@5665150@mbersiam@narfcake An important point is that you had no idea how much (or what kind) you were going to get. That was part of the “fun.” So when the UPS driver came by with a pasta box, that was exciting. After the 3rd or 4th box, it just became ridiculous, but still fun.
especially if you had “gifted” it to an unsuspecting friend instead of your own address.
Ahh, Pastadrop! What memories! What noods! What fun! Pastadrop ran from about the beginning of June, 2020 to August 2020 in a several waves.
I sent Pastadrop to family, friends, and to a foodbank (multiple times on the latter). But when I finally ordered one for myself, towards the end of the offerings, I only received ten lbs of linguine, though the paperwork with the box was marked 20lbs. Too bad. There was no more.
It was good pasta! Imported Italian pasta at that.
And there is one foodbank, where everyone there still knows and remembers Pastadrop.
Then there were the 25lb bags of beans, Great Northern and navy beans. I sent a bunch of them to the foodbank as well. Got one each for myself, which I shared with family. Ate all the navy beans eventually, but the last 5lbs or so of the Great Northerns went moldy on me and had to be discarded.
This was strange as I had transferred those from the polyethylene mesh bag in which they came to a large container which could be sealed. The moisture level of those beans must have been a wee bit too high.
Then there was the Stroopwafel drops. Ahh Stroopwafels! Those things were delicious. I gifted a number of people with Stroopwafels including the foodbank.
All in all, there have been some great offerings from Meh in terms of food items. I still have some of the mango bars in the freezer. I have a half a box of Love Corn, and a few packages of the Schoolyard Snacks Low Carb Keto Puffs left, which weren’t all that great, but I’m now eating as I am trying to cut back on carbs and drop some weight.
@Kidsandliz No, I didn’t. Though I generally like candy corn as well as a number of other “old fashioned” candies such as chocolate drops, and chocolate cherries, horehound candy sticks, peppermint sticks, wintergreen candies, and more.
I grew up in the 1940s and early 1950s. There wasn’t usually a lot of sweets in the house. I dimly remember finding some petrified candy corn left over from Halloween on a raw and cold day in February once. What a fantastic treat that was!
So candy corn, even if it had tombstoned* into bricks, would not have been as off-putting to moi as one might think.
I think I considered it at the time, but sat down for a few minutes and the feeling went away.
*Once while working (chemist), I was asked to help solve a problem. We had a by-product, sodium formate, which my company bagged and sold for various uses.
The plant was plagued on occasion by some 50 lb bags of this stuff which would inexplicably harden into a solid slab in the bags. The plant operators called them “tombstones.” The plant manager called for help.
I loved the term as that was exactly what they looked like, but it was a big, big problem when one had a tractor trailer full of pallets of unusable tombstoned bags returned from a customer.
@Kidsandliz@Kyeh I don’t remember all of the uses. But what I do remember was that there wasn’t a high demand for it at the time.
I just looked on-line to find that some uses (today) include leather tanning, some printing processes, as a minor food additive, and as an enzyme stabilizer particularly in liquid detergents.
Candy corn, it ain’t.
We generally had a hard time getting rid of it so much so that we sold a good bit of it as an alternative deicer in winter applications, where the use of salt (sodium chloride) was prohibited or problematic. It was used as a deicer on certain bridges and in some airports, for example.
It was a by-product of one of our processes, which meant that while we produced it in steady, but limited, quantities, the plant wasn’t going to invest heavily in improving the product.
I don’t remember all the ins and outs of how the problem was resolved, except that in one of the final wash and drying steps before the product was stored and then bagged, the conditions had to be more closely monitored and changed slightly. Sodium formate is deliquescent, which, I think, was part of the problem, along with the fact that the issue seemed to come and go over time as humidity wasn’t controlled at this stage of the process.
Again I no longer remember the details (~40 years ago), but after a bunch of analytical work, tombstoning became less of an issue.
There’s news of another pasta drop (wannabe) in the near future. I’m not posting details because there’s only 400 of them available, and if I do, it will be like locusts descending upon the crops, or an IRK and I won’t get one.
Because, you know, you can never have too much pasta.
Barilla Pasta Season Packs will be doled out — first-come, first-serve, while supplies last — starting at 12 p.m. ET on September 26 exclusively at BarillaPastaSeason.com. A spokesperson says they have over 400 of the boxes ready to giveaway but expect them to move quickly. FREE!
Pasta drop was pretty simple. Resturats were shutting down so bulk 5-10Lb packages of pasta that they could go longer sell retail were stuck in the pipeline. Meh bough a bunch at a discount and made a game out of it. We bought it at a discount and shipped out to friends/family. Or just bought it for ourselves. It’s not that complicated .
Dried Pasta used to be .50 a pound not $1.25 a pound eventually it will start correcting to a higher but normal level
@ircon96@Rossome It was tasty pasta; at, what, 10 pounds for $20? I think it was worthwhile. If you ended up with extra? Bonus! If your whining about dropping your Pasta Drop resulted in a massive additional drop? HUGE EXTRA BONUS.