Ohh I love putting extra goods aside – and often get asked what food should I stockpile? I’m kind of like a squirrel hiding nuts! Just like squirrels it’s mainly food to make my days, weeks, months and years easier being a FIFO wife. Some benefits I have found from stockpiling food are :
It helps save money – I buy things in bulk when discounted and save it for a later date. Recently I bought a heap of cream that was reduced and made some butter. I portioned it out and froze it in my Sinchies snack bags. It cost me 50c for a 600ml tub of cream – that’s some seriously cheap butter.
I also buy discounted fruit to make smoothie bags with and also discounted vegetables to make steam fresh vegetables. All of this I portion out into my Sinchies Sandwich bags
Also inflation right – things go up in price so frequently – usually by a few cents so it’s not that noticeable. In this day and age with the cost of living so high we all need to save pennies where we can.
So I avoid the shops when I have kids – I try to do one shop a month – usually click and collect so I no longer have to do the quick dash to get one thing and come out with 20 things I didn’t need.
Fruit and vegetables are usually a weekly or fortnightly thing and I try to shop at our local farmers markets for this. Refusing single use plastics where I can and using my reusable sandwich, snack and wrap bags where I can.
Having the stuff at hand makes lunchbox packing easy and those crazy nights manageable as you have stuff on hand.
It creates a feeling of security – Being on my own for half the year sometimes (like when gastro hits) – I just can’t get to the shops so doing a big cook up and having a day of preparation makes me feel some what fulfilled. Here’s some things that I make
- Bolognese Sauce
- Tomato Pasta Sauce
- Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce
- Sweet and Sour Sauce for Stir Fry
- Make yoghurt and custard
- Blend fresh fruit and vegetables
- Bulk biscuits & muffins
- Mac and Cheese cups
- Sausage rolls and scrolls
- Bliss balls
- Boiled Rice
Mostly healthy and all preservative food with no numbers or additives at your finger tips!
Another thing I love is this can potentially help others – mums struggling with the everyday life, people who gets sick, new mums, our parents, friends etc! And the feeling of helping others is like no other.