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Garden Planning Around Your Pantry



In one of my recent videos, 5 Things To Consider When Planning Your Garden, I mentioned that I always ask myself "What does my family like to eat" when I am deciding on what I want to grow in my garden.

I suggested that it would be a good idea to look back in your meal planner at the meals that you have prepared for your family in the past, and then think about the ingredients that you used for each of those dishes. A lot of those ingredients can be grown and prepared in your own kitchen.



To re-enforce this train of thought even further, I would highly recommend checking out Esther Emery's series, The Homesteader's Wife's Skills of the Month Club. Even if you think you have a pretty good handle on all of the skills, it never hurts to hear another person's perspective on things. It has really challenged me to think deeper on how and why I do the things that I do when it comes to growing, preserving, and storing our food--which brings me to this post...
Garden Planning Around Your Pantry
Yes, I always consider what my family likes to eat when I plan my garden, but this year I'm doing it a little differently. 
This year, I am envisioning my garden as a market. I am making my list of "things to get" to stock my pantry for the year, and I am planning the garden that way. It really has made me rethink everything that I plan to grow. I have added a few things to my list and have readjusted the amounts of certain things I want to bring in.

Here is my "things to get preserve" list (please bear in mind that it may change in the coming months):

Salsa
Pizza Sauce
Pasta Sauce
Diced Tomatoes
Ketchup
Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies 
Tomato Juice
Corn & Black Bean Salsa
Green Beans
Dill Pickles
Bread & Butter Pickles
Pickled Okra
Dilly Beans
Jalapenos
Banana Peppers
Dill Pickle Relish
Pickled Beets
Squash Relish
Sauerkraut
Carrots
Apple Sauce
Apple Butter
Pears
Pear Sauce
Pear Butter
Tomato Powder
Green Powder (kale and other greens) 

Dehydrated
Peas
Carrots
Herbs
Apple Rings

Cellar Storage
Squashes
Onions
Garlic 
Potatoes (?)

Herbs
Sage
Basil
Oregano
Thyme
Chives
Rosemary
Parsley


Peas
Corn (on and off the cob)
Kale
Collard Greens
Swiss Chard
Broccoli Rabe
Brussel Sprouts
Chopped Bell Peppers
Basil in Olive Oil
Cabbage
Summer Squash (breaded for frying, shredded for baking, chopped/sliced for cooking)
Okra (breaded for frying, whole for roasting) 
Stir Fry blends (peppers, onions, squash, cabbage, garlic, etc.)
Fajita Blend (colored peppers and onions cut into strips)
 
As you can see, by making this list, it's really easy to decide what I will need to grow.

There are calculators online that you can use to determine how much you need to grow to feed your family for a year.

I hope you found this helpful. 

Much Love, 
Tangi

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