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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Y is for Yearly

I do not plan our meals by the week, or the month. I usually cook whatever we feel like eating. Sometimes I will mentally plan for the next couple of days or if we find a new recipe we want to try we might plan for it if we do not have all the ingredients. You might wonder how this works for us without me making an unnecessary trip to the store every day therefore spending extra money, time, and gas. I have a general plan for the year.

We buy a whole beef every year, so we always have plenty of meat for any meal. We purchase our cow every year from the same local rancher, we know that it isn't getting hormone treatments that we don't want to eat & we know exactly what it is being fed. We are friends with the rancher & we can go out to the ranch any time to check on our calf. We also buy whole chickens by the case from a chicken farm in South Dakota. They come down twice a year, but as you can see I have no room in my freezer for the spring trip, so I usually only buy from them in the fall.

I can enough spaghetti sauce, salsa, tomato soup, and V-8 to last us all year. We grow & freeze enough jalapenos & bell peppers to last all year. I love to can, but I can't take the credit for gardening because my husband likes to do that.

We also grow strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and grapes. I usually make some kind of jelly & then we freeze the rest of the berries to use in smoothies, recipes, or just to eat frozen. They may not make it the whole year, but they last us a while.

Once a month I order from Azure Standard for things like oatmeal, flour, barley, dried beans, frozen vegetables, and organic fruits & veggies that are in season.

That doesn't leave very many items that I actually buy at the store. I usually watch for sales & buy several of each thing to have on hand.

On any given day I can pretty much cook whatever we feel like eating & with Mike's on call schedule we don't really need a set menu.
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Jen said...

I would love to do this. :) I don't know of any ranchers around us though. I have been on the look out for some local farmer to buy beef from. Keeping my fingers crossed it happens soon!!!

Brittney said...

We usually buy some beef from my brother-in-law. No chickens, but we do get eggs from my mother-in-law. I don't garden or can, but my in-laws do, so we get both fresh and canned goods from them, since they have way too much for two people.

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