June 15, 2010 at 2:51 am #252456wocketMember
So heres the thing, we’re broke. have been for a while now. But there are times I feel rich. not just in friends and family life but especially when i see how much supermarkets are asking you to pay them for a tiny bit of processed, packaged or “specialty” food (such as fresh cut herbs)
the math is astounding. Just how much flour/butter/electricity goes into that backers croissant that costs $3.50 and tastes like old puff pasty?
Or how much is my rosemary bush worth if they are selling a tiny bunch of sprigs for $4 each?
Eating out is even worse. it feels justified if they have done something amazing that you’ll feel you’ll never be able to achieve (I still haven’t perfected a great lemongrass beef/noodle dish) but seriously, paying $9 for a vege sandwich? + $3 if you want it toasted?
it amazes me that people put up with it and pay.
So here’s my challenge. for the next month I’m going to try and cook using only things i have already got in the cupboard (nope, didn’t stock up for this challenge), reasonably priced locally grown produce bought or bartered with neighbors and local markets and things I’ve got in the garden.
one one exception to this rule to buying A2 milk. the little one loves it.
who’s with me?June 15, 2010 at 3:52 am #468179LindyChookMember
I would love to have a go with you but no markets around here only big big properties that wouldnt sell you a carrot! Our gardens are still developing and not fruiting enough to survive by just yet (but we are getting good vegies for dinner some nights) and driving into town to shop organically is self-defeating! Good Luck with it. We are going to try and not purchase anything we dont need and stick to our gardens produce as much as we can as our contribution to your challenge.June 15, 2010 at 5:36 am #468180RobyneMember
I think 90% of us already do this as we find paying the Big Boys prices getting under our skins.
We are emptying our freezer, so every night we have somethign from it. Tonight is chook roasted with garlic potatoes. from the garden I have silverbeet, brocoli, a cauli bottled last year and last years peas. Dessert is sticky date pudding I made this morning with carmel sauce. All home made.
The girl I work with went to a birthday party with her 2 year old daughter and both have spent the last 2 days in hospital with food posioning,:( KFC was used at the party and was thought to be fresh but every one has been taken down with it. Good excuse not to eat it any more.:DJune 15, 2010 at 5:49 am #468181JessiebeanMember
Ha I think the price of KFC is a good excuse too!
I am in to give it a go- the garden isn’t going great guns, we have tiny spinach, rainbow chard and broad beans growing but the greens are too tiny to eat everyday- I am supplementing with chickweed and dandelion though!
Our pumpkins are seeing us through at the moment and we have 10kg of lcally grown potatoes, 10kg of locally grown onions will be next (couldn’t fit both under the pram last trip!).
At the moment I make bread (locally milled flour makes it even better- so much fresher than supermarket stuff!) yoghurt, biscuits, jam, relish, crackers and have made first batch of muesli today (can hear hubby eating it dry ‘cos he thinks I am too busy to notice). We hope to get chickens but the local (very cheap)free range eggs will do for now…
I wonder what else we would benefit from making?June 15, 2010 at 7:45 am #468182bluezbanditMember
I am already doing this too. I HATE shopping so much that I only do it about 4 times a year. I grow vegies and the chooks provide me with eggs and milk is the only things I buy weekly. Through my pantry and freezer I am provided with most of my needs.
DebJune 15, 2010 at 7:53 am #468183AndreKeymaster
So here’s my challenge. for the next month I’m going to try and cook using only things i have already got in the cupboard (nope, didn’t stock up for this challenge), reasonably priced locally grown produce bought or bartered with neighbors and local markets and things I’ve got in the garden. who’s with me?
Can postpone this for a couple of years? :tongue:
Not moved onto my property yet. 😐
Would love to though, I too can’t believe some of the prices the stupidmarkets charge!
Well done bluezedbandit :tup:June 15, 2010 at 9:11 am #468184busybeeMember
Am subbing so I can come back and read this properly after when the kids aren’t asking me questions 😆June 15, 2010 at 10:18 am #468185busylizzieParticipant
Great idea Wocket. :clap:I would love to give this a try, after I do my normal shop tomorrow thou. I need to buy abit more of the basics if I am to make everything from scratch, namely flour and yeast. I have chooks, freezers with meat ect, and my homegrown spuds, pumpkins,corn, onions, & herbs, garden is growing but not quite producing at this time of year but I have some home canned veg/fruit as well, jams, relishs, pasta sauces ect, yogurt & pasta makers, so should nearly be able to do it for a month, with only having to buy some fruit (might have to see if there is a farmers market in the area during the month) and milk. I hate shopping so am going to try really hard with this challenge. :tup:June 15, 2010 at 11:34 am #468186mudhenMember
What a good idea for a challenge! I would have to do some serious stocking up to feed my tribe (incl 3 teenage boys!) and my garden is just in its baby stages yet, so I can’t really take part atm. However, I did finally get to my local market on Sunday arvo, and was AMAZED at the fruit and veggies on offer, the quality and the PRICES! I haven’t seen apples for $1 / kilo for many years. I don’t think I’ll buy fruit and veg from the stupormarket ever again (if I can be organized enough lol — maybe that’s my challenge!). The food at the market was not all local — no pineapples and bananas growing in Adelaide right now ! but the prices were certainly right.
Good luck to everyone who can take up this challenge in a serious way!June 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm #468187gremmblesMember
My garden is not quite ready for this yet. Mayb in another month. I am willing to give it a go I can buy some veges at local markets. Supermarkets are so expensive I have been thinking for a while that I can’t afford to shop there,
I would still need to buy my Mungalli Mil though. Can’t survive without it.June 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm #468188lorisMember
If you want to half do this, try the GST challenge. I check the docket at the supermarket every time and will not buy anything that has GST attached to it. Gov says basics are non-GSTed so I should be able to get by on the basics. Don’t buy much at the best of times but thats a way to make a start.June 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm #468189kathyMember
I’m up for this challenge ,money is tight and dh is off to day for 10 weeks work.Our second car is off the road and i am stranded for this time ,the nearest town is 1 1/2 hrs drive from here .Cupboards and freezers are stocked ,vege garden is producing some things .may need to get milk and some produce but neighbours have said to sing out if I need anything .My challenge is not to sing out too much .Have learned a lot from my mum who fed a family of 9 on very little ,she made the most amazing food .I think I would be right for 6 months as long as the power doesnt go off:DJune 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm #468190busylizzieParticipant
:jawdrop: Wow Kathy, 1 1/2hrs to the nearest town.June 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm #468191kathyMember
We’ve only been here 18 mths Buzylizzie but for 6 mths before we moved we did the shopping only once a month to retrain our shopping habits ,we used to live 2 mins from major shopping centre ,saved loads of money by not constantly running down daily to pick up a “few things”.Also tests your ingenuity.We had gotten very lazy with our food because of busy lifestyles .Takes alot more time to do everything from scratch but thats why we moved here and time is the commodity i now have in abundance.June 16, 2010 at 2:07 am #468192wocketMember
it’s truly amazing what you can come up with when you give yourself a challenge like this. our garden isn’t at full production at the moment either, and we rent so the actually veg patch space is small, but the Sunday markets are keeping us very well fed. once our stores of rice and lentils run out I’ll buy a massive bag of potatoes to keep us going for a bit.
my 18 month old recently decided that green strawberries taste best. i won’t argue, she’s eating something green! lol.
perhaps we can all share some food ideas?
Spanish omlette is currently high on our list:
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