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2020-05-16 9:17:31 AM  
What, like Rotini?
 
2020-05-16 9:28:58 AM  
We finally found some spaghetti last week. Pasta is as hard to fid as toilet paper. Still.
 
2020-05-16 9:53:40 AM  

edmo: We finally found some spaghetti last week. Pasta is as hard to fid as toilet paper. Still.


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This was my local HEB toilet paper aisle last night.

WE HAVE BECOME AS GODS!
 
2020-05-16 10:32:08 AM  

Shostie: edmo: We finally found some spaghetti last week. Pasta is as hard to fid as toilet paper. Still.

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This was my local HEB toilet paper aisle last night.

WE HAVE BECOME AS GODS!


Heb and central market have been super on top of things the whole time. The only thing I've been unable to get at the central market is Wurthrich butter.
 
2020-05-16 10:33:53 AM  
Dry pasta [production] had been flat for the past number of years
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so a lot of lasagna?
 
2020-05-16 10:36:17 AM  

Shostie: edmo: We finally found some spaghetti last week. Pasta is as hard to fid as toilet paper. Still.

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This was my local HEB toilet paper aisle last night.

WE HAVE BECOME AS GODS!


I found 70% isopropanol last week at CVS! 2 bottles!
 
2020-05-16 10:53:16 AM  

MrBallou: Shostie: edmo: We finally found some spaghetti last week. Pasta is as hard to fid as toilet paper. Still.

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This was my local HEB toilet paper aisle last night.

WE HAVE BECOME AS GODS!

I found 70% isopropanol last week at CVS! 2 bottles!


Lucky you!
I just got back from my local HEB.
They had like a million dollars worth of TP but not an ounce of IPA or any other kind of sterilizing substances.
On the plus side the store wasn't too crowded and I only saw two maskless people in the whole store.

Seemed to be plenty of pasta today, up from virtually none last week.
 
2020-05-16 11:42:35 AM  
Let me know when it reaches a boiling point.
with a healthy pinch of salt.
 
2020-05-16 11:55:10 AM  
Pasta grows on trees, just let the migrant workers in to do the harvesting.
 
2020-05-16 12:35:07 PM  
Ronatip: you can substitute dried pasta regular sandwich bread! Flatten the pieces with a heavy pot. Slice into ribbons with a pizza roller or a wheat sabre. Spray with food grade white lithium and gently steam or simmmer. You kids won't be able to tell the difference!
 
2020-05-16 12:39:20 PM  
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PASTA IS RELIGION
 
2020-05-16 12:47:21 PM  
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The spaghetti tree harvest didn't go well this year.
 
2020-05-16 1:03:21 PM  

RolandTGunner: MrBallou: Shostie: edmo: We finally found some spaghetti last week. Pasta is as hard to fid as toilet paper. Still.

[Fark user image 425x566]

This was my local HEB toilet paper aisle last night.

WE HAVE BECOME AS GODS!

I found 70% isopropanol last week at CVS! 2 bottles!

Lucky you!
I just got back from my local HEB.
They had like a million dollars worth of TP but not an ounce of IPA or any other kind of sterilizing substances.
On the plus side the store wasn't too crowded and I only saw two maskless people in the whole store.

Seemed to be plenty of pasta today, up from virtually none last week.


Look for quaternary ammonium sanitizer elsewhere in the supply chains. Like food service and janitorial supply.  Usually in tablet form where you add 1-2 per gallon of water and check the concentration with color changing strips.  If I understand my chemistry and ingredient labels, it's the next best thing to the wipes in the canisters we can't find anywhere, and already what food service uses everywhere as part of their protocols.  If you're paying $15 for 100-150 tablets that make 100-150 gallons... well that's pretty good math.  Just be sure to label your containers and spray bottles appropriately, keep them away from kids and pets, and use test strips to verify your solution is above 200ppm.  Oh, and this isn't supposed to be a spray on wipe off product, it is spray and stay, preferably at least 2 minutes wet but they like to call for 10.

Watch out for the chlorine products, they like to eat things and lose potency over time, like they need to be made fresh daily so you can't mix a gallon and stick the jug under the sink for two weeks.  Quats you can do that with, as some suppliers do have ready to use products.
 
2020-05-16 1:27:02 PM  

RolandTGunner: MrBallou: Shostie: edmo: We finally found some spaghetti last week. Pasta is as hard to fid as toilet paper. Still.

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This was my local HEB toilet paper aisle last night.

WE HAVE BECOME AS GODS!

I found 70% isopropanol last week at CVS! 2 bottles!

Lucky you!
I just got back from my local HEB.
They had like a million dollars worth of TP but not an ounce of IPA or any other kind of sterilizing substances.


You can make your own hand sanitizer and drink it too just get sugar and these two items...

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2020-05-16 1:54:00 PM  
One of my favorite field trips as a kid was going to a pasta factory in Chicago.  The machinery for making various shapes was fascinating and we all got samples to take home.  The tour guide made it clear that all of the pasta was made from the same ingredients, just different shapes.
 
2020-05-16 2:15:55 PM  
Do people know they can make their own pasta with eggs, water, salt, AP flour, and a little oil? Or if they can find semolina, pasta and water?
 
2020-05-16 2:20:58 PM  

soopey: Do people know they can make their own pasta with eggs, water, salt, AP flour, and a little oil? Or if they can find semolina, pasta and water?


Hush, you.  Do you want the supermarkets to be out of eggs, salt, flour, and oil too?  People who don't know how to make stuff are a blessing in these times.
 
2020-05-16 3:12:21 PM  
Theres plenty pasta.  pallet of kraft dinner at the grocery store yesterday!
 
2020-05-16 4:09:03 PM  
Around St. Paddy's day, my usual grocery store was selling many styles of pasta for like 5 for $5. I remember talking myself out of buying a bunch to avoid the appearance of hoarding.
 
2020-05-16 4:17:07 PM  

soopey: Do people know they can make their own pasta with eggs, water, salt, AP flour, and a little oil? Or if they can find semolina, pasta and water?


Good luck finding the extra eggs for that.
 
2020-05-16 4:36:51 PM  
Whar the fusili, & f u ronzoni - your box labeled fusili is actually rotini. Rotini ! You lyin' bastaches!
 
2020-05-16 8:21:52 PM  
At the manufacturing level, where the semolina flour becomes pasta, employees have been working overtime and taking on more shifts. "We generally run at 80 percent of capacity [at the factory]. We're now at 105 percent of capacity," said Linda Schalles, director of special operations for the Philadelphia Macaroni Company, which recently became America's largest privately owned pasta manufacturer after acquiring Zerega Pasta. "We're working 24/7."

I don't want to know what that extra 5% is. It's fingers, isn't it?
 
2020-05-16 8:48:21 PM  
Our local Safeway used to carry a wide variety of pastas.  I went to pick up some bucatinilast week, no luck.  It was spaghetti or fettuccine or hit the road.

I use to joke that the motto of many of the retailers around here used to be "Unless Everybody Wants It, nobody Gets It."  They seem to be reverting to that model.
 
2020-05-16 9:05:43 PM  

Gough: Our local Safeway used to carry a wide variety of pastas.  I went to pick up some bucatinilast week, no luck.  It was spaghetti or fettuccine or hit the road.

I use to joke that the motto of many of the retailers around here used to be "Unless Everybody Wants It, nobody Gets It."  They seem to be reverting to that model.


And they wonder why so many people are buying on the internet.  Tried to buy a new corded weed cutter this weekend - ZERO - available: Lowe's Walmart, Home Depot, Ace.  Lots of gas and battery units. I've got a gas trimmer and I have way too many battery tools that I cannot get new batteries for after a couple years.  Gave up and ordered it.   Had the same problem finding a new tire for my garden cart.
 
2020-05-16 10:35:38 PM  
RolandTGunner:
Lucky you!
I just got back from my local HEB. They had like a million dollars worth of TP but not an ounce of IPA


Meh. It's just as well. Even the most expensive double IPAs don't have enough alcohol to sterilize and they make everything smell like pine needles and grapefruit.
 
2020-05-17 12:30:56 AM  

Trocadero: At the manufacturing level, where the semolina flour becomes pasta, employees have been working overtime and taking on more shifts. "We generally run at 80 percent of capacity [at the factory]. We're now at 105 percent of capacity," said Linda Schalles, director of special operations for the Philadelphia Macaroni Company, which recently became America's largest privately owned pasta manufacturer after acquiring Zerega Pasta. "We're working 24/7."

I don't want to know what that extra 5% is. It's fingers, isn't it?


Cue the Soylent Green jpeg
 
2020-05-17 1:05:52 AM  

SomeAmerican: What, like Rotini?


Don't be fusili....
 
2020-05-17 1:10:50 AM  
*raises hand* I'm guilty of hoarding pasta during this pandemic.  It's cheap, has a long shelf life and is versatile.  I was at a grocery store in February and thought "That's perfect for if I get suck at home for a few weeks, and if I don't I'll eat it anyway".  I bought 10 boxes and 10 jars of pasta sauce... I just got some hamburger too... I might have to go to the kitchen for a while.
 
2020-05-17 1:22:52 AM  

Trocadero: At the manufacturing level, where the semolina flour becomes pasta, employees have been working overtime and taking on more shifts. "We generally run at 80 percent of capacity [at the factory]. We're now at 105 percent of capacity," said Linda Schalles, director of special operations for the Philadelphia Macaroni Company, which recently became America's largest privately owned pasta manufacturer after acquiring Zerega Pasta. "We're working 24/7."

I don't want to know what that extra 5% is. It's fingers, isn't it?


As a production supervisor at a factory, running 100%+ capacity isn't that uncommon, it typically means running through lunch and breaks or that the standard is forgiving to the operator and they could actually hit quota for an 8 hour shift in 6 hours... or that 100% is using labor efficiently.  i.e. there are machines that can be ran faster with additional labor, but not enough to justify the inefficient extra man hours in normal times.
 
2020-05-17 1:24:03 AM  

JNowe: soopey: Do people know they can make their own pasta with eggs, water, salt, AP flour, and a little oil? Or if they can find semolina, pasta and water?

Hush, you.  Do you want the supermarkets to be out of eggs, salt, flour, and oil too?  People who don't know how to make stuff are a blessing in these times.


We've had a run on eggs honestly here in the Bay Area. For two weeks nobody had eggs, including big box stores, local supermarkets and corner stores. Even liquor stores were out of eggs.
 
2020-05-17 3:38:53 AM  
I remember when pasta was spaghetti.
 
2020-05-17 9:07:59 AM  
Make your own damn pasta. Even if you don't have a pasta machine, you just need flour, water, eggs, and a rolling pin.

\hell, you don't even need the rolling pin, just shape it with your hands
 
2020-05-17 9:08:54 AM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: I remember when pasta was spaghetti.


Or lasagna, if you were being fancy.
 
2020-05-17 11:27:03 AM  
I know the article mentions shortages due to "panic buying", but the reality for me and my family is that we're eating every meal at home now. Pasta is one thing I've been using more because it's cheap and versatile. It has nothing to due with panic buying and everything to do with having 2 hungry teenagers in the house.
 
2020-05-17 12:42:07 PM  

cyberspacedout: soopey: Do people know they can make their own pasta with eggs, water, salt, AP flour, and a little oil? Or if they can find semolina, pasta and water?

Good luck finding the extra eggs for that.


So anecdotal evidence but there's never been a store out of eggs here in flyover country.

Actually we've never been able to find whatever we need when shopping between 2-3 local stores.  Our meat store is stocked to the gills.

YMMV and all..
 
2020-05-17 12:47:40 PM  

electricjebus: *raises hand* I'm guilty of hoarding pasta during this pandemic.  It's cheap, has a long shelf life and is versatile.  I was at a grocery store in February and thought "That's perfect for if I get suck at home for a few weeks, and if I don't I'll eat it anyway".  I bought 10 boxes and 10 jars of pasta sauce... I just got some hamburger too... I might have to go to the kitchen for a while.


I "hoarded" rice and beans from Amazon.  Bought a 5lb. bag of brown rice, black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans.

No idea what I'm gonna do with them.  Chili maybe?  Soup?
 
2020-05-17 12:49:10 PM  

TheFoz: cyberspacedout: soopey: Do people know they can make their own pasta with eggs, water, salt, AP flour, and a little oil? Or if they can find semolina, pasta and water?

Good luck finding the extra eggs for that.

So anecdotal evidence but there's never been a store out of eggs here in flyover country.

Actually we've never been able to find whatever we need when shopping between 2-3 local stores.  Our meat store is stocked to the gills.

YMMV and all..


Er, never not been able to find things.

/why yes I've been drinking
 
2020-05-17 5:38:06 PM  
"We generally run at 80 percent of capacity [at the factory]. We're now at 105 percent of capacity,"

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Runs a pasta factory now?
 
2020-05-17 5:38:19 PM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: I remember when pasta was spaghetti.


I remember when some Doodley guy called a feather Macaroni.
 
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