As of the 8th of January, my plan was slow-going. But, now it’s almost mid-February and I’m doing a little better in some areas, but not all.
The Bad News
The soup issue is still giving me pain – remember, I wanted to learn to make homemade soup. Yeah, that’s not going so well. I haven’t even looked up ONE soup recipe. I haven’t researched crock pots. I haven’t given it much time or thought overall. Since January I think I’ve bought about 20 cans of stuff – organic soup, veggie chili and refried beans. Bad green girl! Sigh.
I’ve also bought a few boxes of rice instead of bulk 🙁
Something else I realized is that I usually make homemade pizza sauce, but I make it with canned organic tomatoes. I’m not even sure how to make pizza sauce with whole tomatoes, because there’s the entire paste issue. My son’s birthday is this week and we’re going to make homemade pizza, so we’ll need sauce. If I can get my act together, I’ll try to make whole tomato sauce, not canned. It’s not really tomato season though, so… we’ll see.
The Good News
You’ll be happy to hear (I hope) that I’m not being a total slacker. I have made some progress when it comes to other food packaging, for example…
No fruit leather: I quit buying packaged fruit leather entirely. Once more fruit start popping into season, I’ll make more homemade fruit roll-ups with my son Cedar, but right now, he’s just going without.
No packaged muffins or cookies: I haven’t bought even one prepackaged box of muffin mix or cookies this year! I’ve taught Cedar to make cookies and I’ve been working on improving my muffins. For instance, I tossed together some great raspberry muffins last week.
Fewer bars: I’ve way lowered my purchases of boxed granola bars. Cedar loves CLIF Bar and a bunch of other organic bars, but I’ve been seriously cutting down because there’s so much packaging. We’ve only bought two boxes this year and we’ve been experimenting with some new homemade bar recipes.
The main issue here is that Cedar is into those rice bars and we haven’t found a decent homemade version yet. The last one we tried was okay but packed with SO MUCH brown sugar. We’ve also made other homemade snacks, such as organic pretzels vs. buying bars. Overall, I think we’re doing a lot better on bar issues.
No packaged bread: I haven’t bought one loaf of bread this year. I’ve been making all homemade. I tried a new wheat bread recipe that wasn’t great, so I’m going back to my favorite honey oat bread.
On the plus side, I also made organic french bread for the first time and it turned out great. I don’t know why, because I’ve made all sorts of breads – challah, white, wheat, fruit, veggie, etc but french and sourdough bread kind of freak me out. Since the french bread turned out great I’ll probably try my hand at sourdough next.
So far, it seems like I’m tackling the easy stuff first. I like to bake and I’m pretty good at it, so not buying baked goods in packages is way easier than the soup issue. That said, I am still short on time, so I’m pretty happy with my accomplishments thus far. I’m hoping that once I get into the baking swing faster, I’ll be able to also tackle canned foods better.
How are your green goals going this year?
Soup image by organicpxl via sxc.