How to Stock the Rural Pantry forum: Big City shopping

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ImageMaggidew
Feb 8, 2010 8:40 PM CST
Name: Maggi Piercy
Big Sandy, TX
I like to schedule trips to the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex with a list and some extra funds for those unexpected finds.

A stop at the restaurant supply house is always fun too :~)
Imagedarius
Feb 9, 2010 3:16 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
I certainly fit the criteria for this forum!

I was a gourmet cook for many years and have a fondness for a wide variety of ingredients. However, I moved to the sticks about 4 years ago and my kitchen has never been the same. The closest towns to me are 25-45 miles, while the closest cosmopolitan city is over 150 miles... so shopping takes some planning. Staples in smaller quantities I can buy online, but something fresh needs to be over-looked carefully... same for unfamiliar ingredients.

I converted a small bedroom into a walk-in pantry, plus I have a root cellar so I usually have an abundance of supplies on hand. Inevitable I don't have something I need, though.

I have medical tests at least twice a year in Charlottesville (VA) which is a University town and lots of goodies to be found. I stash away a bit of money every month and keep a 'want list' just for those trips. That's the only time I can find Brie, for example.

I have thought about buying herbs and spices in bulk to re-sell locally in small quantities, but the local populace has grown up with just a scant handful of herbs and spices and their palates are understandably restricted. (I used to be the herb/spice buyer for our food co-op when I lived in Maryland eons ago.)

One nice thing about rural living is that most folks can, so canning supplies are not like hen's teeth.
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ImageMaggidew
Feb 9, 2010 4:59 PM CST
Name: Maggi Piercy
Big Sandy, TX
How about an herb and spice co-op? I found several outlets that sell online in quantity and accept PayPal to boot. I am a credit-card free zone here.
Imagedarius
Feb 9, 2010 5:30 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
I'd support the idea, but wouldn't want to manage one. Right now I doubt I'd even play as I'm pretty well-stocked for several months.
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A_Rare_Rose
Feb 22, 2010 6:09 PM CST
Name: Rose Rairie
Chicago, IL & Benton KY
I would like to know about the root cellar. Did you build this yourself?
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Imagedarius
Feb 22, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
No, it has been here for many years, even before this present house. Same for the spring house. This was an old rural and poor homestead and 18½ of the 19 acres go straight up.
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jnette
Jul 19, 2010 8:23 PM CST
Name: Jeanette (jnette) Smith
NE Washington State
Rose, I posted a few minutes ago on the other thread here about building a pantry type in your basement. That is what we did and made 6" walls with insulation. It keeps it pretty cool, in the high 40s in that room. The rest of the basement is pretty warm because the furnace keeps it that way.

That was the first thing we did when we moved here because we are 15 miles from the nearest grocery store and it is nothing to write home about. 40 miles from a larger grocery store, and 100 miles from a metropolitan city.

Jeanette
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