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  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 1,045Member Member Posts: 1,045Member Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    I am not stocking up but trying to ensure I have ingredients on hand for a few store cupboard meals. Haven't managed to buy tinned tomatoes but will get a tin or two when I see them because puttanesca and a la vodka are easy store cupboard pasta sauces.

    What are your go to store cupboard meals? These are mine. Add some frozen or tinned veg to make a balanced meal if you don't manage to shop either due to low stock or feeling unwell.

    Pasta puttanesca
    Spaghetti aglio olio
    Spaghetti cacio e pepe
    Spaghetti carbonara
    Penne a la vodka (use tinned coconut cream instead of fresh cream)
    Vegan mongolian beef (tinned seitan in asian supermarkets is often known as buddhist mock meat)
    Baked potato with baked beans

    A girlfriend showed me some good tricks for making warm meals out of store cupboard fish. Smoked mackerel can be frozen and served warm after heating in the microwave. Tinned sardines can be fried in the oil that's in the tin. Serve either with a squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of vinegar and a good grind of black pepper.

    5 out of your 7 ‘go to’ meals are pasta based. I’ve honestly not seen pasta in any supermarket near or even semi-near me for a month! 🙄

    Canned fish of all types is also invisible 😂
    edited March 26
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,729Member Member Posts: 4,729Member Member
    Although I have seen some off putting queues in large mainstream supermarkets, I am finding that near me in E London the ethnic grocers are still well stocked. Plenty of egg noodles at the asian supermarket. The Italian grocer still had proper pasta yesterday. The Italian was mostly expensive small scale imports but the asian shops are actually cheaper than mainstream supermarkets for a lot of items. Last weeekend I went to a Bangla supermarket and they seemed fully stocked and even had facial tissues, if not toilet paper.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,729Member Member Posts: 4,729Member Member
    It occurs to me that the ethnic grocery shops might be better stocked because they probably don't use high tech "just in time" logistics for stocking which would likely fail when demand is higher than normal.
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 8,521Member Member Posts: 8,521Member Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    It occurs to me that the ethnic grocery shops might be better stocked because they probably don't use high tech "just in time" logistics for stocking which would likely fail when demand is higher than normal.

    I dont think so. I think they are better stocked because people still think of this as "China" virus, thank you emperor Trump, and are simply affraid to go in there. Here, I can go into any Asian store and get whatever, and I do mean whatever I want, but I go into any Canadian supermarket, and things are hard to come by.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 4,961Member Member Posts: 4,961Member Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    acpgee wrote: »
    It occurs to me that the ethnic grocery shops might be better stocked because they probably don't use high tech "just in time" logistics for stocking which would likely fail when demand is higher than normal.

    I dont think so. I think they are better stocked because people still think of this as "China" virus, thank you emperor Trump, and are simply affraid to go in there. Here, I can go into any Asian store and get whatever, and I do mean whatever I want, but I go into any Canadian supermarket, and things are hard to come by.

    I talked to someone in NYC early on who said that Asian groceries were pretty picked over, although it varied by item and this was a week or so ago so it might have changed.

    The weekend before last I drove up to a BestBuy in Evanston (just north of Chicago) to get supplies for having to start working at home, and when driving back went through the area (not too far from me) where there are lots of South Asian groceries. I thought about checking them out, but hadn't any real need for anything and so many people were out and about I was afraid that they would be really crowded.

    I do think they are likely, here, to be better stocked, and the East Asian groceries too, unless the people in those areas have panicked, just because I think people tend to go to either places like Costco or else their big supermarket if panic buying.

    I've mentioned before that I normally do a lot of my buying from a local German meat market (that has a lot that's neither German nor meat), and even well into panic buying time it seemed totally normal for things like pasta, rice, beans, other grains. I think people weren't going panic buying there. Similarly my closest grocery store has consistently been one of the better stocked in the area, and I think that's because it's relatively small compared to places that were getting hit harder.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 22,165Member Member Posts: 22,165Member Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    It occurs to me that the ethnic grocery shops might be better stocked because they probably don't use high tech "just in time" logistics for stocking which would likely fail when demand is higher than normal.

    Yes, your bigger chains are likely moving towards (or have already adopted) stocking just-in-time and also reducing backroom storage by moving items by the unit (or smaller bunches) instead of by the case or pallet.

    Note: I work in supply chain and my team is involved in this process for my company, but this is just my personal opinion of general industry trends.
  • mtaratootmtaratoot Posts: 2,532Member Member Posts: 2,532Member Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    A girlfriend showed me some good tricks for making warm meals out of store cupboard fish. Smoked mackerel can be frozen and served warm after heating in the microwave. Tinned sardines can be fried in the oil that's in the tin. Serve either with a squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of vinegar and a good grind of black pepper.

    I would never have thought about frying sardines since they're already cooked. I bet they're tasty. I might try it! I usually buy packed in water, but I can either use some vegetable oil or dig in to the one tin I have in olive oil (I just buy a few of those for days I want/need more calories than packed in water).
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 8,521Member Member Posts: 8,521Member Member
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    acpgee wrote: »
    A girlfriend showed me some good tricks for making warm meals out of store cupboard fish. Smoked mackerel can be frozen and served warm after heating in the microwave. Tinned sardines can be fried in the oil that's in the tin. Serve either with a squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of vinegar and a good grind of black pepper.

    I would never have thought about frying sardines since they're already cooked. I bet they're tasty. I might try it! I usually buy packed in water, but I can either use some vegetable oil or dig in to the one tin I have in olive oil (I just buy a few of those for days I want/need more calories than packed in water).

    Water and hot oil... be careful. Better drain the water from sardines, mix them with oil at this point and then add that to the hot pan.
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 1,045Member Member Posts: 1,045Member Member
    Coincidentally, I just made dinner for my husband using a tin of Hickory Smoked Mackerel packed in Red Chilli Oil. I used the oil I drained off the fillets to make mayonnaise which I then mixed back into the flaked fillets adding chopped spring onions and a little sweetcorn. Used that to fill a baked potato and served with a large mixed salad.

    A bit of imagination and a tin of fish can go a long way!
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,729Member Member Posts: 4,729Member Member
    It occurs to me that fish cakes are also a nice way to make a warm meal out of tinned fish. Leftover mashed potato (instant mash if potatoes are scarce), an egg (if scarce try those cartons of egg whites), some finely diced or grated alliums (plentiful in shops near me) with flaked fish and seasoning. Form into patties and shallow fry.
  • mtaratootmtaratoot Posts: 2,532Member Member Posts: 2,532Member Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    acpgee wrote: »
    A girlfriend showed me some good tricks for making warm meals out of store cupboard fish. Smoked mackerel can be frozen and served warm after heating in the microwave. Tinned sardines can be fried in the oil that's in the tin. Serve either with a squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of vinegar and a good grind of black pepper.

    I would never have thought about frying sardines since they're already cooked. I bet they're tasty. I might try it! I usually buy packed in water, but I can either use some vegetable oil or dig in to the one tin I have in olive oil (I just buy a few of those for days I want/need more calories than packed in water).

    Water and hot oil... be careful. Better drain the water from sardines, mix them with oil at this point and then add that to the hot pan.

    No kidding. I doubt I would fry the packed in water fish. I actually just like to eat 'em. I used to put mackerel in my winter squash soup; gave a nice depth. And I was in grad school; mackerel was cheap. If I did fry the packed in water fish, I'd drain 'em and pat 'em dry. I might even roll 'em in some crumbs. I doubt I'd coat them in oil first. I'd use as little oil as possible. But I'm not going to do it. Every now and then one of our fish markets has FRESH sardines. I might try it with those, but they also go great on the grill. That reminds me - I should take some fish out of the freezer.

    I just had the best workday lunch I've had in quite a while. I roasted some smaller russet potatoes that were just about to start growing eyes, a golden beet, and a parsnip. This is perhaps one of the greatest benefits of remote work. Well, that and every day is Casual Friday.

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  • mtaratootmtaratoot Posts: 2,532Member Member Posts: 2,532Member Member
    I also realized one thing I ~did~ stock up on.

    Seems every time I went to the grocery that carries the coffee I've been liking best, I'll go ahead and get a pound of beans. I should have a two or three week supply even if I keep up my habit of drinking LOTS of coffee.
  • ecjimecjim Posts: 814Member Member Posts: 814Member Member
    Coffee - I don't want to run out of coffee
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Posts: 4,886Member Member Posts: 4,886Member Member
    I have rice and beans, canned and dry soups, frozen gr beef/chicken, veggies and fruits...our store is out of flour, baking mix, most large tubs of oatmeal, butter, eggs, most froz veggies and fruits...and tissues/tp/paper towels/napkins. It's pretty easy to get fresh produce...but I don't want to make the trip unless necessary
  • VegjoyPVegjoyP Posts: 272Member Member Posts: 272Member Member
    Since I work in Wellness and Vitamins/ Supplements I got herbals, tinctures and food based immune support. AHCC, Elderberry syrup, Zink, Ester C ust to name a few. I got lots of steam and frozen cruciferous vegetables asparagus, seeds, seed and nut butters. I got plant based protein, electrolyte drink mix, herbal teas, coffee, avocado ( I measure out fresh avocado into little snack bags to freeze). My roomate is a DOM and she told me about a medicinal Chinese herbal to order, which I did.tofu, hemp seeds and protein.9
    I just got a Pur water filter however I was planning on it anyway
    Of course basics like to and some paper towels but I really didnt stock pile. Just prepared.
    I'm a firm believer in Functional medicine and having as autoimmune disease I take this seriously.
  • VegjoyPVegjoyP Posts: 272Member Member Posts: 272Member Member
    Lol it is so interesting how people tend to " disagree" with my answers. I would love to know who is, what is your backround and education, licensing, degree, medical conditions, age, what you disagree on.
    FOR THE RECORD, I have 5 doctors in both western and eastern medicine. I have one of the most prestigious Rheumatologists in Florida. He monitors everything I do. I have a cardiologist, GP, DOM, Naturalpath and even my OBGYN feels I am doing well with my lifestyle and habits.

    We are all on MFP for our own reasons. I am for convenience of calculations, personal chalenges and get healthier with nutritional breakdown. I am 48 and have an extensive education.
    Sorry for rant to some. I guess I can just press disagree with the things that I dont think is the healthy and long term wise as answers but I would be doing that a lot.
    edited April 2
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,729Member Member Posts: 4,729Member Member
    We used to shop daily but are cutting back on shopping trips and buying for several days at a time. Since supermarkets began practicing social distancing they are limiting the amount of people in the shop so there are queues outside, with people standing 2 meters apart.
  • mtaratootmtaratoot Posts: 2,532Member Member Posts: 2,532Member Member
    I'm able to pick up a week's worth of produce when I go out; I just cook the more perishable things first and leave the sturdier (roots, cabbage) for later in the week. I've been thinking it's a good idea to keep two weeks or three of coffee beans because....

    I should have bought a larger bottle of hand sanitizer the one time I saw it on the shelves. I wanted EVERYBODY to get some, so I just got two ounces. Almost gone! I should have also got a refill bottle to keep the little one filled. Since I'm not really interacting with anyone else physically, I won't really need any until my next outing, and that's several days away. The irony is my shopping could be JUST to find sanitizer, I would be putting myself and others at risk seeking a way to keep myself and others safe. Crazy world out there.
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