Noun: food for animals especially when taken by browsing or grazing Verb: the act of foraging: search for provisions
Foraging is what we do when we’re hungry or the technical term (have the munchies). It’s a force that gets us off the couch, out of bed, and in the drive thru lane. We stare inside the refrigerator expecting to find something delicious and just what we were craving, but instead grab the least nutritious thing right up front. You feel guilty for a minute.
The next best thing to eat would be leftovers, if someone cooked and left some over. Outa luck! Watch an old movie and you’ll undoubtedly see someone grab a plate of fried chicken drumsticks from the fridge at 2:00 AM.
To avoid such a dilemma you would have to cook something. But what? Your pantry could be a treasure trove of goodies if you had planned for a hurricane or a blizzard.
There is something known as a “Well Stocked Pantry”. What that means is that whole meals could be created by items purchased during some past food shopping trips.
Open your pantry door and find canned tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, a box of angel hair pasta. Voila! You have the makings for a spaghetti dinner.
Your refrigerator could hold great additions to your spaghetti dinner. Did you buy garlic, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms? Garlic and onions keep for at least a month if kept dry and cool. Toss when you see green sprouts or if they get mushy.
You can change this meal to Chinese by substituting soy sauce, ground ginger, and honey for the tomatoes and tomato paste.
In the mood for Mexican? Keep the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Add jalapeños, cumin, fresh cilantro, lime juice, and make rice instead of the pasta. Top with some shredded cheddar cheese.
These are all ingredients you can keep in your pantry and refrigerator.
If you have the space you can load up on every spice and dried herb to use anytime. These can last for years if kept in airtight containers preferably away from heat and light.
Green herbs can fade and lose their potency but if you crumble them in your hand and they still have a fragrance then use them.
Don’t forget what your freezer can hold – poultry, meats, fish, etc. Use these items before the six month mark.