• Jackie Brubaker

Reluctant Housewife: How to Make Your Food Last Longer

Okay, we're all a little freaked out right now with food shortages and people over buying. When you show up to the market suddenly there's nothing left except anchovies and pesto sauce, but no pizza or past to use it with. What's a girl to do?

I'm going to let you in on a few little secrets on how to make your food last.

Okay, when you're sick what do you do? You eat healthy, fresh food, right? Whether you're sick or not you should be taking good care of your immune system right now and eating healthy foods, not junk.

Buying canned and frozen food is great but look at what's going to go bad either in the market or your fridge and make better use of it. Chop up your vegetables, put them in a ziplock bag and throw them in the freezer until you're ready to eat them. They can be steamed or even microwaved and they're as fresh as can be once again!

I love me some juice and realized that I have a huge container of pineapple juice not being drunk in my fridge waiting to go bad. Instead of wasting it pour any juice you like into an ice cube tray and freeze it. You can pop out the cubes when you're ready to defrost them for juice or add them to a smoothie!

Back in our grandparents day during the depression and WWII soup was a hot commodity. Pun intended. But they were onto something. Making something that is simple, with limited ingredients that can last you a week pandemic or not is a great idea. Make a chicken noodle soup, a detox soup, or carrot curry soup and eat it this week. Or, freeze it in one serving containers for whenever you need a quick meal. Microwave it or put it in a pot on the stove and you're good to go!

And, while we're talking about our grandparents and WWII they really got creative with limited supplies. So many things weren't available. Most of the world became vegan inadvertently. I for one love eating vegan and with my bananas going bad I made my vegan banana bread this week. Let me just say, this cake-- because it's certainly not a bread-- is everything you want and more when you're living on the couch watching Netflix well into the next day. This cake is freaking delicious and I'm having a hard time not just eating that and that only right now. I warned you.

Those are just a few quick and easy ideas on how to make some recipes last while the markets might be slower than usual in getting us our essentials. Please conserve, please share and please be mindful during this time. We need to come together and help each other rather than have an all for one attitude. Wash your hands, stay at a distance from people and please think about our elderly community and people with weakened immune systems that are more of a threat to this virus. I'll keep updating with inventive ways to make it through this as I go!


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