The extreme minimalist used to be a vocal advocate of once-a-month cooking. That came to an abrupt end when I let him tag along with me to Costco a few months ago.
We did our shopping separately and agreed to meet up at a specified time and location inside the store. He never showed, so I went looking for him.
I eventually found my friend standing open-mouthed in childlike wonder as he beheld an aisle end cap stacked high with five gallon buckets that held the promise of an even better solution to the “food problem.”
Each bucket contained an emergency food supply with 275 servings inside. At $115 per bucket, my friend realized he could eat for an entire year on less than $500. Tears swelled up in his eyes when I mentioned he could probably also get rid of the refrigerator in his apartment.
I tried to discourage him. I reminded him that people need variety in their diets. He rebuffed me by pointing to the bucket’s list of contents:
- 30 Servings – Potato Bakon (Note the “k.”)
- 25 Servings – Corn Chowder
- 25 Servings – Ala King
- 25 Servings – Cacciatore
- 25 Servings – Western Stew
- 45 Servings – Whey Milk
- 25 Servings – Blueberry Pancakes
- 25 Servings – Barley Vegetable
For obvious reasons, my wife and I now make a sport out of coming up with excuses for avoiding his dinner parties.