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Old Today, 09:50 AM
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Originally Posted by oregonwoodsmoke View Post
I hadn't thought of stocking up for Christmas baking, but with this Covid thing going on and we are just getting the stores re-stocked, maybe it would be a good idea this year to prepare in advance for the baking season, just in case.

One of our local markets always has a huge baking ingredient sale before Christmas, but perhaps it might be a mistake to count on that this year.

The folks from the heavily infected cities have been released to travel all over and, inevitably, some of them will be carrying Covid out and around the country, so it won't be surprising if there are some heavy outbreaks. I have no idea if that will lead, once again, to the unreasonable food hoarding.
I plan to buy early, this past holiday season I was unable to find the candied fruit for a fruitcake until just days before Christmas, which was just too late. The grocery store employee said there had been some sort of production problem and there was a nationwide shortage. I can only imagine what this year might bring in the way of shortages.
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Old Today, 07:23 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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I stock up slowly - a bag of raisins here, a sack of flour there. I don't make much - 2 or 3 types of cookies, date and pumpkin bread, and fruitcake. The fruitcake is the most ingredient-heavy item, requiring lots of dried fruits - and this year I'm going to need rum!
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Old Today, 09:10 PM
Location: Majestic Wyoming
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I've always stocked up on baking supplies when they go on a major sale. I typically buy 10 pound bags of Flour and sugar because I know I'll use them. I buy the brown sugar in the big packages at Costco too.

Then Covid-19 hit and thankfully I was smart enough before everything went bare to buy a 25lb bag of flour at Costco. Now I won't ever go back to just the 10lb bags. I also now have a large stash of yeast which I didn't have before Covid-19, but after everyone and their sister started baking bread and yeast became scarce I've learned I need to stock up on that also.

For holiday baking I should be fine. I have all the staples well supplied. I will need more chocolate though, white chocolate, Hersey kisses and the like.
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