2009 Pumpkin Shortage

Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I recently saw a recipe for pumpkin waffles and thought I’d give it a try and maybe even blog about it. Now, I’m hesitant to review the recipe because I made the waffles early in the morning before I’d had any coffee and I went out and bought the only waffle maker left on the shelves of a local department store that was a total cost of $6.98 plus tax plus and I had to use LIBBY’S Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix instead of the pureed pumpkin that the recipe requested. With all that stacked against it, the pumpkin waffles were a disaster. They were flat, runny, and burt in the middle.

I can’t blame the disater on a bad recipe until I at least try the recipe again using all the right ingredients and with a decent waffle maker. I ended up salvaging them by adding an extra cup of flour and making pancakes out of them instead. The texture was a little funky for pancakes but the flavor was delicious.

So, I’m blogging about not wanting to blog about this recipe in order to tell you that this was the first time I’d discovered there is a serious pumpkin shortage in the United States. WHAT?!?! Yes, just go to your supermarket and try to find canned pumpkin. For a good number of places the cans are missing!
My extensive google searching capabilities have solved the mystery: a chilly, damp summer in the Midwest and Northeast has hurt the pumpkin crop. There’s a great two-part series on the shortage at the “Daily News Transcript.” Their conclusion is:

Nationwide, the shortage of warm, sunny days has caused spotty pumpkin growth. Some pumpkin patches were ruined by the rain and many farmers had to re-plant, delaying the peak season in some places. Also, pumpkins are pollinated by bees, farmers said, and bees don’t fly in the rain.

The difference, local farmers have said, is in the soil – if the soil is heavy to begin with, the added rain will drown the pumpkins. However, if the soil is dry, the pumpkins turn out OK.

Now that I can find any canned pumpkin, everywhere I turn I keep finding delicious looking pumpkin recipes: Pumpkin Flat Bread with Caramelized Onions; My Best Pumpkin Bread; Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecake; and Pumpkin Hummus.

I’ve heard that organic canned pumpkin is easier to find. I must go on a search this weekend! Pumpkin Eatin’ Season 2009 cannot be a total bust!

Rating for Pumpkin Shortage: 0 out of 5
Rating for the article on the pumpkin shortage that can be found here and here:
5 out of 5

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2 Responses to “2009 Pumpkin Shortage”

  1. Lisa Clarke says:

    I’m so glad I never got around to using a few cans I have from last year!

    Have you ever made your own pumpkin puree? I’m thinking about trying it, but I would want to make sure I pick the right kind of pumpkin. Apparently not all of them taste all that good.

    P.S. Thanks for linking to my recipe – if you do find canned pumpkin, you should try making it as muffins. They freeze really well, and allow you to have pumpkin muffins for breakfast for several weeks!

  2. Yvette says:

    I’ve never tried making the puree myself but it’s defiantly on my pumpkin to-do list this year. Thanks for the comment. I enjoy your blog!

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