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Do you hoard?

I tend to hoard. I just cleaned out my freezer from tons of ice cream, various frozen meats and seafood. I am a hoarder. If there is a good sale, I buy too much.

Who else hoards? What do you hoard?

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  1. I stopped hoarding when I realized that I was throwing a lot of the sales items.
    I overcame my hoarding by being a cheapskate. lol

    1. l do hoard too much. If it is inexpensive or rare, l will purchase and hopefully find something to do with the item over time. l now have 70 different honeys and 80 salts among other things. Also to have a wine cellar is hoarding with permission, a wonderful thing.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        At least you hoard things that keep. I got some Oregon truffles that I couldn't use every day until they went bad. I have some truffle butter in the freezer, but I have to say it gave me a big buzz to open the fridge and smell that smell- they were so fragrant. But I digress. There wasn't much room in the fridge for those truffles and they fit in a quart ziplock bag. My fridge has more condiments from more countries than should be allowed.

      2. I do, but only food, and only when I diet. Weird, huh?

        1. I "stockpile". LOL...I like the thought that if I want to make anything, anything at all, I have the supplies. If I run out of something, I spend too much to replace it. If I keep a good amount of supplies, I stay within my "budget". :)

          I don't let anything go to waste, though. I will either utilize local food banks or make food for the chickens or dogs and freeze it.

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          1. re: sommrluv

            I like that "stockpiling" instead of "hoarding".

              1. re: EWSflash

                LOL...I purchased a big pressure canner this summer but haven't had a chance to break it out yet. We buy grassfed beef by the whole and hubby hunts, I'll buy whole chickens and certain fish (like trout) by the couple dozens and toss them in the freezer.

                BUT...my church and friends know that in any family emergency, I can bang out four or five nutritious meals in an afternoon and have them at someone's house so they deal with real life issues and not have to eat McD's.

                1. re: sommrluv

                  Thus the difference 'twixt hoarding and sharing.
                  What canners and freezers were invented for.

          2. Do I ever!!! As my id states, I am obsessed with food BUT also with staying skeletally skinny. I starve all day & eat all the calories I allow myself at night in one big feast. So whenever I see something I like or want to try, I buy it & mark on a calendar when I plan it for. Needless to say, my tiny apartment is stocked with enough to feed an army.

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            1. re: obsessed with food

              Obsessed, I am exactly the same. Scary.

              1. re: nycgal31

                nycgal31: Scary for a normal human being but I've been doing it for 30 years!

                1. re: obsessed with food

                  Oh my, don't you get the shakes? Light headed? Crazed? during the day?

                  If I don't eat something about every 3-4 hours, I don't feel well and I can get a terrible headache that will last even after eating.

                  1. re: eatswjoy

                    That feeling you describe passes. It's worth it for me to be able to eat a whole ton of food at once. I am NOT saying I am normal or recommending this.

                    1. re: obsessed with food

                      Wow, I just can't imagine.

                      Thank you for answering, I hadn't realized that this was an older thread until after I posted.

                      Best wishes to you and happy feasting. :)

                      1. re: obsessed with food

                        I don't get the feeling often, but I just can't think/function when I'm like that.

                        I'm a snacker because even if I tried to save up for one big meal a day, I only have so much real estate.

                      2. re: eatswjoy

                        I get that way too. It's awful. Just this past weekend, we were spent until I got paid this week, and had little to eat at home. I was so miserable! The headache lasted from Saturday morning until mid-day Monday. Not to mention the weak, shaky feeling. :(

                        Full disclosure: I get tension headaches multiple times a month, so this isn't rare. But not eating is a sure-fire way to bring one of those bastards on in a heart beat!

                2. I don't know if I actually hoard, although there are some items of questionable vintage in my pantry. I am not capable of buying one can or package of something that is on sale. if Tomato Sauce is on sale, I will buy at least two, more likely 4, even though I don't have an immediate use for it. At what point does this become hoarding. I have a teeny tiny kitchen. I probably have 60-80 various canned goods at any given time. Far more than a single guy probably needs

                  1. I'm trying to break Mrs G of the habit by pointing out the amount of money being wasted. I recently went through the freezer and threw out almost $50 in chicken dated 3 years ago. It was closer to $100 in candy that hadn't been touched for about the same length of time.

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                    1. I hoard leftovers - veggies, rice, soup - to make 'freezer soup' - but I totally take it too far. How many plastic containers of two tablespoons each of black beans, frozen corn, frozen peas, carrots, black-eyed peas, and some liquid from last time I made a roast does one household need?

                      (Answer: as many as I can fit, given that we don't have a chest freezer or what my mom called a "deep freeze.")

                      1. My sister is the hoarder, buys way too much of everything at Costco. My parents were awful hoarders even though they lived, literally, next door to a Costco. I go to Costco and rarely even get ten items. But when Barilla pasta is on sale at the local market I stock up because we eat it at least three times a week.

                          1. re: babette feasts

                            +1. No. I watched one episode of "Hoarders" and decided I'm just fine.

                            1. re: Sue in Mt P

                              I guess that would make all of us feel better.

                          2. The mellifluous balance twixt fridge freezer and pantry
                            is the way to ensure that everything's on hand.

                            Far be preparedness from hoarding,

                            Bot heck yes I'm fellla who stockpiles sardines.

                            1. Nope, never. There are only two of us, so we buy what we need for the week and eat it. Any leftovers are eaten for lunch within the next week, typically by me.

                              Growing up, my mom's best friend had a full freezer in her garage just stocked with TV dinner and other crap. I never understood it.

                              1. I’m intrigued by this discussion, though I am quite the contrary to the majority. I don’t much like to over-acquire or accumulate much of anything perishable or to be burdened by things in general (although I haven't the heart to throw out my CDs or books). My freezer stores items that must be preserved. I’ve got a few different containers of stocks, several packets of different chiles, etc. I’ll use it if too much fish is caught or I get hold of something unusual and can’t consume it all at once – local bacon, Anson Mills grits.

                                In fact, my refrigerator often looks quite bare, save the dozen or so condiments on the door (about half of which are hot sauces), a lot of seltzer, and enough fresh produce for two or three meals. There are literally twenty stores to buy fresh foodstuffs within a couple miles of my house. It’s often easier, and typically tastier, to simply use five to ten minutes to procure what we want or need.

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                                1. re: MGZ

                                  I wish I my fridge looked like that. :(

                                  I think my main issue is leftovers. I grew up in a family where when you asked what was for dinner, three nights out of seven the answer was "leftovers". You would think this would make me averse to them, but I end up with ten containers of bad science experiments every time I clean out my fridge.

                                  I guess I just haven't learned to cook for two yet. I'm still cooking for seven.

                                2. I do hoard- mainly staples and canned goods, but I've also usually got a good selection of meat in the freezers.

                                  I think that it comes from having spent some time as a poor single mom- I bought in quantity when things were on sale. I don't feel really comfortable without full cupboards and freezers, as there were just too many times when it came in handy. Now it's just a bad habit.

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                                  1. re: aenea

                                    That's my excuse too but it only lasted a few months and that was years ago! Thank goodness for expiration dates - they are a wake up call for us.

                                    1. re: aenea

                                      I am a poor single mom, there is something so comforting about opening the cupboards and knowing that we won't starve this month anyway.
                                      I buy large amounts of staples on sale, flour, sugar, pasta, rice, dry lentils and beans, canned tomatoes. Bags of onions and carrots, lots of garlic and ginger, bags of frozen veg.
                                      I always have baking supplies and dried milk, with that I can keep the munchkins happy if it's a bad patch.
                                      CHEESE we love cheese and keep a lot of it, it's often on sale half price because it's reaching it's sale by date ( so it's more aged, isn't that a good thing?) with that I can make a pizza when I am baking bread or do a stove top mac and cheese that is delish besides the usual sandwich or gratin topping.
                                      Other basics I keeps a backup of are tahini, mustard, ketchup, eggs, oatmeal and lots of spices.

                                      I am kind of passionate about my pantry :) I think it's a good habit actually, I almost never have to toss anything out and much of what I have is bought on sale

                                      ETA honey, coffee, tea and some other stuff, but it all has long shelf lives, perishable stuff is bought in small mounts and planned for carefully, we have almost no waste

                                      1. re: diajo

                                        we should all be as well organized as you. that's not hoarding, its being prepared.

                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                          well thank you :D

                                          I do share should a hungry soul show up from my daughters' friends, and they sometimes do, looking for a mammas love and a hot meal

                                          1. re: diajo

                                            The world needs more folks like you.

                                            1. re: Veggo

                                              awww thanks
                                              I find most folks are good people :D, I'm nothing special

                                        2. re: diajo

                                          I've got all the same stuff in my pantry. When frozen veggies are on sale, I stock up on broccoli, string beans, peas, and spinach. There's always cheese in the fridge and shredded cheese in the freezer. Canned beans, pasta, canned carrots (husband loves em), canned tomatoes, marinara sauce.

                                          When meat is on sale I stock up too. I just like to have everything at hand to whip up anything at short notice.

                                          1. re: cheesecake17

                                            that is funny, we do the same frozen veg you do, we don't like mixes and my girls don't like cauliflower. But no canned carrots and I prefer cooking my own beans but I do have some canned chickpeas on hand for quick hummous ...and tuna

                                            love the freedom my pantry brings me, always a good meal at my fingertips :)

                                      2. Mountain House #10 cans. If I buy any more I will be able to survive a 5 year siege.

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                                        1. re: CDouglas

                                          My mom's "bed frame" is actually two layers of boxes full of #10 cans. I would say about 18 boxes per layer, so that comes out to ~216 cans. Sugar, brown sugar, whole wheat, rice, oats, germade, vegetable soup mix, flour....

                                          She tries to rotate it out, but that stuff is about ten years old at this point. The flour started tasting funny a few years ago, but it's really apocalypse insurance. When the grocery stores are empty, we probably won't care about funny flour. :p

                                        2. I don't buy too much of one item, but I'm a condiment collector. I'll buy something unusual while traveling and then won't open it because I keep "saving it for company" / "I won't get it again" / "I can't open it and just have one spoonful, and then let it go bad"

                                          I have a bunch of stuff out in my pantry right now that's been sitting there a good while.

                                          Freezer hoards I'll still use unless they're burnt. Recently used some phyllo that had been hanging out up there a while.

                                          1. Currently hoarding all sorts of dead animal flesh in my freezer Will cook the quail and pheasant when I'm good and ready damn it! Also all sorts of frozen things I need thaw and re-heat.

                                            1. Concurrent with this danged "Daylight Savings Time:
                                              I am giving a view to my freezer.

                                              Planing down the few ridges of ice has been built up
                                              yet all of the foodstuffs jostle with sweet accord
                                              that they're there for a place in my future.

                                              There is melody within a well husbanded hoard.

                                              1. My mother tends to stock up on things and likes a very full cupboard because she didn't have it growing up. She likes being able to have it, for her it's a form of security. The downside is that 90% of it goes to waste. You look into her fridge and it's just crammed full of full that is going bad. She cleans it out and it's not full of rotten food but it's still a lot of food being wasted.

                                                I have long had a small kitchen so I could not stock up on too many things but I am starting to do so when I see good sales on canned goods, pasta, hand soap, etc.

                                                My goal is to have more than I need right now but not more than I'll be able to use in a reasonable amount of time.

                                                If I use two cans of San Marzano tomatoes for sauce and they are on sale then it makes no sense to buy less than four at a time but not really more than 6 if I only make sauce once per month. :)

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                                                1. re: eperdu

                                                  I joke with my parents that they buy things so that they have to rush to eat them "before they go bad". They will buy ten dozen eggs if they are on sale. Their pantry, freezer and fridge are pretty much the same way. They were both born during the depression era, and I wonder if that timeframe and mentality overflows a little. Funny thing is, I don't remember having stockpiles when I was growing up, maybe it's just because the family was going through the food at a faster rate and there weren't "sales" at the small local grocery store like there are nowadays. There was no Costco and massive chain supermarkets in my small town growing up.

                                                  1. re: im_nomad

                                                    IM: mine are the same age-ish and their hoarding has definitely increased, they shrug it off with the 'depression baby' excuse, which I can allow some slack but I call bullshit and ask them why "X" needs to be saved and what possible use is it to anyone (and we're talking empty mustard bottles clogging the fridge)

                                                2. No. I live alone, so I prefer to shop every other day and plan accordingly. I have stuff like canned tomatoes, pasta, cannellini, rice, EVOO, vinegar, some fruit, a couple of onions, garlic, a couple of kinds of cheese, tea in my pantry at all times, but the only things in my freezer are some peas and leftover tomato paste, which is pretty typical.

                                                  It's wasteful to throw things out, so I try never to be in that situation. And it drives me crazy to have the refrigerator so full, I have to make room for the things I cook or have leftovers from.

                                                  I'll eat one meal out every other day, every third day, maybe. Usually fish, which is my favorite food, and which I also cook at home a few times a week.

                                                  1. You know, I've only noticed this in the last year or so, but I do. I've always noticed that I feel especially full of contentment as I put away the groceries, but, lately, it's started to become more than that, more like a sigh of relief. I come from a midwest working class background, and while the budget was carefully attended to while I was growing up, it wasn't until my parents divorced that I knew poverty. It changes you.

                                                    But I grew up, I took charge of myself, and I was fine. More than fine, in fact. But the cafe I was working in closed last year, and the boyfriend encouraged me to take some time off. We have savings and investments, and are doing okay. But I don't think either of us expected the job market to *keep* shrinking, or our mutual funds to become ever more WTF since the initial dive in the economy. And, so, I do have *nine* bags of dried beans in the pantry. I have a freezer that requires me to call upon my not-quite-forgotten Tetris skills. Okay, so does the pantry. And the fridge. Right now, I am all too well aware that I only have one can of tomato paste. It doesn't matter that I can use the one can in two or three recipes: It is the Last One. It doesn't matter that I can walk a half mile and buy another with the change in my pocket: it is the Last One.

                                                    My depression era grandmother saved bread bags . . . for decades, because "I might need them someday". My boyfriend, upon my first visit to *his* grandmother's, quickly turned to me at the door after he had knocked, and hissed, "If she offers lunch, we are *not* hungry. Trust me. NOT hungry." As long as I don't reach that point, I'm satisfied with the level of my neurosis. I have come to like the term 'prudent'. ;)

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                                                    1. re: onceadaylily

                                                      I wish I could remember the actual name of this, but there used to be a bread that came in yellow and black plastic bags with little bumblebees all over it (we used to call it bumblebee bread). As kids we used to cut out the little bumblebees and stick them on the fridge etc. I can also remember making kites out of bread bags.

                                                      (I would like to point out that I am not a depression era grandmother either ;) )

                                                      1. re: im_nomad

                                                        Am I imagining that I can picture that bread bag? Bees on colorful plastic, edging onto the window that showed the sliced loaf? I can't remember the name of the company either. I wouldn't have been encouraged to cut out the bees, however. That bag was spoken for.

                                                        1. re: onceadaylily

                                                          oh god my folks flip over tossed twisty ties, even though there's a drawer full. (I like to have a few around but I'm not going to lose sleep) bread bags? ever see the throw rugs made out of those? actually sort of cool.

                                                          1. re: hill food

                                                            Do you know why this is so funny? I started to write about keeping twist ties (I keep, maybe, every sixth one . . . they are NOT recyclable, and it bothers). But I deleted it. I had to reread my own post to make sure that I had deleted it! And I have no idea why that bothers me *more* than the odd styrofoam egg carton, but there you have it.

                                                            . . . You can make rugs out of bread bags?

                                                            1. re: onceadaylily

                                                              oh yeah they were big in the 70's, the bags get twisted until they're maybe a3/16" diameter and then woven together, it's more of a doormat or something for in front of the sink, but now that I think of it there's no reason why it couldn't manipulated into some kind of plastic flokati. (oh god the madness is spreading I REALLY need to spend less time around them)

                                                        2. re: im_nomad

                                                          Honeybee Bread! The song went " Honeybee Bread is made with honey, tastes so good la la la la la" Forget the rest of the words OL!

                                                          1. re: spazita

                                                            Honeybee Bread is made with honey
                                                            Boys and girls may think that's funny
                                                            But honey makes Honeybee Bread so good
                                                            Tastes the way really good bread should!

                                                            This jingle played on the radio all the time when I was little. All of us kids asked our parents to buy Honeybee Bread.

                                                            Of course there was nothing special about the taste, but the bag was strangely attractive.

                                                            I think it was a brilliant advertising venture.

                                                      2. Mom used "Magic Marker" to label the entry date of her goods to the pantry.

                                                        Then in early 90's I gave her some fine-tipped Sharpies.

                                                        The stash in that closet had lots more of her scribblin'
                                                        and the volume did surely increase.

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                                                        1. re: FoodFuser

                                                          Fuser, that's actually a good idea, so you know what the hell that frozen chunk of brown is and even document the level of insanity when challenged over tossing it (I caught hell the last time I was discovered to have tossed a cracked plastic dish lid 3 WEEKS after the fact, from the level of emotion one would have thought I burned the only surviving photo of your beloved mother)

                                                          1. re: hill food

                                                            Sharpies be sharp
                                                            as such was my Momma.

                                                            1. re: FoodFuser

                                                              and they don't smudge. but I've seen mine do that a few times over the years and it's sorta scary.

                                                              1. re: hill food

                                                                Ahhh, problems we have in these days full electrified
                                                                with good constant flow in our rich food supply.

                                                                So when Sharpie meets Ziploc to label for freezer
                                                                let's bless our abundance
                                                                and begrudge the occasional smudge.

                                                                Though sometimes yes there's some granular bleed
                                                                But never so fuzzy can't read them.

                                                        2. I think I hoard. I live alone and I have a kitchen fridge plus a fridge and a freezer in the garage. Plus, I have a utility room with plenty of space where I can keep canned goods, etc. Here in Florida, I keep all my dry goods like flour and cornmeal in the freezer. But, everything is full. When I was learning to cook my first husband was a giant eater so I kept alot of stuff. In addition, my Polish Grandmother always said that if there are no leftovers, someone went hungry so I always cook too much. I hoard mostly on sale meat that I shouldn't have bought. I always buy big cuts of meat and cook when company is coming. My freezer and both refrigerators are almosy always full. However, everyone likes to come here because they think I'm a good cook so on the spur of the moment I can shop in my freezer. So, is it hoarding or planning?

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                                                          1. re: Floridagirl

                                                            as long as you use it or share it it's not hoarding, if it just sits and rots (food or other things) then it's hoarding

                                                          2. what is meant by "hoard"? surely I don't know .hoard means is a collection of valuable objects or artifacts, sometimes purposely buried in the ground.

                                                            1. My mother was a dichotomy of hoarder/spendthrift. She hoarded in her freezer, buying ridiculous amounts of meat. She, too, was a depression baby, albeit the end of the depression, and there were plenty of days when we kids were growing up that there wasn't enough. So, my mom might have three turkeys, four beef roasts, half a dozen chickens in her freezer, BUT in her fridge is pre-sliced cheese (you can't slice a piece of cheddar yourself!) and microwave bacon. Weird. I have convinced her that she doesn't need a freezer full of food all the time, and now that she's a snowbird, she sees the wisdom in that. But she still buys pre-shredded mozzarella, and sliced ham in a sealed packet. AND she still goes shopping every day. I can't break her of that habit.

                                                              1. I hoard things that are really hard to come across away from their sources. Havana Club rum. Huitlacoche. Cohibas, real ones. Black coral.

                                                                And I bought a huge quantity of incandescent light bulbs, more than a lifetime supply for every lamp in my homes. I just don't like fluorescent light, sorry.

                                                                1. Yes and no. I assume you are defining hoarding as having multiples of the same thing, or many varieties of the same thing. I do keep a lot of spices, and when I buy fresh rosemary I "hoard" it to make sure it goes a long way. I also find things in my freezer that I don't remember buying. But basically I don't buy that many varieties of any condiment, or more than 3 or 4 of anything on sale.

                                                                  My mom had packaged beef for a decade in her freezer. I don't think she ever ate it up. She and my dad bought 1/2 or 1/4 of an Angus cow(?) steer(?) and it never got eaten. I used to open her freezer and ask when she was going to eat some of it. My dad died and I don't think she thought of cooking the meat for herself. I suppose it was dumped at at some point. I do think having the meat packaged and stored in her freezer made my mom feel secure in some way.

                                                                  1. my hoarding or stockpiling is seasonal - living in south Florida I empty my freezer around May/June and stock up on canned goods and hurricane supplies. At the end of hurricane season I run down those stocks and can restock the freezer. I have learned the hard way with no electricity for a week after Wilma that there is no point having an overstock of perishables.

                                                                    Tomorrow the US Mail is picking up food for food banks, I have managed to go through my pantry and give away things I know I won't ever eat.

                                                                    1. I don't call it hoarding. I call it being wise. We stocked up on bacon at Costco a few months back when it was 4# for 10.99, Kirkland brand.

                                                                      Couldn't believe it when I say Hormel Black Label bacon was $6.79 a pound at our local supermarket.

                                                                      Glad I have my bacon stash. This economy is horrible!

                                                                      My pantry is quite full. Tons of canned goods of the basics. I stock up when there are dollar sales. Love the long shelf life.

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                                                                      1. re: justalex

                                                                        I agree, stocking up on foods that are on sale that you would use in the future anyway is just smart.

                                                                        I tend to buy things that I would really miss if there were shortages or if the price hikes dramatically, like your bacon example.

                                                                        1. re: justalex

                                                                          That Hormel Black Label bacon is my favorite store brand bacon, and I am so sad it's gotten so expensive.

                                                                          Yes, I hoard. I am actually frustrated with it right now. No place to store anything, and nothing to eat at home!

                                                                        2. A little bit, I guess. I'll grab more than I need of a closeout or some such other deal at the grocery or Sam's, but not generally on regular sale items. I am kind of a sucker for certain kitchen or other cooking items found at a deal. Oh, and maybe grills. I have about 7, plus a smoker, so far...

                                                                          1. I do hoard. When we were young, we'd always laugh at my grandmother. She had a chest freezer full of meat, a refrigerator freezer full of meat, and an entire walk in pantry filled with enough canned goods to stock a bomb shelter -and it was just her and my grandfather in the house!

                                                                            Well, I am now channeling her inner hoarder. My husband is self employed, so cash flow is sometimes iffy (things are never really bad, I'd just be happier with a steady paycheck). I don't feel secure unless there is an abundance of food in the pantry. I need to look on the shelf and see endless cans of tomatoes. It actually creates stress for me when supplies are getting low. It's such a great feeling when he gets a fat check and I can go to the grocery store and come home with a huge order. It's like holding your breath and finally being able to breathe .

                                                                            There must be something wrong with me though. After we get all the groceries bought, brought in, and put away, I won't use the "new food". I'll still shop for each meal for the first week or so. It drives my husband crazy. For some reason he doesn't get why I need to go to the store when we have thousands of dollars of food at home.

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                                                                            1. re: Whinerdiner

                                                                              I know someone just like you. Her need for Full Cabinets All The Time so precluded her spouse's being able to buy and store food for them to cook and eat during the week that they ate out 90% of the time. Once when I dog-sat for them for a week, the spouse asked me to get rid of every bit of canned food that was out of date. This was practically everything in the pantry.

                                                                              It all got replaced ASAP, and the spouse realized the canned food was a stage prop, around which she had to live if they were going to continue to stay together as a couple.

                                                                              It was mostly canned soup, jarred pasta sauce, lots of box pasta, and cake mixes and frosting. None of it ever got touched.

                                                                              I've never understood it, really. I go shopping every other day at the latest, and cook fresh food. I only have multiple cans of tomatoes and beans, which I use.

                                                                            2. My mother is a food hoarder (God love her) and I am her enabler, she lives with me and we have three freezers in the basement(all full), one well stocked pantry under the basement stairs, one set of shelves also fully stocked, two large plastic garbage containers, with 50 lbs of rice, and other dry goods. My mother is 74 and an excellent cook, she makes her own soups and sauces and freezes them. She rarely eats out, saying she can cook better than what she can get a restaurant. We are blessed in that she has a good pension and I have a very good job. She also raised her niece and nephew all the while working a waitess at a high end country club, but she is not used to cooking and buying for two now instead of four. I try and talk her into downsizing but she cannot resist a "good sale"! Meat, bread, fish, pie glaze, etc .She is not stingy in that she cooks and sends my co-workers, and relatives food and bake goods. I guess I'm not complaining we do eat very well. But sometimes I wonder if there is an underlying reason why people act the way we do.

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                                                                              1. re: kpaumer

                                                                                but what happens when the power goes out? I live in flood and tornado country and it's a real concern, if it's an ice storm I can just put it in coolers in the garage, but otherwise more than 3 weeks worth seems a risk (unless it's a side of beef).

                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                  I'm more of a pantry hoarder, not so much for the freezer. BUT I recently did an inventory and realized how much money I was spending so I'm working on using it all up now. :)

                                                                                  I realized I did it because I was afraid of running out of food. Sometimes I forget to eat because I'm concentrating on work, I don't like the food enough to finish or my workout is too brutal for the amount I ate that day. What then happens is that I run too low on sodium internally so I get shaky. This runs in my family. My dad and my sister have the same issue. When I was a kid, I used to hoard snacks in my bag for those just in case moments to keep the shakes from getting really bad. And it rarely happens now because I usually eat enough. Unfortunately, when I got older the "bag" became my pantry. However, I live where there are lots of grocery store options near me so that is helping me to change.

                                                                                2. re: kpaumer

                                                                                  "But sometimes I wonder if there is an underlying reason why people act the way we do."

                                                                                  Undoubtedly. Sometimes, there are more than one.

                                                                                3. Food, no. Recipes and cookbooks...hell yea.

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                                                                                    1. I'm beginning to wonder. I've spent a good portion of the morning online window-shopping for what would be my fourth set of dishes. More of an addict, I think, than a hoarder. It's nothing like on those shows. I'm going out on Saturday to buy some bookshelves, in fact.

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                                                                                      1. re: Jay F

                                                                                        You may not hoard, but you do overconsume. Four sets of dishes? Why?

                                                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                                                          Oh, I agree. I used the word "addict."

                                                                                          I like having different sets of dinnerware. I used to be a caterer and my favorite part was figuring out how things were going to look. And you can't do that if everything's the same.

                                                                                      2. sometimes - seasonal items mostly such as the Nestle dark and mint chocolate chips. when they came out last month I got 6 bags. But, we've already gone through at least one. DH LOVES dark chocolate and mint, so I'll try to get plenty before the disappear again. :)

                                                                                        1. Ingredients? Oh, yes. You should see my pantry. It is a dream pantry, filled with all sorts of excellent stuff from specialty stores and our trips to Europe. But it also contains tons of stuff I make such as preserves. I open up my pantry regularly just to look at all the amazing things. It nearly makes me weak in my knees. My problem is occasionally I buy things because they seem cool at the time and then I forget about them (my pantry is large). And this may sound strange but sometimes I just don't want to use the item up! Weird, I know.

                                                                                          And yes, I also hoard culinary books. Hundreds of 'em. Other stuff? No. Only food-related things.

                                                                                          1. No, my grandparents are food hoarders and my parents constantly have food that is expired in their cupboard and fridge.

                                                                                            I do keep items stocked in the freezer. Like since turkeys are on sale I have one for Thanksgiving and bought another for the freezer. Around St. Patricks day I will pick up 3-4 corned beef briskets for the year. But the thing is, I use them. For instance the two turkeys I had from last Thanksgiving are gone. The 3 corn beef from last year has been used up for months now. What really helps is I plan the weekly menu on one dry erase board so I can mark when I need to thaw something and I have another that sits next to my reasonable size freezer for two people (7 cu.ft) that lists what is in there. If I had a larger freezer I may have to watch myself, but since I have that to work with, I go through stocking and purging cycles.

                                                                                            As for the pantry, I keep moving to dang much. As in moved 4 times in 7 years. When you have to pack, carry, unpack, and put away an item you discover the items true worth to you. Old risotto, tossed! Old spices, pass. Good canned tuna, ah will have as first meal in new place.

                                                                                            1. I stockpile. I'm not really stockpiling for the apocalypse - though at least if it happens I'll have nice imported pasta for the duration.

                                                                                              We stockpile for quite a few reasons. I like to buy things on sale, and there are things that we have to be extremely brand loyal to because of my allergies. If the one kind of canned soup that I can have AND find palatable goes on sale, I'm stocking up. We also shop at local discount 'bent and dent' stores - if you find something great there, it probably won't be there next time, so snag at least a few packages.

                                                                                              I'm used to having a pantry - I grew up in a tiny town - there was a grocery store for maybe the first 5 or 6 years of my life, but not after that - the nearest grocery was 20 minutes away, and in the winter, you may not be able to make it for several days, so it was important to be prepared.

                                                                                              A big reason for our pantry is that I'm disabled by severe asthma - I'm overly sensitive - sometimes the smell of my husband's toothpaste will set off an attack for me. If I'm having a bad day, which usually means that I've spent several hours taking treatments and doing airway clearance therapy, I'm not really up for a trip to the grocery store and a big fancy meal.

                                                                                              Today was one of those days. DH and stepdaughter got a frozen southwestern chicken pizza for dinner. But they loved it.

                                                                                              1. No. Never. I rarely eat canned or boxed mix type foods. I buy most of my food fresh. By the end of the week, my fridge and pantry are mostly empty with the exception of some dried grains, spices, and boxes of kid cereal.

                                                                                                1. You should observe my hoard of herring! And no, I don't have a Miracle Ear device. I'm just Danish.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                    Just awful. And here's a Turkish lesson: Towel, Taffy, Border. (Thanks, I believe, to either Monty Python or Firesign Theater.)

                                                                                                  2. apparently they've been running sales for a couple on Libby's pumpkin puree. I got home from the store Saturday with 3cans to add to the (at least) 3 cans that were already in the pantry! oops.

                                                                                                    1. High prices have made us all hoarders, I should think. Example, normally Campbell's canned beef or chicken gravy costs $1.39 here and this week it is fifty cents. Who could resist laying in a few cans?

                                                                                                      1. I liked Kontxesi's mom's idea of hoarding items under the bed, but when Ben and Jerry's was buy one, get one free at my Florida Publix last week, it's not going well.

                                                                                                        1. I hoard pasta and rice. Sadly I can't go to the market without cruising through the pasta section and picking up at least 2-4 packages of different shaped pasta. At minimum I keep at least 6lbs of rice for "whenever".... Can't help it. I don't stress or worry if I run low on anything else, but if my pasta shelf or rice bucket "seem" low I will buy more regardless. ...and yes I cook pasta and rice daily for my family....

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                                                                                                          1. re: Munkipawse

                                                                                                            Munkipawse: <<I hoard pasta and rice. ...and yes I cook pasta and rice daily for my family....>>

                                                                                                            I don't think it counts as hoarding, then. Cute name, btw.

                                                                                                            1. re: Munkipawse

                                                                                                              you need to move to hawaii, 6 pounds of rice would be considered a bare minimum by most families here. as a single person I usually have at least a 5 pound bag of white and another 5 pound bag of brown rice on hand at all times. we just have to get you into the spam habit. there was a dock strike here in 1949. it went on for months (177 days.) people ran out of things, they ran out of pretty much everything. if you go to someone's house who was around at that point you will find they have lots of rice, lots of spam, and lots and lots of toilet paper. the chlldren of those people are not quite as bad, but every time we have a hurricane or tsunami warning watch those 3 items disappear from the shelves.

                                                                                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                There is no such thing as too much toilet paper.

                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                  Bwaaa Haaa! A friend of mine picked up like 50 rolls of TP at a garage sale (still in wrapper) and showed them to me. He got them for $5. I was incredulous - "Who sells TP? It's not going to expire!"

                                                                                                                  1. re: JerryMe

                                                                                                                    maybe it was an estate sale and the seller (by proxy) had indeed expired...

                                                                                                              2. re: Munkipawse

                                                                                                                I don't consider that hoarding. I buy rice by the 10 pound bag, in 3 different varieties.

                                                                                                              3. I like a well stocked pantry but I don't hoard. I also cull.

                                                                                                                1. yes!
                                                                                                                  we are cross-border shoppers - ie Cdn who have to go 2 hours to the nearest TJ's
                                                                                                                  (or even just to the gas station over the border - where we all stock up on the ILLUSION of cheap gasoline, cheap dairy and eggs - the whole nine yards

                                                                                                                  and - as someone above suggested - i do use the sharpie to mark the month and year of each individual shopping. I find it super helpful in the not-so-successful recovery process! In any event, it does alert to my good intentions (oh, i'll make curry so therefore i need coconut milk from TJ"s etc cuz it's cheaper than up here in Canada etc)

                                                                                                                  i grew up in the day when sugar was super expensive and people did make their own breads, baking, jams, etc - my mom would buy 20 lb sacs of sugar and flour etc and store it in our "feed room" (total secure in theory to rodents) - in our very well built barn

                                                                                                                  we had two huge freezers cuz we had farm products to preserve (meat and garden)

                                                                                                                  and don't even get me started on my twist-tie and rubber band collection!
                                                                                                                  or the spare little ketchups from the drive-thru!
                                                                                                                  or the sugars from the take-out coffee
                                                                                                                  i don't steal them - it's what they give you when you order for an office etc.
                                                                                                                  this is a really interesting question
                                                                                                                  i notice my 60-something partner is in the same ball-park - if we can buy one case of fruit, then buy 9 - and it rots and i will not ever can or freeze (why?) --- etc.
                                                                                                                  looking fwd to reading more -
                                                                                                                  from a cross-border Cdn hoarder ; )

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                                                                    I keep all the sugar, Splenda, ketchup, soy sauce, mustard, honey packets. They're all in a Tupperware in my pantry. It all comes in handy.

                                                                                                                    1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                                                      I do that with the moist towelettes from rib/wing places and keep them in the car glove box, in case I have to change a flat or whatever before a job interview.

                                                                                                                  2. I guess technically I am hoarder as I do what many of the other posters said- stock up on basics as well as take advantage of good sales. At any given time I have multiples on hand of things I use often.

                                                                                                                    During the last few stormsI realized that my family would have been very well fed for at least a month, longer if we didn't lose power, without even going to the grocer store.

                                                                                                                    One thing I do make a point of doing is have a pantry/freezer challenge every couple of months or so. This allows me to take stock of what I have, makes sure I use things up before they might go bad or before the quality is compromised.

                                                                                                                    Oh and my food saver has paid for itself 10o times over at this point.