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Stocking Up

With bad weather bearing down on the midwest and east coast I am wondering what you all stock up on, if anything at all? I usually only stock up on beer, wine and booze, just in case the office closes so I can celebrate, which has only happened once. AI also make sure I have candles in case the power goes.

On the same subject, why do people stock up on bread and milk? I saw a news segment where a woman in the midwest was at Meijer picking up 8 gallons of milk and many loaves of wonder bread. What could she possibly be doing with such things? And why would you want to live off of them for days if you couldn't leave home?

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  1. Maybe she had a day care center or something. Otherwise, wouldn't that milk go bad before her family finished it?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      It can be stored outside in the below-zero temperatures.

      1. re: FlavoursGal

        Good point. You can tell I'm a California girl!

    2. that pre-blizzard supermarket frenzy has always mystified me. there are very few places left where one is actually snowed in for endless days.

      i confess i am going shopping now to get my ingredients for v-day dinner, rather than trudge through the snow tomorrow. although i did decide to make hot soup instead of cold pate!

      1. My 17 year old called me at the office and asked if a few of her friends could sleep over and then bake tomorrow (we're the food and cooking house). So i stocked up on eggs, flour chocolate, chocolate chips, etc, plus a nice oven stuffer and some yukon golds for all of us to eat tomorrow night.

        Likewise a couple of DVD's (Departed for my boston brethren).

        1. this may not qualify as 'stocking up' for survival's sake, but whenever the weather gets super cold I buy a lot of chocolate and invite friends over for board games and chocolate fondue, and hot chocolate in the morning.

          1. Jfood - now I am craving chocolate chip cookies!

            I was just talking about the ridiculousness of stocking up on bread and milk! I can't understand it either.

            Though I confess I did go shopping today - grabbed a few things for a Valentine's breakfast tomorrow before my man leaves me for a week (to Florida, for business, if his flight leaves as scheduled amid the storm that's supposed to hit in the Northeast...)
            Picked up lots of hot peppers too - much more essential to life than bread.

            Got the Departed DVD too...will watch it tonight while noshing on takeout Indian food...cozy! This is our Valentine's dinner, a night early. And I know, I know, I am a big shmoopy! (No, you're the shmoopy...)

            1. During really bad snow storms, it's my understanding that many Midwesterners prepare huge amounts of bread pudding for consumption. That should put an end to the mystery. : )

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              1. re: Cheese Boy

                Hmmm, I always thought it was french toast...

              2. Between growing up on a ranch in Oregon, and working in Florida, I learned to make annual preparations for the respective winter and hurricane seasons. Now it is my "earthquake kit" here in California. Here are a few of the "survival" culinary items I included for a week's provisions (presuming you have all the pantry basics): (also, it's always handy to have a propane stove or tabletop cooker available. I've been able to prepare some fun (simple and delicious) meals on a single burner during power outages.

                I stocked provisions annually, and even though the shelf life was at least three years on canned goods, I made it a practice to replenish every year. All canned goods were donated to a local food bank where they were readily used well within the use-by date.

                Bottled water (gallons or larger) - if power goes out or pipes freeze
                Chicken broth
                Beef broth
                Canned tuna (I have a great source for locally caught, hand-packed tuna, but grocery store is ok!)
                Canned chicken
                Canned tomatoes
                Canned veggies (corn, beans)
                Dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, apricots) - you can make amazing desserts with this fruit in a liquor!
                Canned fruit (peaches, pears, pineapple)
                Canned milk (not to drink - to cook with)
                Canned soups (not the best option, but when you don't have the power or water to make homemade, this comes in handy feeding a group or just one)
                Dried beans (soup mixes)
                Chocolate chip cookies

                FRESH PRODUCE:
                celery (though won't last as long as the others unless refrigeration is available)

                FRESH MEAT: (presuming frozen and power doesn't go out - otherwise eat up!)
                Chicken parts or whole
                Pork loin
                Ham hocks

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                1. re: SanseiDesigns

                  My hurricane preperations are similar, except I buy canned beans rather than dried ones... there are only two of us to feed, although last time round I fed all our neighbours as well! You can make a darned good pizza on a charcoal grill! (we have a large five-day-rated cooler to keep the cold stuff cold...) (which reminds me - our landlord bought us a larger fridge this year, so we're going to have to buy a second cooler to hold it all!)

                2. Well, I am in Northeastern Ohio. We now have 13 inches and going strong. I just came in (yes, I know its midnight) from unearthing for the 5th time today. When I know the Great White Hype is coming, I pretty much decide what I am making for dinner for 3 days and make sure I have ONE gallon of milk (big cereal eaters) and just normal basics since I am going out anyway. I am not scared of driving in any form of snow..its ice that I am not friends with. That 13+ inches ain't got nuttin' on me! Driving ban? BAH! I will be out tomorrow despite the 10 more inches we are scheduled for. Hey, its Valentines Day and I have a hot date with my butcher and my local chocolatier!!!

                  1. I am also from the midwest and I stock up on the same things that SanseiDesigns does- mainly pantry items and I really get crazy when they're on sale or I have coupon. And if the power does go out, with sub-zero temps here in MN - putting it outside seriously works. We usually put our pop in the entry because it stays nice and cold!

                    1. Before we were married, DH's hurricane preperations consisted of a loaf of bread, a couple of bottles of soda and a HUGE jar of peanut butter, with some canned tuna if there was any left in the store by the time he got there. MY preperations revolve around a camp stove, propane, and an entire plastic tub full of canned stuff that I can cook up into something semi-edible. If we lived somewhere that it snowed they'd be similar, except I'd be able to add fresh produce galore and store it outside in the cold until I needed it!

                      1. The folks that buy all the bread, milk and eggs before a storm are called French Toasters in my neck of the woods. :)

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                        1. re: marmite

                          Bread Puddingers would fit well too.

                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                            True. I don't like bread pudding though, so I don't know what goes into it. :)

                        2. People are creatures of habit and many people can't/don't/won't cook. At some point they internalized the idea that they need bread and milk if there is a storm so they go and buy it. I would love to think that they're making bread pudding, but I'm not entirely sure that they know how to make toast.