There was a moment today, when I opened my fridge to get something out, and was suddenly struck with the realization of how much the contents of our refrigerator have changed just over the past year and a half. I’d give anything to have a photo of what we had in our fridge a couple of years ago. No doubt, it was full of expensive, processed, chemical laden foods we mindlessly ingested. It’s amazing how this lifestyle change has altered so many other aspects of our life.
As I looked into my fridge this feeling of pride slowly came over me. We are getting closer. There are still store bought things in there, several of which I could easily learn to replace with homemade alternatives. But we are slowly, slowly getting there. Let me give you a tour, just for kicks…
- Pitcher of Sweet Tea
- Half a gallon of fresh milk
- Pint of fresh cream
- Homemade Peach Salsa (what’s left of it!)
- Homemade Apple Jelly
- Homemade Italian Dressing
- From scratch homemade Chicken Pot Pie
- Homemade mayonnaise
- Store bought sour cream- something I totally need to be making myself!
- Homemade BBQ Sauce (with the blue lid in back)
- Homemade Sweet Pickle Relish
- Store bought apple sauce- I’m dying for apples to come into season soon so that I can make my own apple sauce!!
- Store bought carrots- our garden hasn’t yielded that many
- Fresh eggs from our chickens
- Store bought cheese- working on a cheese press so that I can make my own!!
- Homemade chocolate syrup– gotta have that chocolate milk every now and then!
- Home grown cucumbers from our garden- saving for seed
- Home canned Bread & Butter Pickles
- Home canned Peaches
- Homemade Deer Jerky
- Home grown carrots from our garden
- Home grown tomatoes from our garden
(No, we don’t have any drawers in our fridge. If you remember, we got this home as a foreclosure, and whoever owned (and trashed!) it before us took the drawers with them. Have you ever priced replacement refrigerator drawers? You can buy another whole fridge for the price of those things! Forget it. We just do without.)
I feel pride because to me our fridge is a little mirror of many of the things we have learned along this journey so far: how to make so many things from scratch, raising chickens, learning to grow a garden, learning to can and use a dehydrator, seeking out local, fresh food sources, and eating a healthier, less processed diet.
I think it says, we’re getting there.
And just in case you are wondering, our freezer is much the same.
How do the contents of your fridge reflect your lifestyle??