Here we are, on the cusp of fall and I find myself thinking...WHY IS THERE NO PUMPKIN PUREE IN THE GROCERY STORE?!
The struggle is real. Germans don't do pureed pumpkin in a can, which I'm sure is some sort of statement and I totally feel guilty about how I should be growing my own organic pumpkins and roasting them in my oven and WHATEVER I DON'T HAVE TIME. Oh, also...I don't want to. I just want to open a can. That's all I want to do. That is the maximum time/energy investment I would like to allocate to this task.
The commissary on post has pumpkin in a can. Or, you know, in theory they have it. By "have" I mean it's part of their inventory. But as soon as that little hint of chill hit the air, as soon as things started feeling a little crisp, as soon as one tiny leaf turned yellow...actually, if we're being honest, as soon as Starbucks started selling the Pumpkin Spice Latte...POOF! All cans of pumpkin disappeared from the shelves.
Here is what's happening: on that first autumn-ish day, every baking-inclined female in the commissary thought "Oooo I could make pumpkin _________ (fill in the blank) and it would be so yummy!" So she bought 2 cans of pumpkin puree.
THEN as the fall days continued, everyone else had the exact same thought and the cans of pumpkin began to dwindle. As the cans dwindled, every female had this thought "Ooo I better stock up, who knows when there will be more". And suddenly there are no cans on the shelf and a pumpkin panic is born. So now, even when the commissary gets a fresh shipment of pumpkin-in-a-can, whoever is in the commissary at the exact time when the pumpkin hits the shelves goes "Ooooo! They NEVER have pumpkin in stock...I should buy 10 cans this time so I have enough to last me through the next year!"
And now we're in a pumpkin crisis. And there is no pumpkin coffeecake in my kitchen.
Knock it off, ladies. There's enough pumpkin to go around. Or there WOULD be if you would stop hoarding it, Doomsday-prep style.
All that to say, when I see canned pumpkin in the store, I'm stocking up. Desperate times...