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- The coronavirus has changed what people shop for, particularly when it comes to groceries and kitchen tools.
- From March through May 2020, the most popular and high-demand food and kitchen products included flour, meat, wine, pasta makers, and electric griddles.
- It’s becoming easier to find them again online and in stores. We show you the best places below.
- Read more: Where to buy bread online, from NYC’s best bagel shops to regular grocery stores
It only takes a short stroll through your local supermarket to see how the coronavirus has affected the way people shop for food and kitchen tools.
The products in high demand at the height of the pandemic and stay-at-home orders aren’t exactly surprising — comforting carbs are a big theme — but the extent to which they’re bought up can still be stunning. Even if you’ve failed to procure yeast at a grocery store for the third day in a row, moving the search online often isn’t any more successful.
Over the past couple of months, Insider Reviews has been keeping tabs on various kitchen products and ingredients that keep selling out and showing you where you can buy them online.
Using our own observations, along with information from Google Trends and industry reports, here’s a one-stop master guide to where you can still find the most popular food and kitchen items of the moment.
Options trading Flour and yeast
With extra time on their hands, many people have found comfort in the rituals of baking and bread-making. And how else can they make their cakes, cookies, bagels, and sourdough without the two magic ingredients, flour and yeast?
For weeks, grocery store aisles were wastelands stripped of flour, yeast, and other baking essentials. Meanwhile, online stores faced similar demand or only offered options with severely inflated prices. King Arthur Flour, the nation’s oldest flour company, says in March 2020 it sold 268% more bags of all-purpose flour than the same month last year.
Right now, it can still be difficult to find flour. Your best bet is to go directly to an artisanal mill, a specialty food shop, or an online grocer. We also recommend checking with your local bakery or restaurants to see if they’re selling flour.
If you don’t feel like making something entirely from scratch, you can still make good use of your oven with these convenient baking kits.
Here’s where to buy flour online right now. Our favorite places include:
- Nuts.com: In addition to its namesake, Nuts.com sells tons of other dry goods including baking supplies. It currently has bread flour and cake flour in stock along with several other specialty and gluten-free flours. Shipping is free for orders over $59. Otherwise, shipping is $6.99.
- Webstaurant Store: If you’re looking to buy in bulk, this is the spot. Webstaurant Store — which supplies both restaurants and individual customers alike — has a large selection of flour in 25-lb and 50-lb bags at good bulk prices. Shipping is based on weight and distance.
- Thrive Market: Thrive Market sells natural and organic products at wholesale prices. As of now, all types of flour, from organic bread flour to sprouted garbanzo bean flour, are back in stock. Thrive Market is membership-based and costs $9.94 a month. Read our review here.
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Alcohol sales have soared in the past few months, with wine flying off shelves the fastest.
According to Nielsen data, online alcohol sales during the week of April 25 were up 477% versus the same time last year. Boxed wine sales grew 44% from last year.
If you want to buy wine online, there are a variety of options, whether you prefer to pick out your wine yourself or you want to discover something new. Vineyards and winemakers around the world are also getting more creative by offering virtual wine tastings, so you can connect with fellow wine enthusiasts. Don’t forget your wine opener.
Here are 12 places to buy wine online. Some standouts include:
- Nakedwines.com: NakedWines is like a “Shark Tank” for independent wines, and it has an “Angel” membership program that crowd-funds independent wine labels across the globe. Angel members get up to 60% off listed prices among other perks. Read our review here.
- Dry Farm Wines: The focus of this company is on sustainably grown, natural wines. That means they’re free of additives and sugar, they have lower alcohol content, and they’re lab-tested for purity. The company imports all of its natural wines from small family farmers around the world, but mostly throughout Europe.
- Winc: The best wine subscription overall | Read our review here.
- Vinebox: The best wine subscription for sampling | Read our review here.
- Bright Cellars: The best wine subscription for customization
- Firstleaf: The best wine subscription for developing your taste | Read our review here.
Options trading Meat
Many large meat and poultry processing plants reported COVID-19 cases in recent months, leading to supply shortages and increased prices for fresh meat. Some stores like Costco started to limit the amount of meat you could buy, while fast-food chains like Wendy’s placed temporary limits on certain menu items.
With grocery chains floundering, many smaller purveyors and butcher shops have stepped up to fill in the gaps. Meal kit delivery companies have also made a comeback, thanks to this food shortage.
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In the midst of the pandemic, some shoppers have taken a different route and used the time as an opportunity to try and stock up on plant-based meat alternatives. According to Nielsen data, “grocery store sales of fresh alternative-meat products [such as Beyond Meat] rose by 264% in the nine weeks ending May 2.”
Here’s where to buy meat online right now. We’ve personally tested the following:
- Rastelli’s: This veteran New Jersey outpost sells responsibly-raised meat in single servings and in bulk. Boxes of different bundles and cuts of meat are available, but you can also subscribe to regular shipments with a 5% discount. Read our review here.
- LaFrieda Meat Purveyors: LaFrieda Meat Purveyors sells beef (and veal), pork, poultry, and lamb, but the three-generation-old New Jersey-based vendors are best known for their fresh and dry-aged cuts of USDA Prime Black Angus beef: bone-in rib and strip steaks, tomahawks, and burger patties made from short rib, brisket, and dry-aged beef. Get steak cooking tips from Pat LaFrieda himself here.
- Snake River Farms: Snake River Farms offers top-notch, responsibly produced meat, and it’s also available in bulk. The brand’s US-based Wagyu is an excellent — and much more affordable — alternative to Japanese Wagyu. Read our review here.
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