Vegan MOFO 2014: Intervention of a Food Hoarder

I was raised a foodie. Really. It is in my blood. With that said, I have to explain that I can’t help but purchase a food item that I have never seen before that meets the vegan seal of approval. They tend to jump off the shelf and into my hands. How could I possibly say no?

Last year we bought a house with eight raised garden beds and over the summer hubby and our daughter Anzia grew their first real garden, from measuring the PH balance in the dirt to raising their veggies from seeds. Between the digging in the dirt and eating a salad from their first head of lettuce it had created quite a feeling of homesteading. Now we are reading on making our own bread and canning/freezing our veggies in order to buy as little as possible.

Unfortunately, as we looked for space to store food we realized we had a problem. Okay…I have a problem. Β I buy food with no plan for using it. I learned it from my parents. Their house is like a small neighborhood grocery store that could feed a small town for months. I can hear my mom arguing through the interwebs.

My mom asked me today what my theme was for vegan Mofo and I told her it was the, “Intervention of a Food Hoarder.” She immediately asked who I found to write about. When I explained that I was making fun of myself she was not amused and explained that I should have three months of food to feed my family in case of an emergency. Fair enough, though my goal is to have three months of food that I have created myself rather than things I have purchased that seemed interesting.

For the next month I plan on sharing what I can create from the items I have hoarded, buying a minimal amount of food. It is also a good time to see how important those expiration dates are because I can only imagine some of the food is past the “best by” date.

I apologize for today was Labor Day and we were hosting a dinner at our house so I have run out of time to share anything other than my plan. Come back tomorrow for the first recipe.

I am also excited to announce that Anzia will be doing Vegan MOFO on the blog she has started for a school project at Peacelovebevegan.com. Her theme is “How This Kid Gets Protein.” Check out her first post here.

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26 Responses to Vegan MOFO 2014: Intervention of a Food Hoarder

  1. hastalavegan says:

    Great theme, really looking forward to your posts! Hopefully it will give me a few ideas about all the stuff I’ve got hanging around my cupboards πŸ™‚

  2. Danielle says:

    Sounds very familiar πŸ™‚ It’s fun to buy new things! But indeed it’s more fun to use and try it (instead of throwing it away because the expiration date expired..)
    Good luck this month!

  3. hastalavegan says:

    Great theme! Hopefully it will inspire me to do something with all the random stuff I have in my cupboards, looking forward to seeing what you come up with πŸ™‚

  4. Miss Diamond says:

    This is a great topic! I used to hoard a lot, too but there was a wonderful event by another blogger. The challenge also was to minimize the amounts of food by cooking dishes with “forgotten food treasures”.

  5. Lea says:

    Looking forward to these posts. Hoping to become inspired to do the same with regards to using oddball things I’ve purchased (at the time I swear I had a plan…but I’ll be damned…).

  6. ha, your pantry looks like mine πŸ˜› I have so much stuff that I don’t use, I am always finding jars I’ve forgotten buying :/ My parents have a big food stash and my kids call it Mini Costco. Happy MoFo!

  7. Ruby Rose says:

    Food hoarders of the world unite! Looking forward to your posts xx

  8. ameyfm says:

    this is an EXCELLENT theme – I suffer from the same affliction! can’t wait to see what oddball goodies come out of your cupboards and onto your dinner plate

  9. Julie says:

    Fun theme; definitely looking forward to your posts this MoFo! πŸ™‚ Your daughter’s blog is a great idea; I’ll be reading her posts as well!

  10. MeShell says:

    I do the same thing, and oddly enough, I’m trying to do the same thing this month (though not blogging about it!)

    Really interested to see what you come up with, as I’m sure we have some overlap on the strange foods we’ve hoarded over the last little while!

  11. Andy Dufresne says:

    This is a great theme! It’s funny because I actually think to myself all the time, “I wish I had more food stocked and ready to use on hand!”

  12. Oh, wow. Your kitchen should meet my pantry, I bet they’d have a lot to talk about. I tend to order staples in bulk, *and* take advantage of the by-the-case discount offered by some of our local alternative food stores, so…yeah. It’s basically the perfect place to hunker down during the zombie apocalypse.

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