recipes.
- Having a milk cow (or milking the cows you have) would be just as wonderful - milk and butter are used in so many recipes. (We had some meals without the butter needed - edible, but just not the same.)
- I would say I'm pretty good at being frugal, but I was amazed again by what you can survive on when you need to do so or just make yourself do so.