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Food in the time of a pandemic


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22 minutes ago, rotuts said:

Im very pleased that your local Kroger

 

has found a fine place 

 

to donate what they can

 

so many store have not looked into this

 

and thus are not able to help their communities.

 

Kroger gives away daily its deli, bakery and meat items that are about to expire. A different charity picks up daily, measures the donation by weight, and reports to the Food Bank, which keeps up with it and gives Kroger the donation credit for its taxes on a regular basis. Whatever the agency was that used to pick up on Fridays recently dropped out of the rotation, and the Food Bank, where we'd been buying our stuff, contacted us to see if we wanted to pick up. We did!

 

Two weeks ago (I was traveling and someone else picked up last week), we had the largest donation I've ever gotten -- more than 400 pounds of food. Fortunately, as I was dialing for assistance (usually its a little more than 200 pounds, and I can handle it by myself), some friends came in and I drafted them for help. They're going to help on a regular basis. They don't have a lot of money, and a BIG family, so I make sure plenty goes home with them. I'd guess today was in the neighborhood of 300 pounds. Would have been about normal sized if not for the mega-load of chicken.

 

Arkansas does have a good system of distributing donated food. There are five regional food banks spread over the state, coordinated by the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. They receive donations of bulk food from processors, etc., and coordinate delivery of them to the banks where they're needed. Those banks also take donations from groceries and processors in their area. Several different churches have food pantries, which can buy food (for like 10 cents a pound) from the Food Bank, as can charitable programs that provide food (senior centers, day cares, summer kid feeding programs, nursing homes run on a non-profit basis, etc.)

 

Works pretty well.

 

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22 hours ago, liamsaunt said:

Here is this week's box.  Pretty similar to last week.  Honey, apples, mesculin mix, ciabatta, red cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, popcorn, turnips, daikon radish.  I am taking my glut of apples from the past few boxes and making applesauce this afternoon.  I also have a glut of carrots--6 pounds, to be exact.  I am still thinking about what to do with those.  My Mom is taking the next two boxes as I am going away for Easter week, so no more updates for a couple of weeks.

 

I'll try to post pictures of the box the next two weeks to fill in the gap! Though the pictures won't look nearly as nice, as it'll be the last week in our old kitchen and the first week in the early '90s grandma special in our new house.

You might find some carrot inspiration in this thread I started when we started the Clover root vegetable share last fall:

 


Sadly that share ended up being about 40% carrot. We have eaten a lot of carrot sticks lately.

 

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On 3/21/2021 at 3:04 PM, Anna N said:

I wonder if you can dehydrate the sauce and get the salt. 

@blue_dolphinI was cleaning out my pantry and came upon an OLD bottle of Tiparos fish sauce (I used it before switching to Squid brand). Lo and behold there was a ton of brown salt at the bottom of the bottle. 

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"Ketchup shortage hits restaurants, fast food chains across the U.S."

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Prices for ketchup packets have gone up 13% since January 2020, according to data from Plate IQ, a restaurant industry technology platform, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. A shortage of America’s favorite condiment is the latest to hit the foodservice industry amid an increased demand for takeout amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

I can see why this happened what with the line of cars at every fast food drive-thru as I drive past them. Don't people cook anymore? :S

The article also mentions the shortage of pepperoni because apparently everyone and their mother was ordering pizza during the pandemic. 

I believe I did hear about the aluminum can shortage. Perhaps the customers should consider buying their libations in bottles as an alternative. 

Back to the ketchup...the shortage seems to be just in the restaurant packets. Thank goodness my three jugs 'o' ketchup I buy at Costco seems untouched by the shortage. xD

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4 minutes ago, Toliver said:

Thank goodness my three jugs 'o' ketchup I buy at Costco seems untouched by the shortage. xD

 

Right?!  Yesterday, I popped into the grocery store to pick up a few things...giant display of ketchup on sale.

 

But - I want old fashioned (Heinz) ketchup in a glass bottle; I despise those upside down squirt things.

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Lets not forget the multitude of plastic take out containers. The vast majority of restaurants in my area don't use eco-disposables and I cringe at the styro and plastic which isn't recyclable. At least some of the online ordering platforms give you the ability to specify no plastic forks, etc. be included with your order.

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It's been a couple of weeks since I have uploaded a CSA box, but nothing has really changed.  This is the boring time of year for food on this part of the planet.  Sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes, onions, spinach, a ciabatta loaf, Jerusalem artichokes, popcorn, apples, carrots, and flour. You can't really see it because the potatoes are covering it up, but there were two shoots of green garlic in this week's box too.  

 

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On 4/6/2021 at 1:16 PM, weinoo said:

 

But - I want old fashioned (Heinz) ketchup in a glass bottle; I despise those upside down squirt things.

Because part of the joy of ketchup is conquering the damned glass bottle.

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1 minute ago, gfweb said:

Because part of the joy of ketchup is conquering the damned glass bottle.

Or if you waited tables the joy of filling them along with the salt and pepper shakers.I do have a fondness for the mini ones you get from room service- glass and classic  shape 

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10 hours ago, heidih said:

Or if you waited tables the joy of filling them along with the salt and pepper shakers.I do have a fondness for the mini ones you get from room service- glass and classic  shape 

 

They were such cute little things you almost didn't want to use them.

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12 hours ago, ElsieD said:

 

They were such cute little things you almost didn't want to use them.

Along with the room service salt and peppers.  I still have a few of those rattling around the kitchen cabinets.  I imagine that the pepper is utterly tasteless by now, especially considering how long it's been since I've had room service.  😁

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