theboxexperiment

Attempting to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

New Posts Coming Soon March 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — theboxexperiment @ 11:49 am

Things have been hectic in the house for the past 2 weeks which inadvertently caused a lack of posting on my part. Now I’m on spring break and enjoying my time painting the house and reading but also spending as little time watching tv, fiddling with my phone, being on the internet as possible. Posts will start again soon–most likely tomorrow. A box is coming tonight and I have several recipes in the queue that I want to share!

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Another Box-less Week February 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — theboxexperiment @ 6:26 pm
Valentines week will be another box-less week, we’ll be out-of-town from Thursday night to Monday afternoon so it doesn’t make much sense to get a box for 4 nights of cooking.

What we will be missing out on this week:

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Parsnips
  • Yellow Vine Ripe Tomatoes
  • Red Cabbage
  • Green Beans
  • Gala Apples
  • Red Grapefruit
  • Mango
  • Tangerines

Being box-less has brought the produce level in the house to a much more manageable amount. Especially the fruit! We finally have a normal about of oranges for 2 people. The biggest bummer in getting to this manageable level is from having to throw out produce that we didn’t get to in time, most of it fruit.

Tossing produce has made us more aware that we’ve done a lot of talking about how and what we want to eat but that we haven’t really changed our cooking habits yet. I am hoping that when we return to the box, we’ll have a better plan for changing our cooking habits. I think part of that will be creating a weekly menu built around the box. For this week’s menu we have most of the ingredients but we will need to go out and get few groceries.

So the menu for the week will be:

  • Sat: dinner out with MJ and AF
  • Chicken Curry
  • Salad, Au Gratin Potatoes, and Chicken
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Leftovers

 

 

Hello Earth! January 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — theboxexperiment @ 6:17 pm

Welcome to TheBoxExperiment! Since JEM and I moved in together we started to be more conscious of the food we bought and how we were using it. We started simply by purchasing more vegetables and cutting out the things that weren’t great for you. (When I lived alone, there were more Oreo’s in the house!) After a spree at Whole Foods where we  bought $5.00/lb apples from New Zealand, we decided we wanted to buy more locally grown produce. We checked out some farmers markets but we turned off by cost and lack of vegetables in the winter. So we went back to the grocery store, occasionally bought organic but generally continued to be more conscious of they types of food we picked up.

One of JEM’s colleagues turned us onto Community Supported Agriculture, CSA’s. We looked into the idea when we were living in Chinatown, but it never really seemed feasible. We also started reading more about foods listed catagorized as “natural” and “organic,” “free-range” and “cage-free.” We’ve both agreed that its important to us to eat sustainable, healthy, natural foods and that we know where the food we eat comes from. Little by little we’re making our way to actually purchasing food that represents the things that we value. It started small by purchasing organic, free-range eggs.

Recently we discovered Washington Green Grocer. WGC works with local farmers (when the season is right) to deliver people natural or organic produce. Each week you can order a small box (enough produce for a couple) or a large box (designed for a family). You can choose a mixed box of organic or natural fruits and vegetable or just an all organic box,  you can also choose to get just an all fruit box (mixed or all organic as well).  They also work with  farmers to deliver eggs, dairy, and meats, they also will deliver “kitchen cupboard” good (condiments, etc), and they work with Firehook to deliver bread.

Our first box arrives this week. I am hoping this experiment will help us widen our list of “family recipes.” I’ll am going to try and record our adventures and experiments with the box for the amusement, enjoyment, and/or horror of any adventurous soul who chooses to read it.