So today was my grocery order day. I had gone through the weekly store ad and my list was ready. Before the guy who takes my order called, I looked the ad over again to see if I missed anything. I had.
The store had those 1 lb. bags of shredded salad fixings on sale for cheaper than buying the ingredients and making them myself. I usually don't get pre-packaged food, but I thought I could make good use of these.
I ordered 4 lbs. of what they call salad greens. This is just shredded leaf lettuce. I will dehydrate all of it and store it in a canning jar. A small amount added to ham salad, egg salad or chicken salad for sandwiches will be good, or sprinkled on top of a pasta salad or a potato salad for flavor.
I also ordered 6 lbs. of shredded coleslaw mix, which is a combination of green cabbage, red cabbage and carrots. When dried, a handful in any homemade meat and vegetable soup adds extra flavor. And that combination is good in any number of casseroles.
The experts tell us to store beans and rice, and I do have those items in my food storage. But mostly I store ingredients to make the meals I like. Beans and rice are good to have for they provide nutrition necessary for survival. But a steady diet of them would get old in a hurry. I like to have as much variety as possible. Sometimes it is good to think outside the box a bit, like dehydrating salad and coleslaw mix, especially when it is on sale for cheap.
Even a small thing like dried salad mixes to flavor a meal, or a variety of herbs and spices to use for the same reason, can make life during hard times just a little bit easier to take.