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rafter

Since 1999
Friend of mine in Breckenridge, Colorado can't find bread, can't find yeast and today text me and said he couldn't find baking powder. I was out riding my horse and just down the road is the Amish bulk store, so swung by there on the way home top pick up those items for him.

Sign on the door said they just got in 1 ton of beans and please buy all you want.

They were stocked on pretty much everything, but didn't have any powdered eggs. Still out. Got the baking powder and yeast for my friend, and a gallon of Worcestershire sauce and some caramel popcorn flavoring for me. Will ship his stuff out tomorrow. They even had several fresh loaves of homemade bread and cookies.
 

energy_wave

Veteran Member
My local mom and pop grocery store is just about back to normal now. Meat cooler was about full like the old days. Bread shelves thin but I was finally able to buy some hamburger buns. The rest of the bread was crap. Paper isle still empty though. Not a roll of TP to be found. Milk, eggs, butter most dairy was normal. Beer cooler was never low all through this crisis.
 

kaz8772

Member
First trip out in a week just to fill out a couple of holes and to refill the past two weeks of total self imposed lockdown. Western Kansas.

Local Dollar General -
Good stock of everything pretty much. Full dairy case including eggs g bought two dozen and left eight others. Very few holes in there shelves other than paper goods and disinfectants.

Walmart (Pickup - no way I was going in there.)
Received all my order except meats. Got a large amount of fresh produce which we treated with bleach solution, rinsed, then dried.
 

20Gauge

Veteran Member
My local mom and pop grocery store is just about back to normal now. Meat cooler was about full like the old days. Bread shelves thin but I was finally able to buy some hamburger buns. The rest of the bread was crap. Paper isle still empty though. Not a roll of TP to be found. Milk, eggs, butter most dairy was normal. Beer cooler was never low all through this crisis.
Funny thing. Around here the 2nd thing to go was the booze right after the tp.....
 

Mixin

Veteran Member
I'm west of Indianapolis.

I usually do my grocery shopping on Tuesday, which was a mistake since our Gov announced our Do Not Drive on Monday afternoon for Wednesday. I went to Walgreen's on Mon and they were out of the store brand acetaminophen that I prefer to use. I needed some Cool Whip (didn't have) but they did have 10-12 cans of Reddi Wip. They were completely when I went back the next day. Our Walmart Market was also out of it. The cashier told me they had been stocked really well on almost everything until the announcement and that Tues evening was chaotic.

I had no idea that Reddi Wip was such a hot commodity.
 

Digger

Senior Member
Our stores have more stock. Still lots of holes, but better. Our friend that works in the fresh meats said everything he ordered was out. But they will send meat. We get what we get. The case was not full, but there was quite a bit. Limit of one family pack and one smaller pack of ground beef.

We had to shop for my 87 year old mother in law. Her home health aide usually does the Walmart pick up for her. They did not have an opening till Tuesday. We went to Kroger and found everything but her cereal. She is not out yet. Hubbys brother can help look for the cereal too. We even got her a 6 pack of bounty towels. They use paper towels and Kleenex like crazy.

We picked up a few items for our house too. We still just have only one case of the virus in our county. We are near Russellville Arkansas.
 

Freeholder

This too shall pass.
A friend told me that an employee at our Kroger tested positive; don’t know if they closed the store. We were last out Thursday evening to the ER with my daughter, and I don’t plan to go anywhere until her next appointment next Thursday. They had presumed cases in the ER while we were there, which is a little scary - I’m taking all possible precautions. And hoping/praying that she doesn’t need to go back there. This is a very small town in rural KY. Actually two small towns, between the Kroger and the ER. I was hoping it would take longer to show up here.

Kathleen
 

Dafodil

Veteran Member
I have a tp subscription too. We were a little backed up, i was going to cancel. Now I'm waiting to see what's going to get delivered. This months came on the 13th as expected.
My deliveries normally run on the 20th. I did receive my paper towel yesterday, The UPS man knew it was a hot commodity, so he placed it at my front door with no wording showing from the street. Maybe my TP will deliver next week!
 

Dafodil

Veteran Member
Our stores have more stock. Still lots of holes, but better. Our friend that works in the fresh meats said everything he ordered was out. But they will send meat. We get what we get. The case was not full, but there was quite a bit. Limit of one family pack and one smaller pack of ground beef.

We had to shop for my 87 year old mother in law. Her home health aide usually does the Walmart pick up for her. They did not have an opening till Tuesday. We went to Kroger and found everything but her cereal. She is not out yet. Hubbys brother can help look for the cereal too. We even got her a 6 pack of bounty towels. They use paper towels and Kleenex like crazy.

We picked up a few items for our house too. We still just have only one case of the virus in our county. We are near Russellville Arkansas.
My son starts work tomorrow at Kroger. They have NO meat. He did say he will have to stock when it comes in. I see a lot of bagging in my son's future!
 

bbbuddy

DEPLORABLE ME
I'm west of Indianapolis.

I usually do my grocery shopping on Tuesday, which was a mistake since our Gov announced our Do Not Drive on Monday afternoon for Wednesday. I went to Walgreen's on Mon and they were out of the store brand acetaminophen that I prefer to use. I needed some Cool Whip (didn't have) but they did have 10-12 cans of Reddi Wip. They were completely when I went back the next day. Our Walmart Market was also out of it. The cashier told me they had been stocked really well on almost everything until the announcement and that Tues evening was chaotic.

I had no idea that Reddi Wip was such a hot commodity.
It's so easy to make your own whipped cream! With a hand immersion blender and a jar you have whipped cream in about 2 minutes. Heavy cream(lasts a long time in fridge), sugar, a bit of vanilla.
 

Loretta Van Riet

Trying to hang out with the cool kids.
A substitution that I now prefer...when hotdog buns were not available I tried a flour tortilla. I wrapped the hotdog in the tortilla and microwaved for 39 seconds. Opened the tortilla to add my onions and condiments, then re-rolled my hotdog.

Tortillas keep much longer than most hotdog buns. So this solution works for me!
 

bw

Fringe Ranger
Just got back from a Seattle-area Safeway. Had to pick up a prescription, so I picked up a bunch of optional stuff. Suited up in N100/goggles/gloves. I was the only one in a mask, but all employees were gloved. Plastic barriers prevent directly talking with cashiers, etc. Six foot markings on the floor, all well organized.

Rice nearly empty, and almost no beans. I don't do rice (low carb) but I can eat barley all day long. They had one lonesome 1-lb bag of barley, which I snapped up. Paper products empty. Canned soup very light, other canned goods were well-stocked. The Mission tortilla chips were missing in action but other dippables were well-represented. Didn't notice the bread. Produce was chock full. Peanut butter was short.
 

tno5

Contributing Member
Since I couldn't find bread anywhere I got the flour tortillas. You can freeze flour tortillas. take them out of package and put parchment paper or foil between each one or however many you'll want at a time and then put in freezer bag. They can be frozen for a long time.[/QUOTE]
 

Dozdoats

On TB every waking moment
While we were out on other errands yesterday (DW ran over a pocketknife someone lost in the road and got a blade broken off in her tire), we stopped by our local grocery. Sign on the bagged potatoes said one bag per family per day. I wanted a small roast for mom for Sunday dinner (she loves potroast) and they had a few, the woman in front of me cleaned out all the available hamburger and chicken so it's a good thing I wasn't looking for those.

Otherwise sortakinda back to normal except NO bread, TP or any of the other usual suspects. They did have some 1 pound bags of white rice, I was surprised to see.
 

rlm1966

Veteran Member
Publix and Lidl here south of Charlotte are very low or out of many items still. Steaks are now cheaper than chicken if you can find chicken. Currently only chicken at Publix is 7.99 a pound and Lidl has none. Very glad that at end of January we decided to fill freezer with meat just in case. We had been running it down as we plan on moving to new house in a few months but virus and common sense had us beat the rush to restock everything we like.
 

WalknTrot

Veteran Member
I went out this morning to pick up and deliver a load of feed for my friends' farm.....they finally made it back across the border on Wednesday. If THEY aren't taking this next 14 days seriously, the rest of us are! Throw the stuff off the truck in the barn and leave.

So, it was a pre-paid sign and go at Fleet Farm (nearly deserted), but I had to pass Walmart, the Sam's Club and big grocery store area of town. I have not been in (real) town for a couple weeks. Could NOT believe all of the idiots still out there on the road. The Walmart parking lot was over 3/4 FULL. WTH. What happened to essential travel only as of last night at midnight?

In contrast, came home the back roads, and passed by the four-corners rural grocery and liquor store. Same as I'd seen earlier in the week...more employees than customers parked in the lot.

Further proof of my theory that city people are dumber than a box of rocks.
 

tiredude

Veteran Member
Publix and Lidl here south of Charlotte are very low or out of many items still. Steaks are now cheaper than chicken if you can find chicken. Currently only chicken at Publix is 7.99 a pound and Lidl has none. Very glad that at end of January we decided to fill freezer with meat just in case. We had been running it down as we plan on moving to new house in a few months but virus and common sense had us beat the rush to restock everything we like.
Funny how every area is different. We have all the chicken you can carry and limited on beef. Stores are pretty well stocked In NE Arkansas.
 

straightstreet

Life is better in flip flops
We went shopping today at our local small town grocery and it's pretty much like it was pre coronavirus stock wise. They do have signs up saying limit 1 on gr beef and tp. Limit 2 on milk, bread, eggs and bottled water. Everything else looked pretty good. This is in ky.
 

vessie

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Just got back from a Seattle-area Safeway. Had to pick up a prescription, so I picked up a bunch of optional stuff. Suited up in N100/goggles/gloves. I was the only one in a mask, but all employees were gloved. Plastic barriers prevent directly talking with cashiers, etc. Six foot markings on the floor, all well organized.

Rice nearly empty, and almost no beans. I don't do rice (low carb) but I can eat barley all day long. They had one lonesome 1-lb bag of barley, which I snapped up. Paper products empty. Canned soup very light, other canned goods were well-stocked. The Mission tortilla chips were missing in action but other dippables were well-represented. Didn't notice the bread. Produce was chock full. Peanut butter was short.
The Safeway in North Bend, Wa. was totally wiped out several times due to the people from the Seatttle and Eastside areas bugging out to eastern Wa.

They hit the store like a swarm of locusts.

It was so weird to see no big endcap stack of tortillas, or their vast shelves of flour and other baking goods gone, it was just weird.

We too have the red tape markings on the floor for the registers, and the plastic barriers for the cashiers.

Only two of us in the whole store wearing the N95 masks and gloves.

Just some guy and myself. V
 

thereisnofork

Senior Member
The Safeway in Kent, WA on Benson Ave seemed very well stocked. Paper products and cleaning still in short supply. Lots of other products, deli full, beer full (surprising), veggies pretty full, lots of canned goods, store was not crowded, no panic buying that I saw. One person walking out with just laundry detergent.
 

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
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A substitution that I now prefer...when hotdog buns were not available I tried a flour tortilla. I wrapped the hotdog in the tortilla and microwaved for 39 seconds. Opened the tortilla to add my onions and condiments, then re-rolled my hotdog.

Tortillas keep much longer than most hotdog buns. So this solution works for me!
I absolutely refuse to eat mexican food. That includes “tortillers”.
 

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
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Well, you don’t live in “Nuevo mey-hee-co del norte”, where there’s not one decent Italian, seafood or german restaurant, but there ARE 15,000 mex ones. Where “breakfast burritos” are very nearly your only choice for breakfast. You try living down here rather that in your midwest whiteopia and see how you feel after a year or two.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
Well, you don’t live in “Nuevo mey-hee-co del norte”, where there’s not one decent Italian, seafood or german restaurant, but there ARE 15,000 mex ones. Where “breakfast burritos” are very nearly your only choice for breakfast. You try living down here rather that in your midwest whiteopia and see how you feel after a year or two.
The only decent Italian restaurants here, aka as in not Fazolis or Olive Garden will run you on average $75 per person... so I got a bunch of cook books from the library, visited some blogs and learned how to make my own for pennies. Who knew fettuccine with chicken and broccoli in Alfredo sauce was not only inexpensive to make but also super quick and easy. Place here in town charges $35 for that plate and that doesn’t include anything else.

We’re seeing a huge influx of Tex mex eateries here as well, including food trucks. It’s not even authentic Mexican food, though there’s one place Abelardos if you know to ask 5hey have a secret menu with real Mexican food dishes, and they taste nothing like Tex mex, the torta is to die for!
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
Well, you don’t live in “Nuevo mey-hee-co del norte”, where there’s not one decent Italian, seafood or german restaurant, but there ARE 15,000 mex ones. Where “breakfast burritos” are very nearly your only choice for breakfast. You try living down here rather that in your midwest whiteopia and see how you feel after a year or two.
No German eateries here either which is very sad and if you want seafood you go to red lobster, which is subpar.... I used to live on the east coast and Newfoundland so I know what good seafood is supposed to look, smell, an taste like.
 

dioptase

Contributing Member
I haven't been to Real Life grocery stores for a while, but I went shopping for spaghetti (pasta, not sauce) online today, and it's pretty difficult to find the basic stuff. You can get gluten free, whole wheat, black bean, and other esoteric spaghetti noodles, but good luck with the plain old stuff. I ended up ordering some linguine (last that Walmart had online), some spinach fettucine, and some rainbow bowtie pasta. So if you need to replenish that staple and were thinking of doing it online, better get busy...
 

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
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PDW, perhaps you don’t understand. The reason I go to restaurants is to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE HOUSE. All I do is go to work and come home directly after. Day after day after day. There is NO ONE TO TALK TO AT HOME. I just sit there alone every night. I doubt that most of you live like I do.

I WANT TO GO OUT. I WANT TO DO THINGS.
 

BinWa

Veteran Member
I’m in SW Washington and have not been able to find any flour or yeast for the last 2 weeks. Tried Amazon & Walmart .com as well. Mad at myself for being so low on such basic staples. ‍
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
PDW, perhaps you don’t understand. The reason I go to restaurants is to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE HOUSE. All I do is go to work and come home directly after. Day after day after day. There is NO ONE TO TALK TO AT HOME. I just sit there alone every night. I doubt that most of you live like I do.

I WANT TO GO OUT. I WANT TO DO THINGS.
It’s the same thing for me, except I work from home and he’s gone twelve plus hours each day, OC could care less if we go out, and the choices here are disappointing at best. Oh and I do the majority of the cooking, menu, and shopping planning. If I get to go out once every three months for dinner it’s a miracle. My idea of a good time is not grocery shopping, but that seems to be the only good time I get anymore. Just drop me off I; the woods please... oh wait 5he state and county made that a felony in light of this damned virus so no morel hunting this spring.
 

dioptase

Contributing Member
Dennis... we were taken to both these places on a trip to Austin. Good breakfast food, not Tex-Mex! (Though are they actually allowing people to EAT in restaurants in Austin these days? So if nothing else, consider these for future reference.)

Josephine House - currently closed, but brother restaurant Jeffrey's has curbside pickup

I asked them for the names, and they also mentioned this one: The Magnolia Cafe

Some day, hopefully, we can have eat-out in restaurants again... (We have a gift card to a particular eatery here... DH stalled on making reservations (hard to get), can't use it now, til who knows when...)
 
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