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Now that we have addressed most of the world's problems here on TUG, can someone please answer this burning issue?

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Why has Cream of Celery soup disappeared from the face of the Earth - or at least all the stores in my area?
And it is NOT just one brand - Campbell's, Kroger (store brand), even the generic brands - gone!
Has celery somehow (covertly) been associated with COVID-19?
It's not like all vegetables are in shortage these days - although I do acknowledge vegetable availability may not always be consistent from day to day, pretty much EVERY other vegetable can still be found..

What did celery do to deserve this fate? :cautious::cautious::cry::cry:
 

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Do you mean it's out of stock or is it no longer included as a option in the soup section? If it's the first, then I'd guess it may be similar to the shortages of pasta and rice where people are stocking up for some of their basic comfort food meals. The cream of celery gets used in a lot of hot dishes (or casseroles to those of you not from Minnesota).
 

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Do you mean it's out of stock or is it no longer included as a option in the soup section? If it's the first, then I'd guess it may be similar to the shortages of pasta and rice where people are stocking up for some of their basic comfort food meals. The cream of celery gets used in a lot of hot dishes (or casseroles to those of you not from Minnesota).
Vermont Country Store carries all kinds of hard to find food products. Try there !!! Online, catalogue.
 

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Do you mean it's out of stock or is it no longer included as a option in the soup section? If it's the first, then I'd guess it may be similar to the shortages of pasta and rice where people are stocking up for some of their basic comfort food meals. The cream of celery gets used in a lot of hot dishes (or casseroles to those of you not from Minnesota).
@stmartinfan - I can still see the allocated space for this product on our local store shelves (not just Campbell's, but the generic brands too), but those spaces have not been filled in what seems like forever!

And thank you for the Minnesota reminder - I miss it so much as we enter our infernal season here in the high radiation and humidity belt (otherwise known as Arkansas).
 

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hot dishes (or casseroles to those of you not from Minnesota).
:LOL:

I don't know where the Cream of celery soup has gone, a few weeks ago it was fresh garlic in my area-seriously NO bulbs in the 3 stores I sent the poor hubs to-had to settle for minced in a jar (*shudder-ok in a pinch).
It is actually really easy to make condensed cream of ____ soup at home. I will do that for cream of mushroom and put in glass canning jars and freeze til needed.
 

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Vermont Country Store carries all kinds of hard to find food products. Try there !!! Online, catalogue.
Thank you for that heads up, @nerodog - I have not visited that web site previously. It looks like quite the interesting place with a wide variety of items!
 

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Thank you for that heads up, @nerodog - I have not visited that web site previously. It looks like quite the interesting place with a wide variety of items!
They will also try to find items for you via email or phone. Excellent to do business with and for those travelling to Vermont, the main store is in Weston and theres one further south in Rockingham. Fun to browse!
 

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The cream of celery gets used in a lot of hot dishes (or casseroles to those of you not from Minnesota).
Second only to cream of mushroom soup, which BTW is one the very few things I do NOT miss about Minnesota! Hot dishes would have been soooo much better with cream of chicken...

No one I know outside of Minnesota knows what a "bismarck" is, either!
 

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No one I know outside of Minnesota knows what a "bismarck" is, either!
A jelly-filled donut, of course.

The cream-of-* soups have been in very short supply around here as well. Wanted to make a tater tot hotdish a couple weeks ago and had to bail due to no cream of chicken and mushroom soup.

Kurt
 

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Why has Cream of Celery soup disappeared from the face of the Earth - or at least all the stores in my area?
And it is NOT just one brand - Campbell's, Kroger (store brand), even the generic brands - gone!
Has celery somehow (covertly) been associated with COVID-19?
It's not like all vegetables are in shortage these days - although I do acknowledge vegetable availability may not always be consistent from day to day, pretty much EVERY other vegetable can still be found..

What did celery do to deserve this fate? :cautious::cautious::cry::cry:
Becayse it tastes like shat. :pNo one eats that stuff, even in cooked dishes. The soup companies finally realized this and came to their senses and started to phase it out a year or so ago...
 

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I feel your pain. I use Campbell’s cream of onion soup periodically and its also hard to find. Thank you, Winn Dixie, for carrying it along with the umpteen varieties of cream of mushroom soup.....
 

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A jelly-filled donut, of course.
Yup. And good luck trying to find popovers and cherry jelly here in California. But, a small price to pay for all the awesome food there IS here!
 

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I've not noticed - I don't think that I have ever purchased it. I tend to buy Cream of Mushroom or Chicken for most of my recipes.

If by chance I buy a stalk of celery, I chop whatever is left up and freeze to use for any recipe that calls for celery. (This only happens when one brother thinks we must have it for Mom's cornbread stuffing.) The flavor is so mild and has no nutritional value that if a recipe calls for it and I don't have it, no problem.
 

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I haven't made it in years but I have a recipe for sole made with cream of celery soup and black olives. It was very good. Another thing I haven't made in a long time is pork chops made with golden mushroom soup. I got away from making both recipes because the soups became expensive and sometimes hard to find.
 

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Second only to cream of mushroom soup, which BTW is one the very few things I do NOT miss about Minnesota! Hot dishes would have been soooo much better with cream of chicken...

No one I know outside of Minnesota knows what a "bismarck" is, either!
I know what a bismarck is and I'm not in Minnesota.. But I did grow up there. :banana:

In my youth Cream of Chicken was vastly preferred over Cream of Mushroom when making hot dishes of that style. And I always preferred hot dishes that were based on mac and cheese or spaghetti with marinara. And I detest Jello with cottage cheese and carrot shreds.
 

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Last time I was in the food section in my local Target the aluminum foil section had been completely cleaned out except for heavy duty Reynolds in the widest size. And there were only four of those left.

BTW - I mentioned being from Minnesota upthread. I often pronounce the store Tar-zhay. Which is what it was jokingly called in the Twin Cities when Dayton's opened the first stores.
 

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I know what a bismarck is and I'm not in Minnesota.. But I did grow up there. :banana:

In my youth Cream of Chicken was vastly preferred over Cream of Mushroom when making hot dishes of that style. And I always preferred hot dishes that were based on mac and cheese or spaghetti with marinara. And I detest Jello with cottage cheese and carrot shreds.
Great Minnesota minds think alike, my friend. To this day my brothers and I make fun of the Minnesota "cuisine" our parents and relatives used to make. Including those "salads" made with jello, cottage cheese, peas and whatever-gawd-awful else. And don't.even.get me started on what they called "chili" featuring canned kidney beans as the main ingredient!

ETA: I also remember Dayton's. And Powers. And when Target was only in Minnesota.
 

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Great Minnesota minds think alike, my friend. To this day my brothers and I make fun of the Minnesota "cuisine" our parents and relatives used to make. Including those "salads" made with jello, cottage cheese, peas and whatever-gawd-awful else. And don't.even.get me started on what they called "chili" featuring canned kidney beans as the main ingredient!

ETA: I also remember Dayton's. And Powers. And when Target was only in Minnesota.
I don't ever recall seeing peas in a Minnesota church basement Jello salad. In the Covenant churches I grew up in, that must have been considered a sin, though I don't ever remember hearing that preached. Maybe it was addressed only in the Womens Circle meetings.

Nor do I recall anyone trying to pass anything like that off as chili. The chili I recall from MN days generally bore some resemblance to actual chili - though it often showed up with some interesting added spices. (Chili should never, never, never have noticeable nutmeg), My only experience along those lines was when I lived in St. Louis and was dating a local girl who spoke glowingly of her mother's chili. So When she finally had me at her house for chili dinner, what I was served contained nary a bean - of any type - and not even a hint of actual chili. She was very offended when I said this was goulash, not chili.

I believe the first Tar-zhay store was in Bloomington, on the south side of I-494, west of Penn Avenue, about a mile from where I grew up in Richfield.
 
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Second only to cream of mushroom soup, which BTW is one the very few things I do NOT miss about Minnesota! Hot dishes would have been soooo much better with cream of chicken...
BTW - I did enjoy Cream of Mushroom soup as the base in a meatball hot dish. In fact, I still occasionally put some meatballs in a crock pot along with some cream of mushroom soup, and let it cook for three or four hours. Then serve with either rice of mashed potatoes. The soup infused with flavor from the meatballs makes a tasty and simple gravy.
 
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