Since writing last week about the food and drink items that shoppers are likely to miss buying at the Piggly Wiggly, a number of readers have gotten in touch to add favorites to the list.
“Where are we going to buy real grits?,” moaned an anonymous e-mailer. “Instant is nasty and that’s what the ‘others’ sell. No regular grits for $1.99/bag. The ‘others’ have it in the souvenir section for anywhere from $5-$10 for a small bag.”
Another faithful fan of the grocery chain left a voicemail message saying he’s bracing to miss the store’s cottage cheese: “Nobody could touch The Pig’s brand of cottage cheese,” said a man who identified himself only as ‘Bill.’
But it’s likely nobody’s as worried about The Pig’s impending closure as peanut boilers. According to reader Pam Ruff, the fresh green peanuts sold at Publix typically go for twice the price that Piggly Wiggly charges, and the quality of Food Lion’s green peanuts is “hit or miss.”
“Do you if one can substitute dried, green peanuts for boiling?,” she asks.
Absolutely, says boiled peanut expert Matt Lee, one-half of the local brother-brother team behind the The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue. “Dried raw peanuts are definitely boilable, and in fact account for most of the boiled peanuts sold in the area,” Lee says.
Lee also suggests boiled peanut producers who staunchly prefer green peanuts contact Limehouse Produce to find out which retailers are buying the local crop.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to ask Lee about cottage cheese: Can anyone suggest a replacement product for Bill?