Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Grabbing Stuff Here And There...

I figured I would share this after reading Kaiservontexas describe how he has been collecting salt packets...

You may think I am a bit strange but the wife and I obsessively gather free condiments from places to the point where we have boxes of each.

We grab handfuls anytime restaurants are dopey enough to leave the stuff out self service. I grab them when I can and anytime someone says you need and salt, pepper or ketchup...I always say YES!

We have containers full of salt, pepper, ketchup, sugar, plastic forks/spoons/knives, honey, napkins, Equal, straws, mayo and mustard. As a matter of fact I have enough to probably outfit one of these fast food places for a week :)

Hey I am just saying grab a few more than you need every time you go out somewhere and you'll have yourself quite a nice stash in no time at all. Not only that, condiments should be an important part of everyone's food storage plan because they make bland food taste a whole hell of a lot better!

...that is all.

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14 comments:

  1. Same here. Thats a great idea, been doing it for a long time now. I store it in seperate canning jars with the lid on. Great extra free storage. Good post

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  2. It's a good idea, but salt is so cheap (right now) that for the price of a meal out you can buy enough for several years.

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  3. Everytime I stop and get fast food(which is pretty rare) I consider taking a few extra packets of each. It's a good idea, would never have to buy ketchup again.

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  4. How long do you think wet, individually packed condiments are good for? I'm a big fan of picking up packs of jelly, honey, and hot sauces for backpacking, but they never seem to have an expiration date on them. I'll have to take a look at the cases of the things next time I'm at Costco and see if the case is marked.

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  5. Other people have talked about doing this before but they were cautioned that these packets are expected to be used fairly quickly and so do not have all the preservatives to give them a long shelf life.

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  6. Seems a little like stealing to me. Do you clean out the restrooms of all paper towels and toilet paper? Why not help yourself to the entire bottle of dressing at the salad bar? Stuff your pockets with all of the after dinner mints they can hold. You're all welcome to come to my small coffee bar. Hey, I must be dopey. Help yourselves to all of my "free" condiments, napkins, cups--anything you need.

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  7. I agree with you anon, it is people like them who spoil it for everyone..does that mean if it is not chained down it is free? and you think the golden hoard is not coming? get while the getting is good...they perceive them as dopey...hey madoff thinks the same way

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  8. Times get tough enough the packets might BE dinner! Dont use after a couple years though. When it no longer looks/smells right it's probably not!

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  9. I'm sorry, but I can't condone this... I agree with a couple of the others' who say it's stealing. Because it IS stealing. Okay if you go through the drive through and stash what you don't use, but to purposely go into a restaurant and take more than your share - that's not okay. A bottle of ketchup doesn't cost *that* much. Be frugal instead of a thief. Karma comes around...

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  10. We need to realize that those of us that prep will be far better off than those that don't. It doesn't makes us better, just better prepared. We prep because we know there'll be people who didn't prepare and will want what we have. We need to be ethically above the fray. If we're taking what isn't really ours, what makes us any better? I'm paraphrasing the man upstairs, who I hope will forgive me, but he who can be trusted with little will be trusted with much. Think about it.

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  11. I am a prepper and own a restaurant. I get really PISSED when someone grabs 30 sugars, puts two in their coffee and 28 in their pocket. If I see them do it I add it to the bill. If I don't see them steal, then eventually I'm going to have to raise my prices so EVERYBODY will pay for these other "preppers" who help themselves to anything that isn't nailed down.

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  12. This is actually pretty funny.

    I am suppossed to feel guilty for taking a few extra ketchup packets when a restaurant like McDonalds for example charges me almost 5 bucks for a 2 ounce rat patty, 20 french fries, and a soda that is mostly ice....funny.

    Franco:
    Very easy...make stuff available on request otherwise cry on someone else's shoulder.

    Listen if this hurts your conscious in any way simple refrain.

    Then again everyone is a martyr on the Internet...

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  13. Flea, you don't get it do you? If you don't like McDonalds and feel they're overpriced for what they sell, who's forcing you to go there? What point are you trying to make by going anyway and stealing from the company, and ultimately its stockholders? Sounds like you're being the martyr. At any rate, I do enjoy your blog and have learned from it, but learning can go both ways.

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