I spend most of my days in the kitchen. I love premade food in all it’s colorful packaging and time saving gifts, however, to make your own foods from the bottom up is by far healthier and a big money saver. Except macaroni and cheese, that in the box at .49 cents can’t be beat.
We are mostly plant based and I’m trying new recipes and ideas. Some are flops and that means a strange meal. Some dishes are huge successes which mean no left overs. I am never pleased with the bad meals but I learn so much from these fails. I learned that when making pizza dough and trying to make it healthy with wheat flours and brans, you do need a fairly large portion of white flour to make it palatable. I’ve also learned that making fresh sauce from tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil is far superior to canned. Honestly, canned anything never beats the fresh stuff.
I’ve recently gifted myself with a new, red cooking set by Pioneer Woman and love it! I’ll be ordering a pasta maker soon to make homemade pastas. That is a real treat.
Fresh foods made from scratch are far healthier and a big money saver. I went over our bank accounts last night to see what we are spending on groceries lately. I was on a budget and the budget was forgotten around March when Sam’s birthday occurred and their godmother came to visit. We cooked and shopped and cooked and ate for days and it just went on from there. We probably spent a good $1000 that month and then who knows what after that. This month we have spent $650. However, that included $370 for restocking the pantry. So, we are getting better.
Once I start making everything from our pantry we only buy fresh produce and my plant creamer every 10 days. This means that I make bread, crackers, pizza dough, cereal, granola bars, tortillas, and so much more. The way to make it easy is to have a day or two that you spend all day in the kitchen making and storing batches of foods. Maybe one day to make dishes and casseroles for the freezer and another day for baking and prepping doughs and breads.
You need to enjoy cooking. I brew a pot of coffee, turn on the radio or put on Pandora. I put on the apron and get out the ingredients and recipes. I have to settle into the day of work.
The other money saver is using up all you have and not wasting anything. I made this juice from produce that was on its last leg. It was delicious and refreshing. I made it from a lot of celery (I don’t know how we wound up with so much celery), carrots, an apple and two pears that were not looking that tasty and a few old lemons. I’ve also been making fresh, organic soy milk almost daily since I cook with it and we use it for smoothies and cereal.
Our garden and fruit trees are thriving this year. A lot of compost, horse manure, and ground cover has changed the soil greatly. The garden is thriving, the fruit trees that we planted last year are already producing a lot of fruit. We nurture our soil and trees like our children. In the years to come, as we master gardening and the trees grow big and strong, we will harvest bounties of organic food that will be minutes fresh from garden to table.
In time, with lots of scratch cooking and eating from the garden, our grocery bill will become very small.