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This is part 2 of our 3 part REAL FOOD STORAGE series. You may also enjoy:
A Genuine Article
This is a completely up-front and honest view into our food budget. I feel like it’s worth sharing how using alternatives to the health food store can save a significant amount of money when sourcing high quality REAL FOOD. There’s always room for improvement and I’ll update this list as I find better sources.
What-cha Got In There?
Friends often ask me what food and other items we stock in our pantry. The simple answer is that we buy the basics and cook from scratch. Most of the time, the simplest forms of food store the best, and have the least amount of preservatives. For example whole grains will hold more nutrients and resist rancidity much better than flour. Wheat flour is usually laced with thyroid messing bromides. So keeping it simple is the key for storage and health.
We also purchase the basic grains and seeds in whole form for most of our animals and mix them in different ratios for different species. This makes it possible to stock up a little more and have it not go rancid by the time it gets used up. Contrary to popular belief, chickens don’t need you do crack their peas or other whole grains for them. That’s what their gizzard is for. That’s great for those of us who are concerned about shelf stability! We soak their feed 24 hours with a splash of apple cider vinegar to increase digestibility and reduce the amount of food needed by quite a lot. Mixing my own allows me to avoid soy, which keeps the fatty acids in my eggs balanced in a healthy ratio. Just be careful. Mixing your own: 1. requires a dust mask, and 2. can be way more expensive than premixed!
The Big List
Here is a list of the items I buy on a regular basis. I wanted to make it super simple to find anything in my pantry by using the search box above the table! Woohoo, feeling smart today…except it doesn’t seem to work on smaller devices yet. Wah-wah. Sorry, working on that.
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Until I can figure out how to get the links in the table to work, I’ll post them below for you.
Where I buy:
Local grass-fed beef (Arizona): Chiricahua Pasture Raised Meats.
Five gallon bucket of grass-fed beef tallow for cooking and baking: grasslandbeef.com. Makes incredible pie crust and GUILT FREE FRYING, while costing less than rendering it yourself!!!!! Grass-fed beef tallow has also been found to have much higher CLA levels than grain/corn-fed counterparts, which has been shown to fight cancer among many other things. Want to know more? Check out one of my favorite bloggers, Kellythekitchenkop for more in-depth information.
The co-op where I buy most of our family’s food that we haven’t found locally: Azure Standard .
I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite sources for food?
In case you missed it, this is part 2 of our 3 part REAL FOOD STORAGE series. You may also enjoy: