Three dozen eggs, six loaves of bread and 5lbs turkey bacon EVERY DAY: The grocery list that feeds the Duggars' 19-strong brood
21:10 GMT, 9 April 2012
Feeding a regular-sized family can be costly for many parents but how does a couple cater for 19 young rumbling bellies on a daily basis
The Duggar family, who star in TLC's reality TV series 19 Kids
and Counting, have revealed their regular grocery shopping lists. While an
enormous $3,000 is spent per month on the 19-child family's dietary needs, it is their daily
grocery list that is most fascinating.
One typical day in the family's Tontitown, Arkansas household
requires three-dozen eggs, five lbs of turkey bacon, six loaves of bread, three
lbs of potatoes and one gallon of vanilla ice-cream.
Family matters: The Duggar clan spends $3,000 per month on groceries and eats three dozen eggs and six loaves of bread each day. They also indulge in two pans of brownies per day
The list also features plenty of fruit including
oranges, watermelon and grapes as well as other vegetables like lettuce and
Spaghetti noodles appear to be a meal favourite. The conservative
Christian family go through four lbs of the dish per day. Four lbs of sloppy
joe meat is also required as well as multiple pans of brownies to provide sweet treats.
Tiny tots: Two Duggar boys, pictured above, carry breakfast ingredients from the pantry to the dining table
Michelle Duggar, the matriarch, showed off her home's food
pantry to the Today show this morning. It revealed a supermarket-style set up where
hundreds of canned foods, condiments and other supplies have been stocked neatly
The pantry has been built into the home's garage to ensure 'we
can unload all the groceries at one time,' she said.
THE DUGGAR FAMILY'S GROCERY LIST (FOR JUST ONE DAY):
3 dozen eggs5 lbs turkey bacon20 biscuits10 oranges4 lbs grapes3 loaves whole wheat bread4 lbs sloppy joe meat3 lbs green beans3 lbs potatoes2 watermelons 2 family size bags lettuce4 lbs spaghetti noodles3 loaves french bread2 pans brownies1 gallon vanilla ice cream
She added that the family shops 'once a week usually, to
pick up odds and ends’ and then 'once a month' for a larger shop.
'We have a menu [every day] and we have to shop accordingly.'
Jim Bob, the clan’s father, once worked in a grocery store
so he is able to oversee the food storage system his family has implemented.
The Today show also looked at how the children often conduct
breakfast of a morning. According to Mrs Duggar, everybody plays their part in
the organised food buffet which is cooked in what looks like a restaurant's industrial kitchen.
She said: 'They all work together on a team and we've got
buddy teams so the little guys are getting to learn from the older ones. We all
work together, it takes everybody helping.'
Due to the large amount of food that is required each
morning, the family often 'starts the night before' to ensure the hungry family
are fed quickly.
Guests of the family, such as eldest son Josh's wife Anna
and their daughter Mackynzie, may also need to be catered for occasionally.
Mrs Duggar, however, is not fazed by the prospect of feeding additional mouths.
In keeping with her family's motto, which she has proudly recalled numerous times on their reality series, she said this morning: 'There’s
always room for one more.'