In honor of September being National Preparedness Month, I’ve decided to challenge myself (and my poor unsuspecting family) to 30 days of eating only from our food storage!
Why? Because I love a challenge. And because I think it will be a GREAT way to assess what our realistic food storage needs are in case of an actual long term emergency.
Do we have enough cooking oil?
Do we have enough fruits?
What will we run out of?
We’re about to find out.
Starting today we won’t buy a single food item through the rest of the month. 30 days- no shopping.
We’ll eat whatever’s coming in from the garden (which isn’t much), whatever we have in the fridge and freezer, and anything our pantry is hiding.
I think it’s permissible to allow bartering and trading, since that would be something done during true hard times. So if any locals have extra fresh eggs to share… we might need them!!
I’ve got some work cut out for me in the menu planning department. Why do these brilliant ideas come at the most inconvenient times??
Today is Friday- the day we’re supposed to do our weekly shopping trip. Which means we’re out of pretty much everything…
Here. I’ll show you.
This is my fridge. Unedited. As I type this.
We’ve got some corn tortillas, hummus, a bowl of cole slaw, some leftover cooked rice, a thawing whole chicken, some muscadine grapes from our vines, a yellow pepper, and various condiments.
Told you it was bare.
(Some of you might be noticing that I’ve got a regular fridge again. Very observant. We’ve decided to go back to using a traditional stand up fridge vs. the solar fridge. But that’s another post for another day.)
I’m super excited about this challenge! Will we make it? What will we run out of before the month is over? I’m eager to take good notes and share them with you!
By the way, my husband thinks I’ve totally lost my mind. He’s worried he’ll starve. At least he’s willing to be a good sport though. He must love me a lot.
Anyways. I think this will be fun, so I’d love to challenge you to join me!!
Join us for a 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge and find out if you could survive a real long term emergency comfortably, or if there are food items you might need to store more of!
Here are the rules:
1.You don’t have to do the full 30 days. You might want to start with a 7-day or 14-day challenge instead. Cool. Do what you’re comfortable with!
2. No grocery shopping allowed for your set amount of challenge days. However, if an emergency arises and you absolutely must purchase a grocery item, take note of this event so that you won’t be caught off guard in the same way in the future.
3. Bartering and gleaning freebies is totally okay!
4. Make a daily journal of what you ate from your food stores. Take note of items you wish you had or any struggles you faced for the day.
5. Share what you’re cooking and what you’re discovering during the challenge either here in the comments section or on your own blog. Please link back here to share if you decide to blog the challenge with me!
Please feel free to use the graphic in this post on your own site, just be sure to link back so we can keep up with your challenge progress!
So since today is officially the first day of the challenge, here is what we’ve eaten today…
- Breakfast: Amish Baked Oatmeal
- Snack: Thrive Life Blueberry Muffins
- Lunch: hot dogs and chips
- Dinner: Baked potatoes (from the garden) w/ a little Thrive Life cheddar cheese and sour cream, fresh spinach and/or purple cabbage slaw
- Snack: almond butter and jelly on leftover hot dog buns
We’re supposed to have a picnic tomorrow so I’m gonna have to get creative with our lunches!
What do you say? How long do you think you could survive off of what food you have in your home right now? Are you up for a challenge to find out?!