So I’ve given myself a challenge, already five days in: I will not go grocery shopping until there is absolutely nothing left in my house that is mine. I wouldn’t want to be culpable for wasting food anymore, and so I’m making a conscious effort to, in the future, eat every thing I buy at the grocery store.
I haven’t been grocery shopping since the second of november and at this point I am reduced to:
- half a yellow bell pepper
- four pounds of frozen kale
- 1/2 a pound of chickpeas
- 1 1/2 pounds of black beans
- five pounds of whole wheat flour
- 8 oranges
- and 2 onions
- a pound of oats
- 1/8 pound of lentils
- 1 pound of barley
- 1 accidentally frozen tomato
Also there is a box of Cheerios that an old housemate left behind, four very large jack o’ lantern pumpkins from Halloween, and a ton of various coffee creamers in those little cylinders left by the director of my program who brings coffee every friday.
I also get a free meal at work every shift which is causing this experiment to take longer. However at one-two meals a day, just how long can I go with these foods, and how many things can I make with them? Will I come to rely too heavily on grains and legumes? I’ll try and share the more interesting points, and an update when I actually absolutely have to go grocery shopping again.
Already I have learned that watering down half and half (I grew up in a skim milk house) can really stretch out those coffee creamers for use on cereal, without a need for buying milk.