What's Up With Pumpkin?

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BuffyBear

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 07:39
Prompted by your pumpkin muffin reviews, I headed off the the local grocery store to buy a can - only to find empty shelves. So I made the journey to Wal-Mart to discover more empty shelves. Are we in the midst of a nation wide pumpkin shortage?
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Feisty174

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 07:45
Pumpkin might be one of those seasonal things that's hard to find outside of the holiday season, like fresh cranberries are. If you can't find canned pumpkin, you might be able to find frozen chunks of pumpkin at one of the fancier groceries like Central Market.

I love pumpkin bread, so during the fall I buy a couple of fresh pie pumpkins and bake them, then scoop out the flesh and put it in freezer containers for use throughout the year since it is sometimes hard to find.
llbmeme

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 09:17
Canned Pumpkin is sometimes in with the pie fillings and other times in with the vegetables. I always keep a few on hand as Pumpkin Pie is my husbands favorite.
zacali

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 09:58
I do the same as Feisty174. I just finished my last bag this week. I use it to make purree soups,cakes,muffins and baby food. You can also use Butternut squash,acorn squash, spaghetti squash in place or you can use unsweetened fruit sauces.
MomofTwoGirl...

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 11:03
No, I don't think canned pumpkin is seasonal at all. It is down the baking isle year round at all my grocery stores in my area. And since the OP is saying that where it should be was empty, that leads me to believe that the marker was there for it. So they must have been out - but it is strange that two places were out. If your market has a health food area, look there.
Ciarodile

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 11:36
There was a shortage in 2009 - 2010. A lot of Nestle and Libby's crops were lost due to some excessive rain. The "shortage" was supposed to be over, but perhaps not?
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BuffyBear

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 11:50
Thank you all for your comments. I will check out the other stores and look in the places you mentioned. Since I don't have enough garden space to grow my own I'd better stock up when I do find it.
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princessanne...

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 13:08
Canned pumpkin is definitely seasonal... unfortunately, you probably won't find any more now. My mother always stocks up around Thanksgiving.
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Pixiestyx

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 14:59
You might be able to find in place that sells resturaunt supplies. The cans would be a bit bigger but I know I saw some in local resturaunt supply 2 weeks ago. Or try costco .
AnnaPo

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 16:22
I tried to get some at my local Fred Meyer recently, where they stock it year-round, and there was a hole where the canned pumpkin should have been. When I asked one of the people who worked there, she said that there was a pumpkin shortage. I thought she must be kidding me, but apparently not. Luckily I was able to find some at my nearby Whole Foods.
BuffyBear

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 16:35
Who knew that someday I'd be looking to hoard pumpkin. Thanks everybody.
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83JEN

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 17:21
I work at WMart, and yes there is still a shortage of canned pumpkin, there was last year and the store is predicting for this year also, people were grabbing cans of the stuff to stock up, we can't keep the stuff on the shelves before the holidays and once its gone after the holidays, we don't get more in. So for my store it is strickly a seasonal item.
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 17:29
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
Guess if you find it stock up is the final answer. Smile
Evie1010

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 17:47
\0 -- I confess. The reason you all can't find canned pumpkin is my fault. I was one of those "hoarders" who stocked up during the holidays. Sorry if I hogged it all. :/
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Ed Endicott

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 17:51
Try the smaller markets or the natural food stores. I bought about three cans a few months ago and have one can left. It'll probably go into a smoothie tomorrow morning.
mdep1229

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 19:23
Amazon still has a lot! Laughing Time to stock up ...

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=canned+pumpkin&x=0&y=0
BuffyBear

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 20:11
Good News - I finally found some at Harris Teeter. Nice to meet all you Pumpkin Fans. Please pass on any good recipes you have. Thanks again.
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