r/mildlyinteresting Jan 22 '22

The Great Pandemic Gravy Shortage of 2022. Colorized. Removed: Rule 6

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u/Thejerseyjon609 Jan 22 '22

It’s a supply line issue. There are dozens of tankers filled with gravy off the California coast.

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u/Hfftygdertg2 Jan 22 '22

I heard the gravy train workers are about to go on strike.

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u/WrongSubreddit Jan 22 '22

The gravy train couldn't last forever

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u/scottNYC800 Jan 22 '22

The strangest items are going missing these days.

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u/Outrageous_Total_100 Jan 22 '22

That’s just what I was thinking. For me it’s been fancy food cat food and cream cheese.

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u/schmuck_u Jan 22 '22

The cat food! We can’t find our cats food anywhere these days.

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u/msyodajenkins1 Jan 22 '22

What about chewy.com? I haven't had a problem.

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u/Roguefem-76 Jan 22 '22

Even chewy.com has low supplies of canned cat food. I get regular canned food for my younger cats and kidney care food for the older one, and both are in short supply right now. I can understand Fr*skies being low, but kidney care food is expensive af. But apparently people are buying it up anyway. :-/

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u/Diosco Jan 22 '22

It's not that people are buying these things up any more than they were before. Warehouses are short staffed, there are no delivery truck drivers, the ports are backed up, etc. It's supply line issues due to low staff. I work in a restaurant and it's almost impossible to get certain items. Plus our deliveries are always late due to lack of drivers.

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u/Roguefem-76 Jan 22 '22

Everything else you said may be true, but I've spoken with retail workers at the stores. They told me people ARE buying up canned cat food more than usual, and have been for several months.

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u/Diosco Jan 23 '22

That's weird, my grocery stores have signs at the cat food section saying they are having supply issues.

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u/Roguefem-76 Jan 23 '22

You do realize both can be true at once, correct?

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u/Lousy_Professor Jan 22 '22

Let them out; they'll bring dinner to you

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u/tragedyfish Jan 22 '22

It's litter shortage here. I've got plenty of food for these guys, but they're poopin' in goddamn sand.

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u/newageoutlawguy Jan 22 '22

Chewy has good prices on litter and will ship it right to you. I use them all the time.

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u/llinglong Jan 22 '22

Get horse softwood pellets!! All natural and you can get a HUGE bag for like $8. Check Canadian Tire or a similar store in other countries!

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u/AmazonCustomer8675 Jan 22 '22

Amazon had dr elseys for $12 a bag today. I stocked up.

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u/Kameeleon3 Jan 22 '22

I had to go to 3 different stores to find cat food! When I found one I got 10 of the tall cans. I didn't go overboard with it because I wanted to leave some for others, but it's clearly an issue. 🙀

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u/more_beans_mrtaggart Jan 22 '22

Costco.

Never ran out of flour, water, bog roll, or anything else really. They’ve got their supply chain sorted.

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

Literally impossible to find

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u/bobthewelder Jan 22 '22

Try amazon that's where my wife found it

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u/Total-Khaos Jan 22 '22

I also found this guy's wife on Amazon. Highly recommended.

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u/SardiaFalls Jan 22 '22

There have been news stories in the last while about specifically both of those being in very short supply in places. Makes it really hard to make that Fancy Feast cheesecake! urrpph

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u/12INCHVOICES Jan 22 '22

Is cream cheese a localized shortage? I've heard about it from time to time but the grocery stores I frequent seem to have a normal supply.

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u/Outrageous_Total_100 Jan 22 '22

I’m not sure but we couldn’t find it for about 3 weeks. Not the end of the world obviously, but weird.

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u/Navitach Jan 22 '22

I've experienced the Great Cream Cheese Shortage of 2022 myself. Most everything else is in stores, even produce, but 3 grocery stores were completely out of cream cheese the other day. And ready-made sandwiches at one store, which was irritating because that's one of the reasons I went to that store. 😆

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u/SportsPhotoGirl Jan 22 '22

It’s definitely a problem in my whole area, there’s barely any cream cheese to be found in a 50mi radius, every store I’ve checked, nada.

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u/Shamalama-1 Jan 22 '22

I’m so confused as to how this can be a thing. I’m assuming in the U.S.? I can literally go buy tubs of it at Costco right now.

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

Cat food has been hard for me as well to find, I resorted to ordering on chewy but I don’t like it sitting on my frozen porch all day

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u/quotidianwoe Jan 22 '22

And Rice Krispies.

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u/January1171 Jan 22 '22

Philadelphia gave away $20 to people who specifically bought non cream cheese desserts

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u/CaseyBoogies Jan 22 '22

Where is my lil guys fav beef and gravy filets!?! I make do if there is anything missing... but he had to have chunky cheese and turkey and I think he was depressed. (Jkjk, he liked it fine, but I felt it wasnt the same to go from singing "baby steaks dododoodoo" to singing "turkey and cheeses doodoodoooo?")

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u/AlbinoWino11 Jan 22 '22

A classic pairing.

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u/Jws0209 Jan 22 '22

some of this has to do with hackers around the world

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u/CosmicShadowMario Jan 22 '22

Yeah currently at my store it's brown sugar. The usual untouched pile of bags has been just gone for the past week or so.

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u/LegendaryOutlaw Jan 22 '22

My inner 3rd grader has a craving for corn dogs and tater tots last week, so I asked my wife to swing by the store on her way home from work. The frozen potatoes section (fries, taters, hash browns, etc) was completely empty, and the corn dogs were almost completely gone too. So random.

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u/SvenHudson Jan 22 '22

Last time I went grocery shopping, all of the produce was plentiful and in good condition except they were totally out of jalapeños.

The time before, they had every kind of produce except onions (they had some scant few onions, actually, but they were noticeably beginning to rot) and they were totally out of fruit-flavored V8 (which is not to be confused with V8 Splash which they had plenty of).

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u/Skinnwork Jan 22 '22

My local store is out of oregano.

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u/Cripnite Jan 22 '22

Not sure if these are McCormick products, but that company is having a brutal time right now getting stuff out.

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 28 '22

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

Dude, this same store didn’t have ONE bag of frozen French fries or tots!

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u/FreshVanillaBean Jan 22 '22

Weirdly enough that was my store last week. Plenty of potatoes this time.

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u/Zer0sober Jan 22 '22

Lmao my local Safeway has 5lb bags of French fries on sale for $3.99... I bought 2

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u/quats5 Jan 22 '22

Same. I don’t even buy them but noticed the aching void in the freezer section with crying children in front.

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u/Blue_Eyes_Nerd_Bitch Jan 22 '22

If you go up to Michigan I believe, you can just scrape the potatoes off the highway

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u/TheBelhade Jan 22 '22

This, of all things, I found hilarious.

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u/MayorMcChizzle Jan 22 '22

My local target was completely out of eggo waffles Gatorade and uncrustables. Felt it was a strange combination 😂

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u/DigitalDeath12 Jan 22 '22

Bits of the frozen section take turns being barren every other week. Today was the worst I’ve seen it. They were loaded on frozen burritos though!

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u/MayorMcChizzle Jan 22 '22

I order my groceries for pick up about once a week, so sometimes it’ll say like “3 left in stock” and I’ve noticed frozen and dairy seem the hardest hit. Target has a frozen pepperoni pizza that comes with a chili honey packet and I swear it was out of stock for 2-3wks.

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

Uncrustables are impossible to find! I’ve had to resort to making pb&j’s the old fashioned way like some caveman!

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u/MayorMcChizzle Jan 22 '22

I resorted to good ol ham and cheese sandwiches now. But the 2 uncrustables I’d take to work were the hazelnut (basically a Nutella sandwich) or the PB&Honey on wheat. NEVER will I assault my pallet with the other versions that have meat.

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u/Doomed_Doug Jan 22 '22

I haven't seen frozen peas in months.

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u/Toomanyboogers Jan 22 '22

Had to go to 3 different stores to find frozen bag of mixed vegetables

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

Yeah, I’ve noticed that as well

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

"Colorized" thank you for finding or reproducing something like this.

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

Welcome, history is neat!

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u/FreshVanillaBean Jan 22 '22

My store managed to run out of plain spaghetti noodles and green onions. In order to make the vegetable section not look tiny they increased the amount of space dedicated to bagged salad :/

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u/Snarky_McSnarkleton Jan 22 '22

Everything's about convenience food these days, at least in the States. That's what often replaces stuff I've used on the store shelves. No one has time to cook anymore.

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u/jjsyk23 Jan 22 '22

At least gravy is easy to make but that is weird af

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u/TehOuchies Jan 22 '22

First they came for your Toilet Paper.

Now they come for the Gravy.

How far will it go?

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u/AlbinoWino11 Jan 22 '22

Theresa connection here, I just know it.

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u/_Beee Jan 22 '22

Anything but my precious pizza bites

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u/wildfire98 Jan 22 '22

Gravy and Toilet Paper turned out to be what we really needed.

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u/gwaydms Jan 22 '22

Not together, I hope.

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u/ssanatsuj Jan 22 '22

should've checked the turkey basters

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u/Snarky_McSnarkleton Jan 22 '22

At my local store, there's no instant ramen on the shelf. Good thing I don't use it.

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u/dj4slugs Jan 22 '22

Cans of beans here.

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u/FaberGrad Jan 22 '22

8 packs of Powerade and most everything made with cream cheese at my store.

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u/SashaWoodson Jan 22 '22

Well, Valentine’s Day is coming up.

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u/Weapon_X23 Jan 22 '22

Two stores that I went to the other day were completely out of milk. All they had was soy at one store and oat milk and soy at the other. I'm glad I had some lactaide milk left in the fridge. That stuff lasts for months so I was able to have some cereal today.

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u/bossy909 Jan 22 '22

Oh my god, learn to make gravy.

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u/gwaydms Jan 22 '22

It's one of the easiest things to make.

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u/perkyblondechick Jan 22 '22

But that requires cooking meat to make gravy. I just want it on my noodles without carnivorous commitment!!

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u/Youmeanmoidoid Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Noooo bro use Better Than Boullion. They make super-condensed stock in basically everything. Vegetable stock too. A billion times better than the canned garbage. Use it to make boatloads of Turkey gravy every year.

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u/bay_lamb Jan 22 '22

wholeheartedly agree. it might seem expensive at first glance but when you consider how many servings in one jar it's a bargain.

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u/chubberbrother Jan 22 '22

Vegetable stock

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u/bossy909 Jan 22 '22

Thank you.

It's amazing.

Love veggie stocks.

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u/drake5195 Jan 22 '22

Once you do (and it's insanely easy), you will never go back because packaged gravy is shite

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u/vizsat Jan 22 '22

and cough drops.

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u/portablebiscuit Jan 22 '22

Dude. I went to get cough drops last week. I had to go to like 10 stores and finally settled for Ludens candy.

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u/gwaydms Jan 22 '22

My husband got me about six different things when I came down sick. Fisherman's Friend was the most effective.

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

“Candy”

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u/portablebiscuit Jan 22 '22

I mean, basically

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u/tchrbrian Jan 22 '22

Looks like a store connected to the Kroger family.

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

It’s a Pick n’ Save in Milwaukee

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u/tchrbrian Jan 22 '22

Thanks for sharing.

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u/BadHairDay-1 Jan 22 '22

Milwaukee! Trixie's hometown!

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u/12INCHVOICES Jan 22 '22

Did you just finish watching Drag Race by any chance? I can't think of any other reason that fits into a post about a gravy shortage, but I did get the reference!

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u/BadHairDay-1 Jan 22 '22

No, sorry. I just associate Milwaukee with Trixie. Also, her "gravy" nose contour.

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

Hell yeah! She owns a cool bar here downtown and is around once in a while, it’s actually one of the oldest lgbtq bars in the country!

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u/BadHairDay-1 Jan 22 '22

I've seen it on some of her videos. It looks excellent!

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u/WiWiWiWiWiWi Jan 22 '22

Same problem at Pick N Save in Madison. I was shocked, since they had everything else. And like your photo, plenty of sausage gravy and canned turkey gravy, but nothing else.

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u/shoji1 Jan 22 '22

My local stores have been out of egg noodles for months. I just want to make beef tips over egg noodles!

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u/dviking Jan 22 '22

You should see maple syrup shelves in Canada.

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u/quats5 Jan 22 '22

One store here in Houstin is completely out of the real stuff (tons of Log Cabin and other fakes, though). The other had a nearly full shelf of the good stuff. Odd.

I lived in Canada as a small child, which made a lasting impression. I apologize frequently and suspect if I tried to consume Log Cabin syrup, it would be like The Exorcist all over again.

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u/chumchees Jan 22 '22

Good God

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u/Pain_Monster Jan 22 '22

Good gravy!

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u/rabbi_glitter Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Gravy Robbers are at it again

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u/peanutbutterhamster Jan 22 '22

This is probably the strangest thing a store could be completely out of.

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u/galspanic Jan 22 '22

There are packets right there on the bottom. That shit is amazing!

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u/picklemaster52 Jan 22 '22

Nobody likes the Heinz Homestyle, though.

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u/superjeff1972 Jan 22 '22

That’s the sausage gravy, nobody really eats that in my city

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u/DiggoryDug Jan 22 '22

Good. Canned/jar gravey is gross.

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u/portablebiscuit Jan 22 '22

Just make your own gravy, y’all. It ain’t that hard and it’s 1000x better!

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u/Cory0527 Jan 22 '22

Dark times. I remember my mom used to gather every bone she could find to make gravy for our sweet meats and mash potatoes. Deer bones, highway possum bones, chicken... Was good but not the same. When I asked her why we had no tasty brown beef gravy with our dinner time taters she would sometimes cry, but my dad would stroke my hair and say "but we still have THIS gravy, son". I understand now what he meant and why he sometimes weapt while he helped mom dinner. Bless them and their strength and patience. When we finally got our gravy rations I recall mom and dad pouring small amounts into our mouths as a treat. Times were crazy back then.

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u/bay_lamb Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

you weren't whipped enough as a child.

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u/moonlight1988 Jan 22 '22

Why did 'times were crazy back then' make me suddenly believe everything you wrote

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u/BadHairDay-1 Jan 22 '22

Ah it was coupon day at the Piggly Wiggly.

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u/Ealthina Jan 22 '22

Every store I go to in my state is jam packed with food. I have yet to see one item missing.

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u/AmbiguousAlignment Jan 22 '22
  1. Buy meat.
  2. Roast meat.
  3. Take drippings and make gravy.

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u/SwiftCEO Jan 22 '22

I’ve been told that most items are available, but there aren’t enough employees to stock them.

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u/Zer0sober Jan 22 '22

Omg! Oh no! I guess I will just have to continue to make my own gravy and never ever buy gravy from the store... seriously who tf buys gravy...

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u/Wimbleston Jan 22 '22

Just make your own gravy?

Bake a roast in a roaster, afterward put the roaster on the stovetop, turn it to low-med, and add a few cups of water and a cup of COLD water mixed with a heaping tablespoon of corn starch (hot water will create lumps, it's more soluble in cold water). Stir this mixture until it's completely mixed, then add it, and stir with your mixture. Scrape up all the stuck on bits from the pan, add all the little drippings from the roast, and add a bit of seasoning salt and a bit of pepper.

If you cooked veggies in water, use that water in the gravy instead of tap water. Doesn't matter what it's from but potato water is the best as the starches thicken it up even more, and it tastes better.

Cook over the stovetop stirring regularly until it's starting to simmer and thicken to your desired consistency. It's not a gourmet gravy but you really don't have to buy premade gravy, excess can be stored in Tupperware and frozen for a good few months and be completely fine.

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u/jagenigma Jan 22 '22

Take what you can get I guess.

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u/UristMcHolland Jan 22 '22

Brb, off to FOMO into jarred and canned gravy.

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u/Bakemono30 Jan 22 '22

Would have been better and more ironic "decolorized"

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u/TrdOfMakingUsernames Jan 22 '22

Is no one going to comment on how large the section is for gravy?

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u/theyenko Jan 22 '22

Snatch that graahvy up

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

Gravy is so easy to make and it tastes way better homemade!!

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u/yawningunimpressed Jan 22 '22

On to the biscuits next!

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u/Starseuss Jan 22 '22

Frozen breakfast sandwiches, frozen chicken tenders, raw chicken breasts and breakfast sausage. I'm lucky if I can find one of the four on a trip to the store for the past month.

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u/TheBelhade Jan 22 '22

My area has been having a rather tragic shortage of canned cat food. I think a container got unloaded at some point, though, since I was able to find some yesterday.

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u/PeaceLoveDyeStuff Jan 22 '22

"Supply change"

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u/variousnonsense Jan 22 '22

Is the same thing happening to hash browns?!?

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u/Roguefem-76 Jan 22 '22

I wonder if this is why I'm having such a hard time getting my Italian Sweet Cream coffee creamer, not to mention frozen peas?

Edit: And cat food! I know there are supply line issues but people are ALSO buying it up and hoarding it, which irks me a lot.

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u/AlienFreek Jan 22 '22

What y'all need this gravy for bruh. I was stocking at a grocery store at the start of covid, the gravy sold out as quick as the toilet paper. who needs this much gravy it won't sustain you

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u/TBTabby Jan 22 '22

Is it the latest alternative treatment for COVID?

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u/ryden760 Jan 22 '22

Boil milk, throw in some flour, stir in some salt, and pepper with some cooked sausage or beef.

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u/Daimon_Bok Jan 22 '22

What in the Midwest fuck

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u/Jefoid Jan 22 '22

So weird shopping these days. Most everything is normal each week, but there are seemingly random holes. This week? Ramen? Gone. Pasta? Gone. Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls? Gone.

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u/20_Menthol_Cigarette Jan 22 '22

So many people incapable of even basic cooking.

Take two cups of stock, broth, or if necessary make two cups from water and bullion, some people will also add liquefied fat from the meat, and or pan drippings here, its really easy to get a greasy gravy if you arent careful though. Put one cup of your liquid on heat, bring to a slow simmer, be careful not to get too hot though. Take the other half of your stock, put it in a bowl, take 1/3 cup of flower and add it to your bowl a tiny bit at a time, this is critical, add a tiny amount and get it mixed fully in solution with no lumps before adding more flour. When you have incorporated all flower into the bowl broth and it is well mixed with no lumps you then combine with your simmering broth. You then wisk this over heat and keep it moving, it will thicken fairly quickly. If you want a darker beef gravy you can add a browning sauce.

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u/droctapus1 Jan 22 '22

Of course MERICA!

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u/Sauceman90db Jan 22 '22

I’ve never once bought gravy… guess I’m not an American that is disgusting. Make ur own it doesn’t compare.

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u/ambermage Jan 22 '22

I can't find stewed tomatoes to save my life.

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u/D2R0 Jan 22 '22

Part of me believes this photo was actually taken in black and white, just to be re-colorized

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u/aintgonnagothere Jan 22 '22

I’m having trouble with finding pasta right now. So bizarre.

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u/InLoveWithABastard Jan 22 '22

My local pick n dick has no gravy also. Granola bars also sold out.

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u/rainbowchain Jan 22 '22

My philosophy has always been, if you can't make gravy you don't deserve gravy. And I'm sure that jarred stuff tastes like crap anyway.