One of the underlying principles when aiming for a self sufficient life is not to waste resources. One of our most important resources is food, so please do NOT waste any, ever, at all!
That’s the shouty bit over for now… I know there are always exceptions, but, as a general principle, we should all be aiming to ensure we waste no food. I won’t bore you with the figures – we all know a massive volume of food goes to landfill which is completely unforgivable. However you get your food; hunt it, buy it, grow it, find it, please make sure you really do use it all.
There are loads of ways to reduce your food wastage, but a few we’ll be concentrating on at the moment are:
Firstly and most importantly, should be not to buy anything unless we’re sure it will be used. Also, no killing anything or growing anything or even foraging or stealing anything unless you’re pretty sure you’ll be using it up.
Second on the list will be preserving what you’ve got in excess now, for future use. This is where Mrs Dirty Boots should come in handy for you. I’ll be sharing some of my most treasured preserving recipes. I’ll post them now and again when I’m preserving and when I’m not, but on the right there in the ‘preserves’ category you’ll find a growing list of easy to follow methods of preserving food. None of the processes will be too complicated as much as I love preserving (it makes me feel all womanly and usually quite messy too, as I do have a habit of spilling things which are sticky and sweet), I don’t own a preserving pan, jelly bag, jam thermometer or anything else specifically designed for the task of preserving. What I do have is a basically kitted out kitchen, and if you have one too you should be able to produce any of the chutneys, pickles, jams etc found on this site with ease.
Thirdly we should all make the most of all the food we have. We’ll be posting tips in this field too, to share ideas on how to get the most from our produce. Whether its boiling up bones for stocks or making sure the out of date yoghurt is fed to the hens we should all get the most from the food we have. We’ll put these random tips under the category ‘food usage’.
So there you go – a few more things to look forward to at A Self Sufficient Life. I hope you’ll find them useful and maybe you can share your tips too.
For a more self sufficient future