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  1. #1
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default How much food do you keep for emergencies?

    We had to stock up today. Normally I keep a good stock of food through the
    winter but much of my larder was getting bare. We've had pretty good
    weather so far this winter. And my finances were very strained. Just paid
    over $500 to the plumber again! Kitchen sink again! The bill included some
    enzymes that I must put down all drains in the house for 5 days in a row,
    next month. Then after that, monthly in the kitchen sink or as needed if
    the drain is slow. Odd thing is the drain was fine last night and this
    morning all stopped up. But not under the sink. In the wall! But I
    digress...

    Our weather forecast is such that it is possible for the snow to start
    tomorrow and continue for a solid week if not more. Could be mixed with
    rain some days but with temps dropping below freezing after dark, it might
    not bode well. It is possible that we could be snowed in here for a week or
    more. So I decided that I must stock up!

    I do have a cupboard full of pasta and some rice. I have personally been
    eating rice these past few days due to a bad stomach. I thought maybe it
    was my gastroparesis acting up. Not sure. So I thought it would be wise to
    buy a small bag of cheap white rice just in case. I am going to make an
    effort to eat more pasta in the next few weeks. Angela found all of these
    new brands/shapes/flavors of gluten free stuff and I bought all she wanted
    even though I had plenty of our regular Tinkyada stuff already here. We
    just haven't been eating much pasta lately because she has been trying to
    lower the amount of carbs she eats. But some of it needs to be eaten before
    it goes bad.

    Today I spent $70 at one store and another $224 at another store. But this
    did include magazines, cat treats and a few things for my mom. I was still
    rather shocked at the price because I bought so little meat. I did get 8
    small cans of Albacore tuna. I would prefer not to buy Albacore but due to
    Angela's allergies that is the only kind she can eat. The stuff with broth
    in it contains peas in the broth. And she is allergic. I finally broke
    down and bought some Veganaise the other day. We really shouldn't have it
    because it does contain soy protein but the only other mayo that doesn't
    contain eggs does contain pea protein. It's always something. I guess it
    won't hurt to have it once in a while since I don't put a lot of mayo in my
    tuna salad. And I have been wanting to eat tuna salad.

    I also bought 2 small cans of chicken. I didn't really need more canned
    chicken but I did have a coupon and that is one thing that is nice to have
    when snowed in. Although I know some here would disagree with me. I like
    to have it for emergencies.

    I did buy a small package of cubed ham for Angela and a small turkey breast.
    I did buy twice as much cheese as I normally would. I have a recipe for
    pancakes that uses cottage cheese, egg whites and whole oats. 1/2 cup of
    each. I want to make these for Angela. So I had to buy some of that egg
    white product.

    I did buy some margarine that I don't need quite yet but I did have a coupon
    for it. I also had a coupon for some cups of fruit in juice and sugar free
    pudding. These are things that we don't always keep in the house. I
    generally only buy them if they are on sale for cheap and/or I have a
    coupon. I did pick up a few impulse items that sounded like they might be
    good to eat if we were snowed in. Things I don't normally buy And a few
    toiletries.

    I did buy more produce than I normally would because produce is something I
    can easily get as needed. If I am not snowed in! It's possible that I
    bought too many tomatoes but they had a good sized bag of them for $1.98 and
    that price is just unheard of.

    The most expensive thing I had on my receipt was diet soda. I did buy more
    of that than I would normally buy in a week.

    But... It just seems like we didn't really get a lot for our money.

    I am thinking back to when we used to shop at the commissary in CA or NY.
    We would go there every two weeks and leave with 2 carts heaped full. This
    would include a lot of meat and cheese, a couple dozen eggs, paper goods,
    cleaning supplies, prepared foods, ice cream and whatever my husband decided
    to put in the cart. Often junk food and beer. And whatever produce I could
    get that looked good. I didn't always buy my produce there because they
    didn't always have what I wanted or it might not be so fresh.

    I guess I just went into sticker shock because most of the time when we shop
    at Winco I pay around $114. That will be enough food for the week and a few
    extra things like canned goods that will keep for a while. But today we
    spent more than $100 over that and we didn't seem to have that much more
    than we usually do.

    So when you have a threat of a hurricane, snow storm or something else that
    might trap you in your house for a week... How much more do you buy? And
    do you buy things you don't normally buy? My dad always told me to keep
    cans of chili, stew, peanut butter and crackers and then nobody would
    starve. I quit buying the stew because nobody here really likes canned
    stew. Especially not Angela. She won't eat chili any more (she used to eat
    it) and can't have peanut butter or crackers. And I would prefer not to eat
    peanut butter and crackers. I like peanut butter but would much rather eat
    it with apple slices or celery. I've never been a big cracker fan. But I
    do have Vienna sausages that Angela will eat. And plenty of canned veggies.
    So she won't starve.

    Somebody tell me it won't snow! I really dislike snow!



  2. #2
    Tiger Lily Guest

    Default Re: How much food do you keep for emergencies?

    On 1/13/2012 11:55 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > We had to stock up today.



    Living in a 'high risk target area' we keep lots of spare food about at
    all times.......... enough that we can move it to the trailer/truck and
    head out of town as far as the fuel is available!!!

    We don't go out buying emergency rations for foul weather at the last
    minute, we have those stocks on hand AT ALL TIMES

    yes, we rotate them out

    kate


  3. #3
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How much food do you keep for emergencies?


    "Tiger Lily" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On 1/13/2012 11:55 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> We had to stock up today.

    >
    >
    > Living in a 'high risk target area' we keep lots of spare food about at
    > all times.......... enough that we can move it to the trailer/truck and
    > head out of town as far as the fuel is available!!!
    >
    > We don't go out buying emergency rations for foul weather at the last
    > minute, we have those stocks on hand AT ALL TIMES
    >
    > yes, we rotate them out


    I do normally keep extra at all times. It's just that lately the cupboards
    were getting pretty bare except for the pasta.



  4. #4
    Ozgirl Guest

    Default Re: How much food do you keep for emergencies?

    I have to admit, none. We tend to live in an area that potentially
    should have no emergencies but I guess one never knows.

    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jer8rt$o2m$[email protected]..
    > We had to stock up today. Normally I keep a good stock of food
    > through the winter but much of my larder was getting bare.



  5. #5
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How much food do you keep for emergencies?


    "Ozgirl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I have to admit, none. We tend to live in an area that potentially should
    >have no emergencies but I guess one never knows.



    That's good!

    The weather channel is wrong. Says we have light rain yet it is snowing
    like mad. I hope it stops for a little while. I need to run stuff over to
    my parent's house. And I was going to stop at Walmart. They have healthy
    snacks that Angela really likes. We could survive without them but it would
    be nice!



  6. #6
    RodS Guest

    Default Re: How much food do you keep for emergencies?

    On 14/01/2012 8:44 PM, Ozgirl wrote:
    > I have to admit, none. We tend to live in an area that potentially
    > should have no emergencies but I guess one never knows.
    >



    Only a tidal wave and if that happens we're in big trouble anyway :-)


    (- -)
    =m=(_)=m=
    RodS T2
    Australia

  7. #7
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: How much food do you keep for emergencies?

    i used to habitually keep about six months of food between the freezer and
    the cubards... when the house burnt it set me to rethinking a lot of things,
    and this is one of them, after a while i suspect i will have sale shopped
    myself back into a decent amount of food, but without a seperate freezer it
    won't be as much.

    Lee
    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jer8rt$o2m$[email protected]..
    > We had to stock up today. Normally I keep a good stock of food through
    > the winter but much of my larder was getting bare. We've had pretty good
    > weather so far this winter. And my finances were very strained. Just
    > paid over $500 to the plumber again! Kitchen sink again! The bill
    > included some enzymes that I must put down all drains in the house for 5
    > days in a row, next month. Then after that, monthly in the kitchen sink
    > or as needed if the drain is slow. Odd thing is the drain was fine last
    > night and this morning all stopped up. But not under the sink. In the
    > wall! But I digress...
    >
    > Our weather forecast is such that it is possible for the snow to start
    > tomorrow and continue for a solid week if not more. Could be mixed with
    > rain some days but with temps dropping below freezing after dark, it might
    > not bode well. It is possible that we could be snowed in here for a week
    > or more. So I decided that I must stock up!
    >
    > I do have a cupboard full of pasta and some rice. I have personally been
    > eating rice these past few days due to a bad stomach. I thought maybe it
    > was my gastroparesis acting up. Not sure. So I thought it would be wise
    > to buy a small bag of cheap white rice just in case. I am going to make
    > an effort to eat more pasta in the next few weeks. Angela found all of
    > these new brands/shapes/flavors of gluten free stuff and I bought all she
    > wanted even though I had plenty of our regular Tinkyada stuff already
    > here. We just haven't been eating much pasta lately because she has been
    > trying to lower the amount of carbs she eats. But some of it needs to be
    > eaten before it goes bad.
    >
    > Today I spent $70 at one store and another $224 at another store. But
    > this did include magazines, cat treats and a few things for my mom. I was
    > still rather shocked at the price because I bought so little meat. I did
    > get 8 small cans of Albacore tuna. I would prefer not to buy Albacore but
    > due to Angela's allergies that is the only kind she can eat. The stuff
    > with broth in it contains peas in the broth. And she is allergic. I
    > finally broke down and bought some Veganaise the other day. We really
    > shouldn't have it because it does contain soy protein but the only other
    > mayo that doesn't contain eggs does contain pea protein. It's always
    > something. I guess it won't hurt to have it once in a while since I don't
    > put a lot of mayo in my tuna salad. And I have been wanting to eat tuna
    > salad.
    >
    > I also bought 2 small cans of chicken. I didn't really need more canned
    > chicken but I did have a coupon and that is one thing that is nice to have
    > when snowed in. Although I know some here would disagree with me. I like
    > to have it for emergencies.
    >
    > I did buy a small package of cubed ham for Angela and a small turkey
    > breast. I did buy twice as much cheese as I normally would. I have a
    > recipe for pancakes that uses cottage cheese, egg whites and whole oats.
    > 1/2 cup of each. I want to make these for Angela. So I had to buy some
    > of that egg white product.
    >
    > I did buy some margarine that I don't need quite yet but I did have a
    > coupon for it. I also had a coupon for some cups of fruit in juice and
    > sugar free pudding. These are things that we don't always keep in the
    > house. I generally only buy them if they are on sale for cheap and/or I
    > have a coupon. I did pick up a few impulse items that sounded like they
    > might be good to eat if we were snowed in. Things I don't normally buy
    > And a few toiletries.
    >
    > I did buy more produce than I normally would because produce is something
    > I can easily get as needed. If I am not snowed in! It's possible that I
    > bought too many tomatoes but they had a good sized bag of them for $1.98
    > and that price is just unheard of.
    >
    > The most expensive thing I had on my receipt was diet soda. I did buy
    > more of that than I would normally buy in a week.
    >
    > But... It just seems like we didn't really get a lot for our money.
    >
    > I am thinking back to when we used to shop at the commissary in CA or NY.
    > We would go there every two weeks and leave with 2 carts heaped full.
    > This would include a lot of meat and cheese, a couple dozen eggs, paper
    > goods, cleaning supplies, prepared foods, ice cream and whatever my
    > husband decided to put in the cart. Often junk food and beer. And
    > whatever produce I could get that looked good. I didn't always buy my
    > produce there because they didn't always have what I wanted or it might
    > not be so fresh.
    >
    > I guess I just went into sticker shock because most of the time when we
    > shop at Winco I pay around $114. That will be enough food for the week
    > and a few extra things like canned goods that will keep for a while. But
    > today we spent more than $100 over that and we didn't seem to have that
    > much more than we usually do.
    >
    > So when you have a threat of a hurricane, snow storm or something else
    > that might trap you in your house for a week... How much more do you buy?
    > And do you buy things you don't normally buy? My dad always told me to
    > keep cans of chili, stew, peanut butter and crackers and then nobody would
    > starve. I quit buying the stew because nobody here really likes canned
    > stew. Especially not Angela. She won't eat chili any more (she used to
    > eat it) and can't have peanut butter or crackers. And I would prefer not
    > to eat peanut butter and crackers. I like peanut butter but would much
    > rather eat it with apple slices or celery. I've never been a big cracker
    > fan. But I do have Vienna sausages that Angela will eat. And plenty of
    > canned veggies. So she won't starve.
    >
    > Somebody tell me it won't snow! I really dislike snow!
    >
    >




  8. #8
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How much food do you keep for emergencies?


    "Storrmmee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >i used to habitually keep about six months of food between the freezer and
    >the cubards... when the house burnt it set me to rethinking a lot of
    >things, and this is one of them, after a while i suspect i will have sale
    >shopped myself back into a decent amount of food, but without a seperate
    >freezer it won't be as much.


    Thanks! I guess I am not as good at cleaning out the cupboards as I intend
    to be. I just had to throw out a bunch. Somehow a box of cereal was
    lurking in there. It was Cinnamon Life which I bought for my husband but he
    no longer eats. I really thought I had gotten all of that cereal out of
    there. I no longer buy him any cereal because he won't eat it. There was
    less than a handful of cereal left in the box.

    There was also a pouch of chicken that expired in July and a small pouch of
    instant mashed potatoes that expired some time last year. Some weird rice
    bowl that I don't remember buying and a few pouches of cooked rice. A bag
    of Jasmine rice that expired in 2010 and a bag of brown rice with no date on
    it but it smelled really funky so I tossed it. Also several bags and boxes
    of gluten free pasta. Two of the boxes were purchased at Big Lots this
    fall. I think they were very close to expiring when I bought them and I
    didn't notice.

    It could have been worse. It has been worse.

    But now we have to make an effort to eat more pasta at least for a little
    while. We really haven't been eating much of it because Angela has to cut
    back on the carbs. But I have the kind of pasta that I use for pasta salad
    and it will expire in April. So I am making pasta salad this coming week.
    It's not overly high in carbs because the way I make it is mostly vegetables
    with just a little pasta.



  9. #9
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: How much food do you keep for emergencies?

    i rotated the food so i kept spoilage to a minium, which i started after
    finding several things well out of date, now mind you, being in food
    service, i know that sell by and use by stuff is legal stuf to protect the
    producers, best to use your nose to determine safety...

    I know i already miss extra portions frozen, Lee
    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Storrmmee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >>i used to habitually keep about six months of food between the freezer and
    >>the cubards... when the house burnt it set me to rethinking a lot of
    >>things, and this is one of them, after a while i suspect i will have sale
    >>shopped myself back into a decent amount of food, but without a seperate
    >>freezer it won't be as much.

    >
    > Thanks! I guess I am not as good at cleaning out the cupboards as I
    > intend to be. I just had to throw out a bunch. Somehow a box of cereal
    > was lurking in there. It was Cinnamon Life which I bought for my husband
    > but he no longer eats. I really thought I had gotten all of that cereal
    > out of there. I no longer buy him any cereal because he won't eat it.
    > There was less than a handful of cereal left in the box.
    >
    > There was also a pouch of chicken that expired in July and a small pouch
    > of instant mashed potatoes that expired some time last year. Some weird
    > rice bowl that I don't remember buying and a few pouches of cooked rice.
    > A bag of Jasmine rice that expired in 2010 and a bag of brown rice with no
    > date on it but it smelled really funky so I tossed it. Also several bags
    > and boxes of gluten free pasta. Two of the boxes were purchased at Big
    > Lots this fall. I think they were very close to expiring when I bought
    > them and I didn't notice.
    >
    > It could have been worse. It has been worse.
    >
    > But now we have to make an effort to eat more pasta at least for a little
    > while. We really haven't been eating much of it because Angela has to cut
    > back on the carbs. But I have the kind of pasta that I use for pasta
    > salad and it will expire in April. So I am making pasta salad this coming
    > week. It's not overly high in carbs because the way I make it is mostly
    > vegetables with just a little pasta.
    >




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