Many food bloggers have pantry staples; certain spices, flours, oils and kitchen appliances that they use so frequently, they write posts about these items. Those people seem very grown up to me. They also seem smart with their money. I’m guessing this type of food blogger purchases ingredients in bulk, since they have a food blog and all. They might even plan meals around items already in their home, make weekly budgets for groceries. They might even go so far as to make grocery lists, and dare I say, designate grocery shopping days?
I am not that food blogger.
I am the food blogger who goes out and buys 3 cups of almond flour at 9 bucks a pop each time I want to make a cookie.
I am the food blogger who purchases 6 eggs at a time, uses them all in one day and then has no more eggs.
I am the food blogger that discovers this at the precise moment she needs eggs.
I am the food blogger who buys bacon to make one recipe, and forgets about it.
I am the food blogger that doesn’t come home for 4 days and finds her bacon has gone bad.
I am the food blogger you don’t need advice from.
I really want to work at not only being a better food blogger, but a better adult. So I took my first step toward mature food blogging and I bought a 16 dollar bottle of maple syrup and a 20 dollar jug of coconut oil. Those were the first steps I’ve taken. Do I feel like more of an adult now? Well, no. I just feel broke and I resent that jug-o-coconutoil every time I open the cabinet and dream of things I could have bought with 20 dollars.
If you do want to be a Paleo Food Blogger, or just a Paleo Baker, (and if I was going to make this a feasible part of my not-so-feasible lifestyle), this is what I would always have a never ending supply of:
- almond flour
- coconut flour
- shredded coconut
- coconut oil
- maple syrup
- palm shortening
- enjoy life dairy free chocolate chips
- macadamia nut oil
- lots and lots of bacon
- coconut milk
- sea salt
- a high speed blender or food processor (I use the Ninja)
Of course, there are several food groups missing from this list. This list reflects items I believe you should buy in bulk. Why? Well, you don’t need to refrigerate coconut milk until you open it. Eggs last a very, very long time. As for bacon, you can buy it frozen. Outside the realm of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, this list would suit your indulging paleo days. I’m not going to take my advice and purchase anything in bulk, from this list. I have 30 dollars to my name right now. Thirty dollars which I’ll probably spend on something like a 5 dollar dirty chai, 8 dollars worth of gas, 4 dollars to park at the train station, and the rest on things like feathers and ribbon for my halloween costume.
But if you did happen to forge down the economically friendly path I’ve laid out for you, you could then go ahead and bake Make it Paleo’s “Infamous” Bacon Cookies.
You’d have maple syrup and bacon for the candied bacon.
You’d have almond flour, ghee, eggs and spices for the cookie dough:
Enjoy Life chocolate chips and candied bacon to stir in and scoop onto your baking sheet:
And when your chocolate chip, candied bacon, almond flour cookies come out of the oven smelling sweet and smoky, tasting chocolatey and mapley, you’ll have a tall glass of cold coconut milk to wash them down. And if you do it right, you might still have something resembling a “savings” account.
Me? I’ll just be scrounging for quarters in my moms couch, saving up for an iPhone while my bank account LOL’s at me.
*Note, I didn’t use coconut palm sugar in my “candied bacon” process, and I replaced palm shortening for ghee.
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