Monday, May 24, 2010

pantry eating challenge

I have made a couple drastic budgeting goals for the next month and a half (unbeknownst to my poor husband). The first of which is to go 2 weeks (starting yesterday) only buying produce, milk, eggs and tofu. OrganicFood deliver our fresh, organic seasonal produce box every Tuesday afternoon. I haven't had to top up on anything else for the rest of the week as the boxes are chock full of goodness. Now, because we have a pregnant vegetarian and a rapidly growing vegetarian in the house I think eggs and some milk for the little one are still highly essential. I can make our own soft cheese and ricotta from the milk we buy. All other products (pasta, rice, beans, bread, biscuits, treats, breakfasts, sugars, condiments etc.) will be provided by our pantry/my baking skills. This should be fairly painless as we have a fully stocked pantry at present. I'm a little disappointed we're low on oats and sugar, but I think this will challenge me to stay organized with meal planning, get creative when it comes to substituting ingredients and also save quite a bit of money over the next few weeks. Join in if you want to. You could start anytime and go for as long as you think is possible for you and your pantry. This is also a wonderful way to empty out those cupboards and keep all of your beans, grains and condiments fresh and used by their expiry dates.

And the second budgeting challenge? A no spend month of June. The goal is to only buy food, pay essential bills (phone/internet/car) the month of June and save the rest- rules to be sorted out and discussed later.

Wish us luck!

xo

gorgeous image from thedailygreen
for images of the ecoMILF family's glassware pantry see this post

14 comments:

Little Ted Canvas said...

Wow! Now there's a challenge...hmmm off to ponder this one, our pantry is ver sparse just now...

m.e (Cathie) said...

goodluck M, I love your challenge!
I really do not like buying excess foods or throwing things away so we are pretty good with our supplies.
We only buy veggies we need for a few days as it's so easy to forget about something & then it of course goes bad.
you & Maggie Beer have inspired me to bake bread today & I have a bread rising at the moment... fingers crossed my fresh yeast is still active.
have a great day ♥

Prairie Mother said...

That's my plan for the next month, although not really my choice..lol. In July sometime I'll be moving 800+ miles away and have to empty the freezer! So yes, the essentials only. Luckily I've been making my own bread for about six months and that has helped wonders on the grocery bill. Good luck and keep the wonderful recipes coming...i love them!

Cass said...

Count me in on the pantry challenge (although I will still buy bread as well as milk and fresh produce). I will put together a blog post about it tonight. Mine can start yesterday too as I didn't go near the shops. ;)

Bianca said...

Thats a great challenge! I'd love to accept but I am at the end of my shopping week and my pantry is bare! (we buy litterally week by week) What we have been doing lately is buy our veggies each week to make the most of seasonal produce available. Once its all packed in the fridge then I sit and and plan our meals based on that. It definately helps to save money. We've spent less than $100 this past fortngiht on groceries and have been eating the most lush and healthy food. Its great! It makes you stop and think about what is available in season -and so generally fresher and cheaper -and helps you narrow down a recipe choice so you're not umming and aaaahing about what to cook when your options are limited -I find it inspiring rather than restrictive, its great! I made Aloo Gobi last night with the veggies that needed to be used up before they're not so fresh anymore, and I'm off to the markets tonight! PS. Pardon my war and Peace comments -AND I've not forgotten to get those NI mags to you, I have a wierd issue with getting to the post office - in that I seem to never be able too! I will do it this weekend! I will!!Best wishes for your challenge! Let us know what yummy things you create!

Chloe said...

Hey Meag! Wowie! That is a super inspiring challengel! You definitely have got me thinking more about the food that I am eating and where it is coming from. I'm a vegetarian, but you made me realize I'm a lazy vegetarian!! LOL I haven't been making that much food at home due to 9-6pm days at work. Most of the time when I'm home I don't have any proper ingredients to cook anything!!! My pantry probably looks like yours will at the end of your challenge, heheh!! OY!!! Seriously - no more excuses! Off to the grocery store! :) Happy Monday :) xooxoxo

Rebecca The Greeniac said...

OK, I'm laughing out loud. Back when hurricane Katrina hit, I went a little bit crazy with stocking the pantry. OK... over the deep end might be more accurate - one of my friends was accusing me of burying doubloons in the back yard! I think that we could manage for a year without going to the store if it was necessary!

Unfortunately, much of what I bought was canned, and due to BPA and my firm belief that it contributes to my migraines I'm really trying to cut back on the canned goods. (here's the link to my crazy BPA theory: http://www.greeniacdigest.com/bpa-can-it-cause-migraines-too/2010/05/23/)

Still, it wouldn't be a bad idea to use up some of those dried pinto beans before they become completely fossilized...

OK, count me in!

Amber said...

Such a beautiful blog..xx

tamdoll said...

Good luck with this! Since I dislike grocery shopping... I tend to feed my family out of the pantry quite often (and then stock up again for a long while). .. It's really fun to be creative this way, too - as long as I have some onions and garlic around, nobody questions what I've been cooking, and my teens take it for granted that beans are a big part of their diet. Now that it's summer & I can pick fresh herbs, things should be perking up a bit, too!

frayedattheedge said...

This is quite a challenge - can I still please buy (craft) magazines!!

Jelly Wares said...

Great goals Meagan... I hope you get through June without spending a cent and I'm sure that your gorgeous family will just love the delicious pantry banquets you'll be producing as you strive to become more frugal..

Hugs - Jodie :)

Cass said...

Blogged here: http://cassandraking.blogspot.com/2010/05/ecomilf-pantry-challenge-and-rainy-day.html
:)

Tracey said...

sounds fab, I keep meaning to do something like this. Might join in with no spend June, too. Always inspiring to read your blog!

Joanne said...

So on board! :)

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