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Whatchamacallit 37: Pasta.

Alb-Gold Fusilli

Back in February, when I started to realize that Covid-19 might become incredibly serious, I decided to invest in food with a long shelf life.

Yes, like many other people, pasta.

Happily, six weeks into the crisis, I have not yet opened any single package of pasta – I have my original supply, including bottled pasta sauce, on my shelf, awaiting consumption.

This is, in effect, a victory: supermarkets have remained open and – with passing time – better and better stocked. The foods that are most important to me are available, especially the fresh squeezed fruit juices by Innocent (apple and berry is amazing).

My object of the day is Alb-Gold Bio Dinkel Fusilli – organic spelt fusilli.

I picked this up at a bio supermarket near my office – recommended by Meg Koch because the brand uses no plastic in its packaging (it says so right on the front of the package).

Funny thing: I do not know how many of you remember the 2013 Barilla scandal, when the head of Barilla, Guido Barilla, said

I would never do an advert with a homosexual family… if the gays don’t like it, they can go an eat another brand. For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the fundamental values of the company.

While the company seems to have spent the ensuing time repairing its reputation – I have not forgotten. Congratulations to Barilla for “going from worst to first on gay rights,” but I have not bought a single product with the name Barilla on it since then. Guido Barilla made a huge mistake and I have been buying every single brand but Barilla.

If other gays are fine buying from them, go ahead.

Sorry, I rant.

Anyway, Alb Gold uses no plastic in its packaging and, given that Meg recommended it, it must be quality pasta.

I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic that I buy when I buy groceries, but I must admit that the Covid-19 crisis has caused me to buy more plastic. Once this passes, I will return to plastic reduction – trying to buy less and less of it. Certainly, pasta in paper packaging is an easy decision. It’s trickier in other categories, like lactose-free (real dairy) yogurt.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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