Reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I was blown away by the fact that she kept track of everything her family bought/cooked/ate for a year so that she could plan what they needed to plant for their year of eating home-grown/locally.
I’m not quite that ambitious, and I’m not sure we’ll ever be free of boxes of Mac&Cheese. But I was struck by how useful it would be to know how much we ate so that I could plan for next summer’s canning and freezing. (That said, every year we eat more than the year before, so I may never catch up!)
This is my handy-dandy chart, which hangs inside a cupboard next to a pen. Every time I open a jar of peaches or applesauce (or anything else) I mark it off. This summer, I should have a much better idea of what to shoot for in terms of "putting up."
The flaw in this plan was all the food we had to dump when the freezer died… but life is a work in progress, no?