First, no shopping or limited shopping!
Second, it requires you to use your imagination in cooking.
Lastly, this is a great test of how well you shop and store foodstuffs.
Think of this as a trial run in preparation for an emergency that keeps you in the house for a week - snowed in, short pay period, illness or injury, etc.
Come on, you know you want to. Hell, don’t you NEED to?
I’m talking about using up what you’ve squirreled away in the fridge, freezer and cabinets and embarking on an eye-opening kitchen adventure. I’m talking about Eating Down the Fridge.
Translated, the EDF means no food shopping for a week — or least that’s the goal.
Yes, it means you can shop before the challenge begins — this isn’t supposed to be torture, after all — but perhaps just the basics so you can appreciate what you already have on hand.
During previous EDFs (this is the third such challenge, but the first in the True/Slant space), readers sent e-mail, panicking over the rules & regs and whether they had what it takes to make it through the week.
First thing’s first: THERE ARE NO RULES. Or regs. The goal is to challenge yourself, not to make yourself (or your family) miserable. If you forget to buy milk and suddenly run out, for example, you know what you need to do.
Next thing: Be kind to yourself. If a week seems like a tall order, then try half a week. If life has other plans for you that week, don’t worry; join us next quarter. You are the best judge of what is and isn’t possible.
So, are you in or what? Sign up by this Friday, Oct. 3, and I’ll add your name to the growing True/Slant EDF Honor Roll. Next week, we’ll have dispatches all week long from fellow EDFers in different parts of the country, including Fairbanks, Alaska; Portland, Ore. and Syracuse, N.Y. (And yes, I’m still looking for at least one more guest blogger to join our ranks.)
P.S. For peer support, check out the EDF Facebook Group.
Will you try it? Have you ever stopped shopping for a week? Decided to only eat what you had on hand? Let comments on what you think of the challenge - good or bad.