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Old 02-11-06, 07:12 PM
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How long could you last without grocery shopping?

A friend was looking for work in Montreal this week (he's moving over from France in a few months) and needed a place to crash. He spent the week at my place and we had a good time making fun of our cultural differences.

One thing was that he could not believe the amount of food I have in my cupboards and fridge. He even took pics to show his friends when he gets back home. At home, he mostly buys food on a daily basis and has a really small fridge and apartment, so he could not believe that what I have stocked at home is basically the normal way of life for North American. Plus, I like to cook and entertain a lot, so I tend to stock up on the basics.

This leads me to ask myself “how long could I manage to NOT go to the grocery store?” I mean, I shop for the fresh stuff like meat, fruits and veggies on a weekly basis but I have a lot of frozen stuff I could use. And even if I like going to farmer's markets, I do have a LOT of dry goods I could use. I think I could last at least two months.

How long would you last?

Oh, and here are the pics he took.



Old 02-11-06, 07:15 PM
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Shouldn't the Catsup be in the refrigerator?

edit* NVM...I looked at mine and it doesn't say refrigerate after opening...
Old 02-11-06, 07:17 PM
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To be honest, that does look like a lot if you live by yourself.

But since I live in a dorm, I only have two small fridges, but I've learned how to stock up on food for up to 4 weeks although I usually stop at the grovery store 3-4 times a month anyway.
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You hardly have any room for the pizza boxes. What gives?

I'm guessing we could go 3-4 weeks. That would be emergency rations of tomato paste and stuff once the soup and canned veggies were gone. But we could go 10 days without suffering much.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
To be honest, that does look like a lot if you live by yourself.
I don't. And the fridge is packed because I had just done the monthly grocery blitz.
Old 02-11-06, 07:41 PM
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Bwahahahaha.

Yeah, uh... sure, that's a whole lot of groceries....

(whistles and walks out of thread)
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I could last about two days. After that, I would need more milk.
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If you live by yourself that is ridiculous. But then again I eat out about 5 times a week. But Istill have enough to last about a week....but then all depends on how much beer I have too. Then maybe 2 weeks.
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Wow, I would take pictures of your food to! What does the freezer look like? I dont think you are supposed to put bread in the refrigerator for some reason and where is the beer?
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If you mean without starving to death, 4 months at least. If I lost power, it would be less.
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Originally Posted by ernestrp
Wow, I would take pictures of your food to! What does the freezer look like? I dont think you are supposed to put bread in the refrigerator for some reason and where is the beer?
The freezer is on the lower part of the fridge and it's also full. I keep the bread in the fridge because otherwise it goes stale fast. The beer is in the cold room.

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If you live by yourself that is ridiculous. But then again I eat out about 5 times a week.
I cook from scratch pretty much every day and bring my lunch at work. I eat out maybe once or twice a week.

The pics I put up don't even show it all. I have a second big freezer (full), a cold storage where we put the beer, wine and some vegetables, and we also stock up on a lot of things at Costco and put it all in the downstairs storage room. Bring on the Y2K bug! oh wait...

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Probably a few weeks.
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
Bwahahahaha.

Yeah, uh... sure, that's a whole lot of groceries....

(whistles and walks out of thread)
That's what I was thinking.
Old 02-11-06, 08:30 PM
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OK, let me just put it this way:

February, 2016.
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
OK, let me just put it this way:

February, 2016.
Ok, this I gotta see. Is your fridge a silo?
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don't tell me that he brought up the fat american thing and said it's getting to the canadians too.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
don't tell me that he brought up the fat american thing and said it's getting to the canadians too.
Nope, he didn't. It was not about what we eat but how much we buy and keep at hand. He was just amazed at the cultural difference. We pile up; They don't. Except for booze!
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A while back, when he was single, a friend of mine was asked by his parents to watch their house for 3 weeks while they were on vacation. These were old people who liked to "stock up" at your local Sam's club type place, so they had a ton of food stockpiled away.

He decided as a joke to see if he coudl eat every single piece of food in the entire house, so that when they came home the entire cupboards were bear. And i mean EVERYTHING. Those bullon cubes, all the sugar, salt, everything. There wasn't anything editable left in the house. And he didnt' throw ANYTHING out.

3 weeks, 1 guy, house full of food. He did it in 2 weeks and like 4 days.

So i'll say 18 days
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Originally Posted by Pressplay
Ok, this I gotta see. Is your fridge a silo?
Bear in mind, these are really old photos. We probably have 4-5 times more than this now.

My wife's stockpile
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I was always amazed watching Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef show because he had this tiny, dorm-room style refrigerator. That would suck. I have a huge fridge and still am always running out of room. I just could not imagine having to run tot he store every day or 2 for food.

I like to cook so I always like to have whatever fresh produce I might need on hand. My pantry is always well stocked with spices, canned goods, grains, etc. but if I don't have salad greens, scallions, or red peppers on hand I feel like I have no food!
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I could probably do fast food and take-out for weeks, but the problem is drinks: soda, juice, beer, etc. If I could stock up on beverages, I could probably go without a trip to the grocer for at least a month.
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my wife and I usually buy 4-8 weeks of meat at costco. At home we divide it into batches of 3-4 portions and freeze it. This way we don't have to unfreeze 5 pounds of meat at once. Veggies we buy at the local store or Whole Foods along with eggs and a few other things.
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Canned goods, bottled water, dry nonperishable food, canned drinks. Probably, two months. We didn't actually plan for it. It kind of just happened. Sort of like my DVD collection.
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NCMojo... Wow!

I declare you and your wife Overlords of the Stockpiling Bunker People.
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Originally Posted by Pressplay
NCMojo... Wow!

I declare you and your wife Overlords of the Stockpiling Bunker People.
You. Have. No. Idea.


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