TOP News

Food: There Could Be Another Pasta Shortage, Experts Warn

Why Pasta Chips Are My Least Favorite TikTok Trend to Date

  Why Pasta Chips Are My Least Favorite TikTok Trend to Date OK, by this point, y’all must know the drill: someone on TikTok does something weird with pasta, people endlessly riff on the original, the internet reacts, and then, well, I write about it. It’s happened before and, trust me, it’ll happen again. Just last week, the newest pasta craze took off on TikTok. Is it as weird as honeycomb pasta or pasta served straight on the kitchen counter? Who’s to say. What this new take on pasta does promise is a bowl of crispy, crunchy pasta…chips? That’s what they’re being called at least. Let’s rewind.

Last year was rocked by shortages in all areas of the grocery store, and unfortunately, 2021 started out similarly. A report was released in December revealing that one specific pasta shape had virtually disappeared. (Related: 112 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are)

a display in a store: pasta shortage © Provided by Eat This, Not That! pasta shortage

Barilla acknowledged that their production of bucatini—a long pasta with a hole in the middle like a straw—was spirling like rotini because of a huge increase in demand since everyone was cooking homemade meals (and what's easier to make than pasta?). De Cecco, another big pasta manufacturer, found issues with the FDA during this time because the iron level in its bucatini was "below the designated level as required by the standard of enriched macaroni," the FDA said.

Bacon butternut hash is the ideal fall breakfast food

  Bacon butternut hash is the ideal fall breakfast food Let's be honest, sometimes breakfast can be boring. With back to school season in full swing and work commutes returning to normal, often the most important meal of the day turns into a piece of toast slathered with peanut butter. But there's plenty of protein packed meals that can be prepped ahead of time and warmed up morning of, like this bacon butternut hash. Breakfast Egg Dishes to Make Ahead A large skillet of fall vegetables, crispy bacon pieces and smoked ham that's topped off with melted cheese and two fried eggs, this satisfying dish is perfect for breakfast and dinner.

Both companies said their bucatini would eventually make a comeback, but as we near 2022 the overall pasta market isn't looking so positive.

As we know, pasta is made from flour—but not just any flour. Durum wheat is the hardest wheat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. It is thick with a high protein content and gluten strength and is, therefore, a great ingredient to use for pasta and bread. It is called semolina flour when it is ground up.

While North Dakota is the primary location for growing durum wheat in the U.S., Canada produces two-thirds of the world's supply, followed by Europe. A French news site, The Connexion, says both of those areas have been hit hard by unusual weather this year, severely impacting the crop.

Heavy rainfalls in Europe are affecting the durum wheat stash in France, where farmers are worried as their supply is running low.

The 5 Best Pastas at Trader Joe's, According to Employees

  The 5 Best Pastas at Trader Joe's, According to Employees One is already available, and the four new faves are coming soon! But when it comes to noodles, Joe does know jack—and loyal fans' and employees' shopping carts showcase why their shelves are stocked with such a wide variety. On the latest episode of the Inside Trader Joe's podcast, Jasmine, the category manager of grocery at Trader Joe's, reveals that they currently sell between 20 and 30 different types of pasta. "The majority of our pastas are made from wheat semolina. So those are kind of the traditional pastas. And then we have a number of other products that...

"We have about 12 tonnes left here, and with that we can make, depending on the type of pasta, between 15 days to three weeks' worth more or less," Gilles Reichstadt, the manager for the Usine Thirion factory in northeast France, told the news outlet. "We are supposed to be getting 25 tonnes delivered in September, so we're hoping that will arrive."

Canada, though, is facing the opposite problem. A huge heatwave and drought have knocked out 30% of the country's crops and prices for durum wheat have already skyrocketed this year, up to around $350 per metric ton. This time last year it was about $294, government data from Alberta shows.

Jason Bull, the director of Eurostar Commodities, an ingredient supplier based in West Yorkshire, England, told Bakeryandsnacks.com that "This is a dire situation" and that "The market is completely out of control." He also said a pasta shortage is expected on supermarket shelves in addition to higher prices that will be passed on to consumers. Eventually, he added, it could come down to making pasta with soft wheat flour instead of durum wheat.

16 Pumpkin Cookie Recipes to Bake All Fall Long

  16 Pumpkin Cookie Recipes to Bake All Fall Long We love pie, but it gets old after the millionth slice. Spice up dessert with 16 pumpkin cookie recipes that taste like autumn. They’re perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving and every day in between.

This is on par with what Kroger executives are predicting for the rest of 2021. Recently they said the cost of groceries will be about 2% to 3% more than usual through the end of the year.

Eat This, Not That! has reached out to Barilla and De Cecco for information about whether their pasta will be affected.

For more info about what's happening at your local supermarket, read these next:

These Two Popular Grocery Chains Are Closing Earlier Due to the Delta Variant

This Grocery Chain Is Looking More Like Costco Thanks to Some Major Changes

Grocery Prices Will Continue to Spike, This Grocery Chain Says

America's Biggest Grocery Chain Is About to Offer This Fast-Food Service

And to get all the latest grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!.

How to Keep Pasta Warm Ahead of Dinner (Because No One Likes Cold, Sticky Noodles) .
Fresh pasta is a thing of magic. Cold, stuck-together pasta…not so much. Here’s how to keep pasta warm ahead of dinnertime.

See also