You just never know what's gonna set one of these things off! But! It got us thinking... we were reminded of things that helped us to clarify our thoughts about what and how to stockpile.
I will admit that in our life on land, I had a large pantry full of stuff that went in there to die. I would buy an ingredient or a few cans of something and never see them again. Now and then we would sort through and throw out the expired stuff... and there was a LOT of expired stuff! This is something I vowed to work on once we moved aboard... and I would say that while not cured, I'm certainly recovering.
Yes... I know that there will be food everywhere we go... (at least I hope there will...). But here's the thing. I would like to ease into this and need to have a stock of staple ingredients on hand that I think will allow us to make familiar and easy meals, with the addition of a few fresh items purchased along the way. We will be stocking a few of our "go to" meals for those times when we don't really have anything great to fix. Bruce just can't live without canned chili. Sometimes he just wants it!
I have a Sam's Club membership through my work that will expire at about the same time I quit my job. I have found their stock limited but the few things they have that we DO use can be purchased in bulk for less than we would pay in a regular grocery store. Especially with small town store prices like here in Port A. So, we have made a couple of trips to Sam's... and will probably make one more run.
|Cleaning the grime and mildew from the hull.|
We will be taking a stock of paper goods along as well. I've purchased TP, tissue and paper towels but haven't decided where we will store them yet. They'll probably go behind or beneath our bed in the aft cabin but I haven't found sturdy waterproof bags to store them in or devised a way to secure them yet. We can't have them moving around in stormy seas and working their way over to the steering quadrant causing havoc...
My next round of purchases will be things like powdered milk and eggs. I just need to know they are there when I need them. Rice, pasta and baking ingredients will need to be transferred from their original packaging to moisture proof containers. I haven't decided what I will use for those things but will probably be using storage boxes to further protect them from moisture. Those will most likely be stored in the v-berth when we don't have guests.
Lastly, there are some foods that we just love and are brand specific. I will cruise the aisles of the HEB super store and load the basket with those things that make us happy. I know that I will develop new loves in our travels... but it helps me to know that for a while, there will be at least SOME of the comforts of home....