Have you checked out the grocery stores and the empty store shelves lately? If you’ve been getting drive-up or pickup you may have missed a few things. It seems it’s getting harder and harder to purchase some of the items we all need or want. You remember the toilet paper shortage, the Clorox wipes, and the hand sanitizer, right?
Well, hand sanitizer is overflowing on shelves now and toilet paper is easier to pick up these days. I can get Lysol wipes and spray but I prefer the Clorox wipes a little more. Anyway, I’m grateful for what I can get these days.
Grocery Stores And The Empty Store Shelves
I decided to go take a few pictures of some grocery store shelves to share with you. Some days the shelves are worse. This was not a drastic day but look really close and you can see some items pulled forward so the shelves seem a little less empty.
I was happy to see the Oreo’s totally stocked, I didn’t buy any, but I was tempted. LOL! Some families depend on ramen type noodles, so thankfully, these shelves were not totally empty. But there were slim pickings for the various offerings.
The area where soups were stocked was a little more full on some shelves and less on others. The cans were pulled forward so it appeared the shelves had more inventory than they really did. Look closely on the bottom row on the left, it is a single row of soups.
Ketchup and Condiments
Thank goodness for ketchup, I need it for making my own barbecue sauce and I spread it on hamburgers as well. The shelves were not empty but some rows were only one row deep.
Whew! I need my ketchup. No, I don’t want to make my own ketchup, I did it once.
I like stocking it though! It’s almost embarrassing how much ketchup I put on my hash browns, just saying!
Mayo and Miracle Whip
Now that the kids have moved out on their own, I tend to buy smaller containers of mayo and Miracle Whip. I’m really having a hard time getting Real Mayo (not the “Light” kind) in the small jars. I caved and bought some “Light,” and for me it’s hard to gag down. I sure hope they get some Real Mayo back in stock.
Salsa is one of my all-time favorite condiments. I swear, I have to have some Spanish/Mexican genes because I could eat salsa on just about anything. The jars were a little sparse, but acceptable, for those needing to stock up on their favorite salsa jars.
My granddaughter went with me and we had to walk over to see what these two shelves were missing. These shelves usually have SPAM! No SPAM at this store, I grew up on SPAM. I never fed it to my kids, but people buy lots of it here in Southern Utah!
I forgot that SPAM was even an item available anymore. My mom fried it and made SPAM fried rice with it. Hopefully, the shelves will be replenished soon.
They had plenty of tuna and canned chicken, so life is good for sandwiches or casseroles, so that’s awesome!
The dry beans were a little scarce but the canned beans on the shelves are a concern for me. Yes, I buy dry beans, but I still love a case or two of my favorite ready to eat canned beans. I remember writing a post on Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store.
Several people have mentioned lately that they only buy fresh or frozen vegetables, not the canned version.
I get it, but we need to stock cans of food we will eat. It could be beans, olives, tomato pastes, green chilies, salsa, or canned soups. I cook from scratch, but I still need my pantry stocked.
Please stock up my friends, we must. It can be home-canned food or store-bought food, just do it.
Pasta and Spaghetti Sauce
The pasta aisle seemed better stocked today than the last time I visited the grocery stores. They seemed to be limited when it came to spaghetti sauce choices. I love making spaghetti sauce from scratch, but I love having 8-10 cans of ready to heat jars of spaghetti sauce.
My favorite pot for making pasta, 6-Quart Soup Pot.
You can see there are very few choices for canned vegetables, but hopefully enough for one or two cans of your favorite ones.
We specifically walked down the peanut butter aisle. The jams and jellies were fully stocked, but the peanut butter shelves were not as full. Here again, I only buy the small jars of peanut butter now, the 16-ounce size is just right for the two of us.
Mark and I will fix peanut butter and jelly sandwiches sometimes for dinner. When you make them on homemade whole wheat bread they are yummy!
I prefer jam, but jelly sounds like P & J sandwiches, right? I highly recommend stocking up on peanut butter right now if you enjoy eating it on sandwiches, etc. Check the dates, peanut butter can go rancid over time, so be careful with how much you stock.
Flour and Bisquick
As I walked down the baking aisle, I totally spaced looking for the yeast! The shelves were pretty full with different flours, but sugar was in short supply. I saw plenty of baking soda and baking powder. If you need a good recipe for biscuits here is mine: Easy Homemade Biscuit Recipe.
Related: 13 Surprising Uses for Flour
Thanks for joining me today to talk about the grocery stores and their empty shelves. We know with all the storms in the Midwest that have been happening the crops are being destroyed. Plus, those fruits and vegetables that were ready to pick, the farmers in some cases had no one to gather the bounty.
This is why we prep because we never know when food will be scarce. There are times we may have health issues and be unable to work so having food stocked is critical.
I can still remember a young mother emailing me and telling me that the city she lived in had an ice storm and the roads were not passable so she was unable to drive to any store. I had the same experience when I was in high school and living with my aunt and uncle in the Chicago area. It was scary!
As preppers are not hoarders, we are families who realize we must be prepared for whatever comes our way. I can’t imagine having to tell my children the cupboards are empty. “I’m sorry, I didn’t plan ahead.” You don’t want to be one of those panic buying families, trust me on that.
Please grab an extra bag of rice or beans or a can of green beans every week. God will provide for those people who take care of themselves. Please keep prepping, we must. May God bless this world, Linda