Around the first of this year, The Interweb was abuzz with folk suggesting we make the 2020’s just like the Roaring (19)20’s. They wanted to bring back dapper clothes and hats, jazz music, and the Charleston. We now have a raging pandemic, fomenting global conflict, a crashing economy, and we can not go out to bars. Looks like we should have been more careful what we wished for.
The two greatest enemies at a time like this are, in order of destructiveness
So first- calm down. We cannot control the COVID-19 virus, but we can control how we act about it and how we act towards each other. Meet anger with empathy. We are all missing our former routine. Meet fear with love. Nobody knows how this pandemic will turn out. We can all be scared together. Most of all, meet need with help whenever you can.
Next-the phrase “waste not, want not” should be taken to heart right now. Everything your home economics teacher, grandmother, great grandmother, and that sweet old lady from down the street who used to babysit you sometimes told you about thrift in the kitchen is still true.
Take stock- know what you already have on hand.
Use up things that will spoil quickly first.
Store foods correctly to maximize shelf life.
Most of all, do not buy more of anything than you can use. Not only do you waste money when you toss spoiled food, but you take away from someone else who could have eaten what you wasted.
To show that I am practicing what I preach here, today I gave myself a DIYet skill test that used up some neglected produce. I was out of bread; I found two potatoes in the pantry. Now I have potato bread. Let me show you how that happened.
It has been a while since a pandemic has interrupted the world like COVID-19 has. We are all nervous and anxious and out of our comfort zone. It seems like there is little we can do. However, we can all use our skills. DIYeters can use their high-level foodie skills to make the most of whatever is available. We can grow food and forage for wild food. We can share our extra with others. We can share our confidence with challenging food situations.
Which DIYet skills are you using most during this tough time? Share in the comments!