It’s the calm before the storm. The storm being field meals that is – we haven’t had moisture here for a long time, but that’s a whole other conversation.
I shared with you recently that for the last two years I had really been struggling with field meals. The planning, the execution, etc.
So I have been making time each week to dedicate some brain space to this process. I thought I would share with you what I accomplished last week in regards to the planning portion of the upcoming season.
1. Crockpot Freezer Meals
I don’t know about you – but there is something so satisfying about putting food in the slow cookers in the morning knowing that whatever happens throughout the day you accomplished something!
I spent some time looking up meals that I could put together, freeze and throw in a crockpot. This isn’t new or revolutionary – people have been doing this for years. It’s something that I have not done before, prepping the raw ingredients, so I wanted to give it a try.
I found some great recipes for my first go around – most of the ingredients I had on hand and the rest I was able to do in one big grocery store haul.
And because of my new found love for freezer meals – I had to get all the toys associated with it.
Side note – I think these new bag holders are my new favourite toy. Not only for meal prep, but for prepping seed samples. I can’t tell you the number of times I have dumped seeds all over the place trying to get them in the baggies to send off to customers.
2. Restocking the Staples
Prior to heading to town for my big grocery shop, I took a look through the pantry to see what was running low. There are things that I always keep on hand such as canned veggies, beans, rice, pastas, tomato sauce, grab & go snackies etc. that I know if I am in a pinch I can throw something together to feed folks.
They might not be fancy or creative meals, but one comment I received recently really sums it up “Fed is best”.
So this was something that I spent a ton of time and brain power on; an actually embarrassing amount of time. When I started taking on the responsibility of field meals, I did some creative thinking and purchased disposable containers to serve the meals in. These were compostable and created a lot less clean up work on my end. I think at the time I ordered enough to feed an army and they did me well for a couple of seasons.
I then made the switch to everything reusable because I wanted to be more waste free. And I can honestly say that this was likely a turning point of when I really started to resent field meals. I simply could not keep up with the amount of clean up required which is hard for me to admit.
I don’t know about you, but I grew up in a house where the kitchen was clean and the dishes were done every night no matter what. Those expectations live deep down inside of me and when I would wake up in the morning and see the mess from the night before, I’d have a feeling of failure to kick off my day.
The truth is – I am not a failure. I just do things differently then my family or origin and that’s okay.
So, all of that to say – I spent some time this past weekend cleaning out the drawer where the field meal supplies live and got everything tidied up and organized. There is a mixture of reusable and compostable containers in there for me to grab and serve.
I looked at my drawer once it was all cleaned up and snapped a couple of pictures for social. I shared that I felt a weight lifted off of my shoulders already. Putting the pressure on ourselves to do everything ‘right’ is exhausting. In reality, all we can do is our best. Making the right decision is going to look a little different for everyone. And friend, that’s okay.
That’s it for me this week – be sure if you’re on Pinterest you check out my Field Meals board and all the other goodies I pin/share. Feel free to leave any comments below or join the conversation over on The Rural Woman Podcast Community Facebook group.
Until next week, take care friend