Most of my work in October for the #Unprocessed Challenge will be focused on our meat supply and making food from scratch. I’ve dabbled a bit with soaking flours and using sourdough. Can I go an entire month making sandwich bread with soaked flour? That’s an extra step of prep work that has been difficult to do in the past. Yesterday, I sat down and wrote out my next steps with time frames to ensure I get them done.
1. Buy grassfed meat, pastured-raised pork, cage-free chickens.
- I am stopping by the Swarthmore Coop Monday morning to talk to the folks at the meat counter about ordering meat in bulk.
- I am going to look at the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative site again to see what is available in their meat section by the end of next week.
- Then, I will sit down with my husband and decide where we’ll buy meat from for the next month.
- At the end of October, we’ll evaluate how everything went, including whether or not we liked the various cuts of meat we ordered.
2. Buy and grow lots of fruits and vegetables.
- I’ll buy from the Dirty Dozen list for fruits and vegetables when we do our bi-weekly trips to Giant. We’ve found that the bigger sizes of organic vegetables available at Costco are too big for our family.
- I need to set up a weekly trip to Gentile’s Farm Market. Going on a weekday morning right after pickup doesn’t always work well because of the traffic. I may need to go early Saturday morning, or have my husband go.
- I do have a basic list of what we need each week already in place.
3. Buy and use healthy fats.
- I will get our milk for now from Gentile’s Farm Market. Even though I have access to raw milk through a small private coop, the Friday afternoon pick up time still doesn’t work for me.
- Given our budget constraints, we’ll continue to buy conventional butter and cheese monthly from Costco.
- Since I joined Stoneyfield Organic’s Clean Plate club as a blogger, I will be buying their yogurt for free. The Greek yogurt is made from whole milk, though the kids aren’t used to the taste yet.
- Through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program, I have standing orders for coconut oil and whole wheat flour. I will add coconut oil spray in October.
4. Make as much as I can from scratch using the best ingredients I can afford.
- In October, I am going to work on my sourdough recipes.
- I will also work on converting my usual baking recipes to using soaked flour which shouldn’t be too much of a change. I just need to remember to soak the flour the night before I bake.