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post #17 of Old 11-08-2007 Thread Starter
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Thank you for all of your thoughts on this topic, they are appreciated.

SD, That is a good tip to check the food before you buy it. I had to give away a case of soup from Costco one time because I didn't like it, and also about half of a box of mixed kinds of oatmeal because I didn't like the flavors that were left. Like you said, it's not a bargain if you don't eat it.

PBzeer, I don't think that having too much food on board will be a problem for me. I am only interested in stocking up on things that I know I will eat. It is like that old food storage saying, "Eat what you store, store what you eat". For me a good example would be, say, cans of green beans. I'm always going to eat cans of green beans, I like green beans, and I could get a few cases of green beans and know that they will get eaten because I've always eaten them.

Rockter, I will check into it!

s/vitineris, yes I love dried beans, and rice too. I cook a lot of that.

Valiente, good tip about taking the labels off. I think the Pardeys mentioned something like that too in one of their books. It might have been Mrs. Pardey's cruising food book I read it in.

Andyman, thanks for the tip. I don't necessarily agree with you that bargain brand food isn't as good as brand name. That is true in some cases where the mixture of flavors is foreign, for example you might not want to get bargain cola if you have always just drank coca cola, because the taste is going to be different than what you are used to and it won't be "the same thing". That's true too of things like oatmeal where you get used to the mix of flavors that quaker oats uses. But a green bean is a green bean is a green bean, and it's hard to go wrong with a can of green beans. If it weren't for heavy advertising and name recognition it would be hard for the name brands to stay in business when they are charging 25+% more for the same thing, and it is the same thing, processed the same way, and in some cases even made by the same company. For canned beans and things they are relying on that old American mysticism that if there are two things on the shelf and one of them is more expensive then it must be better, or, in reverse logic, "you get what you pay for".

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