In 2012, I’ve decided to make myself a bit healthier through habits, as well as more sustainable through my practices. As most of you know I set a goal to myself to eat a vegetarian dinner 3 times per week. So far, this has been going well and honestly, I dont think I’ve had a dinner that I’ve cooked at home with meat in it (though I think I’ve had dinner out 1 or 2 times). I’ve started doing most of the food shopping/menu planning, and it’s just easier if H and I both eat the same thing.
Knowing that goal though, you may be curious as to why I went hunting for elk all those days then. One of the reasons is that I still enjoy the occasional meat related item, and that I really like knowing where my food comes from and all of that. As I detailed in the Cost of Getting your Own food post, I was able to get elk for about 5 bucks a pound, and that included all types of cuts, from (what will be) ground, to stew and steaks as well. I’ve got a lot of meat from the elk obviously, so I figured it would be a good time to set up a fun activity. A no meat buying challenge.
Right now, most of the stuff in the freezer is from when H used to eat meat (mostly a few pork loins and some chicken sausage), things that I’ve gone out and gotten for myself (halibut, duck and elk), or things that are not meat (like kringle).
I got to thinking about it, and the more I did I realized a few things:
- That’s a lot of meat for 1 person
- That’s a lot of meat for someone who eats meat as infrequently as I do
There will be a couple hurdles to this plan though. I’ll be bringing quite a bit of elk meat to the bachelor party in june, so that can have a huge affect on my current stock, as well as the amount of fish that H and I will eat throughout the year. Obviously I wont be able to get more halibut myself very easily, so I’ll need to make sure that I dont over do it any week or month. Other than that though, hopefully it will be smooth sailing. I’ve laid out a few rules that I think will help out, and here they are:
- I cant buy any more meat (obviously)
- Whatever I can bring in that I get myself is acceptable. Right now, it’s looking like this will be fish. Hunting season will start again in october, so hopefully if I’m running low by then, I’ll be able to fill up again.