Ways To Be Self-Sufficient in the Kitchen

Ways To Be Self-Sufficient in the Kitchen

The kitchen offers some of the most rewarding ways to spend less money at the grocery store while adding home-grown touches to your home-cooked meals. Building your independence when it comes to gathering ingredients can also lower your carbon footprint as you make fewer trips to the store and spend less money on produce from businesses with high carbon footprints. Learn the ways to be self-sufficient in the kitchen to create a healthier life for you, your family, or even your restaurant.

Start Gardening

Gardening is a skill that goes hand-in-hand with cooking. You can grow an herb, vegetable, or fruit garden outside if you have the yard space. If you don’t have the yard space, check if there is a community garden that you can get involved in. If there isn’t a community garden yet, see if you can start one! Community gardens inspire togetherness in the neighborhood and teach others how to live sustainably. If it isn’t possible, you can grow indoors using containers or even small hydroponic systems. Indoor gardening methods will help your plants survive harsh, midwestern winters and may even let you grow during the offseason.

Using home-grown veggies in your cooking will boost your pride and self-esteem, though it may take a couple of tries to grow results you can be proud of. Fresh herbs will almost always taste better than store-bought dried herbs; plus, growing them yourself removes the higher price you’d pay for freshness! Use seeds from purchased produce and watch your plants grow.

Raise Some Chickens

If it’s possible in your area, consider starting a backyard chicken coop. Chickens are one of the most high-yield farm animals that even a beginner can learn how to raise. They’ll always provide you with plenty of eggs when they’re healthy and you can use their meat if you want to—though you may get attached to them as pets. If you do use their meat, you will learn valuable butchering skills that can enhance your cooking and motivate you to use every part of the animal. Be sure to check for any town or city regulations involving chicken coops before you start.

Compost Your Scraps

From your kitchen scraps comes nutritional compost fertilizer for your garden, which begins the cycle all over again. Create a compost bin for organic material that you can’t use in your cooking. Make sure not to use bones, meat, or chemicals when composting. You may even be able to compost your used chicken bedding if you buy the right kind.

Learn How to Cook the Basics

You may already know how to bake bread or make broth but learning new recipes for ingredients you use every day is one of the most important ways to be self-sufficient in the kitchen. Make your own butter or cheese to prepare for the week’s meals. You may need to go to the store for more complicated ingredients; still, making the basics at home will help you become self-sufficient.
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