We seem to have an abundance of
canned tomato products stockpiled already.
sauce. Tomato paste. Tomato soup. Stewed tomatoes. Pickled tomatoes.
Three varieties of Hunt's Diced Tomatoes: with sweet onions, with
roasted garlic, and with mild jalapeño peppers. Oddly
have no prepared spaghetti sauce at all. Ordinarily our cupboards are
overflowing with Prego and Contadina
and assorted generic sale brands. But apparently we forgot to pick up
any pasta sauce, the last time we did a major grocery shopping ... so
that section of the kitchen cupboard is uncharacteristically bare.
I add to the list. At least 3-4 jars.
In a pinch, I've been known to eat cold spaghetti sauce straight out of
the jar. It is especially tasty served on Melba toast.
(Or pinky fingers.)
good for tuna fish -- there are at least fifteen cans of it, by my
count, assorted brands and sizes and liquid packaging methods -- but it
looks as though we're down to the very last can of chicken. I'll eat
tuna if I have to, but I'll always prefer chicken ... especially if I'm
eating it without benefit of noodles or sauce or Grandma's yummy
potato-chip-topping. 2-3 cans chunk light chicken,
I scribble. And as an afterthought: Canned salmon for David.
If he's going to be sitting in
the dark eating stinky fish, he might as well be eating the good
inventory continues: soup, chili, refried beans, three-bean salad, that
weird pickled cactus stuff David is so fond of. We've got a couple cans
of each, but we'll definitely need more. At least two weeks' worth,
according to the website. I'm not exactly sure where we're going to
store two weeks' worth of canned goods -- our four hundred square feet
of apartment has begun to feel more like two hundred, lately:
especially with the Butt-D-Luxe parked in the middle of the kitchen --
but I understand that this is something we're just going to have to
make accomodations for. In fact, I'm thinking we could probably use
more canned fruit and vegetables, while we're at it, just to balance
our bean-and-tomato-intensive diet a little. Peanut butter might be
good. And jam. And honey. And maybe a couple of boxes of soda crackers,
and some dried fruit, and some of those funky little energy bars we
take with us on the bike trail. Oh -- and powdered milk, and instant
coffee, and juice ... and WATER!
Oh my god, I forgot all about
Do we have to actually buy
water? Or can we just refill our empty plastic milk containers? The
emergency preparedness website is recommending one gallon per person
per day. How many milk containers would that require, exactly? Do I
have to disinfect them first? And is straight tap water OK, or should I
disinfect that, too?
scribble at the bottom of the list ... right below batteries,
Band-Aids, Lysol, matches, duct tape. And then I stuff the list into my
purse, along with my cell phone and my coupons and my emergency cash,
in preparation for tonight's gigantic grocery shopping expedition. Mind
you: I'm not panicking. I'm not giving myself over to fear, or
expecting the worst, or suddenly seeing orange everywhere I look. I
simply feel that there are some situations where action is a far more
effective antidepressant than inaction ... and a supply of emergency
canned chicken a better sleep aid than an empty cupboard.
This is one of those