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Mon May 11, 2020, 07:13 PM

What to Do With 50 Pounds of Potatoes? The Quandaries of Bulk Buying

What to Do With 50 Pounds of Potatoes? The Quandaries of Bulk Buying
The pandemic has turned many cooks into big-volume shoppers, and left them puzzling out how to manage a bursting pantry of ingredients.

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But every store she visited in Portland, Ore., was out of flour and other staples, so last month she ended up at a retail website, Nuts.com. Carried away by the site’s bounty of options and its $79 minimum order for free shipping, she bought 20 pounds of beans, rice, flour and seeds — far more than she has any idea what to do with.

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“It is just completely absurd,” said Ms. Mann, 28, who lives alone. She has been eating lupini beans every day, and thinks she could subsist on just those for another month. “I have enough dry goods to last me through another quarantine.”
Among those who are privileged enough to afford buying in volume, the pandemic has suddenly spawned a new population of bulk shoppers.

They’re stocking up on foods they never thought they’d need in large amounts. They’re experiencing the simultaneous bouts of stress and satisfaction that come with buying and storing so much food, and trying not to waste any. They’re changing how they cook, diligently planning meals to use up all those ingredients — like, say, 50 pounds of potatoes.

Matt Bochneak bought the bag of potatoes from a restaurant supply store in Portland because it cost only $20, and he wanted some peace of mind as store shelves emptied. But he feels overwhelmed by the sheer volume.

“There’s no way I could eat 50 pounds of potatoes,” Mr. Bochneak, 42, said. He grilled a few of them, and had plans to make gnocchi — but the potatoes turned out to be the wrong type.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/dining/bulk-food-buying-coronavirus.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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Reply What to Do With 50 Pounds of Potatoes? The Quandaries of Bulk Buying (Original post)
Demovictory9 May 2020 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe May 2020 #1
SheltieLover May 2020 #5
FarPoint May 2020 #2
cutroot May 2020 #3
CentralMass May 2020 #4
TexasTowelie May 2020 #6
crickets May 2020 #20
Throckmorton May 2020 #24
cayugafalls May 2020 #7
Retrograde May 2020 #9
cayugafalls May 2020 #11
Mariana May 2020 #17
CanonRay May 2020 #8
Drahthaardogs May 2020 #12
essaynnc May 2020 #10
NickB79 May 2020 #13
GaYellowDawg May 2020 #14
librechik May 2020 #16
GaYellowDawg May 2020 #22
Flaleftist May 2020 #15
alittlelark May 2020 #21
SMC22307 May 2020 #18
EllieBC May 2020 #19
Dread Pirate Roberts May 2020 #23

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:20 PM

1. Share with friends.

Some things will keep a decently long time. Not potatoes.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #1)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:31 PM

5. My 1st thought!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:23 PM

2. That top picture is King Arthur's Flour...

Very hard to find... lot's of price gouging with this brand ..An excellent flour.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:26 PM

3. I bought a 50# bag of popcorn almost 15 years ago

It was so cheap that I Could not say no. Still working on it

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:27 PM

4. Make vodka.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:31 PM

6. Donate what isn't needed at home to a food pantry. nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #6)

Mon May 11, 2020, 09:45 PM

20. Excellent suggestion! nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #6)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:58 PM

24. Absolutely

We are no longer able to meet our visitors needs due to massive uptick in demand. We went from 80 visiting families per week in February to 192 per week last week.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:31 PM

7. You can freeze potatoes or can them.

Flour can also be put in the freezer. Most people don't have the freezer space though.

Bake bread and give it to friends.

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Response to cayugafalls (Reply #7)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:38 PM

9. Canning potatoes is tricky

There was an incident in the Midwest about 5 years ago where a number of people were fatally poisoned at a church supper. The source of the botulism turned out to be home canned potatoes.

It can be done, but every direction I found requires a pressure canner.

Making a humongous batch of potato pancakes and freezing those might be a better solution - if one has the space.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #9)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:54 PM

11. Yes, freezing is the best method if you have the space. nt

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #9)

Mon May 11, 2020, 08:41 PM

17. Canning potatoes always requires a pressure canner.

However, it is no more tricky than canning anything else. If it's done correctly, the food will be safe.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:34 PM

8. Make gnocchi and freeze them

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #8)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:58 PM

12. Ricotta gnocchi freeze well, potato gnocchi do not

Mom is from Piedmont. I am pretty Zen about gnocchi. They must be light as a feather or not worth the trouble. No eggs either unless you like dense gnocchi.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:51 PM

10. Trade them with people who have made other bulk purchases. n/t

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 08:13 PM

13. Easy to dehydrate if you have a dehydrator

I make a dehydrated potato soup in a jar mix every fall from my gardens. Potatoes, carrots, onions, peas, zucchini, celery and peppers, all dehydrated in sealed mason jars. Pour into a pot of boiling water and chicken broth, add some diced bacon, a can of cream of chicken soup, and viola! Good stuff.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 08:25 PM

14. Brine, blanch, partially fry, freeze.

Frozen french fries for any occasion.

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Response to GaYellowDawg (Reply #14)

Mon May 11, 2020, 08:39 PM

16. This! Also, shred, blanch. drain and freeze, peel cube blanch &freeze.

Give half to the food bank, and freeze half.

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Response to librechik (Reply #16)

Tue May 12, 2020, 01:34 PM

22. +100000000

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 08:31 PM

15. Freeze them.

Freeze some whole for baking, cut some into chunks to make mashed potatoes and cut some into fries.

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Response to Flaleftist (Reply #15)

Mon May 11, 2020, 09:58 PM

21. Potatoes DO NOT Freeze well. They become disgusting.

Better to slice and dry them.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 08:42 PM

18. Mashed potatoes, potato pancakes, cream of potato soup, scalloped potatoes...

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 08:50 PM

19. Make a bunch of potato kugel and freeze it.

Simple and yummy.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 01:39 PM

23. Just don't serve any Beef-a-Rino to your horses.



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