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Juliebove

Do You Over-buy?

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Wow! My health food store is moving soon but I doubt they will be marking stuff down. They are not moving far.

Actually, my health food store is only moving a block down the street, but I think they're hoping to try and get rid of lots of old stock and make new choices about the new store. That, and it's a city block, so there's lots of traffic and their current location is inside an indoor mall, not a real easy way to move things because you'd just have to carry it all, and the street is WAY too busy.

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Wow, I have never bought a gluten free cookie. They are stupidly expensive and I bake my own. My kids pig through cookies like there is no tomorrow. I'd be poor if I bought gluten-free cookies for all of us :)

I baked 36 double chocolate /white chocoate chip cookies yesterday and I think there are 4 or 5 left. I also like making my own because I can use things like millet and sorghum instead of the processed white rice flour that is in the packaged stuff. I have every gluten-free flour know to mankind. I am currently eyeing black glutenous rice flour but I'm not sure what I'd do with it ;)

I am a bit of a cereral freak though. I made DH drive to anther counrty to get Rice Chex but even then I only bought 4 boxes ;)

Off to bake muffins...

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:lol::lol::lol: I had my subscrition at amazon send me a case ASAP because I was down to my last bag, thought I had gotten a case fairly recently but had been baking a lot--I didn't realize that my dh had unpacked the other case and put it in the wrong cupboard of the pantry :P

Don't you just LOVE Amazon's subscriptions! Of course the good prices cause me to buy lots, but I've yet to throw anything gluten-free away. We seem to go through food so fast around here! I just ordered Fruitabus, Oskri Sesame bars, and Stretch Island Fruit Leathers through subscriptions today. And they'll all be gone before the next order comes!

As for baking my own cookies...I'm not there yet. I hope to be someday, but it seems I'm always in the kitchen making things we have to be able to eat - thus not a lot of time for experimenting. I just told my son this morning that being a Celiac mom has made my paying job less appealing. I'd much rather be in the kitchen experimenting and cooking up yummy food. A year ago you never could've convinced me I'd enjoy cooking so much! In fact, when we built our house a few years ago I built a great kitchen. People who knew my cooking (or lack there of) habits would comment about what in the world did I need a nice kitchen for?? Well god knew I was going to be spending a lot of time in there! It's not a gourmet kitchen or anything, but I love it and it is laid out well for cooking.

Oh anyway, I do tend to ramble!! What in the world does my new hobby have to do with over buying?!?!?

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We did - I made pizzas, apple grilled chicken, new cookies...It was a great weekend!

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Just a tip--

If you have things that aren't a favorite or is close to going out of date, try to use it in a new way. Stale cookies make a good "graham cracker" type crust. Bread and crackers can be dried out turned into crumbs for meatloaf or coatings. Sometimes if we get things we don't really love I make a trail mix out it. Say you have a granola bar that isn't so yummy, break it up and mix it with some things you do like. It gets some mileage out of stuff and is a change from the usual.

i do this a lot, it really helps mix things up :)

I'm more of a variety shopper. (Although I'll receive my first amazon shipment next week, so we'll see.) I buy a wide variety of packaged specialty foods.

Right now I have:

2 kinds of chicken nuggets (not to mention the pre-cooked chicken breast strips and chicken pieces. :rolleyes:)

3+ kinds of frozen potatoes

2 different flavors Kinnikinnick doughnuts

gluten-free corndogs

gluten-free fish sticks

various frozen Chebe breads

gluten-free bagels

4 kinds of waffles

rice tortillas

various kinds of cookies (K-Toos are a staple. B) )

Every kind of Tinkyada pasta ever created

MANY kinds of crackers

a few different kinds of chips

A variety of cereals (many of which go stale after I open them. <_< )

gluten-free flours: sorghum, cocnut, white rice, sweet rice, brown rice, tapioca, corn starch and flour, potato starch and flour, fava bean, almond meal, whey powder, xanthan and guar gum.

I won't even get started on the variety of vinegars, oils and rices I have.

This is kind of embarassing. :blink:

that's great that you have such a variety though! i need to be better about that myself.

My mom told me tonight I'm going to have to get a deep freeze if I'm going to keep buying like this!

OMG I keep telling my husband we need one...and there's just the 2 of us!

Personally, the things I stock up on are mostly staples - meat (to throw in the freezer), canned fruit/veggies, tinkyada pasta, and rice chex. But then, I do a lot of baking and cooking...just ordered my third 25 lb bag of rice flour since dx 2 years ago! I think as long as you know you're going to be using something, it's ok to stock up on it. And if it's something you end up getting tired of, throw it into the freezer or in the back of the pantry to bring out in a few months once you're not so burned out on it.

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Don't you just LOVE Amazon's subscriptions! Of course the good prices cause me to buy lots, but I've yet to throw anything gluten-free away. We seem to go through food so fast around here! I just ordered Fruitabus, Oskri Sesame bars, and Stretch Island Fruit Leathers through subscriptions today. And they'll all be gone before the next order comes!

As for baking my own cookies...I'm not there yet. I hope to be someday, but it seems I'm always in the kitchen making things we have to be able to eat - thus not a lot of time for experimenting. I just told my son this morning that being a Celiac mom has made my paying job less appealing. I'd much rather be in the kitchen experimenting and cooking up yummy food. A year ago you never could've convinced me I'd enjoy cooking so much! In fact, when we built our house a few years ago I built a great kitchen. People who knew my cooking (or lack there of) habits would comment about what in the world did I need a nice kitchen for?? Well god knew I was going to be spending a lot of time in there! It's not a gourmet kitchen or anything, but I love it and it is laid out well for cooking.

Oh anyway, I do tend to ramble!! What in the world does my new hobby have to do with over buying?!?!?

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We did - I made pizzas, apple grilled chicken, new cookies...It was a great weekend!

I use a multi blend flour that I have found freezes very well and I have been able to substitute it for wheat flour in every receipe I have made my family and friends love my cakes, cookies.breads, and pies. I use my mothers and grandmothers receipes and with just the one flour to buy I don't have to worry about mixing my own or storing lots of different kinds.

I also make my own chicken strips deep fried mushrooms steak fingers ect.

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Wow, I have never bought a gluten free cookie. They are stupidly expensive and I bake my own. My kids pig through cookies like there is no tomorrow. I'd be poor if I bought gluten-free cookies for all of us :)

I baked 36 double chocolate /white chocoate chip cookies yesterday and I think there are 4 or 5 left. I also like making my own because I can use things like millet and sorghum instead of the processed white rice flour that is in the packaged stuff. I have every gluten-free flour know to mankind. I am currently eyeing black glutenous rice flour but I'm not sure what I'd do with it ;)

I am a bit of a cereral freak though. I made DH drive to anther counrty to get Rice Chex but even then I only bought 4 boxes ;)

Off to bake muffins...

We don't eat a lot of cookies here and given our additional food allergies, it's really hard to get an edible cookie that will keep. Enjoy Life are one of the few we can eat. Even if I buy a box of them (cheaper than the 2 packs), I wind up losing money because I have to throw most of the box away. They seem to go bad very quickly once the box is opened. So for me the 2 packs are the only way to go. I also buy Andean Dream quinoa cookies. They are in a box but come 2 to a package inside the box.

I occasionally buy regular cookies for my husband, but again, generally in individual packs for the same reason.

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I use a multi blend flour that I have found freezes very well and I have been able to substitute it for wheat flour in every receipe I have made my family and friends love my cakes, cookies.breads, and pies. I use my mothers and grandmothers receipes and with just the one flour to buy I don't have to worry about mixing my own or storing lots of different kinds.

I also make my own chicken strips deep fried mushrooms steak fingers ect.

I am tempted to buy a deep fryer. My kitchen is really small and I have storage issues but its SO tempting. I LOVE sweet potato fries and they just aren't the same in the oven.

I actually kind of enjoy mixing my own flours I managed to make one last night that made a really awsome pizza crust that I think would have made really awsome french bread. I bought one of the premixed fours once and was dissapointed by the way things turned out especially for the $ I spent on it.

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I use a multi blend flour that I have found freezes very well and I have been able to substitute it for wheat flour in every receipe I have made my family and friends love my cakes, cookies.breads, and pies. I use my mothers and grandmothers receipes and with just the one flour to buy I don't have to worry about mixing my own or storing lots of different kinds.

I also make my own chicken strips deep fried mushrooms steak fingers ect.

Please share the brand or recipe.

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I am tempted to buy a deep fryer. My kitchen is really small and I have storage issues but its SO tempting. I LOVE sweet potato fries and they just aren't the same in the oven.

You could just use a deep pot for frying things in so you won't have to store a deep fryer.

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Eek! I just cleaned out my canned goods cupboard. Now I need to organize it better, which I think was part of the problem. I found stuff that expired in 2006. There were the cans of mushrooms that I found on sale. And wouldn't you know ever since then I have been getting fresh mushrooms every few weeks in my produce box so I didn't need them.

There were the cans of broth I found on the clearance rack. Apparently I forgot about those when we were sick and needed a quick soup. Tons of cans of soup that I bought because they were gluten-free. Turns out daughter didn't like them. The only prepared soups I can get her to eat are tomato and occasionally Sheltons chicken and wild rice. She doesn't like any of the bean soups unless I make them from scratch.

Found a couple of single serve cans of chili. Several little cans of tomato sauce that I bought during my polenta phase. Then I decided I wasn't digesting it well and shouldn't be eating it.

Tons of cans of Vienna Sausage, single serve pears (even though we had our own home canned), and single serve fruit cocktail. Daughter jumped up and down in the store for those, swearing she would LOVE to take them in her lunch. And she did, one or two times, then no more.

Then there were a few cans of vegetables, that I fear I may have bought, already expired. I really do need to get into the habit of checking that. I could swear I bought those wax beans just the other day.

Now I need a recipe for pinto beans. Got a couple of cans that expire soon.

I didn't actually taste any of what I threw out, and luckily I didn't manage to clog my garbage disposal this time! <_< Things like wax beans and kidney beans seemed to look fresh enough to eat still. The fruit was badly decomposed, even though it was only expired by a few months. The tomato products seemed to suffer quite a bit. One can of Vienna Sausages was mushier than usual. But the worst was the broth! It seemed to lose its color. It was like water. Foul smelling water.

Gotta try to do better. Think tonight I will sort it all out and get it better organized. The cupboard was looking bare so I went hog wild on stocking up. So much so that there is stuff in the garage. I only bought vegetables though. No soups!

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