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Make Me STOP!! 
Oct. 6, 2012 10:07 pm 
Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 12:19 pm
When did I become so obsessive/compulsive that I honestly cannot STOP buying, and cooking?  Surely, it must be a medical thing, of some sort...   

Afterall, a bargain is a bargain, and if it happens to be an item that I often use, I cannot pass it by!  I NEED to have some on the pantry shelf, to keep my piece of mind, and to know that whenever I decide to make a dish, I've plenty of "that" in the cupboard.  How can anyone COOK when you don't have the proper ingredients at your finger tips?

My current dilemma began a few days ago, when I discovered that most of my storage containers are "in use."  I wondered where they all were.  Next, I had to dig through the one freezer, looking for a particular item which  I didn't find, but I did discover many a container... some of "this," more of "that," and began wondering just why I had all of this "stuff" awaiting me.  Apparently I had cooked, and froze it, as I didn't want to eat it at the time...  Why did I do this..? 

I was, however, raised to value the $, and to save as much as possible.  If I can buy 10 cans today at a great price, I will buy... not wait until I "need" and have to pay full price for one!  A well stocked pantry is a requirement, in the crazykitchen!  Last thing I want to do, is begin preparing a meal, only to find that I'm missing one key ingredient and have to run to the store...  So, I have no choice but to BUY and keep on hand! 

I really do think that it's time I weeded out some of these containers, and either use the contents, or dump out...  Yesterday, I found two containers of spaghetti sauce.  We had spaghetti for dinner last night, but I do fear that if I dig a little deeper, I might just find yet another container of meatless marinara which I easily could add to the pot of meat sauce from last night!  Do I hear "lasagne" in my near future?  Maybe not, but I do have mozzerella in the freezer also! 

Thus, the saga unfolds.  Like it or not, there are far too many instances that I do find myself short an ingredient, or two...  Often there is plan "B" or other times I run to my nearby convenience store that  seems to always have what I'm looking for...  Still, I'd prefer not to be short the ingredient in the first place!

So, as crazycook recommends... be happy, be healty, be crazy!
Oct. 7, 2012 3:21 am
hey Stevie, i do the same things as you...i think all of us do so it's think well friend.....Judy
Oct. 7, 2012 5:14 am
Stevie - I think you have plenty of company - I tend to buy ingredients just to be sure I have them on hand for when I might want to cook something. I'm in the "use up some of this stuff" mode, too, right now. I have vowed not to purchase anything other than the fresh ingredients you can't buy ahead of time until I've used up some of this "stuff" I have in the cupboard. It's sort of fun to see what you can make with what you have on hand.
Oct. 7, 2012 10:14 am
Judy, if "this" is normal, I'd hate to see "really nuts" lol! Keep on cookin' friend! Be well!
Oct. 7, 2012 10:17 am
Mother Ann - I guess that most of "us" do keep a well stocked pantry, but to keep cooking with all of the l/o's in the freezer(S) must be a symptom of some "clinical" mental issue! I've a huge container of bean soup w/ sausage - think I'll make it into chili and serve with cornbread... Well, one of these days... Be well!
Oct. 7, 2012 10:49 am
I think sometimes it is a fear of "going hungry" so we overstock our freezers. Maybe it stems from our childhood. I feel very comfortable when I see a well-stocked pantry and freezer. I do the same thing.
Oct. 7, 2012 1:20 pm
Welcome to the club, Stevie! I really hate looking for anything in the freezer so most of my searching in it is half hearted or worse. Of course, that attitude just increases the inventory until there is no room in the freezer and that brings on the job I hate even more- sorting it out!
Oct. 7, 2012 4:38 pm
I no longer have a separate freezer so I had to cut way back on my cook and freeze sprees. I am right now, trying to use things in my pantry that are approaching sell by dates, and like Mother Ann, I will not replace any until I need to. I really do think we all do this, we just need to use what we have frozen before it becomes an artifact! So maybe we're all crazy - eh?
Oct. 7, 2012 8:21 pm
To buy it is not wasteful, To buy it and allow it to expire is. When I freeze things I vacuum seal them using my foodsaver.
Oct. 7, 2012 8:39 pm
GOLDENS, I feel that 'my' issue is, "I don't want to eat that right now... so FREEZE IT! Oops... Followed by "out of sight, out of mind..." Be well - but I do like a well stocked pantry!
Oct. 7, 2012 8:44 pm
Mike, SO GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU! You've been missed by many! You are correct however, and I am at the "must sort it all out" stage! Mr garbage can is often happy when I get here! Hence my "plea..." MAKE ME STOP! I was just asked half an hour ago if I'd like to take a trip to Detroit... I may have to "rethink" my response now that you're back! Be well, friend, and keep in touch!
Oct. 7, 2012 8:49 pm
BigShotsMom, I fear that I've so many "artifacts" in the freezers that once I'm done, I'll have lots of room to start all over again! Hope nobody calls the "funny farm" on my behalf! Be well, friend!
Oct. 7, 2012 8:59 pm
King, I agree with your theory... unfortunately, I let things get past me... Tossed about 1 oz of cheese today, it was more green than orange! I still have soups frozen from my "alphabet soup" story! (wonder if the dogs could eat some of it?) Be well, and be as frugal as I wish I am!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:26 am
Stevie, my email is:
Oct. 8, 2012 1:22 pm
Thanks, Mike... I'll make sure you're in my addy book! Be well!
Oct. 8, 2012 3:19 pm
I have an Issue with waste also. With freezer burn meat I normally try to get the dogs to eat it. Sometimes that don't work all that well.
Oct. 8, 2012 3:28 pm
Hey! Sorry I missed this but I went out of my norm and went on weekend trip with some AR peeps. I am guilty of buying too much also. I do freeze because I do hate to be wasteful.
Oct. 9, 2012 8:56 am
I am soooo glad you posted this as I am in your shoes also. I have a big freezer and it is stuffed with everything in the world! Also pantry must be overflowing with anything and everything! Yet, I feel compelled to go to store and buy more?! Yes, I think we should start a support group. If you feel the need to go grocery shopping call your support person until the urge goes away. Kind of like AA. Oh, I feel the urge, what was that number again?!
Oct. 9, 2012 9:14 am
Too funny!! Guilty here as well. I have two fridges with freezers as well as a chest freezer. What I've been doing lately (we'll see how long this lasts) is to use one fridge freezer just for "leftovers" and I keep a list. Then, when I need a quick dinner, I just check my list, pick something, and go to that freezer. I know it's only part of the problem, but it seems to be working quite well. Loved your blog, Stevie.
Oct. 9, 2012 9:56 am
Stevie - just who gave you the key to my house? LOL - You looked in the pantry and peaked inside both freezers and discovered I am GUILTY. I just finished cleaning out the refrigerator upstairs and Lord, where did all of those containers of sour cream come from?? My daughter also fuels my dilemma, she will buy two (BOGO) of an item and bring one to mama - only thing she doesn't communicate that fact with me and then I open the refrigerator or pantry and I'm like - well, where did that item come from?? Love your blog Stevie - feel like I am in great company :)
Oct. 9, 2012 12:45 pm
You are not alone. I am also well prepared for an apocolypse.
Oct. 9, 2012 3:30 pm
My husband tells me that I am convinced that BBQ sauce and mayonnaise will never be BOGO free again. If all else fails I will ALWAYS have BBQ sauce and mayonnaise.
Oct. 9, 2012 5:02 pm
Aren't we ridiculously blessed? So much food that we overflow multiple refrigerators and freezers! Reminds me of the times I would hear my mom trying to cram stuff in the fridge and she'd say, "There's no room in the fridge, praise the Lord!"
Oct. 10, 2012 9:23 am
My problem is I see a recipe and think, oooo that looks good and buy the ingredients. Then I see another recipe and think, oooo that looks good and buy *more* ingredients. On and on in a vicious circle until the freezer is stuffed and I haven't made any of them!
Oct. 10, 2012 2:42 pm
I wish I had a larger freezer so I had some room to more stuff but I do keep my pantry well stalked .So well stalked that now the items are starting to go down on the basement stairway because the pantry is so full. You can never have enough Heinz ketsup in my eyes.
Oct. 11, 2012 8:32 am
Geraldo Rivera contacted me about doing a live TV special from the bottom of our basement freezer. He's convinced that Al Capone's Vault may be there.
Oct. 11, 2012 10:17 am
King, you have me at a disadvantage, I guess. The Afghan Hound has very toucy tummy - NO bones, NO grease, NO fat! Result is spending the day cleaning floors! Be well! (and good luck in future!)
Oct. 11, 2012 10:18 am
Cat, hope you had a great time (but didn't bring home lots of l/o's!) Be well!
Oct. 11, 2012 10:20 am
ibbz - I like the idea! (got a good chuckle anyway!) Be well, and dial 1-800-SHOOTME when having an issue! lol
Oct. 11, 2012 10:21 am
Patches, I've tried leaving a list taped to the freezer doors (both!) but alas... Stuff "breeds" when I'm not looking it seems... be well
Oct. 11, 2012 10:23 am
Shearone... by sound of all of these comments, we're ALL in great company! Least we can laugh about it (to each other, anyway!) Be well!
Oct. 11, 2012 10:25 am
cubsgirl16 - lets pray that the power doesn't go out, or a freezer bite the dust! I'd be out months worth of stockpile! Be well!
Oct. 11, 2012 10:28 am
shannon - I also recently bought 6 bottles of bbq sauce, and keep 2-4 jars mayo (at all times!) You'd think I'd tire of potato salad! Be well!
Oct. 11, 2012 10:30 am
AREENA,blessed we are to have such abundance! I still think it's some type of illness though (for me, anyway!) Will consult my "shrink" for advice! lol Be well!
Oct. 11, 2012 10:34 am
Sugarnspice - I tend to "forget" that I picked up (say) cinnamon, so get one next time I'm at the store... and then another in a few weeks? I currently have two bottles of "Oyster Sauce," and I think two unopened of Red Wine Vinegar... How much of this stuff can I possibly USE? Be well
Oct. 11, 2012 10:37 am
Soupy, I'd be downright dangerous if I had a basement... What a totally FRIGHTFUL thought! Oh, and ketchup - I get the gallon sized cans at the wherehouse store! That lasts quite a while, once put in plastic squeeze bottles! Be well!
Oct. 11, 2012 10:39 am
Doug, I'll look for that special on tv... you might just solve a really big controversy! Could you get me Geraldo's autograph for me? Be well!
Oct. 11, 2012 4:34 pm
I think I may have finally found my true family. No one will admit I was adopted but no one else buys and stores like I do. Thank you family for finding me in such a nice place. My pantry AND 3 freezers overflow. I am a newbie so will visit again soon. thanks for all the upbeat support
Oct. 11, 2012 6:06 pm
Boo22Babes... I keep thinking that I need to buy a chest freezer, but what a mess that would be for me! Glad that you're enjoying your time here, the AR community really is pretty special! If I didn't know better, I'd think that I ama victim of "the great depression" when stockpiling (what you could at the time,) and wasting nothing, just had to be! (I'm not quite that ancient, but some days....) Be well, new friend!
Oct. 12, 2012 7:28 pm
Ever since I stated AR, 3 years ago, I started buying the ingred. for the recipes I saved. Boy, was I spending money! I'm so conscientious of how much to spend. Just like you I was raised to value the dollar. There are a lot of good recipes on here and we need to eat. I have spent less now that I have a system. **Always rotate what's in the fridge** I have one day set where we eat leftovers- Thurs. Fri nights the children get to decide dinner. Sat nights more leftovers. Sunday starts a new week and I look forward to Lisa's post "What's for dinner." It works out well.
Oct. 12, 2012 10:14 pm
luv2cook, I wish I could be so organized, but fear that I'm simply and totally SPONTANEOUS! I may well plan on l/o's for the evening meal, but then "get a bug up my..." and simply MUST rattle pots&pans! Or, I plan a (fresh) meal, but get side tracked and end up rooting around for l/o's... I'm guessing I'm hopeless, but probably should label/date my l/o's - it really would help! Maybe I can sort some method out... Per my pantry/freezers, I stock with ingredients for my fav recipes, or if I find one that wow's me and want to make soon. Be well!
Oct. 17, 2012 12:19 pm
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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