Monday, July 25, 2011

Survival Food

Mmmm, canned corned beef.  Bully Beef.  Ernest Hemingway would go camping and eat corned beef and onion sandwiches

A few months ago these went missing on store shelves.  There was Spam, there was tuna fish, but no corned beef.  I wondered what economic circumstance made them come up in a shortage.

I like that you still have to open it with a little key.  No other food, except maybe blue crabs, has injured my fingers getting at the meaty goodness than canned corned beef


Marty said...

I need a few cases of that. I wish CostCo carried it.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Oh, THAT's the stuff you were wondering about! Well, let's just look at the 2 main ingredients, Corn and Beef. Corn went into Automobiles, Beef went into the Stratosphere because Corn was too expensive to go into the Cattle's mouths. So applying the Law of Supply and Demand (something every Hippie/ Liberal/Socialist/Communist Politician thinks doesn't apply to them because the "Communist Manifesto" can eliminate it), your little Market Niche was probably closed by the Bean Counters at Libby's because it wasn't cost effective to produce.

See, Economics isn't THAT HARD. It just doesn't seem to work inside the Beltway. Must be some kind of weird Force Field in place....

LC Scotty said...

We had a shortage here in NY as well. I keep about 20-30 cans of it on hand but noticed BJs stopped carrying the 4 pack of Hormel cans.

I believe the "corned" bit refers to salt that used to chunk up inside the meat-chunks about the size of a kernel of corn.

Michael W. said...

Very close LC Scotty. The term "corned" basically means preserved or cured with salt.

Corned beef is one of my favorites also and we too had a shortage of it here in Carolina.

Most if not all corned beef comes from Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and other countries "South of the Border" I was trying to figure out what had happened down yonder that might have caused the shortage but couldn't come up with anything. Of course, when it re-appeared on the store shelves, the price had gone up considerably.

Sean D Sorrentino said...

Food to be eaten in the shadow of Mt. Eislin?