If you haven’t noticed, product sizes have been changing for the last several years. On some products it doesn’t make much difference. But on others, it can make a HUGE difference.
I was making a dessert the other day that used crushed Oreos as a base. The recipe called for an 18 ounce package of Oreos (obviously an older recipe) but I could only find a 15 ounce package. I didn’t want to buy two packages so I bought one and figured it wouldn’t matter. But it did. The crumb base was thin.
Another time I was making tuna patties and was surprised when my normal two cans of tuna weren’t enough. I checked the can and noticed for the first time that the size had decreased from 6 ounces to 5 ounces. Again, that one ounce made a big difference. I ended up using three cans of tuna instead of two.
Of course, the product sizes are quietly going down while the prices are staying the same or going up – usually up. And there’s nothing we can do about it. All the companies are doing it so we can’t just stop buying the decreasing products.
So why am I telling you? Because you need to be aware in case it does affect your recipe. And if it hasn’t yet, it will.
But before I get off my soap box (can you tell this is a pet peeve?), here’s the worst case I’ve seen so far of product size decreases. I occasionally buy Krusteaz muffin mixes to have on hand in case I need bread in a hurry. The other day I was making a batch and noticed the muffin mix made 11 muffins. Not 12 – but 11. I couldn’t believe it. It’s one thing to decrease the size of Oreos or tuna, but I’ve never seen a muffin tin that only holds 11 muffins. What am I supposed to do with the empty tin? I will NOT be buying the Krusteaz muffin mix again.
So when you’re buying products for your recipes, keep your eyes open and be sure you’re getting enough for the recipe you’re making.
What products do you use that have decreased in size? Have you had to buy more of anything to have enough?
Other cooking articles are available in the Cooking Index.