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Operation "Thin the Hoard" Lessons Learned 
Oct. 13, 2010 1:38 pm 
Updated: Oct. 16, 2010 7:42 am
Lesson  #1.)  It's a lot more fun finding the killer deals than trying to use them up.  I am officially bored with cleaning out the pantry, and realized that no matter how cheap it is, I don't need 20 lbs of white rice; I don't even cook with white rice. 

Lesson #2.)  It's so much fun to try new things.  I learned that my whole family (baby and picky eater included) love polenta!  Hubby says he even prefers it over pasta, and has asked for it again for his birthday dinner next week.  So, though boring, cleaning out the pantry did have an upside.

Lesson #3.) I didn't have as much cr@p as I thought I did!

Lesson #4.)  When buying 80 lbs of flour and 40 lbs of pumpkin, make sure you stock up on sugar as well.  Learned this lesson the hard way when I ran out the other day and had to make 10 dozen cookies for hubby to take to work using only brown sugar.  At 9 pm when I started baking, I exclaimed "oh no!  I'm out of sugar!"  And Hubs said "Didn't you just buy 80 lbs of flour?  Why didn't you buy 80 lbs of sugar while you were at it?"  Love that man.  He's not helpful at all, but it's nice that he encourages my psychotic behavior.

Lesson #5.)  I am not a menu planner.  I tried last week; I did actually write out a menu, but didn't stick to it for a single meal.  I'm just not that kind of girl.  For me, food is hugely emotional.  I don't know until that day what I'm in the mood for, and I'm not going to spend time preparing a meal that I don't want to eat.  I don't wanna, and you can't make me.

I think the biggest lesson I've learned over the last few weeks is that yes, I buy too much food, but we eat 99% of our meals at home so we use a lot of food.  It's just simple math.  I also learned that I really need to plug in the freezer in the garage because I can't get by with the tiny thing under my fridge.  When I want to buy 20 lbs of chicken breasts, I want to buy 20 lbs of chicken breasts, not 2 lbs because that's what I have room for.  So perhaps I actually learned nothing.  I want what I want when I want it, and I already knew that.  But I did save some money, and decided I don't want that bread machine after all.  Maybe I'll take that money and go grocery shopping.

Oct. 13, 2010 1:42 pm
Great blog! I'm with you...I want what I want when I want it!
Oct. 13, 2010 2:42 pm
Good blog! I, too, tend to buy what I want, when I want it. And, we eat what we want, when we want it. A weekly menu never worked for us. Food is dependent upon mood. Glad you learned a few things, though.
Oct. 13, 2010 2:55 pm
I've tried menu planning, too, but it never works out for me. I might manage to make whatever meal I've planned for the first night, but that's usually because I already have dinner for that night planned BEFORE I write out the menu LOL! I totally hear you about stocking up on certain basics and totally forgetting about others. I've had to improvise when I ran out of sugar, but had 20 pounds of three different kinds of flour on hand for baking. Polenta over pasta? Sounds like it's right up my alley! I'm definitely going to have to give that one a try. Thanks for a great blog that made me smile multiple times :-)
Oct. 13, 2010 9:44 pm
Ah yes, thinning the hoard. You'd think I have a lot of children to feed, but it's just my husband and me. But have you ever tried to teach an Italian how to cook for only two? Didn't think so. I love bulk buying, but I don't really need the quantity and I forget what is stored in my pantry. So, when I buy 20 lbs of rice, for example, I know that I will always be making eight servings at a time (leftovers for other meals). So when I buy the rice, I prepackage the number of cups needed to make 8 servings, then put the mini-bags back into a larger container, to be stored in the basement pantry. I leave a few mini-bags in the kitchen cupboard, and re-stock the cupboards, as needed. when I run out of mini-bags, rice goes back on the list and I buy 20 more pounds. BTW, explaining this, while taking a long time to read, is short, compared to the 20 years it took me to learn to manage quantity purchasing!
Oct. 14, 2010 4:05 am
Hubb's reply in lesson #4 sounds like my dear BF! Oh, so helpful, aren't they?!! Great blog, now let's go grocery shopping!
Oct. 15, 2010 7:54 pm
i think you should definetly get a bread maker! its so easy to use, and if you do most meals at home its convenient to just pop in the ingredients and leave it alone for a couple hours. besides, the new ones not only make breads and lots of different doughs, but jams too!
Oct. 16, 2010 7:42 am
I always love your blogs Rebecca. I try to clean out the pantry but I think I always buy the same things anyway so the pantry gets full again. My husband doesn't understand but then doesn't complain when we have plenty to eat.
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