|From Mavis at One Hundred Dollars a Month|
It's not a bad thing really... as long as we will be able to restock at some time in the future... to depend on the pantry. You certainly learn what you use quicker than expected. For instance, we ran out of a few items that I thought I had plenty of in stock. Items like trash bags, dishwashing liquid, and even condiments like mayonnaise.
Eating out of the pantry has again proven there are essentials to have on hand. Those items which, when they are available, provide meals on the table more easily and at a good price.
I so often think of the way past generations cooked when they needed to eat from what they stored from the harvest... and how they used what they had to extend meals. For instance, potatoes and carrots were slow roasted with a very small roast last week (along with two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup to form a gravy) and provided a filling and tasty meal when Mr. & Mrs. Christopher had dinner with us.
I ran out of onions once and realized just how often they formed a basis of cooking. I've decided they are essential to stock and as many as possible. I use less garlic but when I need it, I am glad to have it in the bowl on the table.
Although I have the powdered versions of both on hand for recipes, sometimes they cannot be substituted for fresh . I'm thinking minced dried versions of each would be excellent additions to the pantry?
Anyhoo... even if you don't have to eat out of your pantry due to a loss or reduction in income, it is a good thing to do it once in awhile to see what it teaches you. You will probably have a few surprises, too.
Remember how I said before that I listen to news reports to see how the pantry purchases may be affected? I'd heard just recently that the severe drought in California will cause grocery prices to continue increasing. Some items more than others should the drought not be broken soon.
Just this past week I read there is a drought in Spain that may cause much higher prices (and possible shortages) for olive oil, since that country is the primary producer.* If you have the funds, it would be a good time to stock up now before the higher prices make it through to the grocery stores.
Since I mainly only deepen the pantry when possible, there is little I found I don't use. I keep in the pantry what I know we eat and deepen it by purchasing extra of those items when possible... instead of just storing food to have on hand for an emergency.
There is a place for storing emergency food supplies if you have the extra income and space. Not everyone can do that these days. But everyone (except those of us actually eating out of our pantry!) can deepen what they do use by buying a little extra here and there!
*Drought in Spain... here. If you do a Google search, you will see that this is big news worldwide.
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