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8 minutes ago, andania 213 said:

 

Was that for folk who'd scoff the odd sneaky pork pie or bacon sarnie when nobody was watching?:unsure:

 

( hat coat, usual pack drill ! )

 

K

 

Aldous Huxley’s short story “The Claxtons” describes the type...

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46 minutes ago, andania 213 said:

 

Was that for folk who'd scoff the odd sneaky pork pie or bacon sarnie when nobody was watching?:unsure:

 

( hat coat, usual pack drill ! )

 

K

I certainly did- especially oatcakes with bacon and cheese.....

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45 minutes ago, Fat Controller said:

I certainly did- especially oatcakes with bacon and cheese.....

 

I was introduced to Staffordshire oatcakes with bacon and cheese, working in Stoke in the mid-2000s. A real treat! 

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29 minutes ago, rockershovel said:

 

I was introduced to Staffordshire oatcakes with bacon and cheese, working in Stoke in the mid-2000s. A real treat! 

Sometimes available at Sainsbury's, outside of the Potteries

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On 18/05/2020 at 02:16, rockershovel said:

Mind you, it wasn’t THAT long ago that peppers red, yellow, green or even striped like deckchairs, were exotic novelties in the U.K. 


In the 1970s, a young woman my wife worked with in Nottingham bought a green pepper for the first time. When she cut it open to use it, she took it back to the store because it was empty!

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46 minutes ago, Fat Controller said:

Sometimes available at Sainsbury's, outside of the Potteries

 

Yes, but the ones sold in Sainsbury's are, er, not of the best quality.

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46 minutes ago, Bishop of Welchester said:

 

Yes, but the ones sold in Sainsbury's are, er, not of the best quality.

They're not the best, but they do have the advantage of being easily available, and less time-consuming than making your own (which I have done)

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On 17/05/2020 at 17:28, 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.

 

I found exactly the same situation in my local Sainsbury's again today.  I was going to M&S anyway so thought I'd be able to get six large there.  No luck: exactly the same inadequate choice as Sainsbury's, just a smaller acreage of shelf.  Passed Tesco on the way home, no queue so thought I'd pop in there to see.  Same again.  No queue at Aldi either: they had boxes of six large but they weren't free range - the boxes specially said that they were laid by caged hens (although I thought that was illegal now in the UK?)  Last stop: Morrisons.  Can't see the car park or store entrance from the road but drove in to have a look anyway.  No queue.  Plenty of free range eggs in all size options including large.

 

So five supermarkets within roughly a mile radius and, while there were eggs on the shelves in all of them - and in some cases an overabundance of eggs, only one of the five had boxes of six large free range eggs.

 

I remain puzzled.

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Whereas a petrol station near me that is also a Sainsbury’s local still had stacks of large free range eggs going cheap (no jokes) as they are near their date, 40p for 1/2 dozen, got to be 30 or so boxes worth 

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1 hour ago, ejstubbs said:

 

I found exactly the same situation in my local Sainsbury's again today.  I was going to M&S anyway so thought I'd be able to get six large there.  No luck: exactly the same inadequate choice as Sainsbury's, just a smaller acreage of shelf.  Passed Tesco on the way home, no queue so thought I'd pop in there to see.  Same again.  No queue at Aldi either: they had boxes of six large but they weren't free range - the boxes specially said that they were laid by caged hens (although I thought that was illegal now in the UK?)  Last stop: Morrisons.  Can't see the car park or store entrance from the road but drove in to have a look anyway.  No queue.  Plenty of free range eggs in all size options including large.

 

So five supermarkets within roughly a mile radius and, while there were eggs on the shelves in all of them - and in some cases an overabundance of eggs, only one of the five had boxes of six large free range eggs.

 

I remain puzzled.

I mentioned this about supply when the lockdown first happened, the farm was in talks with U.K.GOV about a month before the lockdown and it was agreed we grow just the popular and easy, fast growing varieties.......we stopped supplying he less popular more “specialised” varieties to enable better distribution and packaging to apply.

 

Most likely the same for eggs, not sure we are purely arable.

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No panic, and during the trolley acquisition process Megan (age 3) made a point of telling me I had purple trousers. (She now knows they are shorts, well, I suppose there's a possibility she might remember.)

 

However Kleenex appear to have repackaged all their nasal product catching accessories, so that the specific item my wife requires is now either not available or so well disguised as to be unrecognisable. Perhaps I'll succeed in converting her to 'cutting edge' brand bog roll for the purpose.

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Our local butcher has eggs back in normal quantities now, and much better quality than the supermarket ones too - you can tell by the colour of the yolk (or at least my wife can, I'm not a huge egg fan)

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1 hour ago, 34theletterbetweenB&D said:

No panic, and during the trolley acquisition process Megan (age 3) made a point of telling me I had purple trousers. (She now knows they are shorts, well, I suppose there's a possibility she might remember.)

 

However Kleenex appear to have repackaged all their nasal product catching accessories, so that the specific item my wife requires is now either not available or so well disguised as to be unrecognisable. Perhaps I'll succeed in converting her to 'cutting edge' brand bog roll for the purpose.

I'd would have thought that 'cutting edge' is probably not a positive quality in toilet paper..

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10 hours ago, Nick C said:

... much better quality than the supermarket ones too - you can tell by the colour of the yolk ...

Eggs with a strong-coloured yolk and a brown shell have long been perceived as tasting better.  Breed comes into it to some extent, but the main factor influencing yolk colour in hens' eggs is actually what they're fed on, and where supermarket eggs are concerned that usually means whether or not their feed has colourants in it.  Can't  remember what the artifical ones are, but marigolds and turmeric are the main natural ones.

 

BTW, I trust that your lady wife knows that in the UK, the "best before" date on the carton is 28 days after it was laid.

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11 hours ago, Nick C said:

, I'm not a huge egg fan

 

Me neither, I prefer normal sized ones!

 

Mike.

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12 hours ago, Fat Controller said:

I'd would have thought that 'cutting edge' is probably not a positive quality in toilet paper..

 

That would be Izal...

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2 hours ago, spikey said:

Eggs with a strong-coloured yolk and a brown shell have long been perceived as tasting better.  Breed comes into it to some extent, but the main factor influencing yolk colour in hens' eggs is actually what they're fed on, and where supermarket eggs are concerned that usually means whether or not their feed has colourants in it.  Can't  remember what the artifical ones are, but marigolds and turmeric are the main natural ones.

 

BTW, I trust that your lady wife knows that in the UK, the "best before" date on the carton is 28 days after it was laid.

These ones don't come in a carton, it's serve yourself from the big trays, so we re-use existing cartons repeatedly. Not that she pays much attention to best-before dates anyway, at least not for things where it's easy to tell if they've gone off!

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16 hours ago, pH said:


In the 1970s, a young woman my wife worked with in Nottingham bought a green pepper for the first time. When she cut it open to use it, she took it back to the store because it was empty!

 

I remember a certain gasman in Warrington bought a packet of beef tomato seeds, planted and grew them. He fried them and put them with a plate of chips - and was mightily disappointed on sinking his teeth into the first tomato ----- "There's no beef in it" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

True or not the tale always made me laugh.

 

Brit15

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16 hours ago, ejstubbs said:

 

I found exactly the same situation in my local Sainsbury's again today.  I was going to M&S anyway so thought I'd be able to get six large there.  No luck: exactly the same inadequate choice as Sainsbury's, just a smaller acreage of shelf.  Passed Tesco on the way home, no queue so thought I'd pop in there to see.  Same again.  No queue at Aldi either: they had boxes of six large but they weren't free range - the boxes specially said that they were laid by caged hens (although I thought that was illegal now in the UK?)  Last stop: Morrisons.  Can't see the car park or store entrance from the road but drove in to have a look anyway.  No queue.  Plenty of free range eggs in all size options including large.

 

So five supermarkets within roughly a mile radius and, while there were eggs on the shelves in all of them - and in some cases an overabundance of eggs, only one of the five had boxes of six large free range eggs.

 

I remain puzzled.

 

 

It's been mentioned before, Eggs were NEVER in short supply (you don't switch the hens on and off from laying ) The problem was a shortage of egg boxes. I would think that as with lots of other ranges, most of the supermarkets cut down on the variety and different sizes to Speed up supply and cut down on shelf stacking time. Far faster to replenish a one size fits all stack rather than lots of different sizes/ varieties

 

For myself  I would find no Eggs at all much more 'Inadiquate' than a box of mixed sizes ?  :rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, Nick C said:

These ones don't come in a carton, it's serve yourself from the big trays, so we re-use existing cartons repeatedly. Not that she pays much attention to best-before dates anyway, at least not for things where it's easy to tell if they've gone off!

Well I hope they are least stamped?

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42 minutes ago, boxbrownie said:

Well I hope they are least stamped?

Messy.....  :jester:

 

 

Yes, yes, I know what you mean!!!

 

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37 minutes ago, Hroth said:

Messy.....  :jester:

 

 

Yes, yes, I know what you mean!!!

 

Well you never know eh? :D

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1 hour ago, Mattc6911 said:

 

 

It's been mentioned before, Eggs were NEVER in short supply (you don't switch the hens on and off from laying ) The problem was a shortage of egg boxes. I would think that as with lots of other ranges, most of the supermarkets cut down on the variety and different sizes to Speed up supply and cut down on shelf stacking time. Far faster to replenish a one size fits all stack rather than lots of different sizes/ varieties

 

For myself  I would find no Eggs at all much more 'Inadiquate' than a box of mixed sizes ?  :rolleyes:

 

I asked the domestic commissariat about this. She said she would happily buy mixed-size eggs at the “right” price, by which she meant Medium Size, but not at the price offered. 

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4 hours ago, Nick C said:

Not that she pays much attention to best-before dates anyway, at least not for things where it's easy to tell if they've gone off!

 

"Best before" does not mean that the product will have gone off after that date.  It actually means what it says: after that date the product may have started to become stale or lose its flavour/texture/fragrance:

 

https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/best-before-and-use-by-dates#best-before-dates-are-about-quality

 

It's the "use by" date (if present) that tells you that the food item might actually not be safe to eat after a given date:

 

https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/best-before-and-use-by-dates#use-by-dates-are-about-safety

 

This stuff is mandated by the Food Standards Agency so food manufacturers are legally obliged to use the correct term when providing such information to customers.

 

"Sell by" has no statutory meaning: it was originally used by supermarkets for stock control purposes but you hardly see it these days since it conveys little or no useful information to customers.

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