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. 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.
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 🙂
I think I may be asking for help with some of this stuff. It’s do random !
Sounds very familiar 🙂 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!
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 🙂
I may need to ask for some ideas because I am really at a loss for some of this stuff.
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”.
Forgotten food treasures is a great name! Keeping it positive!!
Hihi, thanks. This was my interpretation & I guess I’m a real optimist 😉
I love optimist!
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…).
It should be fun to revisit things I just had to have. 🙂
ha, your pantry looks like mine 😛 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!
Yeah my parents have food stashed in three rooms. I guess there are worse things to hoard. 🙂
Food hoarders of the world unite! Looking forward to your posts xx
Fist pump to the food hoarders!
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
Fun theme; definitely looking forward to your posts this MoFo! 🙂 Your daughter’s blog is a great idea; I’ll be reading her posts as well!
I am loving it because day to day I really have no plan. Thanks for checking out Anzia’s blog. I am working on getting her some followers to keep her motivated!
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!
I think as I weed through some of the stuff I may ask for advice mid month to see what I others can come up with.
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!”
That’s funny! We will see how it goes when I get it cleaned out.
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.
We need to be ready for the zombies!!! 🙂