Menu Plan - Pantry Challenge Week 52
Yes. We actually made it through the whole year without having to buy any groceries.
Between the milk from a farm and the vegetables from a CSA or family's gardens, I had very little that I needed to buy throughout the year.
Fruit was probably my biggest reoccurring expenditure.
And of course I ran out of things like sugar, vinegar, and jars this summer from all of the canning that needed to be replaced.
If there was an incredibly good sale on groceries, I would replenish stock but it went untouched in a different area of my stockpile and not with what I was trying to use up.
The two deer that Engineer bagged last year lasted us the whole year.
Things I have taken away from this and need to reflect in my shopping habits:
- We don't eat that many canned vegetables
- We don't need anywhere near the amount of cream soups
- We don't eat that much meat
- We don't use huge amounts of condiments
- We don't need to ever buy vegetables in a store as long as we are part of a CSA
- We use very little fruit juice
- We eat at my parents' house more than I realized
- We don't need more than 1 gallon of frozen milk at any given time
- I cannot have too much sugar
- I can't have too many sticks of butter
- I can't have too much rice
- I cannot keep up with demand in the amount of vinegar (balsamic, white or red wine, rice wine, apple cider, or distilled) that we consume
- I cannot have enough dried fruit
With all of that in mind, I plan to shift my shopping focus slightly to accommodate what I now know.
If you have a stockpile, I would encourage you to try and eat off of it for a while to use up what you can before it expires and also to see how your family actually uses it.
Without doing this, I would have never known that our family can make it a whole year on 10 cans of cream soups, that green beans are not the staple food I thought they were, and that a bottle of ketchup will last us nearly a year.
For our last menu plan of this year, we will be eating:
Sunday - Muffaletta Croissants (I adapted the idea from Ms. En Place) and Salad
Monday - Dinner with Family - BBQ
Tuesday - Dinner with Family - Mexican food
Wednesday - Pancakes, Sausage, & Eggs and Fruit
Thursday - Pasta Primavera & Salad
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers
This is part of Menu Plan Monday.