In Argentina, Relief Society leaders are trying to teach the importance of food storage. They wrote: "Unfortunately, most of the sisters [here] cannot afford to buy an extra kilo of sugar, or flour, or an extra liter of oil. However, they have been encouraged to save, even just a spoonful at a time." (Elaine L. Jack)
Can you imagine how hard it is for them? I think they set an example for us...if they can do it so can we!
This week I was in the car running errands and had the radio on. They were talking about food waste and how so many people look at the dates on cans and toss them even while the food is still good. They said this is adding to the greenhouse gases. They also said more young people are tossing food as well and that home economics classes that teach food safety are no longer offered in schools. Young people don't know what to look for in spoiled foods.
Stopping home economics sure hasn't helped, it is letting those kids down. Can you imagine how better off they would be learning basic life skills while still in school?! Life isn't easy as it is, this only makes it harder for them.
Imagine all the things you have learned...did you know how to use spices right off ?? Or how to slice, dice, mince, puree...it all sounds like a funny language.
We learned lots from home economics.
If you still have kids at home try to fill in so they know the basics. Cover topics like....
Sewing on buttons
Cooking from scratch... yes, little Billy, you can make popcorn without a microwave.
And how does food all get done at the same time? What are measuring tools and how to use them?
I would make cookies for after school so they were coming out of the oven when my kids would get home. One of their friends asked me how do I know to do so many?...she meant different kinds of cookies.
I know some kids who know how to make wonderful cookies from scratch... I say, well done parents, well done!
We need to work alongside our kids in the kitchen as well with other chores. Yes, we all know we could do it faster alone but what does that teach? Nothing. So let them learn in the kitchen about preparing food as all too fast they will be out on their own. Teach them before they have to learn on the job. I can truly say it took me a long time to learn. Oh, I had dish washing down but not much else.
I knew a sweet lady who when her kids would do dishes she would wash and they would dry and it was a race. If the dryer caught up to the washer they could quit. Make it fun! If you show them how to make pancakes, make them the queen or king of pancakes.
|Get the recipe for these AMAZING diner style pancakes HERE.|
And just how many pancake variations can you come up with? I remember fondly someone put corn in the pancakes, I loved them!
Make mixes together. Learn how to make the mix and how to store the mix, such as pancake mix.
https://www.littlehouseliving.com/10-mixes-that-should-be-in-your-pantry.html - this has some mix ideas.
https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/homemade-mixes-for-popular-pantry-staples/ - here are more ideas.
https://tipnut.com/baking-mixes-seasonings/ - this one is my favorite.
Now with the kids home for the summer it would be fast to fix meals if you had some of these mixes on hand.
I also like to have my mixes filled full before winter.
What are some mixes you make from scratch?
If you have favorite store bought mixes have you ever done a search to find a homemade recipe for it?
Keep working on your storage and living frugally and help others as you can.