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04-01-2012 11:09 AM
Re: Buying Canned Goods

I can my own. The problem is not veggies and fruit. They are readily available everywhere, and our vegetarian cruising colleagues definitely have an advantage. Carnivores can only stand so much Spam and Dinty Moore beef stew, so I can my own chicken, pork, Italian sausage, and beef. The only drawback is the glass jars. They have to be stored safely. The best way to do this is keep the original packaging to store the processed food on board. I find pints and half pints work best for two people.

Other products I like are the soft pack tuna and chicken. They take up less space, and there is less packaging.

I also noticed that Sam's has bulk pack canned goods. These large boxed packages may be worth investigating.

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Helen Wiley S/V Cornucopia, Finnsailer 35, 1973, Savannah, GA
03-24-2012 11:35 AM
Re: Buying Canned Goods

" I have never asked if they offer case discounts"
First time I was provisioning a boat, four of us went into a supermarket in a strange town and I asked at the customer service desk. I said flat out we're provisioning a boat, so many people, so many days, we're going to fill at least two shopping carts can I get a break on the price? We're not from around here, we don't have coupons, we'd just like a break on the big order. And the manager said absolutely, just call him to the register.

Supermarkets have always got something going on, coupons, sales, whatever, and a sharp manager is always willing to do something extra for larger sales.

It never hurts to ask. Like an liquor stores, where you'll almost always get an extra 5-10%, or they'll lose the tax, something significant in you simply say "I'm stocking a bar and will be buying $xxx worth of booze today". Heck, many advertise it up front.

It never hurts to ask.
03-23-2012 11:38 PM
Re: Buying Canned Goods

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03-21-2012 05:45 PM
Re: Buying Canned Goods

Every large and medium city in the US has a 'food distribution center' - the 'wholesale market' for a city.
Many distribution centers will allow 'individuals' or 'individuals who know someone' or especially individuals who pay 'cash on the barrel head' for commodity/case purchases. Be 'creative & imaginative' and dont look like a 'dopey consumer' when entering, learn quickly of whats going on, etc.
03-21-2012 05:21 PM
Re: Buying Canned Goods

I find the best prices for caned goods, though not a huge choice, is Aldi. They have good quality vegetables in cans, as well as chicken, tuna, and Ham. They also have Stew and some other meat products. I have never asked if they offer case discounts, but it would not hurt to ask. My local store has an excellent choice as well of Mexican/Southwestern caned goods, like chilies, and beans. They also have some convenience foods that are ok as well, like Ramon, seasoning packets (like taco seasoning, Alfredo sauce, and what not for quick meals) and mashed potatoes in small foil packets.

General advice:

Just make sure you get a sample cans before ordering something, as you don't want 60 cans of something you don't like.

All the restaurant supply stores I have been to only sell the larger cans, and mostly number 10 cans.

Ask to speak to a manager and special order so you get the freshest cans, as they do have expiration dates and you don't want him to hand you a 8 year old case that has been in the back.
03-20-2012 11:50 PM
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11-11-2007 12:51 PM
wind_magic SailorPam,

That is great you are pressure canning. I want to do that too. I have helped my extended family put away vegetables from the garden before but that isn't really what I want to do. What I want is to be able to quickly can leftovers and to put away things that I have prepared so that I can eat them later.

For example, I want to be able to make a large pot of my favorites like soup and stew in the pressure cooker and then take that large amount of soup and can it into small half pint sized jars so that I can eat them later for individual meals. Most of the store bought soups these days are pretty good tasting in my opinion, chunky brand, all of that, and I am all for just buying them when they are available, but sometimes I just want my own soup because I prefer it, and sometimes I want my own soup because I think you can go places where canned soup won't be available. Also when it is just one person it is harder to make these things because you can't really make a good soup in small quantities.

I've heard of people just leaving leftovers in their pressure cooker and eating them the next day, kind of using the pressure cooker itself as a "can", because it has already killed most of the bacteria, enough to let the food sit at room temperature for a day or more. And I am sure I will do more of that kind of thing myself. But I also want to be able to just toss those leftovers into half pint jars and process them so that I can eat them much later like next week or next month so I don't have to eat the same thing all week just because I was in the mood to cook something.

I love homemade soup and especially thicker stews but I don't make it that often because it's just me eating it. It is easier when there is a freezer around to freeze the leftovers in individual meal sizes, but that's not going to work on a boat. I would really like to be able to reach out and grab a can of my own stew and warm it up and eat it. I make a really good root vegetable stew with chicken in it that I never get tired of.
11-09-2007 11:13 PM
CosmosMariner Rainy Day Foods at has great prices and the quality beats everything else especially Wal Mart and other store brands.
11-08-2007 04:32 PM
SailorPam Rev. Mike, Here's an OSU (Oregon) link about tuna
I was wrong, it gets processed for 100 minutes. We process chicken, beef and pork for 75 minutes. Hence the aforementioned bottle of wine We generally sit down with the laptop and shop Yachtworld (boat porn) so we can keep an eye on the pressure to make sure it doesn't drop, put on some good tunes snack on some munchies. It helps if you find the basic life maintenance chores entertaining

Randy, I love the private Safeway shopping idea! Not to mention it makes sense for them as well. Wasn't I behind you in line once?
11-08-2007 04:19 PM
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