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So, I went into my extended pantry in order to make a list for a trip to the city next weekend. I am bringing my Son back to the University. I get there 3-4 times a year. Costco, WinCo, Asian and World food markets. This a big deal because we live 240 miles away from such luxury. I always spend at least 500 bucks per trip and usually much more, on foods to stock up on.
For a couple of decades, it seemed we were always playing catch up, with large holes that needed to be filled. Not this time. It has become clear that my need to do a large shopping trip to Costco et el, is no longer needed. They offer nothing that will add anything more to my pantry that would work within a reasonable rotation schedule. I have no more than 5 items on my shopping list. Olive oil, fresh garlic, dishwasher pods, garbage bags and Basmati rice.

Now, I will be stocking up big time on herbs and spices from WinCo. I have a hundred mylar bags just for that reason. Also from WinCo, if they have it, will be 200 pounds more wheat, once that is done, I am done with food... for now.

Other than that, I can think of nothing.

I guess Cabela's, Scheels and other sporting goods stores will get most of my attention. :D:cool:

If you can think of something I should consider, please list them. Both the Wife and I cannot find any holes in our current stocks.
 

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Chocolate. You can never have too much chocolate 🤣
I have cocoa powder, both Dutched and not, pounds of the stuff. We also have 10 pounds of baking chips, bars and snack chocolate.
But, more chocolate is always a good thing.
 

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Honestly if I was in that position, I would look at what gets used quickest and maybe build an extra 3 months worth of that just as an inflation hedge right now.
I am slowly running out of space. I have 1.5-2 years worth of goods for 4-6 people. And being stocked saves us a fortune. You are right, inflation is very real, To be able to not buy anything until a sale hits is comforting. Even if the sale price is higher than normal price 2-3 years ago. It is still a win. :)

I seriously cannot think of anything... The rotation is set, if I buy another 3 months of convenience, I risk wasting some things.
TBH more LTS stuff is on the list but, it will be bought online.
 

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So, I went into my extended pantry in order to make a list for a trip to the city next weekend. I am bringing my Son back to the University. I get there 3-4 times a year. Costco, WinCo, Asian and World food markets. This a big deal because we live 240 miles away from such luxury. I always spend at least 500 bucks per trip and usually much more, on foods to stock up on.
For a couple of decades, it seems we were always playing catch up, with large holes that needed to be filled. Not this time. It has become clear that my need to do a large shopping trip to Costco et el, is no longer needed. They offer nothing that will add anything more to my pantry that would work within a reasonable rotation schedule. I have no more than 5 items on my shopping list. Olive oil, fresh garlic, dishwasher pods, garbage bags and Basmati rice.

Now, I will be stocking up big time on herbs and spices from WinCo. I have a hundred mylar bags just for that reason. Also from WinCo, if they have it, will be 200 pounds more wheat, once that is done, I am done... for now.

Other than that, I can think of nothing.

I guess Cabela's, Scheels and other sporting goods stores will get most of my attention. :D:cool:

If you can think of something I should consider, please list them. Both the Wife and I cannot find any holes in our current stocks.
I know the feeling. For a while now I've felt like I've pretty much got it all squared away. The new house has given me something new to work on though. Most it's about getting all those preps up here and ready to use. I'm also eventually going to start looking at empty space again and thinking about how to fill it. We were literally stacked to the ceiling in our city home.
 

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Right now I'm pretty much just buying deep sale items that we regularly use, and items made with foreign ingredients that may become unavailable - coconut oil, olive oil, vanilla extract and/or beans, cinnamon sticks, coffee, cocoa, imported alcohol products, etc.
 

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Right now I'm pretty much just buying deep sale items that we regularly use, and items made with foreign ingredients that may become unavailable - coconut oil, olive oil, vanilla extract and/or beans, cinnamon sticks, imported alcohol products, etc.
Ha! perfect! I am making my own vanilla once the beans get here but, you reminded me to pick up another bottle of pure vanilla. I have enough for the rest of the year and well into next but.... Thanks. I knew it was good to ask people here for ideas.
 

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Ha! perfect! I am making my own vanilla once the beans get here but, you reminded me to pick up another bottle of pure vanilla. I have enough for the rest of the year and well into next but.... Thanks. I knew it was good to ask people here for ideas.
Not exactly a restocking item but the last time I was at Rural King I noticed and old fashioned Icecream maker that I'm thinking of getting. Think in terms like that because when it gets really rough, comfort foods may be what keeps the edge off.
 

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Not exactly a restocking item but the last time I was at Rural King I noticed and old fashioned Icecream maker that I'm thinking of getting. Think in terms like that because when it gets really rough, comfort foods may be what keeps the edge off.
Good idea. I'll see what I can find. If the price is right...
I am a lover of ice cream...to a fault.

*We got a "free" countertop ice maker for joining Sam's club. It has been a Godsend. My wife loves it. Considering the freezers are full of food.
 

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I'm slowly backing off of buying LT and concentrating on canning the garden up again. Heat has backed off and rains have blessed us.
 

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Not exactly a restocking item but the last time I was at Rural King I noticed and old fashioned Icecream maker that I'm thinking of getting. Think in terms like that because when it gets really rough, comfort foods may be what keeps the edge off.
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Right now I'm pretty much just buying deep sale items that we regularly use, and items made with foreign ingredients that may become unavailable - coconut oil, olive oil, vanilla extract and/or beans, cinnamon sticks, coffee, cocoa, imported alcohol products, etc.
That is what I’m doing too. Foreign ingredients with a heavy emphasis on spices. Never enough garlic and onion powder but turmeric, paprika, pepper, alum, basil, bay leaf, parsley and many many others are also on the list. Never enough spices in my house. My next trip will include more canned quail eggs (thanks NY Min), Ube powder, canned greens, pancit and rice noodles, soy sauce, canned bean sprouts, lumpia and wonton wrappers ( cause I’m lazy) and tons of seaweed, my kiddos eat it like candy. I worry about import supply chain problems more than domestic.

wow I just made my shopping list, thanks for the prompt!
 

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Band aides? Iodine? Batteries? Light bulbs? I had the same revelation this weekend. Not that I drive 240 miles but the local WM is an outing for us. I keep a gallon jar of vanilla extract "brewing" and spare beans. I scored some good sale prices on beef....and have enough canned for <ehem> a long time. I scored a good sale on chicken so have <ehem> canned chicken not just for humans but for the dogs for a long time. I even realised I have a turkey in the freezer. What can I say...good sale last year at .29c a pound. So when I was thinking about a pick up if we went to WM.....yes, I " could" get more paper towels or whatever. But then that was just buying to buy something. Nice to be at this point tho, isn't it??????

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I'm slowly backing off of buying LT and concentrating on canning the garden up again.
I have the same instinct about being able to produce what I can. If you haven’t already, Its worth considering things to that end and how to store like fruit trees; garden supplies; livestock and supplies (possibly chickens, rabbits, quail, goats, etc); canning needs; food dehydrator; and vacuum sealer.

Possibly there will be more of those things available in the bigger city. I know around here mason jars and lids are hard to find; the price feed has gone up; and there’s pessimistic rumors about next years seed availability.
 

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So, I went into my extended pantry in order to make a list for a trip to the city next weekend. I am bringing my Son back to the University. I get there 3-4 times a year. Costco, WinCo, Asian and World food markets. This a big deal because we live 240 miles away from such luxury. I always spend at least 500 bucks per trip and usually much more, on foods to stock up on.
For a couple of decades, it seemed we were always playing catch up, with large holes that needed to be filled. Not this time. It has become clear that my need to do a large shopping trip to Costco et el, is no longer needed. They offer nothing that will add anything more to my pantry that would work within a reasonable rotation schedule. I have no more than 5 items on my shopping list. Olive oil, fresh garlic, dishwasher pods, garbage bags and Basmati rice.

Now, I will be stocking up big time on herbs and spices from WinCo. I have a hundred mylar bags just for that reason. Also from WinCo, if they have it, will be 200 pounds more wheat, once that is done, I am done with food... for now.

Other than that, I can think of nothing.

I guess Cabela's, Scheels and other sporting goods stores will get most of my attention. :D:cool:

If you can think of something I should consider, please list them. Both the Wife and I cannot find any holes in our current stocks.
You mentioned Basmati rice. I buy Basmati also usually packaged in India or Pakistan. If you are not aware this stuff is subject to having weevils in it. Recently I threw out a newly opened 10 lb. bag of basmati because upon opening the mylar bag I saw weevils crawling around in the rice. This isn't the first bag I've found them in but the last two bags opened had them, both bags from India. I've purchased basmati for 30+ years and never found them until recently. The reason for tossing the bag was I'm just sick and tired of sieving and washing the rice to remove the weevils. I know they won't harm you if you eat them but I don't want to do that though I have cooked rice with them still in it.
I that another 30 lbs of basmati package in India/Pakistan and if I find weevil in that out it goes. Walmart sells basmati produced in India in 20 lb bags but package under their house brand and it's in clear plastic bags. You should be able to see any weevils in the bag and I doubt it's packaged in India. All that to say, and I think I mentioned it somewhere before that the weevils and or weevil eggs in your grains most likely got there at the processing facility and not in your storage.
Food grade Diatomaceous earth is another option and I do use that in flour.
 

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