EDF: Lessons Learned
On the blog watch, the EDF is officially over, but the eating-down party is far from a done deal. EDFers have taken their fridges and pantries by storm, and can’t seem to get enough of the frugal vibrations. Among some of you, there’s talk of continuing the challenge for a second or even a third week, requesting permission to stock up on perishables, such as produce, eggs and dairy. There’s enough of a groundswell that I’m considering a quarterly EDF, next one to be held in June, then in September and so on, so we can experience the challenge during different seasons.
Here’s a sampler of what you’ve been saying;
From the EDF Facebook Group Page:
I can see the back of my freezer. -- Kathy, Cincinnati
I find I'm being more thoughtful about what I'm eating and serving. It seems decadent to eat chicken on its own instead of mixing it with other things to stretch out a couple of meals. Making breakfast quiche to stretch the eggs a little further. –-- Tammy, Outer Banks, N.C.
I love that this exercise is encouraging me to use up my leftovers in new meals instead of letting them go bad. -- Kari, DC
And from the blog space:
I think challenges like this are so wonderful because they challenge our imagination as well as our skills. -- esleigh
We also cooked more breakfasts than we normally would have, as we had run out of cereal early. I made crepes, pancakes and biscuits more often than I would normally have. A good habit to keep! I also learned that I need to monitor our flour quantities better (we are now quite low! No pizza for us tonight), and monitor the produce pantry better - I lost a few winter squashes because I did not check on them, and found a box of sweet potatoes (from the garden) that I forgot we had! Definitively need to better manage the food storage. It certainly was interesting to read everybody's experience! -- rowandk
I am exhausted from all this cooking, as I realize that I just do not cook so much normally, but it has been gratifying to see just how well we can eat just based on what we have on hand. I have to admit that I sort of miss the grocery store - unlike other posters, I actually love going food shopping as it is something I try and do alone (without the kiddies). But I have certainly figured out which pantry items I replenish because I use them all the time, and which are there from lack of use/interest. Those I've had fun trying to use up, but don't feel the need to replace. My pantry in particular has had a real cleanse. It feels great! -- holdenfoodie
I think we're going to keep with some aspects of the challenge. Make more meals focusing on the contents of the larder and less "ooh, that looks nice" impulse buying at the store. ---Fairlington Blade
I haven't had to make a weird meal yet, and I can imagine going on for days longer before we start scraping bottom. And yes, isn't it interesting how you start to look at things like eggs and cheese differently? -- njdmarston
Some of you, such as earlysun and B’More Cat, expressed frustration about sticking to the program for the full seven days, but hey, that’s what next time is for. Don’t beat yourself up; anybody who gave the EDF a try is a winner in my book. And really, the point of this whole thing, in my opinion, is to observe. When do we ever give ourselves the opportunity to take note of our surroundings simply for the sake of learning and enlightenment? Last week, we gave ourselves the time and space to watch -- how we spend our money, how we cook and eat and how we appreciate what we have in our collective midst. That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment.
Mister MA and I caved Friday night and ducked into a corner pub for some beers and chow, but we were back on track Saturday night, when we got together with friends and made pizza. All of the evening’s ingredients (except for the wine) were from three different larders. The collective bounty was inspiring, the pizza delicious, the collaboration heart warming. On this night, pizza really tasted like pizza.
Talk to me about EDF or anything else on your mind today at 1ET for the Swan Song edition of What’s Cooking. After 10 years, my weekly chat will be going dark.
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