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    Is anyone having trouble buying spuds?

    Twice this month I have went to Tesco Lotus here and they have had no potatoes, what the hell is wrong?
    Don't seem that the downturn in business and finance should effect the availability of spuds in the grocers.
    But it does seem strange, even these spuds are trash they still shouls have em.
    I am from the potato growing area of the PNW and we have #1 bakers that will weigh a pound,, then be degraded to eating these things, and can not even get them.
    OH, By the way Norton, The guy that ate an inch and a half chunk off of my trial salami was over awhile ago to buy a couple Kilo of ground beef from me, and he is as healthy as he was yesterday,, so I do have a live culture and can now make salami and fermented sausages..and my wife ate a piece of it and both said it is great and it ain't even the recipe I was going to use, no garlic or peppercorns in it.

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    The Tesco here is crap. One day no spuds, another no onions, another no tomatoes. We have spuds today, but had none over the weekend.

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    every other day we have spuds. Every 4 th. day they're good. Got some good ones yesterday. Todays are shite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    The guy that ate an inch and a half chunk off of my trial salami
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    my wife ate a piece of it
    So when will you be tryin it?

    Normally get my spuds from the local wet market. So far no shortages. Use a lot of them so buy in 5 kilo lots. Potatoes here are big and solid. Not quite as big as an Idaho but damn close. Nothing worse than a small, soft green potato.

    Do you have a Macro nearby? I find their produce much better than Tesco which at best is crappy.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    I did taste a piece of that salami, and it is for damn sure fermented, good flavor now have to work up a recipe, maybe alright with the one I used which is a summer sausage recipe and add some Garlic and cracked pepper and give it a shot, but I have used 35MM hog casings as I have no fiberous casings and damn spendy to freight em in, and it is to hot now as the salami posed to age 2 months and it be dry as a popcorn fart in a month now.
    But I just wanted to see if the culture I made up would work and it did.

    Damn I sure would like to have some of them spuds you get, shit the scrawny bastards we get have sprouts 2 inches long in anything over a week.
    I used to pick up large bakers at Price Club In Chula Vista and take down to San Pablo Bay, there is a fish camp there that I used to stop at when I ran that long range boat out of San Diego and trade for lobsters to feed the passengers, Well I would take a couple of 10 pound bags and trade em to the mex women in the camp for all the lobsters I could eat in a week I would stay there,, They loved them 1/2 pound spuds and also I had 11KG sacks of rice and Pinto Beans, I was a real trader, afraid to trade for pussy tho as they was married and we were a long way from anyone else. 4 hrs drive to town.

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    It must be me buying them out BG. I havent had many problems really, usually one of the 3 places have them.

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    We had some the other day. I think the Midget bought them from a market rather than Tesco. They were 'ok' I guess.

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    Shit, I will go tomorrow and try again, I always bought 10 pound bags in the states but here if you don't use them in a couple days they sprout and get soft, coarse I do understand that they aren't native to this area too.
    Maybe they could learn to kill the plant and so the jacket would set and then they would hold up longer, but as long as Thai gets money he has no honor about selling a good product, whether it be spuds, or cabinetry,, just good enough to get by.

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    No. My only problem at my local supermarket is deciding whether to buy local, Malaysian, Australian or US potatoes.

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    We buy in the market locally, but I'm pretty sure they're Macro out of CR. Still, sometimes good, sometimes shit.

    Clean, par boil and freeze, works for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    No. My only problem at my local supermarket is deciding whether to buy local, Malaysian, Australian or US potatoes.
    OK,,,OK, Rub it in god damn it, I would too if I had the chance.
    So with my freezer full of prime grade Angus Beef Striploin steaks cut 1 1/4 inch thick [3+ cm] and 18 Roasts about 2 KG average and a couple of salmon waiting to go in the smoker, I have very little room and I have to buy the Lamb Weston spud products from Pasco Wa. USA by the case and now I am out and have no room.
    I usually have Hash Browns, Criss Cut Seasoned fries, Homestyle mashed potatoes, and Cheddar cheese snack puffs. but not now..

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    No. My only problem at my local supermarket is deciding whether to buy local, Malaysian, Australian or US potatoes.
    No King Edwards or Maris Piper?

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    And my fridge is full of beers. And i have a couple of bottles of akvavit in the freezer. I don't worry too much about meat because I heard its bad for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Not quite as big as an Idaho
    fcook me, they aint Irsish!


    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    I don't worry too much about meat because I heard its bad for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    Originally Posted by Norton Not quite as big as an Idaho
    No, But the biggest spuds I ever saw were from Moses Lake Wa.,, But the sweetest tasting were from Burley? I believe it was,, damn fine tasting taters.


    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    fcook me, they aint Irsish!
    No actually potatoes originally came from Peru in the beginning and the Mick's just got hooked on em.

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    Try Villa Market, if there is one near you. I always find spuds there, although the quality is not always top notch.

    Failing that, Foodland I find a second best for spuds.

    I rarely do a shop at Tesco Lotus or Carrefour, so can't comment.

    Maris Pipers have always been my spud of choice.

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    No Foodlands in Central Thailand, Did get a small Tesco Lotus a couple years ago and last year a hugh Tesco Center with all kinds of shops and a cinePlex and a Big C, but thats it.

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    When I go to the whole sale market, I ride around looking for stuff, the stall holders yell out,
    Farang ! Mee Mun farang.
    They must think we are addicted to potatoes. If you can handle the large quantities that market is the place to purchase, 10 Kg bags of good tomatoes for 20 / 30 Bt, 1 kgs of Spring onions / scallions 15 Bt, damm the stuff is dirt cheap.

    Went into Makro Udon yesterday and see they now stock Corn Tortilla, El Charro brand I believe.
    It gets easier by the week to get supplies of farang style foods here.

    I buy good A grade, ground beef from Tops for 135 Bt a Kg, and its not bad stuff at all, not too much fat and makes a damm fine chili or Bolognaise for the kids.

    Right now I am making some tasty beef mince Pies as I brought some proper shaped pie tins from Makro. they were labeled as Rice cooking pots but exactly the right size for pies.
    They have decently tapered sides so the pie drops out, just had to paint them black to get the pie cooking right.

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    well BG, you say "potatoes", I say "potatoes"

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    Spoilt for choice in Pattaya all the supermarkts have them plus the local street markets . Had some baby new potatoes the other day wonderfull .

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    I bought 2 K down at the wet market, the gal I used to buy from was out too but I found some cull #2s so bought the ready sprouted bastards.so had some mashed potatoes sausage gravy and a pork roast that i got, did have some fat on it so wasn;t to dry. and got 2 pints of the best leaf lard rendered out.

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    Got plenty in Big C BG, just been up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    Spoilt for choice in Pattaya all the supermarkts have them plus the local street markets . Had some baby new potatoes the other day wonderfull .
    So its true about Thailand then. Are you reading this Phuketbound? Babies available in Pattaya for the right price

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    Originally Posted by Norton Not quite as big as an Idaho
    No, But the biggest spuds I ever saw were from Moses Lake Wa.,, But the sweetest tasting were from Burley? I believe it was,, damn fine tasting taters.



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