Food Volume

I still remember the neighborhood of my childhood. The memory is still fresh of the types of stores within the block where we lived. The bakery made fresh bread every day at four o’clock in the afternoon. We bought one pound of white bread for our afternoon snack. We could buy cookies and crackers in small amounts such as several pieces for a quarter.

My mom went to the market twice a day to buy fresh food for the meals of the day. She didn’t need to store any food in the refrigerator. The refrigerator was the size of a dish washer.

I don’t remember we needed to buy anything in large volume. We could go to a hardware store to buy a few pieces of nails; go to the pharmacy to get a few pain tablets; or a grocery store to get four ounces of sugar or salt. The only large volume of food item that my mom bought was rice. Since rice was the major diet, my mom bought 50 pounds of rice at a time and stored in a large ceramic jug.

I look at my life here in U.S. We buy most of the daily use items in large volume. When I go shopping, I read labels a lot. I compare the amount per ounce, and try to get the most out of the buck. I usually go to a large warehouse for certain items, because I could save a few dollars for larger volume. One disadvantage of buying things in large volume is the lack of freshness.

I especially don’t want to have large volume of snack items available around the house. It’s too convenient to grab it and stuff in the mouth when we don’t need the extra food in our stomach.

I still miss the days when I could get one pound of freshly baked bread every day or several cookies for a quarter!

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Daily Prompt: Volume

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27 thoughts on “Food Volume

  1. Living in NYC, apartments are small and storage is limited, so we pick up what we need often. We take advantage of current sales and enjoy more variety in our diet that way, Miriam. Kind of like your childhood experience. 😉 xoM

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  2. I think it is a balance I purchase household items (soap, toilet paper etc) in large volumes as it cheaper and we have the space. I however, purchase produce at the farmers market once a week…

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  3. Yes, that’s so right, it’s not that long ago you could buy just what you need and no more. We are only 2 people so I don’t like all the food waste. I now have a subscription service that delivers only the exact amount we need for recipes provided. But it’s not just food! Bulk overwhelms me and I find it not aesthetically pleasing to store in my home. I was just lamenting to my colleague how toilet paper only seems to come in packs of 16 or more these days!

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    • My daughter subscribes produce from a farm in Portland, OR. They make weekly delivery of vegetables plus salmon – they are vegetarians. For certain household items, it’s inevitable that you have to buy large volume and store them ;-0

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  4. I’m also coming from a place and the time where the big supermarkets didn’t exist, everyday shopping was normal, not mentioning the period when there was nothing to buy besides spagetti and flour 😂

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  5. We are lucky here in that we still have small independent bakeries, greengrocer’s, butchers and fishmongers where we can buy small fresh portions of what we need. We also have a farm nearby where we can pick fresh fruit and vegetables ourselves and only take what we need. It is sad to hear that these kind of options are disappearing where you are 💜

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  6. The buying food in large volumes issue is one that my dad often complains about – though my mum just can’t resist a good deal in the supermarkets! Though I find this simple joy in being able to buy something like a banana milkshake from the food court near my office for only $2 and sip it throughout the day….

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