Five Island Sojourners

A blog about Homeschool, Cooking and Life in the Tropics

The Glory of Stockpiling

on July 31, 2012

There’s nothing worse than suddenly realizing at 4:30 pm that you have no idea how you will feed your family in an hour.  And for those of you who have a passing understanding of first grade math– that’s right, we eat dinner at 5:30pm every night.  I have no excuse except to say that my kids want to go to bed every night at 6:30pm.  Correction: I need to put my kids to bed every night at 6:30pm.  It’s a sanity issue.

I have created a simple stockpiling system for those days when I’m caught off guard.  And every time I pull a baggy of whole wheat pizza dough or a bag of whole-grain pancake mix, I fall a little more in love with myself.

Around the beginning of the month, I set aside a three-hour chunk of time when I have committed to updating my stockpile.  I grab a can of diet coke and a tranquilizer gun.  Okay, nix the tranquilizer gun but be sure to have a couple of extra-strength tylenol on hand.   My kids love to help me and it can get a little crazy in our 3’x3′ kitchen.

Grab your high-powered mixer and set out the ingredients you’ll need to have on hand.  Here are the items that I try to keep in my stockpile:

4 pizza crusts– place each crust in a plastic baggy and toss them into the fridge just prior to the last rise

Homemade Maple Syrup

4 portions  (2-cup) whole grain pancake mix (all the dry ingredients for your fave pancake recipe + the oil)

A couple of casseroles

Here’s the only thing I need in my freezer:
6 cups of mozzarella for the pizza and some pepperoni if possible

4 cups of homemade pizza sauce (or just a can of spaghetti sauce if you don’t have the latter)

Voila, Now I have all the basic stuff for 10 last-minute meals for the next month.  Obviously, the pancake mix can be used for breakfast.  And I usually keep about 4 fresh apples in our fridge, which we can throw on the table to counteract the carb-load.

Most of my stockpile recipes are inspired by the contents of this Holy Grail of all Whole Grain Baking Books:

King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains (King Arthur Flour Cookbooks) King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains (King Arthur Flour Cookbooks) (9780881507195): King Arthur Flour: Books

My copy of this book has been eaten by a rat, smeared with batter  and sprinkled with hundreds of droplets of various liquids such as orange juice, water, milk and oil.   Homer, the rat who lived in our oven two years ago, nibbled along the edges of the book.  My theory is that he was enticed by the luscious fragrances, which were absorbed in its pages over the past 5 years.


One response to “The Glory of Stockpiling

  1. Sista says:

    You are so organized I love it. I have dreams where I am like you and then I wake up, roll out of bed, throw the bread and jelly on the table….ha ha just kidding, sort of. When all else fails we have McD’s on speed dial.

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