Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Last week (or so) I received a Tweet from Meredith regarding a lack of canned pumpkin in her grocery store.
I had decided that since it'd been snowing in her little corner of Colorado since last April, it was a simple case of canned pumpkin blocked by blizzards of snow.
All jokes aside--after all, lack of pumpkin at this time of year is no laughing matter-- I assumed I wouldn't be affected by such troubling times. The pumpkin crises certainly wouldn't hit close to home. It was just so....inconceivable.
I was in the isle this morning to get pumpkin for a batch of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin muffins (sweetly pictured above), only to find the shelves empty.
I had to go to three different stores before I found the elusive Libby can. I quickly bought 5 (29 oz)cans.
I would have bought more but it was all my arms could hold.
I immediately came home and Googled the issue at hand and sure enough there is a canned pumpkin shortage, people!
And, apparently, this is old news:
Check here, here, here, and here.
I wouldn't panic, the word around the net is that the Libby people are churning out more pumpkin as I type, but really, as you might've noticed by my stock piling philosophy, I'm inclined to panic.
If you're a baker, and enjoy all things pumpkin, you better get it while you "can".
BTW: Last year I tried my hand at using fresh puree from baking pumpkins and it was fairly simple. Just not as simple as opening up a can. And really @ $1.89 for a 29 oz can, you can't beat Libby!
Well, I gotta run...the muffins kids are calling me.