Food Is More Precious Than Ever

It’s funny how your view of food changes when you start growing and processing it yourself. Not only do you become more aware of where your food comes from, and what’s in your food (rather, what’s not in your food), but you also become more appreciative of every tiny morsel.

When you raise a hen from a hatchling, feed it, water it, protect it from predators, gather eggs from it for a couple of years, and then butcher it, you are keenly aware of the life that has been sacrificed for your nourishment. It isn’t just a hunk of meat you picked up from the refrigerator section of the grocery store- a faceless, meaningless piece of meat… it was a life, a beautiful creature, and the meat from that bird becomes almost sacred. Cherished.

Wasting any of it feels like a crime. You don’t take it for granted, and you truly appreciate every ounce of the life that was given.

The same goes for growing your own produce. You put a lot of time, sweat, love, and effort into those plants. When you are finally able to reap the rewards of your labor, however meager they may be, you are truly thankful, even excited, about your harvest, and want to make the most of it all, letting nothing go to waste.

And now that I’m grinding all of our wheat- by hand– I have to say I am a thousand times more conscious of not wasting a single speck of flour. Grinding grain is hard work! If any spills onto the counter I am quick to rake it back into the bowl. And I definitely haven’t been flippantly experimenting with baked goods. It takes entirely too long to obtain that 4 cups of wheat I need to make a loaf of bread, I just can’t bring myself to waste it on trying something “just for fun”.

And I am sure that whenever we get milk goats, and I am the one milking twice a day, not one drop of that milk will go down our drain.

Yes, I have found a new appreciation for everything on my plate.

I’m not saying we never have any food scraps leftover. We do. But, they definitely aren’t wasted. What can’t be composted is fed to the chickens. Which, in turn, produce waste which can be composted and then fed to the garden. Which eventually feeds us again.

It’s a beautiful cycle. And I am thankful for learning it.  But most of all, I am thankful that my children are learning it with me.

7 thoughts on “Food Is More Precious Than Ever”

  1. I was lucky. I spent most of my childhood on a farm, and both of my grandmothers had a calvinistic hatred of wast, lol. So never wasting a bit comes naturally to me. Tonight I took the layer of meaty sauce left in the bottom of the pan after our lasagna was gone, combined it with some leftover sausage from breakfast, a can of tomatoes, and some garlic and herbs. an hour or so simmering, and now I have enough meat sauce for a pot of spaghetti, from what most would consider scraps.

  2. Oh this is just so true!! I just told Josh a few days ago. WOW…do you realize that we don’t waste ANYTHING! lol. He said, Babe, we can’t AFFORD to waste anything! 😀 He’s right! 🙂 We know the work that went into it all. We’re going to eat every single scrap! lol! 😀

  3. Yesss- so true! I actually get sad when I find food in the fridge that I let go bad and have to throw out, or when I see kids toss half-eaten apples into the garbage. I always think about some small child in a far-off country starving for lack of food, and I just feel awful. I mean, I know that that moldy cottage cheese won’t save their life, but to know that I wasted something that to someone else is valuable makes me think about what our food is really worth. My kids know better now than to throw out anything that the chickens, dog, or compost could use. Or if they eat half an apple, put it in a baggy (rewashed and reused)to finish later. I used to think I was OCD, now I just think I’m a good old fashioned tight-wad! Who thinks wasting food is sad.

  4. Great Post!! Very True!!
    Not only are we thankful for what we are able to raise ourselves- right now only veggies, fruits and berries but we are also extremely greatfull for all that is given to us. I have one great aunt that calls me every year to come get whatever it is she is in surplus at at the time!! And I diligently preserve it for when we need it.

  5. What a great post! I find too that the more I make myself, the less I waste. I am still awful about composting in the winter though. I know I should go run the scraps out to the compost tumbler, but I have a hard time motivating myself to walk out to the back of the yard through the snow to do it. I am much better about composting all the veggie scraps through the summer. Do you still compost your food scraps through the winter?

  6. I finally got it about wasting food. It is such a blessing to have enough to eat. Sin to complain about it or waste it. Can’t stand to watch other people fill up their kids plates at family functions and then a few minutes later rake over 1/2 of it into the trash can. Makes me ill to think about the hard work to raise it, and they recklessly throw it away. Of course, the people that do this live in the city and never have raised a garden or anything else you eat. They are totally clueless. But it still seems like a sin to waste it to me! At least let the dogs and cats polish it off!


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