After seeing Food, Inc. I talked to my husband about his thoughts, and we agreed to aim for more organic, local, and seasonal foods in our home. With veggies from our CSA and bulk items from Azure Standard, I’ve just needed to lightly supplement with fruit and the occasional baking supplies from a local chain of natural foods stores. We’re doing pretty well, so the challenge didn’t seem necessary to me.
But I want to do it anyway. The majority of our food purchases are made by me, so I have a lot of control over what we eat, but I wanted my husband to be involved if we were going to do this. We talked it over and set up some ground rules.
- We will not buy any foods we can make at home. Mac and cheese, this means you!
- We can use organic staples we already have in the cupboards (canned tomatoes, jam, pasta, etc.). That doesn’t mean we will.
- Anything we do buy will be (preferably) organic and contain 5 or fewer ingredients.
- We will also look for local options when possible.
- We are not buying any new equipment for food-making over what we own. No home-brewed beer.
- Irish beer is allowed for St. Patrick’s Day.
Very little food in the house is processed, so we will simply avoid those few things. I have half a jar of purchased pasta sauce that I would rather use up than let spoil, but once it’s gone I will make my own. One of my personal goals for the year is to make pasta from scratch, but I won’t say we can’t eat the organic whole wheat spaghetti from the cupboard.
I’m looking forward to trying my hand at corn tortillas for homemade fish tacos. I haven’t bought flour tortillas or bread in months, so I’ll keep on track with that. I’m hoping it will push me to use my sourdough starter, too. Things I already make at home: granola, bread, pudding. Other new things I am considering trying to make at home: pasta, crackers, tortilla chips, marmalade, and mock duck.
The challenge is flexible, there are no hard and fast rules. The concept is simply eat fewer processed foods and focus on eating “Real Food.” You don’t fail or get into trouble if you stumble along the way, it’s just a group forging a path on a journey to eating better food.
Does anyone want to join us?