Thanksgiving Meal Inflation: Louisiana’s shrimp mirliton is 8% more expensive to produce this year (R)
Published Sunday 20 November 2022 at 10:00 am
Thanksgiving Meal Inflation: Louisiana Shrimp Mirliton 8% More Costly to Produce This Year (Study).
- Research shows how much the price of each state’s signature Thanksgiving dish has risen since 2021.
- Washington’s Spiced Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies had the biggest price increase.
- Infographic showing the impact of inflation on each dish.
While the previous two Covid-hit Thanksgivings were like no other, families may have to wait another year for traditional holiday gatherings to return to some sense of normality. This year’s celebration will not be dampened by a global coronavirus, but by a rise in food prices.
Indeed, inflation has wreaked havoc on US grocery prices, with an 11.2% increase in all grocery costs recorded this September compared to a year earlier, and notably the cost of groceries at home rose 13%. Because of this, many families appear to be either forgoing some of their usual traditional dishes or reducing the number of people invited to this year’s celebrations. According to a comprehensive study by Usko, it’s a new free app that allows users to analyze their Amazon spending and see how many products they regularly buy have increased due to inflation.
The company identified signature Thanksgiving dishes from each state and then broke down the ingredients for each to determine how much more each dish will cost this year compared to 2021.
For example, Louisiana’s Shrimp Mirliton (which requires chayote squash, andouille, shrimp, potatoes, and hot sauce) saw a 7.64% increase (the 48th highest increase of any Thanksgiving item). A shrimp Mirliton costs $41.41 this year compared to $37.90 in 2021.
Broken down across states, Washingtonians will suffer the biggest spike in inflation when it comes to their signature dish: Their flavored Thanksgiving sugar cookies, which use granulated sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, butter and eggs, had a whopping 13.56 inflation spike %, meaning it would cost locals an average of $2.02 more for ingredients this year. Despite importing about 85% of its food, Hawaii’s creamy garlic mashed potatoes is the dish least affected by price increases, resulting in a rise of “only” 7.45%.
Infographic showing each state’s signature Thanksgiving dish and how it’s affected by inflation
A Usko survey of 1,000 respondents also found that over 1 in 5 (21%) believe the higher cost of ingredients would hamper their plans this year. For those wondering how much they spend either in-store or on sites like Amazon, a quick comparison to last year’s bank statement will likely prompt them to make changes to this year’s feast. Just as many respondents also said they would be willing to ditch the traditional Thanksgiving meal and instead opt for a cheaper, more affordable meal.
Additionally, more than a third of those hosting Thanksgiving in November plan to invite fewer guests to save money, and of those who cook, 68% say they expect to have fewer leftovers given high food prices.