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Feb 4, 2010 01:39 PM

Storm shopping

With a big storm heading to NJ, we'll see the usual culprits clogging the supermarket parking lots buying bread, milk, and eggs.

What do you provision in advance of a storm? I always have boxed milk for emergencies, and bread in the freezer, and don't use a ton of eggs. And I'll go shopping tonight after 9 to avoid the crush.

I'll visit the deli counter for cold cuts for the kids-two teens can make short work of turkey, roast beef, and cheese. A case of seltzer. Grapefruits. Fixings for potato salad. A nice roast to make into long simmered beef in red wine and tomato sauce. Egg noodles too. Rice and asparagus for risotto. That should cover the storm and Super Bowl Sunday.

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  1. The grocery stores here (Virginia) were a zoo today too. I was there buying produce. We were totally depleted after being snowed in most of this last week. I could probably survive for quite a long time just on pantry items and things in the freezer, but produce is the thing I run out of.

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    1. re: mountaincachers

      Agreed with the produce. I went shopping for some fruits and veggies last night- lemons, pineapple, potatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini. Always have some frozen 'just in case' veggies in the freezer. Bought tortillas and bread yesterday too.

      To everyone who mocked those who stock up before a storm--
      It's not being able to go out after a storm to shop- it's WANTING to. I know after a storm, the streets are a mess, parking is a disaster, and it's just a dangerous situation. Parking in Brooklyn is bad enough-- why risk it after a snow storm?

      Also, love the excuse to use a snow day to cook and bake. House always smells yummy after a snow day!

    2. Last week, when we had the storm here in NC, the parking lots were full at the grocery store for the usual (milk, eggs & bread). I have a body sized deep freezer that is usually full and I keep bread in there. So, I got a few pantry items & ice cream..everyone else was shopping like the food trucks were not going to be able to get through to the stores.

      This time we're only supposed to get rain so the stores weren't packed

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      1. re: Cherylptw

        What do you do with the body when your freezer is full of storm foods? :)

        1. re: nofunlatte

          I just prop it up in the cold outside until I get room to put it back in...(lol)

      2. I make sure I have flour, because I can make bread with that. I make sure I have something to make soup with, and perhaps some oats for breakfast.

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          1. This is too funny - I worked at a deli/small market in Connecticut and every time there was going to be a snow storm we had a major run on American Cheese - apparently it is the key to survival! During one "catastrophic event" we ran out, and this guy went ballistic! He cursed and stomped and had a fit!

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            1. re: jacquelyncoffey

              That's awesome. I work retail and know the type. I live on the Texas gulf coast, and we have to prepare for hurricanes, but the last thing I would buy is American cheese. Does this "food" have one redeeming quality that qualifys it as food? One thing I am never without for a hurricane is charcoal for the inevitable power outage. Does anyone up north buy charcoal or gas for their grills? I don't hesitate to grill in the 40's down here, how about the twenties?

              1. re: James Cristinian

                I will grill in just about any weather, but most of the people I know are too much of a "weenie" to go out in the snow to cook, they just whine and complain and go out to eat.
                Also, buying charcoal is tricky, the stores don't usually have much on hand in the winter.
                I remember having to just about swear on the bible to one store clerk that I wasn't going to try to heat my home with charcoal. She honestly didn't believe that I was going to cook!

                1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                  My husband grills year round on charcoal. he has a specialty grill/fireplace store he gets his charcoal from. We just picked up about 40 lbs of lump, so we are good to go! tonight is a split turkey breast and baked potatoes. we also have some gorgeous pork chops he can put on if we lose power! of course he has to shovel off the deck tonight before he can really get going, lol!

                  1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                    I remember doing burgers and dogs on a Weber Kettle in our driveway one Christmas Eve and seeing neighbor's faces in their windows probably wondering "what is he up to now". The snowstorm was predicted so I took the grill from the backyard and put it in the garage. Had to shovel a path out to get it far enough from the house, but that started me on grilling in any weather. I won't be out there tomorrow night, but I'll be doing some grilled chicken before Saturday!

                  2. re: James Cristinian

                    I have the gas line hard-wired to the grill. It's so much easier than re-filling the propane tanks. But I had to get a propane-to-natural conversion kit from the manufacturer (I think it's a DuKane?). The snow is this very minute coming down and we're looking at between 8 and 15 inches. I'll take a broom and push the snow out of my way and off the top of the grill, start it and cook burgers on it tomorrow if we're home.

                    Speaking of storm shopping... I brought home some tomatoes and some cheese so that I could broil the tomatoes in the grill, too. Then I hack them up, hot, and put them into pasta (which we can boil on the gas stove in case of power outage). The oven is gas-fired convection, and won't work when there's no electricity.

                    1. re: shaogo

                      Yeah, we converted our grill from propane to natural gas. I think the kit was about $100.

                      You guys be careful. That storm is a biggie.