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Is “European veg” a euphemism for “pickled cabbage with carroway seeds”?

 

One thing I’ve always appreciated on my travels, is coming back to the U.K. and having green veg, roast potatoes and most of all, parsnips and garden peas. 

 

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There is a big Chinese supermarket in Milton Keynes which is excellent for Asian foods. Actually there is a smaller Chinese supermarket which is less good but which does have a fantastic cafe which serves restaurant quality food at takeaway prices if you don't mind the very basic environment. We buy things like rise in bulk sacks and various Asian fruit and veg, imported sauce, spices and such like and the larger Chinese supermarket is excellent. Great wasabi peas too, proper wasabi and not the diluted stuff the other shops sell. 

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Thread now seems to have gone away from panic buying to supermarket choice or even what vehicles are in the car park.

 

Does that mean that shortages are almost over in the UK?

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8 minutes ago, kevinlms said:

Does that mean that shortages are almost over in the UK?


We are short of shortages. 

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20 minutes ago, kevinlms said:

Thread now seems to have gone away from panic buying to supermarket choice or even what vehicles are in the car park.

 

Does that mean that shortages are almost over in the UK?

There were one or two slightly sparse-looking areas of shelving in the supermarket yesterday (I ended up with one of the last two tubes of tomato puree, no choice in brands, and there was a gap where I think flour goes) but other than that it looked pretty much business as normal as far as what's on the shelves goes.

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1 minute ago, Reorte said:

There were one or two slightly sparse-looking areas of shelving in the supermarket yesterday (I ended up with one of the last two tubes of tomato puree, no choice in brands, and there was a gap where I think flour goes) but other than that it looked pretty much business as normal as far as what's on the shelves goes.

That pretty well describes my local Woolworths supermarkets, in outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

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44 minutes ago, Gwiwer said:


We are short of shortages. 

 

They'll be back shortly!

 

Mike.

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We are still getting substitutions and Not Available in the deliveries, own brands seem largely absent, as do large size packages. There was NO pasta in Tesco last week, very little rice... I wouldn’t say shortages were over, by any means. 

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1 hour ago, kevinlms said:

Thread now seems to have gone away from panic buying to supermarket choice or even what vehicles are in the car park.

 

Does that mean that shortages are almost over in the UK?

 

I can only speak for the shops I use but I'd estimate it took them about ten days to recover from the initial burst of panic buying to have enough to get what we needed if not too fussy about brand and having ten choices for basically the same product. For a few weeks now it's been pretty much normal apart from social distancing in the shops. From time to time we find something on our list is out of stock but it's not a big deal and we haven't found any hardship getting what we want never mind what we need.

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Given the unanticipated panic frenzy, the disruption to supply chains, worries about staff protection, the need to social distance and all the other challenges they've faced I honestly think the supermarkets have managed admirably and done a great job.

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Rice and pasta is coming back to normal levels at our local supermarkets, flour is still in short supply.

 

One thing I've altered since the lockdown, I now pay 45p per kilo on white rice down from 100p (no pound sign, us keyboard, dont ask).

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Eggs also scarce. But I guess that goes with the flour. Bake-Off has much to answer for.

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Shortages of things I have been personally looking for  in the store where I work this week:

tomato puree (as above), some types of pasta, eggs (half dozen varieties particularly), and olive oil.

 

Overall though the store is pretty well stocked, there are occasional queues to enter, and a queue for checkouts which moves along quite swiftly. Most staff and customers have settled into the new routine, and the atmosphere is pretty relaxed.

 

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4 minutes ago, Joseph_Pestell said:

Eggs also scarce.

 

The egg section in my local Sainsbury's last week was stacked full of eggs.  All mixed size boxes, though, apart from a very few 6s and 12s of medium and XL.  No wonder they had loads in stock, no-one wants to get home to find they have six small eggs when they wanted six large. Especially so if you need them for baking, which usually requires a fair degree of exactitude in quantities.  (I once saw baking described as "like science for hungry people".)

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21 minutes ago, jjb1970 said:

 

I can only speak for the shops I use but I'd estimate it took them about ten days to recover from the initial burst of panic buying to have enough to get what we needed if not too fussy about brand and having ten choices for basically the same product. For a few weeks now it's been pretty much normal apart from social distancing in the shops. From time to time we find something on our list is out of stock but it's not a big deal and we haven't found any hardship getting what we want never mind what we need.

 

Nearer three weeks, hereabouts. There are still obvious constrictions in supply lines and little, or no choice - including little or no ability to shop around for price, given the difficulty of getting a delivery slot, and the sheer time involved in actually shopping in person. 

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16 minutes ago, woodenhead said:

Rice and pasta is coming back to normal levels at our local supermarkets, flour is still in short supply.

 

One thing I've altered since the lockdown, I now pay 45p per kilo on white rice down from 100p (no pound sign, us keyboard, dont ask).

 

The pound sign can be found - look under character map. In Australia we use a US keyboard too.

 

I have used the character map to post this

£

 

Also known as Alt + 0163, but your right, it's easier to write pounds!

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3 minutes ago, ejstubbs said:

 

The egg section in my local Sainsbury's last week was stacked full of eggs.  All mixed size boxes, though, apart from a very few 6s and 12s of medium and XL.  No wonder they had loads in stock, no-one wants to get home to find they have six small eggs when they wanted six large. Especially so if you need them for baking, which usually requires a fair degree of exactitude in quantities.  (I once saw baking described as "like science for hungry people".)

 

I always look in the box first, before putting them in the trolley - apart from anything else, looking for broken ones. I will venture to surmise that there is no corrresponding reduction in price? 

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3 minutes ago, kevinlms said:

 

The pound sign can be found - look under character map. In Australia we use a US keyboard too.

 

I have used the character map to post this

£

 

Also known as Alt + 0163, but your right, it's easier to write pounds!

 

Or write GBP 

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6 minutes ago, kevinlms said:

 

The pound sign can be found - look under character map. In Australia we use a US keyboard too.

 

I have used the character map to post this

£

 

Also known as Alt + 0163, but your right, it's easier to write pounds!

I had got it memorised but then it slips and it is quicker to write pounds than re-do the search.  I rarely write in currency so it doesn't come up as a problem

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4 minutes ago, rockershovel said:

 

Or write GBP 

Oh yeah, haha.

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4 minutes ago, rockershovel said:

 

I always look in the box first, before putting them in the trolley - apart from anything else, looking for broken ones. I will venture to surmise that there is no corrresponding reduction in price? 

To check for broken eggs, I wriggle the 4 corner ones (the ones most likely to break), if any are stuck, then the bottom is cracked/stoved in. The tops can obviously easily be seen.

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Since I am now doing two shops in one each week by also doing my in-laws I have taken to using the Sainsburys Smartshop, app.

 

It's great, scan and bag one shop as I walk round whilst putting my in-laws stuff in another trolley - initially I had to run two lots of shopping down the till which made me very popular with the other people queuing behind me but now I only have to run on shop through and just pay for the other after scanning a QR code at the till.

 

Brilliant, though I am now contributing to future job cuts at the supermarket no doubt :(

 

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15 minutes ago, rockershovel said:

 

Or write GBP 

Agreed, i switch between keyboard layouts a fair bit, so even at home I tend to use ISO 4217 codes so GBP / USD / EUR etc.

 

https://www.xe.com/iso4217.php

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1 hour ago, Rivercider said:

Shortages of things I have been personally looking for  in the store where I work this week:

tomato puree (as above), some types of pasta, eggs (half dozen varieties particularly), and olive oil.

 

cheers  

What is it with Tomato Purée, we compiled our first priority order with ASDA last week and TP was OOS As was any close alternative........has everyone gone Italian?  We normally have four or five tubes of the stuff (we eat a lot of pasta) in store but have now run out completely........strained tinned tomatoes just isn’t the same on Pizza.

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1 hour ago, kevinlms said:

To check for broken eggs, I wriggle the 4 corner ones (the ones most likely to break), if any are stuck, then the bottom is cracked/stoved in. The tops can obviously easily be seen.

Just turn the box upside down to look for stained cardboard......and a quick look inside to check the tops, never got home yet with an unexpected scrambler.:lol:

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