We had company for dinner yesterday and I didn’t want to embarrass them by telling about our food storage project.
I served spaghetti with meat sauce,
The last of our lettuce with cucumbers and tomatoes in a salad,
Homemade cinnamon bread
cake-pudding dessert with a few stray raspberries from our backyard. I set the table with bright dishes and we all had a good time.
Unintended consequences of this project.
1. We’re all gradually losing unwanted weight. I wonder if it’s attributable to the high fiber diet that naturally goes with such a grain-rich diet.
2. We’re saving much more money than just our grocery bill. When we stay out of stores, we don’t spend money on other things either. I did stop at a thrift store for a couple of things, but I wasn’t as tempted to spend as I might otherwise be.
3. We’re enjoying the homemade breakfast muffins. I’m finding that the powdered eggs do very well in baked goods. (They’re pretty much worthless for eating plain).
4. I’m realizing that spices, seasonings and flavorings are critical for keeping this diet pleasant, so it doesn’t add stress. I need to get a better supply of garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the kind of brown gravy mix they sell at Costco and Sam’s Club.
I had home dried some fresh pineapple and stored it in a mylar bag with an oxygen packet. It’s almost four years old. It seemed really dry going in, but I opened it today and it’s very dark and not as pleasant as it was. It’s a little sticky, too. It’s still tasty enough to enjoy, but it looks uglier and the flavor isn’t as good. I added no preservatives at all.
The apples I dried with a skiff of cinnamon and stored at the same time are great. No discoloration and delicious.