Going right along with my garden goals from yesterday are my food goals for the year. They certainly go hand in hand with the garden goals. These are things that we've been working on for the past few years and every year I try to expand on things.
1. Expand my repertoire of breads. I can already make a rather nice loaf of bread, so it's time to move on to bigger and better things. We're talking bagels, pita breads and crackers. I've been having a great time grinding my own flour recently. I only grind a small amount (say 3-5 pounds) at a time, so that it can be used up before it loses its freshness. I would love to not have to buy bread or crackers from the store. I also need to perfect my tortilla making skills. When I made them the first time, they were yummy, but a bit thick and oddly shaped.
2. Learn to make cheese and butter. We are fortunate to live near a wonderful dairy farm. We get raw milk from pasteured cows. The price is amazing as well. I guess when you don't pay for feed, you can sell for less. It's wonderful stuff. Now to learn to make some other wonderful things from it. There is a woman in the western part of my state who does classes. It will entail a weekend away, I guess I'll have to suffer through it.
3. Learn how to forage for wild edibles in my area. Again, we are fortunate to have a man nearby who does classes on such things. I have self identified a few things in my yard, but would like someone who isn't looking at a computer picture to tell me what they are. I think it would be wonderful to use some of the weeds growing quite plentifully in my yard and garden for something other than compost. It is really amazing how many weeds one has in their yard when she doesn't use chemicals. It is also really amazing how many weeds one has in their yard when they just simply don't care. The neighbor with the perfectly manicured Scotts lawn loves me.
4. Try my hand at fermentation. I keep reading all these wonderful tales of fermented foods and the wonderful things they do for our bodies. Being someone who loves pickles, saurkraut, kefir and kombucha, it would be wonderful to be able to make these things myself. It should save me quite a bit of money as well. That is always a great side effect.
5. Learn to make my own pasta. I have the machine, I just need to do it.
Now looking back at this post, I realize that I'm slightly off my rocker. I think that most of the people that read this blog are slightly off their rocker as well. So, here's to being off our rockers! Rock on!!