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John DiFool
09-17-2007, 09:03 PM
I know of two recent threads dealing with specific brand name products, one I started (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=409097&highlight=apple+newtons), and this one. (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=403056&highlight=discontinued)

But that's not what I mean here. Instead it's general categories of products which have gone missing and you can't locate anywhere. For example I cannot for the life of me find a heat pad for the kitchen-you know, a flat pad which you place hot dishes on. Neither my local Walmart or Target has anything like that (Target had some of those metal ones on little rubber legs tho).

So what items which used to be easily located are now scarce as sin?

Hockey Monkey
09-17-2007, 09:12 PM
Do you mean a pot-holder? They are in the same aisle as the dishcloths and placemats.


One thing that I have been looking high and low for are Easy Off Microwave Oven Wipes. It comes in a packet that you put in the microwave and heat up. The steam/fumes loosen the grime, then you use the wipe to wipe it all away. I have only one left and I can't find them anymore.

Duck Duck Goose
09-17-2007, 11:08 PM
Easy Off Microwave Oven Wipes (http://amazon.com/Easy-Off-Heat-Activated-Microwave-Wipes-Wrapped/dp/B000VLBGSS/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-6104024-9855800?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1190084745&sr=8-1) at amazon.com.

And if ya want a LOT of 'em, these folks (http://janitorial-supplies.apluswhs.com/food-service-products/kitchen-cleaner/easy-off-microwave-wipes/REC76520-3436470/?src=yshop) will sell ya a case for 70 bucks or so. How dirty is your microwave? :D

Duck Duck Goose
09-17-2007, 11:18 PM
I cannot for the life of me find a heat pad for the kitchen-you know, a flat pad which you place hot dishes on.


Insulated hot mats. (http://wdrake.resultspage.com/search?p=Q&ts=custom&w=insulated%20hot%20mats) That them?

IrreverentTone
09-17-2007, 11:19 PM
But that's not what I mean here. Instead it's general categories of products which have gone missing and you can't locate anywhere. For example I cannot for the life of me find a heat pad for the kitchen-you know, a flat pad which you place hot dishes on. Neither my local Walmart or Target has anything like that (Target had some of those metal ones on little rubber legs tho).
Google trivet or hot pad and you should see some that don't have legs. Several people I know just use silicone pot holders instead.

Plain glass covered butter dishes are a royal PITA to find these days.

RealityChuck
09-17-2007, 11:28 PM
Powder toilet bowl cleaners like Vanish seem to have vanished from stores (same for Saniflush). The powder was always much superior to liquid or tablets.

Hockey Monkey
09-18-2007, 09:33 AM
Easy Off Microwave Oven Wipes (http://amazon.com/Easy-Off-Heat-Activated-Microwave-Wipes-Wrapped/dp/B000VLBGSS/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-6104024-9855800?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1190084745&sr=8-1) at amazon.com.

And if ya want a LOT of 'em, these folks (http://janitorial-supplies.apluswhs.com/food-service-products/kitchen-cleaner/easy-off-microwave-wipes/REC76520-3436470/?src=yshop) will sell ya a case for 70 bucks or so. How dirty is your microwave? :D


OMG thank you thank you thank you!

It's not that dirty. I got the current package I have probably 2 years ago. I don't have to clean the microwave very often, but these things are super and I want more. I'll stock up. :D

cbawlmer
09-18-2007, 11:01 AM
One thing that I have been looking high and low for are Easy Off Microwave Oven Wipes. It comes in a packet that you put in the microwave and heat up. The steam/fumes loosen the grime, then you use the wipe to wipe it all away. I have only one left and I can't find them anymore.

I...didn't know about these. What a great idea! I have to get some! Thanks for mentioning them.

Tapiotar
09-18-2007, 11:37 AM
I know of two recent threads dealing with specific brand name products, one I started (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=409097&highlight=apple+newtons), and this one. (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=403056&highlight=discontinued)

But that's not what I mean here. Instead it's general categories of products which have gone missing and you can't locate anywhere. For example I cannot for the life of me find a heat pad for the kitchen-you know, a flat pad which you place hot dishes on. Neither my local Walmart or Target has anything like that (Target had some of those metal ones on little rubber legs tho).

So what items which used to be easily located are now scarce as sin?


Did you mean a heated pad, to keep food warm? Here's one:

http://zaccardis.com/toastess-classic-cordless-warming-tray.html?mr:referralID=5d82e7b8-0ce9-4066-a66c-4e6239a48506

Zany Zeolite Zipper
09-18-2007, 03:06 PM
Potato Flakes, the things that you put in soup with vegetable flakes and those itty bitty noodles to make it more filling. I've gone to cheap stores, upscale stores, Wal-Mart, bulk food stores, Costco, nobody has them. Whenever I ask someone where the potato flakes are, they hand me either scalloped potatoes, or instant mashed potatoes. I'm starting to think that I imagined the product ever existing.

mnemosyne
09-18-2007, 03:35 PM
Plain glass covered butter dishes are a royal PITA to find these days.

Dollar stores tend to have stuff like this. It's like they are considered too common or so inexpensive that no other store will carry them, but dollar stores always do.

wolfman
09-18-2007, 03:40 PM
Potato Flakes, the things that you put in soup with vegetable flakes and those itty bitty noodles to make it more filling. I've gone to cheap stores, upscale stores, Wal-Mart, bulk food stores, Costco, nobody has them. Whenever I ask someone where the potato flakes are, they hand me either scalloped potatoes, or instant mashed potatoes. I'm starting to think that I imagined the product ever existing.


I would be a bit confused too. I always thought Potato flakes were synonymous with instant mashed Potatoes. There are the Potato Pearls that I guess could be thrown in soup as a thickener, but they are just a more evolved species of Instant Mashed Potato generally.

Duck Duck Goose
09-18-2007, 04:18 PM
Potato Flakes, the things that you put in soup with vegetable flakes and those itty bitty noodles to make it more filling.

Perhaps you need to ask for "dehydrated potatoes" instead of "potato flakes".

Small diced dehydrated potatoes, (http://harmonyhousefoods.com/dicedpotato.html?gclid=CLiH0q7ozY4CFQSOFQodI03vAg) suitable for soups.

Dehydrated sliced potatoes (http://harmonyhousefoods.com/catalog/item/1624880/1065799.htm). These are the classic "scalloped potato mix" dried potatoes. If you want them in smaller pieces for your soup, you can crush them with a rolling pin.

Duck Duck Goose
09-18-2007, 04:26 PM
Plain glass covered butter dishes are a royal PITA to find these days.


Glass covered butter dishes. (http://villagekitchen.com/mfg/arc/misc/butter_dishes/butter_dishes.html)

More glass butter dishes. (http://amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/002-6691091-8813611?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=glass+butter+dish&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&Go=Go)

John DiFool
09-18-2007, 08:23 PM
Did you mean a heated pad, to keep food warm? Here's one:

http://zaccardis.com/toastess-classic-cordless-warming-tray.html?mr:referralID=5d82e7b8-0ce9-4066-a66c-4e6239a48506

Thanks, but no. Duck Duck Goose nailed it, and I'll likely order them this week.

IrreverentTone
09-18-2007, 09:33 PM
Thanks mnemosyne and Duck Duck Goose. I just haven't had much luck even at the dollar stores lately.

And DDG, that style is larger than I need, I'm just looking for a narrow single stick style.

Duck Duck Goose
09-18-2007, 10:57 PM
Thanks mnemosyne and Duck Duck Goose. I just haven't had much luck even at the dollar stores lately.

And DDG, that style is larger than I need, I'm just looking for a narrow single stick style.'

This one (http://amazon.com/Butter-Dish-Cover-Presence-64190AAH/dp/B0007XWVTI/ref=pd_bbs_6/103-6104024-9855800?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1190170059&sr=8-6) from the Amazon selection looks like it's designed for a single stick.

Target has something called a Country Simple Butter Dish (http://target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-2/qid=1190170345/ref=sr_1_2/602-8388608-4857432?ie=UTF8&asin=B000ES5I4Q), single stick, although it's ceramic, not glass, and has a rooster on the top.

Does it have to be glass? There are ceramic, pewter, steel, acrylic, etc. single-stick butter dishes all over the Internet. I was quite fascinated to find one that retails for $154. (http://brixstore.stores.yahoo.net/butterdishes.html) :eek:

And eBay has butter dishes out the wazoo, too, of course.

Hostile Dialect
09-18-2007, 11:00 PM
Powder toilet bowl cleaners like Vanish seem to have vanished from stores (same for Saniflush). The powder was always much superior to liquid or tablets.

I bet you could get 'em at a restaurant supply place.

Sarahfeena
09-18-2007, 11:07 PM
Thanks mnemosyne and Duck Duck Goose. I just haven't had much luck even at the dollar stores lately.

And DDG, that style is larger than I need, I'm just looking for a narrow single stick style. I got one that looks just like this (http://instawares.com/presence-design-glass-butter.64190aah.0.7.htm?LID=NXTG) at my local supermarket (I go to Jewel, which is owned by Albertson's), except it cost maybe $3, not $25 ( :eek: ).

If you have an Albertson's or Albertson's-owned store nearby, you might find one there.

RealityChuck
09-18-2007, 11:07 PM
I bet you could get 'em at a restaurant supply place.Saniflush does seem to exist, if you buy it by the case. But why can't you get it retail? It's much more effective than the liquids.

Hey, It's That Guy!
09-18-2007, 11:19 PM
I recently had a hell of a time finding clear plastic squeeze bottles, the kind used by chefs to squirt out fancy sauces, often decorating the edges of plates with intricate sauce patterns. I went to all three of my local supermarkets (Publix, Albertson's, and Winn-Dixie), Target, and Big Lots, and nobody had any. I finally found a 2-pack of tiny squeeze bottles (a 4-ounce and a 2-ounce) at Linens 'n' Things in their kitchen gadgets section, so I imagine Bed, Bath, and Beyond might carry them too. I made my first-ever balsamic vinegar reduction, and was getting really annoyed that I couldn't squeeze it over my plate of hot salt and pepper potato chips with melted bleu cheese, Bobby Flay-style!

Ruby
09-18-2007, 11:45 PM
I recently had a hell of a time finding clear plastic squeeze bottles, the kind used by chefs to squirt out fancy sauces, often decorating the edges of plates with intricate sauce patterns. I went to all three of my local supermarkets (Publix, Albertson's, and Winn-Dixie), Target, and Big Lots, and nobody had any. I finally found a 2-pack of tiny squeeze bottles (a 4-ounce and a 2-ounce) at Linens 'n' Things in their kitchen gadgets section, so I imagine Bed, Bath, and Beyond might carry them too. I made my first-ever balsamic vinegar reduction, and was getting really annoyed that I couldn't squeeze it over my plate of hot salt and pepper potato chips with melted bleu cheese, Bobby Flay-style!Did you really want the small bottles? I'm sure I've seen larger ones (8 oz?) at a local restaurant supply store.

Hey, It's That Guy!
09-19-2007, 12:28 AM
Did you really want the small bottles? I'm sure I've seen larger ones (8 oz?) at a local restaurant supply store.
I bought them for a recipe I was making that night, and it turned into more of a stubborn quest after checking six different places. I would have preferred an 8-ounce bottle, though. There may be a restaurant supply store in town -- it would actually be cool to check it out, if we do have one. Thank you!

3acresandatruck
09-19-2007, 02:54 PM
Fitted sheets that actually fit my mattress. They're all too big now (too long, too wide, too deep) and get all wrinkly the moment I lay down. Plus, I really prefer muslin over percale or sateen, but apparently consumers like the high thread count stuff...

Mrs. Cake
09-19-2007, 03:05 PM
Garbage disposal cleaners that actually work. There was one grocery store in Joplin that carried a brand that worked great, but I didn't bother to note the brand name when I moved and now I can only find deodorizer pellets or one sort of cleaner from Home Depot that works for crap.

The stuff came in a paper packet that you put in the disposal with a small stream of hot water and ran the disposal fro about a minute. Blue foam came up both sides of the sink, and it was great for about a month afterwards.

flodnak
09-19-2007, 03:22 PM
I recently found a bag of old dish towels the fella had been given by an old aunt when she had to move into a nursing home. I thought they might be useful for a sewing project someday if I could just soften them up - old auntie, bless her, had starched them within an inch of their lives - and much to my surprise, they turned out to be linen! Don't know if linen dish towels are completely discontinued, but they sure are harder to find than cotton. Cotton is cheaper, I know, but linen is more absorbant and just feels wonderful.

About eight or ten years ago I remember a gadget-freak friend complaining that Betamax videotapes had essentially disappeared, and had been very difficult to find for years before that. Of course, this is because only about a dozen gadget freaks in the whole entire world hadn't converted to VHS by that point! (He had several VHS video recorders, too, but he wasn't going to give up Betamax without a fight.) I imagine it's pretty tough if not impossible to find film for 110 and 126 cameras, too, and those big flashcubes that sat on top. So even if I should find my old Instamatic someday, it won't do me much good....

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