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« Reply #450 on: November 13, 2020, 04:16:52 PM »
We bought 30lbs of TVP because why not

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« Reply #451 on: November 13, 2020, 04:19:04 PM »
What's TVP?

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« Reply #452 on: November 13, 2020, 04:28:04 PM »
Textured vegetable protein

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« Reply #453 on: November 13, 2020, 04:57:04 PM »
Our pantry and closets are so stuffed that I'd feel bad stocking up more...if I do, I totally will have to hide it from my husband, ha!  He just reorganized everything...

I have stocked up to the moon and have got to stop. I think I am part squirrel gathering nuts for the harsh winter to come!

MudPuppy how do you use your TVP? I bought some a long time ago and never used it and then threw it out. I know it has the texture of ground meat. Do you put it into anything that calls for ground hamburger meat?

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« Reply #454 on: November 13, 2020, 05:02:38 PM »
I bought some ground beef type and some grilled chicken slices type.

The ground beef type I use in shepherds pie, chili, Bulgogi wraps, tacos, added to spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, stuffed cabbage rolls, cheeseburger macaroni...

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« Reply #455 on: November 14, 2020, 06:10:56 AM »
I bought some ground beef type and some grilled chicken slices type.

The ground beef type I use in shepherds pie, chili, Bulgogi wraps, tacos, added to spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, stuffed cabbage rolls, cheeseburger macaroni...

I use mine in a similar way. The trick is to adjust your recipes to add the umami that meat would normally contribute. My mom will use 3/4 TVP and 1/4 ground beef in recipes to ensure that it still has a "beefy" flavour. I just add spices.

I'm not sure what the recommended shelf life is for TVP, but I'm sure that I've used 10 year old TVP that I had left in my mom's cupboard before moving out, and it was as perfectly good.

Being a fairly lazy cook, my favorite use of TVP is to add a handful to a jar of tomato sauce, heat it and add to pasta for a well-rounded meal.

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« Reply #456 on: November 14, 2020, 06:36:29 AM »
Iíve never tried cooking with TVP, but you all have piqued my interest. It would be nice to cut back further on the amount of ground meat I several favorite dishes, and husband is increasingly willing to reduce meat or go meatless for some meals (last night, we got take-out from the local vegan burger joint at his request).

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« Reply #457 on: November 14, 2020, 06:40:07 AM »
I use mine in a similar way. The trick is to adjust your recipes to add the umami that meat would normally contribute. My mom will use 3/4 TVP and 1/4 ground beef in recipes to ensure that it still has a "beefy" flavour. I just add spices.

I'm not sure what the recommended shelf life is for TVP, but I'm sure that I've used 10 year old TVP that I had left in my mom's cupboard before moving out, and it was as perfectly good.


I am also not really vegetarian, so I add a bit of better than bouillon to it when I rehydrate.  Shelf life on an unopened container is 20 years if I recall correctly. Long shelf life is why I bought it. I donít have a place for a deep freeze, but I do have underbed storage in the guest room.

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« Reply #458 on: November 14, 2020, 08:38:38 AM »
Where did you all buy your TVP?  Local stores don't carry it any more, and I did order 1/2 lb. on Amazon but believe I paid too much for it. 

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« Reply #460 on: November 14, 2020, 08:53:47 AM »
My new freezer arrived about half an hour ago! It is so nice! 15.5 CF! Tomorrow I will get my 49 cent per lb. turkeys and stow them away in the new freezer! YIPPIE!

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« Reply #461 on: November 14, 2020, 09:55:19 AM »
My new freezer arrived about half an hour ago! It is so nice! 15.5 CF! Tomorrow I will get my 49 cent per lb. turkeys and stow them away in the new freezer! YIPPIE!

You probably got the last one on the planet!

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« Reply #462 on: November 14, 2020, 10:46:59 AM »
I got it thru PC Richards. It is a Frigidaire and it seems to be a popular model at many stores but I did have a hard time finding it in my area. Sears wanted $75 to deliver and PC Richards delivered for free and in two days time! Was a perfect purchase. They called several times to let me know delivery window. The deliver guy called twice this morning to give me a heads up on delivery time. One of the best purchasing experiences in a long, long time! Price was right, painless shopping and quick delivery.

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« Reply #463 on: November 14, 2020, 11:34:32 AM »
I hope I'm not making a mistake, but I'm resisting stocking up like I did in March. I topped up are meat, rice, and paper towels (and mostly I use paper towels for patting dry meat), but I'm not buying canned goods or other dry staples. I'd like to add more chicken breast and a nice roast for Christmas, but right now I don't have room. Also, the pandemic has taught me how little canned food my family will tolerate. Canned tomatoes are fine (but I can't base meals on the because I'm allergic to tomatoes). Canned beans get a pass in chili or salads, but not by themselves (I already knew this one). Canned pineapple and peaches are fine, as is jarred applesauce. They'd rather not eat vegetables if they come from a can -- even corn. Jarred salsa is fine.

We decided against taking an upright freezer in August. We also emptied our garage fridge/freezer, so all we have out there now is the 8.7 cubic foot manual defrost chest freezer. We still have the refrigerator, so I suppose we could plug it back in and use it.

I saw turkeys at the regional chain earlier this week, but it wasn't a full display like it usually would be. Last time I went to Aldi was more than a month ago (10/10) and I was surprised to see they already had turkeys and hams. We don't want a turkey or ham, so no big deal. I honestly have no idea what I'll be cooking for Thanksgiving. I'm honestly thinking maybe we'll make pizza or tacos.

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« Reply #464 on: November 14, 2020, 06:32:26 PM »
Friday morning was busier than usual, but it could also be people buying Thanksgiving-related items. The only re-hoarding I've seen is the paper goods, such as the paper towels, the toilet paper.

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« Reply #465 on: November 15, 2020, 12:48:31 AM »
I managed to run out of coffee capsules last week. The internet obviously realised, and sent a discount code for a retailer I've used before. I also had paper "spend £X and get £Y off your bill" vouchers for a store I don't normally use that stocks good own brand coffee capsules. I now have 550 capsules. I use two a day and my husband uses one or two a week. We're sorted for a long quarantine.

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« Reply #466 on: November 15, 2020, 07:13:19 AM »
What is a coffee capsule?  My coffee comes from beans.

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« Reply #467 on: November 15, 2020, 09:50:02 AM »
Just got back from curbside pickup at the grocery store. Got my two turkeys and two spiral hams all on sale! Stocked up on the other usual stuff. Store parking lot at 9:20 am was getting full! Glad I got there early, then picked up a few bottles of wine and rushed home! Now, I am going to hunker down for a few weeks!

My two turkey's and one ham went into the new freezer!

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« Reply #468 on: November 15, 2020, 10:27:18 AM »
The parking lot at my neighborhood IGA was pretty full when we walked by at 8 AM, and itís not usually.

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« Reply #469 on: November 15, 2020, 10:32:24 AM »
I would suggest that if any of you plan to get any bargain turkeys, shop early. I have a feeling people are going to wipe everything out with this virus. They may have turkeys, but you might not like the size. I got two that were about 15 lbs. each and just what I wanted. But if I had waited too long the only ones left might have been 20# ones or tiny ones.

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« Reply #470 on: November 15, 2020, 10:51:51 AM »
I would suggest that if any of you plan to get any bargain turkeys, shop early. I have a feeling people are going to wipe everything out with this virus. They may have turkeys, but you might not like the size. I got two that were about 15 lbs. each and just what I wanted. But if I had waited too long the only ones left might have been 20# ones or tiny ones.

I was so excited that turkeys were finally on sale again (as expected this time of year, of course).  Yesterday was my normal shopping day - at 8am all they had were 22+ lb turkeys, which was more than I wanted.  They also didnít have any of the sale ground sirloin, or any spinach (??? what ???).  The problem with shopping so early is they arenít always fully stocked.  I popped back in today around 9:30, and got a 15lb turkey - they had the full range of sizes (plus lots of ground beef out, and the spinach back).  Whew.

I considered getting another turkey, but I assume theyíll be on sale again in December, so Iím holding off.  Iím just 1 person, so Iím not so focused on stocking up.

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« Reply #471 on: November 15, 2020, 11:43:50 AM »
NotJen, If you shop at Costco, they have these fantastic cooked turkey breasts vacuum sealed. I bought one about a month ago and it is approaching expiration. The Hub cut it in half and we each had a slice of it and it is OMG so good. It is boneless and a nice big breast. A beautiful hunk of meat! We cut it in half, vac sealed it and will freeze the two hunks for later on. This could be a great option for you! You will find this turkey breast in by the packaged meats like (refrigerated) deli meats I think. Not in the fresh meat area.

I was super excited today too getting my bargain turkeys and ham! Now, I will be on the lookout for Prime Rib Roasts! Sometimes they are on sale for $5.99-$6.99 a lb. I usually buy 4 and then squirrel them away in the freezer. Then we have them every couple of months.

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« Reply #472 on: November 15, 2020, 12:25:55 PM »
What is a coffee capsule?  My coffee comes from beans.

I'm guessing for use in a Keurig or similar machine.

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« Reply #473 on: November 15, 2020, 01:22:55 PM »
Just got back from curbside pickup at the grocery store. Got my two turkeys and two spiral hams all on sale! Stocked up on the other usual stuff. Store parking lot at 9:20 am was getting full! Glad I got there early, then picked up a few bottles of wine and rushed home! Now, I am going to hunker down for a few weeks!

My two turkey's and one ham went into the new freezer!

I'm jealous! I just picked up my order and none of the meat was in stock. I didn't go into the store to see if it was just the items that I ordered, but I suspect that the meat section would be pretty bare. I don't normally eat much meat, but I admit to being disappointed, as I had been planning to bbq today. Normally I like bbq tofu, but when I had been looking forward to steak, I expect it to taste like a let down.

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« Reply #474 on: November 15, 2020, 04:50:02 PM »
Sun Hat, so sorry on your bummer grocery experience! Just keep trying. I have been stocking up little by little since March. I have a good amount of things but it took time. We are eating it and replacing as the inventory starts to deplete. They predicted it was going to be really bad this fall and sure enough, it is getting terrible. I just want to stay away from the stores as much as possible. I bring baby wipes saturated with alcohol into the stores and wipe the cart handle, open the freezer doors with the wipes. Get out new wipes when I am back in my car and wipe down my hands. My dog gets groomed every six weeks and after I drop him off, I swing by an IGA store. They are very cautious and take your temp as you enter and squirt hand sanitizer into your hands. I pick up veggies and other things but it is an expensive upscale little store that caters to an upscale clientele. It comes in handy because it is close to my house but not really good to shop there all the time. Limited inventory there. It is a very small store. But, I'd rather play it safe as much as possible! Curbside works for me. I have a friend that is very picky and will not do curbside. She has to pick out her meat and fresh veggies. I am not that fussy. If I get something that is nasty, I will call the store and complain and they will return my money. Most stuff is packaged in plastic bags so, not seeing the problem letting someone shop for me! Wish, when I worked, curbside was available to me! It would have been so wonderful to have an extra hour every week not to shop!

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« Reply #475 on: November 15, 2020, 05:58:54 PM »
Reading what others are writing in this thread, and also checking with the media in terms of Covid cases rising, I'm pretty sure I've decided to plug the garage refrigerator back in. I think we need to go back to the March/April/May strategy of shopping less frequently. I want to have room for the things that last longer, like eggs, carrots, ultra pasteurized milk, etc. I also plan to order 40# of grass-fed ground beef in early December, and don't have freezer space for it currently.

I did a small Aldi order this morning so I could order yogurt for an upset tummy. DH has been wanting sparkling water, so I ordered two packs of their canned plain sparkling water, and my shopper could only find one available. I wonder if it has to do with the aluminum can shortage.

I do prefer to pick out my produce because I'm fussy about it, but I'm making do with what's chosen for me. I just make sure to prep as much of it as I can the day I get it, so I can be aware of soft spots, etc. I also include notes so the shopper knows I want them to check for freshness. It doesn't always work, but it's worth a try.

I think it was here in the MMM forums where I saw the suggestion last year to buy the Kirkland turkey breast for Thanksgiving. It was really good (for turkey). I'm pretty sure we're going to shake things up this year, however. For us, it's not going to feel like Thanksgiving in the same way, so why serve the same foods? I'm leaning heavily toward making pizza.

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« Reply #476 on: November 16, 2020, 02:45:53 AM »
K_in_the_Kitchen, I think you are wise in everything you said. Less trips to the store is my goal. Less exposure to crowds. In reality, there doesn't even have to be crowds. Just one Covid virus hanging around on handles, grocery carts can infect you.
Pizza sounds really good to me for any occasion! Just last week I made a home made dough and made my own pizza. It was a pesto, chicken pizza with mozzarella. I plan to make more pizza's and some calzones.

When I do curbside, there is no way to put in any comments on anything. You choose an item, quantity and that is it. I wish there was, but I am sure it would be too time consuming for them.

Where do you get 40 lbs. of ground meat?

My friend lives in MI and she tells me the stores are limiting things again, here in the north east I am hearing the same.

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« Reply #477 on: November 16, 2020, 07:51:04 AM »
Rancho Gordo finally has more beans in stock this morning (they got wiped out of many varieties early in the pandemic), so I've got 9lbs on the way (to get free shipping).  These beans are so good, I don't mind hoarding them, and potentially having to move with some in tow next year.

NotJen, If you shop at Costco, they have these fantastic cooked turkey breasts vacuum sealed.

I think I prefer the whole turkey - I like having a carcass to make stock out of, and plenty of meat to stick in the freezer for various recipes.  Plus my gravy was quite successful last time (and I'm not a gravy person).  I want to cook it up soon, but I'm going to wait to see how Thanksgiving pans out, in case I'm home (current plans are to visit BF's parents, a 5hr drive away, but I'm kind of hoping he changes his mind).


I've also never been in a Costco.

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« Reply #478 on: November 16, 2020, 10:05:57 AM »
K_in_the_Kitchen, I think you are wise in everything you said. Less trips to the store is my goal. Less exposure to crowds. In reality, there doesn't even have to be crowds. Just one Covid virus hanging around on handles, grocery carts can infect you.
Pizza sounds really good to me for any occasion! Just last week I made a home made dough and made my own pizza. It was a pesto, chicken pizza with mozzarella. I plan to make more pizza's and some calzones.

When I do curbside, there is no way to put in any comments on anything. You choose an item, quantity and that is it. I wish there was, but I am sure it would be too time consuming for them.

Where do you get 40 lbs. of ground meat?

My friend lives in MI and she tells me the stores are limiting things again, here in the north east I am hearing the same.

You are so right that the risk is there even if the crowds aren't! Around here unfortunately, the crowds are usually there, making it even riskier. I know we're fighting pandemic fatigue, along with a fair amount of innumeracy. I've heard more than one person say that they didn't get the virus when they shopped in the spring and that it's just as safe as it was then. But of course, with a much higher infection rate, the number of potentially infected people at any place is now higher.

Pesto chicken pizza sounds delicious! Since I'm allergic to tomatoes and to nuts I can't have basic red sauce or pesto (unless I make it nut and seed free), I make a pizza sauce for myself using kalamata olives and olive oil. I usually keep it simple and top it with mozzarella and veggies. I also like to use olive oil as a base for a pizza topped with thinly sliced potatoes along with some prosciutto.

Well, DH has expressed a preference to not have pizza. He suggested steak.

I do curbside with Sprouts. They use Instacart as their platform, but if I go through the Sprouts website it's better for me. Instacart allows the comments/notes. The downside to going through the Sprouts website is not having direct contact with the shopper. Some notes make sense, like if you want greenish-yellow bananas, but a lot of the notes I feel like I shouldn't have to to make. I shouldn't have to tell a shopper to check for cracked eggs or to check freshness dates.

I order my grass-fed ground beef from a small family ranch several hours from my home. The price has gone up to $7.19 per pound, which is just a little higher than it was in April. Buying grass-fed beef and pasture raised pork is one of the things we prefer, even though it's much more expensive. One motivation I had for us to reach FI was to be able to buy the meat I wanted, within reason -- we don't buy grass-fed steak because it's too expensive, and we mostly stick to ground or roasts. I also watch for sales; I just bought 20 grass-fed rump roasts because they were on sale for $4.39 per pound.

I'm still trying to stay prudent in terms of my hoarding stocking up. I think we need another case of salsa, one of applesauce, and a couple of cases of canned peaches, as those are all items we've gone through at a quick pace. My boys have gone though 30+ jars of applesauce (at 46 ounces each) and at least 4 cases of peaches. I'd like more chicken breast, not because I love it but because it's cheap and easy and we can't eat beef all the time. I was also hoping Progresso lentil soup would go on sale, but I don't think they have any incentive to drop it down to 99Ę this year. My oldest takes a can of the lentil soup for lunch when he works.

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« Reply #479 on: November 16, 2020, 10:48:45 AM »
LOTS of stuff out of stock for my Giant Eagle order today, including milk and eggs.

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« Reply #480 on: November 16, 2020, 10:55:40 AM »
I would suggest that if any of you plan to get any bargain turkeys, shop early. I have a feeling people are going to wipe everything out with this virus. They may have turkeys, but you might not like the size. I got two that were about 15 lbs. each and just what I wanted. But if I had waited too long the only ones left might have been 20# ones or tiny ones.
I went yesterday and searched high and low for a 12 lb turkey - we don't need a 22 lb turkey, thanks.  Ended up buying the slightly more expensive butterball.  Cannot fit another turkey in our spare freezer, so that's all we've got.

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« Reply #481 on: November 16, 2020, 10:58:57 AM »
Yeah, we are probably going to try and go back to the less frequent shopping also...we never manage to go more than a week and a half.  Lately, I've been shopping weekly.  I go early on Sunday morning (7:30 am), and there are rarely more than 6-10 people in the store at that time.  Downside: not everything is stocked then.

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« Reply #482 on: November 16, 2020, 12:16:54 PM »
LOTS of stuff out of stock for my Giant Eagle order today, including milk and eggs.

The scuzzlebutt  on our town FB page yesterday was that the wait for grocery pick up exceeded three hours and folks were only getting about 40% of their orders. Michigan shut down schools (and maybe restaurants?) on Saturday night though which I think panicked our corner of Ohio.

I picked up Saturday morning and got 95% of my order and didn't have to wait at all.

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« Reply #483 on: November 16, 2020, 02:39:32 PM »
Last month we built up a stash of TP. Nothing crazy, hopefully just about enough to get us though next summer ... that is, if the kids would stop spinning it like the Wheel of Fortune, lol.

Stocked up on a few staples as well, like bulk active dry yeast, pasta, and rice. Though part of this is just normal shopping so we're not frequently running to the store.

Also have 1/2 pasture raised pig and 1/2 grass fed beef on order, so ~300 lbs of meat for the chest freezer. Though this wasn't prompted by COVID, we've been wanting to source better meat for a while, but didn't because of our pending move. We now live in a place with great small scale local meat producers so we decided to go for it. But I'll admit, it's nice to know we'll have a freezer full of meat just in case.

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« Reply #484 on: November 16, 2020, 04:14:22 PM »
Did a curbside @ Kroger today no eggs, no turkey, no turkey legs, no hazelnut coffee the majority of everything else was substituted for a different item or brand.

Going to try again for a turkey, eggs and turkey legs later this week. If not I told the wife I guess we will just have thanksgiving sides and some of the rotisserie chicken thighs we put away this summer.

Guess I need to start paying better attention when we are getting low on stuff again let myself slip a bit.


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« Reply #485 on: November 16, 2020, 04:37:10 PM »
I just realized I am out of tampons....from March. There better damn well be tampons at Costco tomorrow morning.

Rant over.

Back to other hoarding.  I had good luck at the grocery store today, but I wasn't buying meat or cleaning products.  DH is mostly plant based, so we've been doing a lot more plant-based purchases.  Every single thing I wanted on the list was there except the Cheese Whiz. 

Why Cheese Whiz? I am doing a charcuterie Xmas house tomorrow.  It will have to be habanero pineapple salsa vegan cream cheese for the glue instead.  DH will be able to eat the walls and door. LOL.  The roof of salami and cheese will be for me with Boursin snow will be for me.  Mushroom snowmen will be for him.  :-)  It's give and take in our house.


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« Reply #486 on: November 16, 2020, 04:38:52 PM »
Yeah, we are probably going to try and go back to the less frequent shopping also...we never manage to go more than a week and a half.  Lately, I've been shopping weekly.  I go early on Sunday morning (7:30 am), and there are rarely more than 6-10 people in the store at that time.  Downside: not everything is stocked then.

We managed every 2 - 3 weeks March - June, but it took a lot of planning plus the chest freezer and garage refrigerator. All we were getting was produce, milk, and eggs. Fresh produce was the hardest part in terms of spreading out the shopping.

Checking Instacart, all my stores show delivery slots available today. I had wanted to do a big Costco stockup in person, so I may try to do that tonight (less busy in evening usually), as my last in-person shop. But I might go ahead and order instead. I'd like everything in place pre-Thanksgiving because I expect a major spike after. We're going to hunker down. I know the kids aren't thrilled because they were hoping for some loosening of rules, but we just can't.

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« Reply #487 on: November 16, 2020, 04:44:54 PM »
Just did a curbside Sunday but also realized I am out of a small list of things. I also want to pick up two more turkeys and two turkey breasts for the freezer. How can I resist when the whole turkeys are 49 cents a lb.? The turkey breasts are $1.29 a lb. that is pretty good too! I have a list of other mundane things to add to the list.

I am doing another curbside pick up tomorrow! OMG! Take my car keys away from me! LOL!

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« Reply #488 on: November 16, 2020, 04:59:46 PM »
Yeah, we are probably going to try and go back to the less frequent shopping also...we never manage to go more than a week and a half.  Lately, I've been shopping weekly.  I go early on Sunday morning (7:30 am), and there are rarely more than 6-10 people in the store at that time.  Downside: not everything is stocked then.

We managed every 2 - 3 weeks March - June, but it took a lot of planning plus the chest freezer and garage refrigerator. All we were getting was produce, milk, and eggs. Fresh produce was the hardest part in terms of spreading out the shopping.

Checking Instacart, all my stores show delivery slots available today. I had wanted to do a big Costco stockup in person, so I may try to do that tonight (less busy in evening usually), as my last in-person shop. But I might go ahead and order instead. I'd like everything in place pre-Thanksgiving because I expect a major spike after. We're going to hunker down. I know the kids aren't thrilled because they were hoping for some loosening of rules, but we just can't.
The hardest thing for us is always milk and eggs, because we get produce delivery from 2 places each week.  I found that I'd go to the store for milk - we'd need 2 gallons for 2 weeks, but all the milk they had would expire before 2 weeks were up, and we don't have room to freeze it.  The exception is Costco.  So, I'm okay with every 10 days, TBH.

I sort of stocked up on GF pasta this weekend (6 boxes), and got some spare TP.  But 6 boxes of pasta is only 6 weeks.  So I will buy some more this weekend.

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« Reply #489 on: November 17, 2020, 03:22:32 AM »
Try these boxed milks:

https://www.boxed.com/product/4217/horizon-organic-lowfat-milk-18-x-8-oz.-plain

https://www.amazon.com/parmalat-milk/s?k=parmalat+milk

I use the Horizion milk and for us, it is really good! We don't use much milk so this comes in very handy to use in recipes, mashed potatoes. It would be good to use for cereal because the container has 8 ounces and basically no waste.

You might be able to buy fresh milk plus stretch it by using the boxed milk for cooking, cereal.

You can also buy the 32 oz size of other brands. It is shelf stable for a long time.

Check your area to see if there is a farm where you can stop by and buy their eggs. You might find a great resource and help the farmers out too.

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« Reply #490 on: November 17, 2020, 05:54:12 AM »
I just realized I am out of tampons....from March. There better damn well be tampons at Costco tomorrow morning.

Rant over.

Back to other hoarding.  I had good luck at the grocery store today, but I wasn't buying meat or cleaning products.  DH is mostly plant based, so we've been doing a lot more plant-based purchases.  Every single thing I wanted on the list was there except the Cheese Whiz. 

Why Cheese Whiz? I am doing a charcuterie Xmas house tomorrow.  It will have to be habanero pineapple salsa vegan cream cheese for the glue instead.  DH will be able to eat the walls and door. LOL.  The roof of salami and cheese will be for me with Boursin snow will be for me.  Mushroom snowmen will be for him.  :-)  It's give and take in our house.

Not meaning to hijack a thread here, but if you're not familiar with a Diva Cup (there are lots of brands) it's a life changer. I wish I'd known about them 35 years ago.

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« Reply #491 on: November 17, 2020, 06:25:43 AM »
I just realized I am out of tampons....from March. There better damn well be tampons at Costco tomorrow morning.

Rant over.

Back to other hoarding.  I had good luck at the grocery store today, but I wasn't buying meat or cleaning products.  DH is mostly plant based, so we've been doing a lot more plant-based purchases.  Every single thing I wanted on the list was there except the Cheese Whiz. 

Why Cheese Whiz? I am doing a charcuterie Xmas house tomorrow.  It will have to be habanero pineapple salsa vegan cream cheese for the glue instead.  DH will be able to eat the walls and door. LOL.  The roof of salami and cheese will be for me with Boursin snow will be for me.  Mushroom snowmen will be for him.  :-)  It's give and take in our house.

Not meaning to hijack a thread here, but if you're not familiar with a Diva Cup (there are lots of brands) it's a life changer. I wish I'd known about them 35 years ago.
I can't get over the ugh factor.  I know it's the more responsible solution. It's probably also a good pandemic idea.  I'm kind of hoping this is the last box of tampons I will every need....Old age and all!

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« Reply #492 on: November 17, 2020, 09:57:36 AM »
I just bought 4 new board games (on sale) from the Amazon sale.

With us moving back to lockdown here in WA, and the crappy rainy weather, I feel like we are going to go through alllll of these quickly.

We have lots of board games already... but gotta keep the kids interested/entertained. At least it's quality family time, right?

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« Reply #493 on: November 17, 2020, 10:19:35 AM »
@FINate, if the kids are using too much TP, try flattening the roll before you put it into the dispenser.  It rolls less easily that way.

Case numbers are skyrocketing here, (and we're back into lockdown), so I have stocked up a bit more in my smaller town (there are empty spots on shelves again) and debating about going to Costco in the nearby big city, but getting more and more hesitant about that.  I had read not long ago that in one of their stores, there were very poor Covid compliance measures, so I don't know know that I want to take the chance.  Plus, I don't want to stand outside in a long line at -5C.  Might have to order the dog her favorite bones for delivery.  All else can be substituted.

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« Reply #494 on: November 17, 2020, 10:23:39 AM »
I think I won't actually go inside a store again until I've got my shots, so I'm extremely happy about my "hoarding".

The little neighborhood bar and grill across the street from me is closed today because the employees are in quarantine. Ask me how shocked I am...

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« Reply #495 on: November 17, 2020, 10:49:21 AM »

The hardest thing for us is always milk and eggs, because we get produce delivery from 2 places each week.  I found that I'd go to the store for milk - we'd need 2 gallons for 2 weeks, but all the milk they had would expire before 2 weeks were up, and we don't have room to freeze it.  The exception is Costco.  So, I'm okay with every 10 days, TBH.

I sort of stocked up on GF pasta this weekend (6 boxes), and got some spare TP.  But 6 boxes of pasta is only 6 weeks.  So I will buy some more this weekend.

I've found that eggs last at least a month past the sell by date -- I used to check them with floating, but since then I read that if an egg is bad we'll smell it, so with old eggs I break them one at a a time and sniff for freshness.

For milk, we started buying ultra pasteurized milk during the pandemic. I was freezing a gallon of pasteurized milk here and there, but it takes up so much space. I have room in the garage fridge for enough pasteurized milk to last a month, about 3 gallons stored as 6 ultra pasteurized half gallons.

Thanks for mentioning the pasta! We could use more of the Tinkyada/Pasta Joy white rice spaghetti. The health food store that carries it is rarely busy, as well. But there are no online or curbside orders. Still, it should be safe to do a quick stop in for the rice spaghetti and bacon. We'd given up bacon, but started eating liver regularly and bacon makes it so much better.

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« Reply #496 on: November 17, 2020, 11:00:05 AM »
@FINate, if the kids are using too much TP, try flattening the roll before you put it into the dispenser.  It rolls less easily that way.

Good idea. Thanks!

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« Reply #497 on: November 17, 2020, 11:00:57 AM »

The hardest thing for us is always milk and eggs, because we get produce delivery from 2 places each week.  I found that I'd go to the store for milk - we'd need 2 gallons for 2 weeks, but all the milk they had would expire before 2 weeks were up, and we don't have room to freeze it.  The exception is Costco.  So, I'm okay with every 10 days, TBH.

I sort of stocked up on GF pasta this weekend (6 boxes), and got some spare TP.  But 6 boxes of pasta is only 6 weeks.  So I will buy some more this weekend.

I've found that eggs last at least a month past the sell by date -- I used to check them with floating, but since then I read that if an egg is bad we'll smell it, so with old eggs I break them one at a a time and sniff for freshness.

You clearly have never smelled a rotten egg before!  Trust me, the floating method is better. Rotten eggs have a disgusting smell and it will linger for a long, long time.

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« Reply #498 on: November 17, 2020, 11:36:02 AM »
Yeah, you wonít have to sniff to see if an egg is bad. LOL

I havenít had a bad egg in years and years though.

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« Reply #499 on: November 17, 2020, 12:43:12 PM »
It's more that we go through so many eggs, it's hard to be able to fit them in the fridge.  For the amount of produce in our fridge each week...we just are space limited.  I could go back to eating oatmeal, but I'm not the biggest egg eater.  I eat one a day.  I found myself counting them this morning...if the kids don't eat eggs, we'll make it until Sunday.  For awhile, I'd added eggs to my weekly Thursday produce box (local farmer's eggs).  But then after COVID, so many people added them to their weekly subscription that they were permanently sold out.