Pandemic supply chain in your area

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Canned veggies have been in short supply for months. Grab them when you see them. It's going to be an interesting Thanksgiving this year with the food shortages, travel restrictions, and bans on gatherings in many areas. Black Friday will likely be nonexistent or online only. Too many stores going under and nobody has money to spend. Even if everything opened up today, and people got jobs quickly, too many are already in debt up to their eyeballs to have much to spend for anything nonessential this year. I hope that changes. Another stimulus check would help. Kmart is closing and Fry's Electronics has been bare for a year. Small business owners can't operate long with reduced capacities and shutdowns at any time. A lot of business owners are retiring early and moving somewhere more affordable. People are abandoning some of the larger cities as essential services are breaking down and natural disasters are straining resources further. Many want to be in less populated areas away from corona virus hotspots, where they have fewer restrictions, more resources, and better protection. I don't see that trend changing anytime soon with a pandemic and bankrupt cities falling apart.

You still have Kmart? They closed all their stores here and also closed all the Sears stores (Kmart owns Sears) years and years ago so them closing the rest of their stores may be less related to the virus than just history repeating itself.
 

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In my limited sampling of the DFW area most staples are available, however isopropyl alcohol remains stubbornly out of stock.
 

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I don`t know if people are using them to stuff masks or what, but coffee filters are getting hard to find now, we had to try 4 different places!?
Not totally surprising as instead of everyone sharing the same coffee makers at work more people are at home and the stress of it all has them constantly incoffeecated. In other words probably more coffee makers are in use now due to the virus.
 

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---Nebraska/Iowa---

From big box chains to mom and pop stores Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa are largely back to normal. The more densely populated city and metro areas were slower to recover but not too far behind. Life is good in the corn fields.

For what it is worth I did not see a lot of hoarding. What I did see were people responding to politicians telling them to prepare to shelter in place for one week, then two, then a month. A little math tells me most families with children figured kids being home all day would mean twice the toilet paper. With no small number of households suddenly doubling, tripling or quadrupling their weekly grocery and toiletry amounts (again, just following their fearless leaders and talking heads) it is a miracle supplies kept up as well as they did.

I tell all of my friends and family who lost their minds over the alleged wide spread hoarding that this is their chance to never go unprepared again. I have had a few ask what I think they should stock. The answer is always - whatever you don't want to stand in line for.
 

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I don`t know if people are using them to stuff masks or what, but coffee filters are getting hard to find now, we had to try 4 different places!?

Now that you mention it coffee filters are in short supply in my area. They were gone for a while but did return as summer wore on. The stores have some but not many now.
But we had bought 1500 (10x150 packs) prior so we never had an issue.
 

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Oh darn, I forgot to look for coffee filters when I went to the store today. I don't need them because I use a re-useable screen filter that came with my unit.

I did a little hording protection today.
The store was well stocked with TP and paper towels, and a variety of meats.


Paper towels 15 = 28 rolls of Scott brand. $15.00
and 7 lbs of 85% lean chopped meat. @ $2.99/lb. On sale I guess for the upcoming labor day weekend bar b ques.
I have a press and will turn that into about 24 burgers that start out between 1/3rd lb and 1/4 lb each.

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WE have the very tail end of hurricane Zeta arriving tomorrow, so I went to Costco to top off my tank, and while there picked up a couple of cases of bottled water.
They had toilet paper, and paper towels in stock.

A few weeks ago, I hit the supermarket and noted that they had plenty of coffee filters in stock, in fact they had a bunch on an end cap. I don't think I had ever seen that before. They are always way in the middle of an isle.
 

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Built my stocks up more than a month ago; might go snag some more essentials just in case there's excitement onwards of Tuesday evening.


I was out to do the same. But when I got there, I thought to myself "what do I buy?" In terms of food, people say to stock up on canned vegetables, beans, meat. But then I thought "I'm not going to eat that crap!"

Of course I would if it came to that...but things would have to get really bad. Cooking for one makes things hard sometimes. And I just prefer to get fresh food every week or more often as needed. So I guess I need to learn how to prepare better.

Last time it came down to other household items like dishwasher detergent. So I stocked up on that, trash bags, etc. Stores are well stocked at the moment.
 

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I was out to do the same. But when I got there, I thought to myself "what do I buy?" In terms of food, people say to stock up on canned vegetables, beans, meat. But then I thought "I'm not going to eat that crap!"

Of course I would if it came to that...but things would have to get really bad. Cooking for one makes things hard sometimes. And I just prefer to get fresh food every week or more often as needed. So I guess I need to learn how to prepare better.

Last time it came down to other household items like dishwasher detergent. So I stocked up on that, trash bags, etc. Stores are well stocked at the moment.
I agree, cooking for one is a bit of a drag.
Now, my daughter and I usually eat together, but when it was just me, I would typically make a one pot meal, and eat it for lunch, and or dinner for three maybe four days in a row. I'd freeze a 3-4 lb package of chicken breasts, and a year later throw them out. I have also made soups, and froze portions of it. That worked for me.

Initially when Covid hit, we stocked up on canned goods, and lots of Progresso hearty soups. We are still stocked, because, fresh and frozen vegetables were pretty much always available.

I don't like the Tupperware brand, because they have five different sizes, each with it's own differently sized lid. For a few years, I used "Chinese tupperware" the 8oz, 16oz, and 32oz, soup containers, all take the same size lid, and they stack very easily. I now use Rubbermaid that comes in different capacities, but use the same interchangeable lids. I use sticker labels and date them as I put them away. I am still guilty of not freezing leftovers, perhaps because there are two of us eating.

However what I now do is to buy skinless boneless chicken and chopped beef in family sized packages. I turn the beef into burger patties, and I filet the breasts and pound them out. I then put them into freezer bags, that I dated, and freeze them. I don't have a vacuum sealer, so I submerge them in water. The pressure of the water holds the sides of the bag against the meat, and forces the air out of the top. I then seal it. That actually works pretty well regarding reducing frost bite.
Each bag will have typically two servings in it.

When I want to cook, I can pull out as many servings as I want, and throw them (still in the bag) into a pot of warm water to give them a quick thaw.

https://www.allrecipes.com/ is my friend.

Grill masters mixed spices is another friend of mine. :)

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Today I made a very important "essentials" run. We have football game to watch tonight.

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Like you, I found that the store was fully stocked, including cleaning products (no lysol) and paper products.
Due perhaps in part to the rain, the store was relatively empty of shoppers.

I bought a couple of cans of "Cream of Chicken" soup, and Cream of mushroom soup.
They are often called for in making casserole dishes. And the cream of mushroom soup makes chicken marsala a snap.

Fortunately we are pretty well stocked.
 

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I'd freeze a 3-4 lb package of chicken breasts, and a year later throw them out.

LOL!!! That's totally me!

I recently purchased some of that white freezer paper, maybe that'll help. Otherwise anything I freeze turns into a bag half-full of shaved ice. I did find a bag of chicken breasts that are individually wrapped and those look like they freeze well.
 

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LOL!!! That's totally me!

I recently purchased some of that white freezer paper, maybe that'll help. Otherwise anything I freeze turns into a bag half-full of shaved ice. I did find a bag of chicken breasts that are individually wrapped and those look like they freeze well.
LOL... glad I'm not alone! :)

Good luck with the freezer paper, let us know how it works out.

I've used zip lock bags, and I *think* the double seal freezer bags work a little better.

I may pull something out of the freezer, and not use it right away, and then not be sure how much shelf life it has in the refrigerator before it is not usable. So I started putting the frozen date and sell by date on the label. In this case, I know that I can defrost it, and it will still be good for 7-8 days.

These are skinless boneless thighs pounded out somewhat flat.

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I am trying to demonstrate how so much of the air is pushed out of the bag, when I seal it as described above.
I don't think the picture does it justice.

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Poppy, if you like marinating stuff like those chicken thighs pour some in the bag before freezing. But if it's a really strong marinade like a worschtershine or heavy on onion ya might not want to. I pre-marinate with things like barbecue sauces or Italian dressing by dumping it in the bag before freezing and as a bonus the liquid freezes fairly flat so storing efficiently is enhanced. Helps when you go to pull out a bag of frozen something to thaw all day. So when opening the freezer door you don't get "SURPRIZE!!" :huh: a bannana shaped frozen object lands on your bare toe early in the morning.
 
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Poppy, if you like marinating stuff like those chicken thighs pour some in the bag before freezing. But if it's a really strong marinade like a worschtershine or heavy on onion ya might not want to. I pre-marinate with things like barbecue sauces or Italian dressing by dumping it in the bag before freezing and as a bonus the liquid freezes fairly flat so storing efficiently is enhanced. Helps when you go to pull out a bag of frozen something to thaw all day. So when opening the freezer door you don't get "SURPRIZE!!" :huh: a bannana shaped frozen object lands on your bare toe early in the morning.
Ah yes my friend, freezing in marinade sounds like a good/great idea.
People freeze fish in water to reduce freezer burn, don't they?

For me, though, Chicken is: "Like a box of Chocolates" you'll never know how I am gonna make it. ;)

Since I filet and pound them to even thicknesses, they stack up in the freezer like frozen pizza. The pounding tenderizes them, but just as important, maybe more-so, they cook evenly.

Once thawed, I'll grill them, fry them, bake them, or cut them up and casserole them.
My daughter's favorite is fried honey coconut chicken. yum yum. :)
 

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After my last post I went into my freezer to pull out a batch of ground turkey and SURPrIZE!!

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Yikes!!
The clearance priced tenderloin said "boink" on my foot.
 

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Yup. Rain out thanks to Zeta.

Our supply chain is pretty constant lately. My favorite OJ (Trop 50) is hit or miss but after drinking it every day for two years (in place of coffee) I'm starting to think other flavored beverages are probably in my future anyway.

Aisles are completely stocked up with the stuff that was gone for a while like toilet paper, paper towels, coffee filters and ramen noodles.
 

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We're finally starting to see name brand sanitizing wipes in our area again, the ones with the long list of unpronounceable active ingredients, not the benzaklonium chloride wipes.
 
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