Thread for Food/Consumer Goods Hoarding Snobbery

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A thread to sneer and/or express confusion at the choices of food, beverages, and consumer staples that people choose to hoard during a pandemic. Why are certain items left behind?

The toilet paper hoarders are sociologically at the lowest level.

However, why hoard canned marinara sauce when you will have ample time to make your own? Why is there plenty of olive oil and tomato paste still on the shelves but the jars of sauce are all gone?

Why is there still an ample supply of oranges and citrus fruit when the awful disease symptoms include respiratory problems?

sarahell, Sunday, 15 March 2020 04:05 (two years ago) link

this thread was inspired by this article:

sarahell, Sunday, 15 March 2020 04:06 (two years ago) link

Why is there plenty of olive oil and tomato paste still on the shelves but the jars of sauce are all gone?

There is not plenty of olive oil on the shelves where I am, I can assure you.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Sunday, 15 March 2020 10:32 (two years ago) link

I have been hoarding wine, so feel free to judge me. The other day I saw someone shoveling fresh broccoli into a bag as if it was wartime and this was the only food available. I hope all that gets eaten before it goes bad.

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (, Sunday, 15 March 2020 11:51 (two years ago) link

I was in Sainsbury's and the pasta shelves were empty. Yet all around there were shelves full of tinned soup, beans, tomatos etc.. What are all these people going to put on their pasta? Why even do this?

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 15 March 2020 12:07 (two years ago) link

I think I alluded to this elsewhere but people are queuing up to buy 2kg bags Woolworths rice in my local neighbourhood, which is now limiting purchases of staples to one or two items per person. And yet they could go across the street to one of the many Vietnamese or Cantonese markets in the neighbourhood and buy rice at a fraction of the cost in any size bag they want. (With an extensive choice of Thai, Basmati, Dongbei Shortgrain, Australian etc.)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 15 March 2020 12:16 (two years ago) link

As it happens, I'm about to go out and scavenge Holloway Road for food, wish me luck.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Sunday, 15 March 2020 12:56 (two years ago) link

I didn't think I was a covid food hoarder but now I realize that I am a regular food hoarder. I just brought back 6 boxes of cheerios, 15 lbs of coffee and 5 things of protein powder from the States for our pantry. Uh, and I think there are ~80 bottles of wine here. 12 cans of black beans, 12chickpeas, 6whole tomatoes, 6 chipotles, 12 tetrapaks of soy milk, brown, white and sushi rice, nori, so many crackers and rice cakes, nuts, 6 things of salsa. Lots of dry bucatini and penne, gnocchi, white flour and semolina. Bags of blueberries, strawberries and cut up bananas and ginger in the freezer for smoothies, 6 packages of frozen tortillas. We do cook basically all the time though. There was one time there was no soy milk for like a month (years ago) I think that traumatized my spouse into keeping a stockpile because he has to have it for coffee and cheerios.

Yerac, Sunday, 15 March 2020 13:30 (two years ago) link

nephs and nieces spread diseases (wins), Sunday, 15 March 2020 13:41 (two years ago) link

I did make a big dent in my haribo stash last night.

Yerac, Sunday, 15 March 2020 14:23 (two years ago) link

12 tetrapaks of soy milk

Lord I hate the shelf stable stuff. Gotta be refrigerated.

rusted (crüt), Sunday, 15 March 2020 14:25 (two years ago) link

Where I am, Turkish shops still fully stocked with rice and (a bit less) pasta, so no need to set foot in a supermarket unless absolutely necessary. Didn't check the toilet paper situation though.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Sunday, 15 March 2020 14:26 (two years ago) link

tt did an excellent meal plan for all of next week, and we proceeded to get it all from some fancy organic delivery service that probably costs 50% more than sainsburys #snob #winning

idk if this is sustainable

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Sunday, 15 March 2020 14:28 (two years ago) link

they don't have refrigerated soy milk here. They just started carrying fresh milk in the dairy section. I bought one once and tried to make paneer.

Yerac, Sunday, 15 March 2020 14:29 (two years ago) link

for those holding their breath in suspense... the paneer came out ok.

Yerac, Sunday, 15 March 2020 14:31 (two years ago) link


latin hypercube in shitspace (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 15 March 2020 15:30 (two years ago) link

part of my "snobbery" I realize, is based on the fact that the main times I stock up on groceries are when I am coming down with a cold or flu. So the fact that the only soups left on the shelves were pho broth and bone broth was a total wtf for me, because those are things I would consider stocking up on if I was concerned about coming down with a respiratory virus and had to be quarantined. Also, oranges and grapefruit.

stocking up on wine and good liquor is totally sensible imo

sarahell, Sunday, 15 March 2020 18:44 (two years ago) link

hoarders did not empty the shelves of cilantro -- i was totally smh there, cilantro is so versatile! I used it in a curry on Friday night and in Mexican beans and rice dish last night ...

sarahell, Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:00 (two years ago) link

I love cilantro. It's a weekly buy. I don't get parsley though. I see it in so many recipes.

Yerac, Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:10 (two years ago) link

Couldn't do without either.

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:11 (two years ago) link

xp - yeah, i'm parsley agnostic really ... i recently (yeah, slow learner, me) came around to the crucial value of celery.

sarahell, Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:31 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

you lost me at shredded cheese -- if you can afford a subaru, you can afford better cheese and a food processor.

sarahell, Sunday, 1 November 2020 17:52 (one year ago) link

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