February 14, 2007

There's Snow - What to Buy?


Everyone, run for your lives!

Seriously, though, be careful on the roads, especially once the temperature drops and everyone decides they’re snow experts again. It’s already raining here, lightly, which I expect means a nice, slick sheet of ice for either the evening commute or the morning commute depending on temperature fluctuations.

Here’s the question of the day to ponder:

The usual supplies you depend on in your kitchen are running low. You’re away from home (at work, let’s say) and you hear a forecast that convinces you you will be stuck in the house for about 4 days. Grocery stores are still open, it’s payday and you have time to make a stop. What regular grocery-store items do you pick up on the way home?

Posted by James at February 14, 2007 8:24 AM
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4 days hunh. Let's see I hit epicurious.com find 2-3 good recipes to try and pick up ingredients for them plus chilli and or soup ingredients. Oh and some dvds and chips. and booze (although we generally aren't ever low on that at my house).

Oh and I suppose any staples I might be low on (milk, coffee).

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 14, 2007 10:08 AM

Guinness. Midleton. Things you can grill in case power goes out, like steaks (the snow will keep everything cold in loss of power). Dog food. Canned veggies. Bagged salads. Fruit. Ibuprofen. Cat food. Books. Batteries. Candles. Bottled water. Matches. Crossword books. Propane.

Posted by: leslie at February 14, 2007 10:09 AM

Certainly the staples..bread, milk. I'd grab some eggs, and check to make sure I had fixings for PB&J, pancakes, Spam, Pasta and some jarred sauce, canned soups..basically stuff that I knew my kids would eat and that could be stretched.

Now, If I was Dr. M...I'd probably also pick up a set of tires.

Posted by: Lefty at February 14, 2007 10:33 AM

Now what good are tires when you're stuck at home? :)

I appreciate the concern.

Posted by: James at February 14, 2007 11:39 AM

Well, we all know how much news networks enjoy using their StormCenter graphics whenever there is a hint of snow. And I'd hate to be a lemming and join the grocery store lines of overreacting survivalists preparing for the worst blizzard in recorded history.

But you did say four days, so here's my brief list:

  • A few bottles of wine make playing in snow even more fun!
  • Emergency Captain Crunch supplies.
  • A few candles.
  • Two novels.
  • Yeah, yeah... a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk.
Posted by: Mike at February 14, 2007 11:50 AM

Nuts and Gum - together at last!

Nah, I never run out for food before a storm. Of course, I still eat like the average 18 year-old, so I'd just go through whatever crackers, chips, and bagels we had in the house over the next few days, and then live on coffee.

Posted by: DG at February 14, 2007 12:02 PM

A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter. Hey! I remembered. Sorry, what were you asking?

Oh, right!

I'd just make it a normal shopping trip. I'd check what we were low on that we would normally have. I'd probably buy some things if I thought we would run out. I'd definitely make sure I had fixins for a big pot of soup or chile and something grillable.

Of course, out here, we don't worry about that. And you don't really go to the grocery store if you think a big quake is going to hit...

Posted by: briwei at February 14, 2007 12:16 PM

Bread and cheese, sine qua non.

A large pile of mesclun.

Brussels sprouts, zucchini, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli rabe.

A pork tenderloin, some chicken breasts, maybe lamb chops. Fish for tonight, probably salmon.

And you know what? It's exactly what I would pick up if there weren't snow, except that I wouldn't usually buy for four days at a time (I pass the store on the way home, so I stop every day or two and only get fresh items for one or two days at a time.

Posted by: Barry Leiba at February 14, 2007 12:43 PM
  • Milk
    • in cereal, in recipes, in chocolate Ovaltine (for Maggie)
  • eggs
    • scrambled, fried, omelets, fried rice
  • cereal
    • snacks and the kids love it
  • carrots
    • snacks, stir fry, roasted veggies, stew
  • onions
    • stir fry, fried rice, soup, stew, roasted veggies
  • chicken or beef stock
    • soup, stir fry
  • potatoes
    • what can't you do with potatoes?
  • olive oil
    • essential
  • garlic
    • essential
  • chicken breasts
    • stir fry, chicken parm, grilled, fried rice, soup
  • soy sauce
    • essential
  • bacon
    • breakfast, for frying, and just because
  • flour
    • for baking everything
  • sugar
    • for baking
  • baking powder
    • baking quick breads
  • rapid-rise yeast
    • baking yeast breads
  • tomato puree
    • for sauces
  • cheese
    • mozzarella and cheddar for snacking, chicken parm, pizza, etc.
  • rice
    • with practically every meal.
  • some sort of beans
    • for vegetarian chili or something
  • cheap steaks like top round
    • for grilling, for stewing, for whatever
  • pasta
    • essential
  • Kraft Mac 'n Cheese
    • Kids love it
  • canned tuna
    • for protein variety and because it's easy
  • bagels
    • for toasting, for sandwiches. If I can't get them, just bake my own.

And we'd better have Ovaltine in the house for Maggie.

All you Bay Staters trying to buy wine from the Supermarket are out of luck. :P

In any case, I didn;t necessarily expect that people would purchase different stuff in the case of a storm, but I think we all normally have different shopping lists.

If I'm stuck inside for 4 days, I'll likely be spending even more time than usual cooking. But I likely wouldn't be able to plan out all 4 days, so I would just try to stock up on multipurpose items.

I would definitely be baking.

Posted by: James at February 14, 2007 1:26 PM

Our pantry and fridge or freezer almost never are without staples so I'd rarely need to pick up anything but things that need to be fresh or is unique for a recipe, which I usually pick up on the way home most nights anyway. In fact if forced to I'm sure we could survive for a month easily on what's already in the house. I've even got powdered milk (for baking) if worst came to worse and I didn't have any milk.

The liquor store who's entrance is 20 feet from the entrance to Shaws will do just fine for my liquor needs.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 14, 2007 1:39 PM

I'd pick up milk if I thought we were running low. Other than that, I generally have a lot of canned and frozen food.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at February 14, 2007 7:24 PM

Brian - I'm not sure, but I think it was a bottle of milk.

I'm not sure if I'd ever want to go on that kind of shopping "trip," though. I seem to remember it was very trippy.

I'd buy lots of cans of soup. I'd also get the makings of a good spaghetti sauce. Probably not a lot of perishables, though. I can use my stove if I lose my electricity, but not my oven, and I'd want to stay out of the fridge. (I know I could keep some stuff cold outside, but I'd be afraid of varmints getting to it.)

Posted by: Julie at February 15, 2007 10:40 AM

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