I'm pregnant and especially irriated at DH this morning!!!! I had to make a rule that we can only have two open boxes of cereal at any one time. He would gladly open up ten boxes and eat the first fresh bowl out of each, and then throw nine away next month when they are stale.
Usually, he follows this rule. But this morning, I realized he opened up a third box without finishing an open one. No biggie.
I decide to use up the open boxes by making Cereal Treats ... basically the same recipe as Rice Krispie Treats, but with whatever leftover cereal & nuts we have on hand.
I get out the basket with the marshmallows in it, and he has opened the bag to eat several of them for his evening snack. ARGH! So now I can't even make a full recipe of RKT's.
In the same bin, I notice he has done the same thing and opened up a bag of chocolate chips, so now I can't even make a full recipe of CC cookies.
He did this to me several times this summer too. I would buy everything to make S'mores while camping, and before we left, he would eat the candy bars.
Small infractions, I know, but I am pregnant and that is my excuse for irritability!!! I'm still mad! I made a "candy" bin, and a "no touch" bin... so we will see if that works.
What do you do to make sure you will still have the ingredients when you go to make certain dishes?
(4/01, 6/07, & 12/09)
I agree with Annette, though, my baking supplies are OFF LIMITS. They follow that rule fairly well, though, cause they like what I make when I have the stuff to make it with!
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Do you have a place you could put baking ingredients? Like in a high cupboard close to your prep zone? That is the easiest way to go, you can always spot a child dragging the step stool across the kitchen to sneak stuff
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There is a shelf/basket in the cupboard and refrigerator where things are okay to eat any time.
Baking supplies are kept with baking supplies- not the snacks.
The very top cupboards/shelves are foods that are off limits for snacking.
I verbally say, "This is for x. Don't eat it."
I hear you about the cereal. I won't buy it anymore unless the box is nearly empty because people would abandon the older box. Maybe put the unopened boxes out of reach/sight until the current one is used up?
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
I dont have to have a particular place yet, but i do have DH well trained. He can have all the prepkgd cheese sticks he wants. He can also have prepkgd nuts. Those are the only prepkgd foods i buy. When hes getting low, its his responsibility to tell me or he has no snacks. Hes also allowed fruit on demand, out of the fruit bowl, or carrot sticks. These are all things that go in his lunch every day, so i keep them stocked.
Nuts for baking are kept in the freezer, where he won't go.
As for the cereal boxes, there is a trick to keeping them from going stale. The bag inside the box is impermeable, unlike most plastic. If it is opened carefully (i.e. Not torn), fold the 2 corners of the bag toward the middle (like you're wrapping a present), and then roll it shut. Use a tight clip (i use binder clips, they squeeze tighter than those designed for the kitchen - cheaper, too), clip it in the middle. You shouldnt have any excess air in the bag. I never have stale cereal since i discovered this, and i only buy cereal rarely.
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