October 20, 2005

Feed Me

What not to do when a hurricane might be coming your way - Go to the grocery store at 10pm at night. I usually shop twice a week... Mondays and Fridays at the grocery store. With the storm coming, I thought I would go last night and get the stuff I would cook for the weekend. I have hurricane supplies and didn't need those! Water, can'd goods, bags... you know the drill. Instead, I was going to get a few extra of the perishables. Basically things you don't need when a hurricane hits. Milk (goes sour when no electricity is keeping the fridge going), bananas (they only last 2 or 3 days before turning black), bread (in the humidity with no electricity, they mold in less than a week). But I didn't have enough to last through Sunday... so I thought I would chance getting some of that, along with hamburger or chicken to cook asap. Wouldn't want to waste that money having it thaw in the freezer.

Ready for this? There was not ONE banana, I had to buy 4 quart milks because all the rest was gone, and there was NO bread. What were these people thinking? This stuff does NOT last. Why buy so much of it? Soups? A ton left. can'd fruit? I was able to stock up. Peanut Butter? Didn't look like anyone bought a single jar.

Help me out here... I wanted ONE loaf of bread, ONE gallon of milk and about 9 bananas (that lasts us about 3 days)... Why would everyone buy as much of that stuff as they could carry? It is going to SPOIL! You will have NO POWER.

Ok, done venting. But if you can explain the logic of why they went crazy on those items to me, I would appreciate it.

Posted by vw bug at October 20, 2005 01:18 PM | TrackBack

Heh. In Chapel Hill they do the same thing even though we never get much more than tropical storms. And in the winter too, even for a trace of snow. Idiots.

We always kept stocked up on granola bars and fruit snacks so we wouldn't have to worry if the bread and milk sold out and we could still eat reasonably healthy.

Posted by: caltechgirl at October 20, 2005 01:42 PM

Everyone else is probably well-stocked on canned goods too. Facing the possiblity of living off of packaged food soon, they had the same idea you did, get in a few more meals of fresh foods.

Or it was an evil plot...probably by blondes who think you enjoy tormenting them. The only way to know for sure is to see if they left the olives.

I wonder why they don't make a breadbox with a removable silica gel tray for places with high humidity...unless it would dry the bread out too much.

Posted by: marybeth at October 20, 2005 02:31 PM

I vote evil plot :-)

Posted by: Harvey at October 20, 2005 02:45 PM

That always amazed me about Philadelphia. Whenever there was a chance of snow, everyone rushed to the supermarket and bought bread and milk. Apparently if it snows, bread and milk taste better. who knew?

Posted by: oddybobo at October 20, 2005 04:59 PM

I am tring to read this but the left side bar has it covered and I can't get it to move. Is there a secret I have not figured out yet? But anyway, stay safe because it might be a hard blow!

Posted by: GUYK at October 20, 2005 07:42 PM

Sweetthing keeps about a hundred pounds of ice in a small freezer we have just for that purpose. When the power is out we put the ice in various ice chests with the perishables but leave about twenty five pounds in the small freezer and put the milk, her orange juice and such in it. It works like an old timey ice box and the ice will keep thing cold for five or six days. Last year it worked out well for us-twice for five days at a time. She freezes the ice in big square two gallon pans and then takes it out and wraps it in newspaper. It stack better in the freezer that way.

Posted by: GUYK at October 20, 2005 10:18 PM

Considering I usually eat canned food and haven't bought milk in years... I don't know what I'd buy.

Posted by: _Jon at October 24, 2005 02:56 PM