Ok, as I wrote this post in my mind, I could clearly point out a few, solid ways to not skimp in the kitchen. But now that the post is starting to come out of my mind and onto my keyboard I'm having a harder time being choosy. I like food. I like good food. And I feel like good food can easily be justified! Our body requires sustenance and quality sustenance improves both physical AND mental health. When I eat junk I feel junky. I am crabby and have no energy. And what is that saying? If mama ain't happy...?
But also, I just believe in good things. God made us sensory beings who can experience beauty and ascend. We should eat and drink and ascend, right? Why would we not want that? I want that!
Price can be scary, yes. But it's easy to get used to spending money on a zillion little crappy things that add up to a lot. Sometimes I go through our budget and I single out Starbucks alone and there is, like, $47 TO STARBUCKS IN AUGUST and I'm like shoot me dead I did not need those Starbuckses! Starbi. Whatever.
But anyway this is like how-to-be-a-grown-up 101 so I'll just get to it. Here are a few essential ways to especially not skimp in the kitchen. As I said, I would prefer to not skimp on anything. Pastured eggs, raw milk, good cheeses, grass fed beef, good butter, good wine, beer, etc. But the truth is I do skimp on all those things here and there, so I can't preach. It's certainly not easy to feed a large family on creme de la creme ingredients but I try when I can. Anyway, while there are a number of ways I skimp, there are I few ways I splurge. And you should too. (If you want.)
(And you can even get it all on the internet so there is no need to go to an pretentious store that might make you feel lame/uncool/unhealthy, etc. Perfect!)
I know that maybe your first thought is- what could possibly be so special about salt and why would I spend $6 on it?? But that's maybe because you're imaging salting everything with this. Well, you will, but you won't cook with it, you'll just finish with it. A pinch on top of your salad, a pinch on top of your steak, a pinch on veggies, pasta, eggs, chocolate chip cookies, anything. And it will be like dusting your meal with heaven. The salt flakes are so bright and punchy they elevate everything. And all you need in a pinchy pinch.
Ok, the best part of waking up is NOT Folgers in my cup! I have had that stuff. I comes in a 50 pound tub and it's tastes like 4 day old coffee I left in the microwave. I APOLOGIZE IF THIS COMES OFF SNOBBY. But one of the best parts of my day is waking up early and drinking a cup of coffee. And I have options! I can drink gross coffee or delicious coffee. WHY IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION? No matter how much you spend on coffee you will never spend more than going out for coffee. And it's way better than what you'd get for $4 and the 'Bucks, anyway. Maybe you're a Folgers girl and you think I'm cray but I will pay you five bucks if you buy and drink this coffee like it less. I swearit.
3. Protein Powder.
I'm kinda on a huge protein powder kick right now and it's because I am le tired of eating pb&j crusts when I don't have time for a proper meal. It takes about 90 seconds for me to 1. place blender on counter 2. fill with frozen fruit, protein powder, almond milk, etc. 3. blend. It's not perfect but it does me good. Protein powder is one of those tricky things that can be either totally good for you or totally terrible for you, so be smart about it! I buy this grass-fed whey powder sweetened with stevia. There are four entire ingredients in it and I like it like that.
Honey is important. When I'm out of honey and I run to the store, the honey section is where I always waffle. I look at the cheap honey, I look at the expensive honey, I look at the cheap honey, I look at the expensive honey. I don't wanna buy the cheap honey, I don't wanna pay for the expensive honey, I don't wanna buy the cheap honey, I don't wanna pay for the expensive honey. Every time! But that's because cheap "honey" can be not honey at all! It can be corn syrup. And expensive honey has antimicrobial, vitamin-rich, enzymatic super powers! That's, like, a wide swinging pendulum!! Lucky for me there is an incredible honey farm 3 miles down the road with local, raw honey sold in GALLON SIZED TUBS. It's only when I don't make the time to drive those 3 whole miles do I find myself in the major grocery aisle honey conundrum. And lucky for the entire universe my little down-the-road honey farm sells on Amazon. It doesn't qualify for Prime but it I were you I would say who cares?! and -> ADD TO CART. Have you ever swabbed honey on a burn? It's amazing! Put it on cuts or in your tea and you're always doing yourself a favor. Oh, can I just take a quick second to rant (have I not been doing that??) DON'T BE TRICKED BY BRANDS THAT LABEL THEIR HONEY "ORGANIC." Honey cannot be organic! Kind of like fish! Brands that claim to have organic things that can't be organic drive me nuts. They seem sneaky and inauthentic they don't deserve your (my) money.
Wow. Didn't expect to get so passionate about that. Moving on...
5. Maple Syrup.
This isn't necessarily an argument for a brand of maple syrup as it is an argument for maple syrup in general. It's like honey vs "honey." It falls right there in the "stuff you can put on pancakes or waffles, stuff you can use to sweeten things, stuff that can actually be quite good for you or actually be quite horrible for you" category. Real maple syrup does cost a lot more than pancake syrup but you use a lot less. Once Kirby made me a Mother's Day breakfast in bed and he used real maple syrup on my waffles the way you might drown Eggos in Aunt Jemima and it was... so awful. A little drizzle goes a long, long way so don't sweat the price tag. What you might want to sweat is when your 4 year old dumps out an entire bottle on the kitchen table. You have my full permission to sweat that.
Speaking of!!!! A long time ago I wrote a post about honey. It went something like baby Hero pours an entire jar of honey on baby Mary. I drove 40 minutes to buy that honey. -__-
*6. I am adding a last minute no. 6 because I felt crazy for not including it after Jenny commented. BUTTER. I won't link you to Amazon because they price Kerrygold crazy high. But don't skimp on butter. Slather it on everything and cook everything in it and bathe in it and sprinkle it with Maldon and pretend to be French. Plus, health and for all the reasons.
How do you splurge? What would make you cry if your toddler poured it out all over the floor or all over your baby?? I want to know.