This refrigerator appears to be low on goods. I’m sure that if it were smaller it would not leave me to believe I have to fill it with fewer items. The baby however was able to find some treats and brought to me a small bottle of lime juice off the door. I think I will give him the little plastic container once empty. Why buy kids toys? They make the most of what’s around the house. And if I am not looking, he will fill the bottom drawer with blocks and other items he has found.
Thanks to modern day technology, the designers of this mighty refrigerator made the doors heavy enough to keep a 15 month old out. However, while wiping off shelves and tidying up the inside, my dietary manager aka the 15 month old had to over see the operation.
This morning I scribbled a list of items I need for the week: Milk, eggs, butter, juice, yeast, and some meat items. How and what I cook has changed considerably in the past two years. I make just about everything from scratch. Right now bread is being prepared to be baked later this morning. Soup no longer comes from the can, nor does any kind of broth.
How I store my items has extended their use. I buy fresh produce almost always especially when the price is right. All of this saves me over $50 a month on my food bill. Throw in about $20 in coupons. Once home and the car is unloaded, how food is put away is important and this should not be put off. All produce is taken out of those little plastic bags and washed right away (some items excluded-strawberries for one). Everything is trimmed and packaged so that when it’s time to make dinner, very little will be put into getting these items ready. You might have to dice or slice, but at least your veggies are clean and cut.
I can my own produce and freeze items more efficiently for longer periods in the icebox. That garden in my back yard has produced enough to keep me very busy for the summer. There were enough black eyed peas from last year’s crop to extend almost a year. I have 2 jars left. The garden is bigger this year. In fact, I am picking about every 2 days enough peas to fill a pint jar. Plenty of okra, pickles, and roma tomatos. Two pints of tomato puree so far.
Most importantly, it’s good healthy eating. My family is so important to me and the time we spend together not just eating but preparing foods simply seals in love.