This has helped us control our spending and our food waste, but I still think we can do better particularly with it being the summer growing season.
After examining our habits and where the most waste comes into play I noticed the one big trend - spoiling fresh veggies. My once a week grocery shopping was leaving too many items for too long in the fridge or on the counter-tops and since, during winter and spring, a lot of our fresh produce is not exactly fresh the shelf life once it reaches my home is limited. Though in winter and early spring our access to fresh, local foods is limited I'm trying to increase our intake of fresh foods when ever available - leaving the freezer to tide us over during the cold months.
***Side Note: Do you know it took me two months last year to figure out why the asparagus I bought from a farm stand a few miles away lasted a couple weeks and the store bought only lasted a few days? Two words: Traveling Distance***
So as much as I enjoy my once weekly grocery trips I'm afraid it's time to give up that habit for a while.
The new plan of attack is to grocery shop twice a week during the summer, planning for about 3 - 4 days worth of meals. This will equal one to two of my "Big Meals" per trip. Wednesdays and Saturdays are the local Farmers Market and I believe Thursday is my CSA pick up day so the plan is to do shopping every Wednesday/Thursday and Sunday/Monday with the former being dedicated to fresh fruits and veggies and the later geared toward grocery store purchases.
Other goals for the summer are:
- Less in the fridge and Less in the freezer: Planning and preparation is all good, but I've found the more that's in those two areas the more goes to waste. I will be rededicating myself to keeping a less cluttered ice box. (Also fewer items could mean a slight lower power usage).
- Cutting the crap: The pictures I've finally seen of our trip to the zoo have shown me that it's time to shape up a few of my habits - I'm too young to be looking so squishy (and pasty, but that's another issue) and will be rededicating my attempts to cut down on the unhealthy sodas and snacks. (And hopefully starting a Pilates class in the next few weeks). On a completely unrelated topic I will be burning a certain blue and white stripe shirt.
- Make More: A sort list of items that I wish to learn to make are salsas, hummus, some simple (sweet - real sugar, honey and fruit I'm thinking) snacks that I can use to battle my Double Stuffed Oreo
addiction cravingsoccasional, harmless snack and a better repertoire of flavored sun teas and lemonades.
- With the right sauce it's really hard to mess up stir-fry. I've been practicing a basic stir-fry in preparation for our CSA starting up.
- Pizza is not just for pepperoni. Okay, I admit it, I've never been too adventurous in my pizzas, but once I started making them at home (not completely hand made as I usually buy crusts) I found a new adventure in veggies on pizza. Current favorites is our patented "Pepper-onion-i" pizza, red peppers, onions and pepperoni and a bacon, green onion and garlic scape concoction.