Originally I thought that I would allow myself to buy canned fruits or vegetables as well as possibly a few items like the aforementioned coffee creamer. Maybe include pasta because I'm apprehensive about making it. There's no reason to kill myself in the attempt to follow through on this experiment, right?
But then I started thinking. This homemade year experiment is about really challenging myself. About not taking the easy route. Honestly, I'm not so good at halfway. Once I give myself permission to not give 100%, it's a slippery, and fast moving, slope to completely slacking off. And I need to change that.
So I made the decision that I won't have any exemptions for things I know I can make, even if it will be a little tricky or time-consuming. That means no canned tomatoes, no store-bought coffee creamer, no boxed chicken broth. Because I've done the research and I really, truly can make those things. My plan is to make large batches of staples I use often and either freeze or can them for future use. Homemade doesn't have to mean made fresh at each meal, it just has to produced by me.
Here are the staple foods I know I need to make in the near future:
I'm sure I'll think of more as time goes on. Anyone have anything they use on a regular basis that I may have forgotten?
On a slight tangent, by the time summer hits and more produce comes into season, I'm hoping to be comfortable enough with canning to put up lots of fruits and veggies to carry us through next winter. I have fond memories of the shelves in my grandmother's basement, row after row of jars full of peaches, pears, dill pickles. Sounds lovely, doesn't it?
If you're in the Seattle area and want to join me for canning or freezing sessions, let me know!