Coles might be abandoning their my5 rewards program, but I am starting my own. I aim to achieve great savings through working towards only buying 5. Let me explain...
Looking at the January garden figures, 30 kg of total produce, it’s clear the garden is pumping it out. And if the fridge could hold more I could have even harvest more than that. So it has made me question - why when the garden is highly productive are we still buying vegetables?
After some deep thought I came to the conclusion that the problem is actually in the kitchen, not the garden. It appears the kitchen isn't totally aligning with the garden. It has become quite a challenge to cook with only what is available, particularly when you are surrounded by a society that cooks what it wants, when it wants. It is clear Melanie and my recipe repertoire is going to need to improve.
The other problem is that I overlooked growing some of the common staples, such as carrot, onion, and garlic. There are also some staples in our diet, such as chickpeas, and lentils, that I am unlikely to grow in the near future due to the quantity we consume. And as we eat minimal meat, they are an important part of our diet.
So to help me reach this 80% goal I have set for myself, I have decided to apply some reverse logic. Rather than planning what I will grow, I have decided to plan what I won’t grow. Looking back through my previous monthly summaries, we seem to consume on average about 29 different varieties of vegetable, thus 20% of 29 is 5. If we are going to reach 80% we need to be working towards buying a maximum of only 5 vegetable types. So here is the 5 I have come up with:
Avocado - don’t want to wait for a tree to grow.
Chickpeas - all year round staple, require lots.
Lentils - all year round staple, require lots.
Kidney Beans - all year round staple, require lots.
Tomato - winter only - not very seasonal I know, but don’t want to live without through winter.
What would your 5 be?