Priscilla returned this weekend, making it a full seven weeks without food shopping. How did it go, you ask? Was I down to thin gruel by the end? Hardly.
In fact, the seven weeks have been super-easy, and I’ve hardly made a dent on our pantry supplies. There’s even meat still in the freezer!
It’s proven to be a worthwhile exercise, for a number of reasons:
- I uncovered a number of items well past their best, including a tin of malted milk powder with an expiry date of 2005. (The usual story, happens to everyone.)
- There were bugs in a number of the stored items, including a whole civilisation of crawling things which had made half-opened packets of pasta their home.
- Some of these dead items went to the chickens (pasta, yum!), the rest to the worms.
- As a result, I spent some time getting most things into sealed jars, with good labels. That should keep things longer, keep out the bugs, and make them easier to find stuff.
- It’s also uncovered some hidden treasures: bottles of vegetable oil, lost at the back of shelves; a lifetime supply of tinned chickpeas and lentils; plenty of tinned tomatoes.
So far Priscilla has dinners such as roast lamb (frozen left-overs) risotto with kale, and sausages with mashed potato and steamed home-grown cauliflower. So we’re not starving!
We’re going to keep going, to see how long we can last. Nine weeks? Perhaps ten? Or even twelve?
I’ve bought some breakfast cereal for Priscilla (she’s not keen on porridge), plus some milk. On the flipside, with plenty of oranges and grapefruit in the garden, no need to buy orange juice.
I’m looking forward the challenge of still cooking delicious meals, as our supplies drop and the options narrow. 🙂