The fine folks at eGullet have initiated a new interactive project: spend a week cooking without going to the grocery store or market. And no, you can’t load up at Harris Teeter on Saturday just to start this project on Sunday. My friend Steven Shaw, the Executive Director of eGullet, hatched this plan, but he’s being reasonable, acknowledging some kids will get their lunches at school and there will be instances where you just have to get some fresh goods. So if you need eggs and milk, it’s OK to get them, but don’t shop for anything else. Just use the stuff in your freezer and your pantry.
It’s a pretty good concept, as during these tough economic times, it might make sense to do a “clean-up” of your inventory by cooking and eating it, thereby saving you money. I’d have troubles foregoing all the fresh fruit and veggies I eat, but it’s very doable.
Unfortunately, I won’t be participating in this venture, as I’ll be out of town a fair amount, but let me know if any of you decide to participate.