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Quarantine Food

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Thought we could share what we're eating and exchange ideas. This was my menu for the week:

Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with chips or fruit
Chicken tarragon, red potatoes, green beans
Garlic lemon shrimp pasta with broccoli, bread
Soup, bread
Eggs, pancakes
Black olive, mushroom, onion homemade pizza, salad
Turkey sandwich, chips
Soft tacos, tater tots
Spaghetti, green beans, garlic bread
Key lime pie, yogurt with fresh fruit, or pumpkin bread

I try to keep basic ingredients around and choose meals to make from a specific list each week.

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Nice!

DW will be dry canning some stuff today or tomorrow.
Looks like you and her have almost the same pressure canner.
Her's is a stove top version.
Mine is stove-top as well. That is a stand-alone 1500 watt burner. I like it because it keeps the stove free for prep work and other stuff while canning.

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Have any of you tried this site or others like it? https://www.supercook.com/#/recipes
It says you can input things you have in the pantry and it helps with recipes.
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Have any of you tried this site or others like it? https://www.supercook.com/#/recipes
It says you can input things you have in the pantry and it helps with recipes.
I'll have to pass this along to DW. Thanks!
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I'll have to pass this along to DW. Thanks!
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Have any of you tried this site or others like it? https://www.supercook.com/#/recipes
It says you can input things you have in the pantry and it helps with recipes.
Love that! I was looking for a site that would make things from ingredients. Thanks, Schooby!

Basic ingredients can also be bartered. Already traded organic turkey slices for several cups of sugar.
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Love that! I was looking for a site that would make things from ingredients. Thanks, Schooby!

Basic ingredients can also be bartered. Already traded organic turkey slices for several cups of sugar.
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When not out for the take out:
Lean Cuisine microwave meals
(Lower sodium good).
Spinach dip + Ritz crackers
Potstickers (easy to keep on hand frozen)
Canned fruit
Rice + canned Bush's beans, tuna, fish.
Shelf stable tofu
Spinach
Tillamook ice cream
I bought 4 cartons of Tillamook ice cream in my stockup a week ago! T'mook is only 85 miles from me, BTW.
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LMAOI

We've had

Cauliflower pizza crust with Turkey pepperoni, onions and black olives

Asparagus and tomato frittata

Cheddar broccoli soup

Smothered okra with deer sausage

Spaghetti squash with ground pork and veggies

And one night, jalapeno poppers and wine!laugh out loud

I also made a huge batch of Keto cereal, that we eat with almond milk and i dehydrated some olives for snacks.

I think tomorrow is crab stuffed flounder fillets and crab cakes.
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I've got eight garden beds and made casseroles from the veggies last fall. They are in foodsaver bags in two freezers along with gallons of frozen juice made when fresh fruit was in season. I made way too many casseroles this last year. The food bank where I work does not give out frozen food. Wondering how to donate.
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There's a guy on YouTube who shows you how to make all sorts of foods and as he's showing you how to make the dish he suggests alternative ingredients which will work just as well if you don't have all the items the recipe called for. His channel is Food Wishes.
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that's some gourmet stuff, just the basic hippie food here for single guy that can't cook. Boring with dark fresh greens and whole grains. I still have to load up on fiber supplements, cuts down on TP use. I'm trying new things, mostly snacking on more fresh fruit, chilled and frozen. It keeps longer with frozen dark grapes so I have some bananas in there now to try. I found I really like apples more since I started chilling them, good sweet ones like Fuji and Gala. Eat your broccoli raw is my best advice, I load up my salads with that and shredded purple cabbage.
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LMAOI

We've had

Cauliflower pizza crust with Turkey pepperoni, onions and black olives

Asparagus and tomato frittata

Cheddar broccoli soup

Smothered okra with deer sausage

Spaghetti squash with ground pork and veggies

And one night, jalapeno poppers and wine!laugh out loud

I also made a huge batch of Keto cereal, that we eat with almond milk and i dehydrated some olives for snacks.

I think tomorrow is crab stuffed flounder fillets and crab cakes.
So... safe to say you aren't a vegetarian like me. laugh out loud Love the variety though!

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I've got eight garden beds and made casseroles from the veggies last fall. They are in foodsaver bags in two freezers along with gallons of frozen juice made when fresh fruit was in season. I made way too many casseroles this last year. The food bank where I work does not give out frozen food. Wondering how to donate.
When I used a food bank back in the day, they froze the milk and juice. You could pull up an hour after it opens and donate to people as they're leaving. So many families are struggling they would truly appreciate that.

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that's some gourmet stuff, just the basic hippie food here for single guy that can't cook. Boring with dark fresh greens and whole grains. I still have to load up on fiber supplements, cuts down on TP use. I'm trying new things, mostly snacking on more fresh fruit, chilled and frozen. It keeps longer with frozen dark grapes so I have some bananas in there now to try. I found I really like apples more since I started chilling them, good sweet ones like Fuji and Gala. Eat your broccoli raw is my best advice, I load up my salads with that and shredded purple cabbage.
Cooking usually takes practice and baking just needs a recipe. Tonight is lasagna because even though I'm a vegetarian, eating small amounts of meat is critical.

Boil the noodles, grab cheese (parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta), layer some fresh spinach leaves or another veggie, then layer seasoned ground beef (Italian seasoning/basil, oregano, bay leaves, marjoram, thyme, sage), top off with a small can of tomato sauce. A small can or two is cheap and enough for the dish so it won't sit unused in the fridge.

Up until a few months ago I ate nothing but frozen food. Fresh tastes sooo much better. You haven't lived until you've had homemade taco seasoning. Wow. The soft tacos I made were simple but tasted incredible.

Failures: carrot cake and lemon bars. The cake tasted nothing like carrot cake but it was probably me and not the recipe. The lemon bar cook time wasn't long enough and I got sick. Waste of eggs. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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maybe not too much fiber, I may have overdid it a bit. Found out the hard way.
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Have you tried shelf stable milk? it still seems to be readily available. I grabbed some at Dollar Tree today and Kroger had some as well.

I bought some they had at BJ's; our kids live on milk so if we don't use it (HIGHLY likely we won't), it will just become a consumable for them. (I think the brand is Horizon)

I will reiterate I am in CT, schools were let out on 3/13, that's when the hoarding started. It was originally pretty bad wherever you went - no TP (again why the hell people buy TP is beyond me), hand sanitizer, alcohol, bread, ground beef, fresh poultry, paper towels.

Since then our governor closed all "non essential businesses" which wound up not really being much actually, that was last Friday (3/20). CT is coordinating with NY, being so close to NYC; much of the lower western portion of the state commutes to NYC daily, so it makes sense that that half of the state has the most cases right now.

since then I've been in Aldi, OSJL (job lot place here locally), S&S (grocery chain sister of Giant) and BJ's.

You still can't buy sanitizer, alcohol or wipes (clorox/lysol) but everywhere else is pretty much OK. Yes inventory is a bit thin, and there are max qty you can buy, but Aldi had everything (sans TP and sanitizer) - all the fresh stuff you'd want, canned goods, bread, milk, eggs, whatever. OSJL is very limited anyway but had TP. S&S full stock (they were even storing TP in the freezers! I guess people panic bough ice cream too?!?!?). BJ's was full stocked this AM; I didn't realize they had elderly hours but there was still a line of 10-15 people at the regular (non elderly) open hour 9AM. No wipes (I wasn't looking for them anyway, but I did see some old people walking out with them) but they did have Wet Ones (with 4 kids WO's are a staple in my house). Everything else you could buy; stock was thin in dairy (e.g. yogurt and cheese) but everything was there including beef, plenty of poultry. Yes they had tons of TP (again didn't buy any).

I was actually shocked by how many idiots were still buying TP. There is no way so many people can just happen to need TP, yes they were still panic buying. Sad thing is they don't realize that panic buying only creates more panic buying. I've resisted buying any TP (not sure if I've said it but I am the type that doesn't like to run out of things, so I buy from Amazon/Target when they have sales routinely).

I saw a few people with masks, mostly the elderly. One guy had a mask and ski goggles when I went to Lowes.

So again, we are dealing with an inventory system that is JIT and just needs to catch up to demand. Makes me wonder how they will deal with it when people finally completely stop panic buying. They must have controls in the system that account for spikes of demand, not to order more to overload their shelves.
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I bought some they had at BJ's; our kids live on milk so if we don't use it (HIGHLY likely we won't), it will just become a consumable for them. (I think the brand is Horizon)

I will reiterate I am in CT, schools were let out on 3/13, that's when the hoarding started. It was originally pretty bad wherever you went - no TP (again why the hell people buy TP is beyond me), hand sanitizer, alcohol, bread, ground beef, fresh poultry, paper towels.

Since then our governor closed all "non essential businesses" which wound up not really being much actually, that was last Friday (3/20). CT is coordinating with NY, being so close to NYC; much of the lower western portion of the state commutes to NYC daily, so it makes sense that that half of the state has the most cases right now.

since then I've been in Aldi, OSJL (job lot place here locally), S&S (grocery chain sister of Giant) and BJ's.

You still can't buy sanitizer, alcohol or wipes (clorox/lysol) but everywhere else is pretty much OK. Yes inventory is a bit thin, and there are max qty you can buy, but Aldi had everything (sans TP and sanitizer) - all the fresh stuff you'd want, canned goods, bread, milk, eggs, whatever. OSJL is very limited anyway but had TP. S&S full stock (they were even storing TP in the freezers! I guess people panic bough ice cream too?!?!?). BJ's was full stocked this AM; I didn't realize they had elderly hours but there was still a line of 10-15 people at the regular (non elderly) open hour 9AM. No wipes (I wasn't looking for them anyway, but I did see some old people walking out with them) but they did have Wet Ones (with 4 kids WO's are a staple in my house). Everything else you could buy; stock was thin in dairy (e.g. yogurt and cheese) but everything was there including beef, plenty of poultry. Yes they had tons of TP (again didn't buy any).

I was actually shocked by how many idiots were still buying TP. There is no way so many people can just happen to need TP, yes they were still panic buying. Sad thing is they don't realize that panic buying only creates more panic buying. I've resisted buying any TP (not sure if I've said it but I am the type that doesn't like to run out of things, so I buy from Amazon/Target when they have sales routinely).

I saw a few people with masks, mostly the elderly. One guy had a mask and ski goggles when I went to Lowes.

So again, we are dealing with an inventory system that is JIT and just needs to catch up to demand. Makes me wonder how they will deal with it when people finally completely stop panic buying. They must have controls in the system that account for spikes of demand, not to order more to overload their shelves.
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