Food Storage

Stock the Pantry: Planning for Frugal Soups and Stews

As I’m writing this post it’s late-June and I have a pot of soup on the stove for supper. Two days ago it was quite warm and more salad weather than soup weather but last night a storm came through and has left a cold dreary day behind. Once again perfect for soup weather. When …

Black Beans: Cooking and Favorite Meals

You may know that I have a slight obsession with beans. ¬†Beans are a wonderfully frugal whole food, they have an excellent nutritional profile, and are extremely versatile. There are hundreds of varieties of beans/legumes available which really helps keep things interesting. Beans also make an excellent addition to your food storage. For ease of …

Shop the Pantry First– My Method for Menu Planning

For the month of October, we’re focusing on tightening our belt and reducing our food costs. The main thing my family does to help with our food budget is menu planning. Close to 6 years ago I began meal planning.¬† At that time we were not eating a real foods diet. In fact, the entire …

Stocking the Real Food Pantry

This is an exciting season¬†for my husband. It is¬†hunting season.¬† One of the reasons we moved to Wyoming 3 years ago was for the hunting opportunities.¬† My husband, with the help of our 17 year old (Kiki),¬†makes it his goal each year to fill our chest freezer with antelope and venison.¬† This year we are …

Design a Sourdough Muffin

A few years ago I shared my basic muffin formula.¬† This is an adaptation from the muffin formula in The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. I changed the original formula to allow for soaking the grains (in order to reduce the phytic acid and other anti-nutrients).¬† I expanded on the details of this basic …