Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Meal-Planning For the Farmstead/Homestead Family

  • Our great-grandma's planned their menu from what they had growing in their gardens. 
  • One of the best ways to save money at the grocery store is to grow and preserve as much food as possible.
  • Why not serve a simple meal of freshly baked bread, and a bowl of homemade soup for a meal rather than spending your money on a meal made of processed food.
  • Meals are more special and healthier when all the ingredients come from your own organically, no chemicals used, garden then from the gourmet section of your local super market. Research the cuisines of other cultures this will help you make better choices of what to grow in your garden. We American are all familiar with the corn, peas, carrots, and green beans, why not branch out & try kale, rutabaga, Swiss chard, winter squash or anything that may be new to you.
  • Make a goal of eating only what you grow or produce on your homestead/farm. If you happen to grow too much salad greens,  don't complain, it's one less thing you had to buy at the supermarket and it's a blessing. Growing tired of eating salad? Then plan to share with a neighbor, or feed some to your chickens. You've just learned a lesson, and now you know not to plant so much of it next time. Maybe plant salad greens every 3 weeks instead. You'll learn as you go along. We learn by experience. If the only meat you have on hand is chicken then plan to eat chicken, and a lot of it until you can raise and butcher something else. Find a good cookbook related to the food you have an excess of.
  • Plan your menu around the season. Fresh salads in the summer, winter squash in the fall, and throughout the winter/spring you can eat the food you canned, froze, dehydrated or put up in the root-cellar. 
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