Check out this interesting thread current on eGullet: a week without shopping. The premise is that most of us have enough food stocked away to last a week at least. The plan is to save $100 by using up those supplies.
A few things occurred to me as I read through the thread so far: geez, folks keep a lot of meat around in the U.S. My freezer contains far too much fish. And all kinds of rice and pulses. Well, if I were able to buy half a lamb and have it butchered for freezing, I would. My fleishig (meat) shopping consists of chatting the supermarket butchers up over chicken or turkey one way or another, about twice a week.
The other thing is that I’d already started getting out the emergency foods to use up before Passover, as well as going through the freezer. Emergency foods…because like many others here, I stock a week’s supply of dried, jarred, and canned foods at all times. And bottled water, flashlight batteries, extra medications, etc. - in case of a national emergency.
I’d like to try this week without shopping, making exceptions only for milk, eggs, and some fresh vegetables when the stored stuff gets used up. I keep very little by way of frozen or canned veg; with fresh produce so easily available year ’round, I just buy something as often as needed. Those emergency string beans and frozen peas will go first, then I’ll see. It’s a sensible challenge, not meant to cause malnourishment or culinary martyrdom, just to help you realize how well you can manage on less.
Can I manage a week without shopping? Can you? Wanna try? Anybody who does, please comment so the rest of us can see how your week of creative cooking goes.