ECON Report food and grocery price increases/shortages here: 2021 Edition

SouthernBreeze

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Might have to try that too. Wife LOVES boiled cabbage but all I like really is sauerkraut. I ought to make up some sauerkraut actually, thanks for jogging the ol' brain. It's easy to make for sure, mama showed me long time ago. Tastes better and less salty than store bought too.
When I make boiled cabbage here, I cook it to just fork tender with Polish Kielbasa. What you buy in the can is too soft, but like I said, it beats not having any at all. We like it well enough.
 

AlfaMan

Has No Life - Lives on TB
When I make boiled cabbage here, I cook it to just fork tender with Polish Kielbasa. What you buy in the can is too soft, but like I said, it beats not having any at all. We like it well enough.
Wife will put it in a crock pot and slow cook it. She makes enough to feed an army and she ends up eating nearly all of it. She does it fork tender too, and she will put italian sweet sausages in it. Interesting flavor. The sauerkraut is when she makes them with ham hocks-we get them fresh up in PA/Amish country and freeze them. They are delicious!
 

subnet

Boot
watched a short vid on youtoob and the lady showed an letter, that Augason Farms is shutting down for 90 days due to a shortage of materials?
The letter was dated on the 7th of this month
 

Martinhouse

Veteran Member
I don't remember where on TB there was a discussion about freezing cabbage, and I'd meant to post this...

I, myself, loathe cooked cabbage, but my mom told me that she found that if she cooked it first, it froze very well and just needed then to be thawed and heated to eat. She said she never could find a way to freeze it to cook later. I think she meant cooking by gently boiling, not sure, but it was definitely not just blanching because she could just heat it and eat it. Not sure if she drained it or froze it in the cooking liquid.
 

ainitfunny

Saved, to glorify God.
OMG! When they start messing with potatoes I get real nervous. Could not get 10lb bag at 2 different stores. Had to pay twice as much for 2 -5 lb bags. Went online and ordered 20lbs from Idaho. Shipping was expensive but I'll be darned if TG is going to be wrecked this year because of that wacko crook in the white house.
Also couldn't get 1 gal jugs of Crystal Geyser water. And no chuck roasts.
I guess I will have to start distilling tap. It makes a mess because it is so hard up here.
PRODUCE is the biggest "savings" item at a "Chefs Store".
I searched "produce" there and here is the LINK TO Chefs Store that will blow youe mind. ( too much for regular small family consumption, but a BONANZA in savings FOR CANNING! )
you have to plug in potatoes on produceI dept
Make sure you PAGE DOWN to see what is already loaded below the search box!
 

ainitfunny

Saved, to glorify God.
BONELESS chuck roast is $3.75 a lb at "chef store" gotta buy 20 lbs
red potatoes 15 lbs $4.75,
russet potatoes 15 lb $3.65
rosarita traditional refried beans 30 oz $2.49
First Street coffee beans 2 lbs $7.69
First Street expresso coffee beans 2 lbs $7.69
First street Frozen whole green beans 5lbs $4.29
SAF INSTANT Yeast 1lb. $3.85
Wholesale prices but they sell to PUBLIC.
 
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AlaskaSue

North to the Future
I apologize for the lengthy post , but think I need to update the prior posts I’ve made for local shortages….particularly the Fred Meyer (Kroger) in my town. They’d already vastly increased empty spaces, removed and shortened aisles a whole bunch, added walls and spaces in the formerly well-stocked clothing area, which is now perhaps a quarter its former size - or less.

Today, every single aisle had many empty areas but the worst was in the dairy, eggs, cold cut, bacon aisle and most especially the meat dept. Very large area has very little for sale. I saw lots of things like pickles or a random package of sliced cheese instead of beef, pork or poultry. Then I realized they’d removed one of the open air fridges that holds special sausages, ring sausage, ham, etc. The space on both ends is noticeably larger but I don’t really think many customers are paying attention.

The same in the deli area, down to pickles and cheese where they had a vast array of offerings of meats, cheeses, condiments, etc. Some refrigeration was removed…and the hot take out now offers 4 things instead of 30+ they’ve always had.

One more comment. A couple in the meat section were discussing how little there was for sale, and then decided they will come back another day. I almost spoke up and said they’d better get what they can before it gets worse.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
Going to go to Aldi tomorrow, and maybe again on Wednesday, to fill in my specialty cheese hole. We love Gouda cheese and my local store had none.
 

parsonswife

Veteran Member
It’s not a good sign when companies are going through the trouble to remove and rearrange the store. They must be getting rid of the shelving and refrigeration cases since they wouldn’t be able to store them. Tells me they are long term making decisions.
Several of my chain stores have needed to new frigeration units cause unable to source parts to repair older ones. Looks like an upgrade but is really another supply chain issue
 

Esto Perpetua

Veteran Member
TIP: If you want to make beef bone broth, split beef bones at a RESTAURANT SUPPLY are cheaper! $1 a pound at Chef's Store vs $3.99 at Safeway or Kroger. But, you must buy 25lbs.
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You are foolish to try to home can beef by buying it at a supermarket. The price is half what you pay in a supermarket in the "Chefs Store" restaurant supply. But you must buy in bulk.
Gordons Food Service
Cash and carry

REMEMBER IF YOU ARE CANNING BEEF you dont need to buy the best cuts, you just need beef, there are whole boneless cuts (not ground) beef for $3.50- -$5 a lb in restaurant supply. The cheapest, TOUGHEST CUT OF BEEF will come out fork tender after canning! BUY THE BONELESS for canning or you will spend all your time removing bones. It will taste ok if you just can it raw, but browning it a bit before putting it in the jar will give it a "beefier" taste.

From some one who has made all the mistakes you can make in canning and learned the hard way.
I used to buy a bag of untrimmed tri tip to can. It had five or six roasts in it for around 50 dollars. (Probably much higher now has been about a year and a half since I last did this)

I would trim the fat off, grind it and put it in the oven to rend. While fat was rending, I would cube and raw pack the beef and can it. When fat was through rendering, I would pour it into molds, and freeze for later use as cooking fat. The cracklings would be used for hash and meat would be used for roast, mashed potato dinners, stroganoff, taco meat whatever.

No waste.
 

ainitfunny

Saved, to glorify God.
When I make boiled cabbage here, I cook it to just fork tender with Polish Kielbasa. What you buy in the can is too soft, but like I said, it beats not having any at all. We like it well enough.
i must have read your post. Last night I was so hungry for cabbage and kielbasa that is what I had with herb&butter mashed potatoes! It was so good.
I am highly suggestible when it comes to
food.:kiss::sheep:
 
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SouthernBreeze

Has No Life - Lives on TB
i must have read your post. Last night I was so hungry for cabbage and kielbasa that is what I had with herb&butter mashed potatoes! It was so good.
I am highly suggestible when it comes to
food.:kiss::sheep:
A nice meal for us is boiled cabbage with Kielbasa, boiled potatoes with butter and chives, and cornbread. I like the flavor of either onions or garlic with my potatoes.

Sometimes, I sit here and drool over what others are having for their Sunday dinner, LOL. I always look forward to that thread each Sunday.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
Miami stores are getting hit hard; lines, police to prevent rioting, etc. Why? BC there are a lot of Russian, Cubans, and Venezuelans there. They can read the handwriting on the wall and are terrified.
AND THIS tells me everything I need to know right there, and it's why I did a grocery run this weekend to top off on dry goods a month and a half early. We do quarterly shopping for a lot of items since they will last us three to four months. I still need to go pick up TP and some more whiskey, and possibly vodka. Bought a bottle of everclear on Saturday, for wound dressing if needed. Only hole left is to top off our first aid supplies and I'll get that done this week sometime.
 

anna43

Veteran Member
I checked Dollar Tree again today and it still has empty shelves -- lots of them -- zero shelf stable milk. Still busy though and the woman ahead of me bought over $40 worth of trashy stuff. Walmart is still in chaos from redoing the floors and whatever else that's going on. Meat was scarce, dish soaps were thin and everything was a mess per usual. Long lines at checkouts while self-checkouts were pretty much empty. Hobby Lobby didn't have any apparent holes in sewing area, but I was in and out for a specific item and didn't waste time looking around. CVS was out of the special I wanted and there were some empty shelves here and there -- I didn't check to see what was missing.
 

rafter

Since 1999
I checked Dollar Tree again today and it still has empty shelves -- lots of them -- zero shelf stable milk. Still busy though and the woman ahead of me bought over $40 worth of trashy stuff. Walmart is still in chaos from redoing the floors and whatever else that's going on. Meat was scarce, dish soaps were thin and everything was a mess per usual. Long lines at checkouts while self-checkouts were pretty much empty. Hobby Lobby didn't have any apparent holes in sewing area, but I was in and out for a specific item and didn't waste time looking around. CVS was out of the special I wanted and there were some empty shelves here and there -- I didn't check to see what was missing.
You can order direct from dollar tree on their website and have it delivered to your store for free. That is what I ended up doing to get a case of shelf stable milk. Saved me a lot of trips into the store looking for it.
 

AlaskaSue

North to the Future
Short update to my post 3171. Shopped the Fred Meyer in the town where I do my Mon and Fri workouts. There were TWO checkers and ONE self-checkout lane. For the big store, just outside Anchorage. Many people waiting in the three lines for the entire store - and I think this is becoming the norm here. I did ask and was told they do not have near enough staff for even the 3 self-check out lanes, much less the regular checkouts.

They are getting ready to reduce floor space as we’ve seen in my town - see prior post.

I live near the edge of goods transport, so this is likely coming your way soon, too. There were a lot - a LOT - of empty spaces store-wide.

eta: I bought literally the last roll of Jimmy Dean sausage…exp date is next week. Many of you mention other stores. We have very limited places to shop and don’t have dollar trees, restaurant supply, tractor stores, Sams Club, etc etc. That’s always been how it is here. I wonder if other states will start seeing some of those kinds of stores disappear.
 

AlfaMan

Has No Life - Lives on TB
It's not grocery or food/prep items, but I got 3 of the 10 prescriptions I take filled today from CVS (it's on ready refill-calendar hits the date and they automatically refill it and call me). They were Flexoril, Lipitor and Januvia. Instead of the normal 30 day prescriptions, my pharmacist went ahead and gave me 90 day refills on them (to match the other 90 day reflls from last week. She said drugs are starting to be backordered. Mentioned my Dexilant, the glipizide and Tamulosin specifically. FYI folks-stock up on your prescriptions!
 

anna43

Veteran Member
rafter, I may end up ordering directly from website. Its just that I prefer to buy a few quarts each month so the expiration dates are extended instead of all the same. I've found that the milk really needs to be used within a month or two of the expiration date.

All the stores were very busy. It doesn't seem to matter when I shop lately the stores are busy. I really hate to shop and not being able to buy what you want without running all over the place adds to that hate. I wanted a 2020 planner which Aldi had in their ad for this week, but they did not have any last week nor today. Walmart had a couple which ran from June or July 2021 until same in 2022 -- I don't operate on a fiscal year! Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree neither had them. Finally found what I needed at Target which was okay since I had $3.82 remaining on a rewards card which helped reduce what I spent. One item I needed from Hobby Lobby was missing but I was able to find it at Walmart after a LOT of searching. I think I had 5 items to purchase and found only 3.

The deli counter at Walmart was better stocked today than last time I was there but still less that full. Bakery seemed to be fully stocked and their French bread is still $1.00. I didn't allow myself to look at the goodies but I didn't see any empty shelves in that department.
 

Roadgeek

Contributing Member
I don't have a subscription but:

Drought conditions cause soft white wheat production in Washington to plummet to historic lows.

That's the headline.

By almost any conceivable measure, this summer’s lengthy and extreme drought led to historic lows in the production and quality of the region’s signature cash crop.

Soft white wheat, the kind grown on the hills of the Palouse and sought after by worldwide markets for its use in cakes, pastries and noodles, had its worst production year nationwide since the mid-1970s, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Washington, the projected crop year production this year is 87.1 million bushels of both spring and winter wheat, the lowest total since 1964.
 

marsh

TB Fanatic
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeCHnW20tYE
33:34 the first part is a rant to getting people to buy storage food. News on supply collapse starts at 10:37 min

US Faces Shortages Of EVERYTHING, Supply Chain Failures Cripple Economy, Biden Policy Made It WORSE

Oct 11, 2021


Tim Pool


US Faces Shortages Of EVERYTHING, Supply Chain Failures Cripple Economy, Biden Policy Made It WORSE. Democrats had been the principal proponent of the shutdowns and the ripple effect is only getting worse. While Republicans simply sit by and do nothing, Biden's policies are leading to economic crises more and more. Now as the US faces a labor shortage, trucker shortage, ports are backed up, rail stations are jammed, and supplies are not making it to stores. Inflation is through the roof, gas prices are on the rise. Nothing is expected to improve.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I like my cabbage cooked more tender that DH does, I put sausage in it but he says its too spicy, so I end up eating what I put in there, I'm using less. And around here that liquid is called pot liquer and I never let that go to waste, DH always leaves it in his bowl. The dog likes it poured over her dog food.

I like the Margaret Holmes canned cabbage, but I don't care for it plain, I doctor it up and put chicken in it and some Toneys seasoning and scramble an egg in it. I like it but DH would gag on it.

The deli section in my nearest walmart his been bare for the last few months. Awhile back when there was plenty I bought 10 packages of hot dogs for the freezer.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

ainitfunny

Saved, to glorify God.
I just came from Dollar Tree and they must have got everybody else's Shipment! They are lacking nothing! Ours is a NEW STORE, only a year old, and rather out in the boonies.
Oh, I forgot kitchen rubber gloves..Oh they WERE out of something, cotton balls. Thats it just cotten balls.

Oh, I bought 3 lbs of Big Buy bacon that someone recommended. Produce at my little local (not chain) supermarket was
crazy.

Prices. $3-4 dollars a lb. for apples, $2lb for oranges, $3-5 a lb for tomatoes, $5 for 5lb potatoes. $7.99 for Miracle whip squeeze bottle.$4.99 for Small bottles of salad dressing :Ranch, thousand island, etc. $2.99 -$4.99 for most bread. $1 bread was $1.59
 
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jward

passin' thru
Thanks- that is (horrible!) but one of the best tips I've gotten on this site :shkr:

Miami stores are getting hit hard; lines, police to prevent rioting, etc. Why? BC there are a lot of Russian, Cubans, and Venezuelans there. They can read the handwriting on the wall and are terrified.

Chicken quarters here in NWMO have gone up 20 or 25%- guess it's "only" 20, but won't swear to it, maff brain ain't talking to me.
 

Sleeping Cobra

TB Fanatic

By almost any conceivable measure, this summer’s lengthy and extreme drought led to historic lows in the production and quality of the region’s signature cash crop.

Soft white wheat, the kind grown on the hills of the Palouse and sought after by worldwide markets for its use in cakes, pastries and noodles, had its worst production year nationwide since the mid-1970s, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Washington, the projected crop year production this year is 87.1 million bushels of both spring and winter wheat, the lowest total since 1964.
Thank you for posting.
 

gonewacky

Senior Member
Drought conditions cause soft white wheat production in Washington to plummet to historic lows.
I live in central Washington and yes it was a drought year and the wheat was not good.

By almost any conceivable measure, this summer's lengthy and extreme drought led to historic lows in the production and quality of the region's signature cash crop. ... In Washington, the projected crop year production this year is 87.1 million bushels of both spring and winter wheat, the lowest total since 1964.

Kind of scary...
 
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