In our last post, we looked at the meals that my family ate for the last two weeks and decided to use those items as the basis for a proposed 2 week rotating menu. You can use this same principle to figure out what to include in your family’s food storage. Let’s look at that list of meals again.
Breakfasts: Bagels, cereal, oatmeal, french toast with bacon, and pancakes with sausage. On work or school days, our breakfasts are generally pretty simple and often repeated for several days. More complicated breakfasts are reserved for weekends.
Lunch: Generally leftovers from dinner the night before, but there were a few sandwiches, salads, and some cans of soup.
Dinner: Pasta with meat sauce, pasta with meat balls, Chicken alfredo with pasta and vegetables, chili dogs and oven fries, grilled chicken and vegetables with steamed rice, fried rice with potstickers, pork chops with fingerling potatoes and green beans, fish tacos with rice and veggies, hamburgers with tater tots, grilled salmon with rice pilaf and roasted asparagus, and pork stroganoff with green salad.
To make my grocery list, I need to simply write down the items that are the building block components of these meals. For instance, bagels are usually eaten one of two ways, toasted and spread with cream cheese, or spread with butter and “toasted” in a pan on the stove. Oatmeal is eaten with butter, sugar, and milk, so all of these things need to go on my list. As I go down my list of meals, I look not only at what the food item was that will be served, but also at what is used to make the meal. Oatmeal served in a bowl without any milk, butter, or sugar might be okay for some people, but in my house, it would be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
As you make you list, remember to include all of the component parts of the meal that you need to make it complete.
Next Week: How much should I store?