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Oct 20, 2013 08:55 PM

Any recipes with food I can keep in my room?

Long story short, bad roommates who have gone through $200 worth of MY groceries in four days.

Anyone have any recipe ideas using only food I can keep in my room? I don't have a fridge, but do have access to the stove/oven/microwave and have a crockpot in my room.

ANY ideas would be greatly appreciated. Stupid roommates do not listen.

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  1. My only recipe is. Yes, I have dealt with this problem.

    1) Get a small studio fridge,maybe 70 bucks.

    2) I had a large plastic camping cooler for my dry goods. Inexpensive.

    3) A couple of small airtight containers for your leftovers.

    4) Always clean your dishes,pots,pans,etc...When using the kitchen.

    A lock for your door.

    You should be good to go. Keep your food and drinks safe.

    No more moochers. Problem solved

    1. In any communal living arrangement, there have to be rules about sharing expenses equitably. It sounds like you need to call a meeting to establish some food policies and label what is yours in the fridge. If your self-serving roommates can't abide, a small fridge for your room will be much less than the last grocery clean out (providing you can lock your door.) Get yourself a good crock pot cookbook or better yet, new roommates.

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      1. re: Chefpaulo

        I've tried talking to my roommates, but they will not listen. I've written my name on my food. I've put everything in a shoebox in the fridge with my name on it. Nothing works.

        I'm saving up to move out, but until then I could really use some recipes.

        1. re: danishenanigans

          notes and rules don't work with this type. sorry but they just don't.

      2. I had this problem once. I:

        1. kept food at work (forget the obnoxious office fridge swiper stories as they take a pass when it's stuff you have to prepare from scratch - they only grab sandwiches and stuff).

        2. once every week or 2, I'd bribe them to CLEAN THE DAMN HOUSE and in return I'd make up a great veggie stirfry (it was CA so vegetables were as dirt cheap as the bathroom was filthy). I got a clean-ish house and they were fed for a day or 2 (they were a bunch of druggies so didn't really eat THAT much but as emglow mentions a lock isn't a bad idea, they really didn't go into my room as I never had pot or meth, but another housemate usually did have some, I wonder how much she lost to their attrition)

        3. scouted out the best taquerias on the way home so I could hole up in my room with a honking big burrito.

        4. found by eating out at decent cheap places I still came out ahead rather than hoping something was still in the fridge at home.

        5. dry pasta and canned goods for the occasional pasta puttanesca. try it with canned clams as well sometime.

        I saved up a deposit on the next place fast using these tactics. I also saved my laundromat quarters, not in a jar, but in the pocket of a jacket I never wore in my closet.

        1. I suggest letting some things ahem "ripen" in your room before returning them to the fridge. That way, once they get the runs, they may learn their lesson.

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          1. re: Tokyoite

            Yeah, my wicked thought when reading this post was "exlax".

            1. re: sandylc

              Exactly, a nice big pitcher of 1/2 iced tea and 1/2 senna may also do the trick nicely.

          2. Buy some canned dog food. Place in Tupperware with your name on it.

            When I dealt with a roomy like that I ate a lot of cereal. Kept the cereal in my room and luckily he had no interest in my soy milk in the fridge.

            Dried ravioli can be stashed in your room. Maybe get some dried milk. If you buy or make sauce, can you freeze leftovers or will they take that? Maybe store them in leftover sour cream or yogurt container.

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            1. re: youareabunny

              HA! or containers printed up as 'medical samples - biohazard' and tell them you have a gastroenterological situation!

              but with folks like this the best place in the fridge for the good stuff is at the bottom of the vegetable crisper under the raw spinach.

              1. re: hill food

                That's what I do. Spinach is excellent, maybe get some oddities at the ethnic market to hide things in or under. Or say you get hot during those special days and keep your feminine products in the fridge, then store some stuff in there.

                That's how I hide things when I goto the theme park :). Nobody ever pokes around those!

                Then again this depends what gender your roomies are.