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Foods you dislike buying—but sometimes need to

This is a pet peeve of mine. It really irks me when I need to buy something that I would rather not buy. For example, packaged rice and noodles. So laden with salt and junk but DH loves them.

A bottle of extract when all I need is 1 teaspoon. Usually it’s a flavor I seldom use so the rest just sits in the pantry.

It also bugs me when I’m out past mealtime and get so hungry I need to grab fast food. I really dislike buying fast food. To me this is a waste of money and calories better spent for something I really like.

Am I the only one bothered by this?

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  1. You're not the only one. This morning, I had to gas up at QT, and ran in for a soda while I was there. I knew I was hungry, but instead of succumbing to the rotating hot dog or the paper wrapped chicken biscuit, I went for the banana by the cash register, because of exactly what you mentioned about wasting money and calories - I don't want anything that I am not happy to eat.

    1. No, this irritates me to no end. My DH HAS to have a soda whenever we stop at a gas station, even though he could easily have had a soda before leaving the house, or could buy a case of cans or bottle so that he always has a "to-go" option in the fridge. Drives me insane.

      I agree with the OP about fast food, too - I always try to plan and eat before I go places or whatever, but there are times when things just take longer than you expect and it's eat out or wait till midnight.

      I don't usually buy too much junk at the grocery store but every now and again DH will get seized by the desire for some crappy boxed dessert and I'll get sucked into buying it, even though I could easily make something 100000000x better. He'll eat 1/4 of it, say it doesn't taste as good as what I make, and let the rest go to waste.

      1. Fast food. I dislike buying it because I have a ton of good food at home but sometimes...I need it. Whether it's the onion rings from BK or the jalapeno bites from Arby's I just get a hakerin' and have to have them.

        I also hate buying things with a short shelf life. Toasted sesame oil can have an astoundingly short life span once opened.

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        1. re: Aabacus

          Keep the opened bottle of sesame oil in the fridge...it will last in good condition a LOT longer.

          1. re: Aabacus

            This is me with Chik-fil-a which, alas, is on my way home from work.

          2. a bunch of fresh parsley - recipe calls for 1 or 2 tablespoons - but, im left wondering what to do with the rest (and usually it's A LOT). and it doesnt last - so, youve got to use it soon. i tell myself that i'll do something with it, but often i find that i forget about it. nowadays, i use dried parsley - but, sometimes a dish isnt the same without it being fresh.

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            1. re: majordanby

              Wash it, chop and put in the freezer. Of course you can be like me and intend to do this but instead forget about it and let it wilt/go slimy. Same with basil and cilantro.

              1. re: majordanby

                I don't know if you like tabouli (tabbouli, tabbouleh) but that's what I'd make. Parsley is usually pretty inexpensive, so I'd buy two bunches, use what you need for the recipe, and make a taboui salad for a side - if it would go with what ever your recipe is.

                  1. re: majordanby

                    I've been putting leftover parsley in a cup of water and it can last a few weeks. Cut the ends and put it in water like you would with flowers.

                    1. re: majordanby

                      I do the same as Jeebs ( use a clear glass pitcher) and put it in the fridge with a plastic bag over it. When I open the door I see it and it's a reminder to use it. It keeps pretty well that way.

                      I have a love-hate relationship with ice cream. DH makes the request before I leave for the store, I'm trying to lose a few pounds, I feel annoyed to buy it, and then I'm tempted to eat it when I get home. Vicious, vicious cycle.

                      1. re: majordanby

                        I grow parsley for that exact reason, you have to buy so much and most of it ends up in the trash. Yes, I've done the "put in water, cover w/plastic bag in fridge" but it takes up a lot of room. I can't leave it on the table as my cat will knock it over, so, I grow it, in the summer, anyway.

                        1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                          thanks for the advice, everyone! tabouli, freeze, put in water, grow!

                        2. re: majordanby

                          The frozen herbs in cube trays work well (you can certainly make your own, but these are the essence of convenience).

                          http://www.mydorot.com/

                          They're a couple bucks at Trader Joe's or you can get a multi-pack at Costco with parsley, cilanro, garlic and basil.

                        3. I *hate* buying chicken stock. I should have it in my freezer and when my demand outlasts the supply, I'm forced to buy the supremely inferior boxed schlock.

                          I also hate buying Cream of Anything soup. I've started making my own flavored bechamels to avoid having to do so.

                          Also, having just gotten acquainted with my Kitchen Aid grinder, I hesitate to buy any ground meat. I'd rather do it myself.

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                          1. re: Christina D

                            "I also hate buying Cream of Anything soup. I've started making my own flavored bechamels to avoid having to do so. "

                            A bit off topic, but try making your cream soups with a veloute instead of a bechemel, then add a little cream at the very end. You'll end up with a soup that is cheaper to make, is a bit lighter, and IMO tastes better (especially since you led on that you make your own chicken stock0.

                            This also allows you to freeze the soup. You can get the soup completely made other than the cream, then freeze it and cream it when you are ready to serve.

                            1. re: twyst

                              Ooh...awesome idea! I'll definitely try it. Thanks!!