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[FF] "Canflation" Beware When Cooking!

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Jun 9, 2022 - 4:39:36 AM
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rinemb

USA

14737 posts since 5/24/2005

Many favorite recipes use ingredient amounts by referring 1 can of this, 1 bag of that, etc. Well, I wonder how often this would be critical, considering food container volumes are shrinking.
Someone needs to write a calculator to do recipe conversions based on old and new can sizes.
Have any of you found a problem with results of dishes due to "canflation?"
What else might the food makers be doing to reduce contents costs, that we may not be aware of?
brad

Jun 9, 2022 - 4:48:08 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

27542 posts since 8/3/2003

Most of the time you can use as directed, even if the ounces aren't exactly the same. It will just make a little less than what you were expecting. Usually one doesn't even notice the difference.

About the only time you need to follow exact measurements is when you're baking bread or making cakes/cookies from scratch. Even then, if it's an ingredient that is not a necessity, you can fudge or cheat a little on the ingredients.

One of my friends was over the other day and had brought chips and dips for our card game. She opened the chips and it looked like it was only half full (and it was half full). While she was raging on about that, I told her that the ounces were probably correct, that the chips had just settled in the bag a little. I figure the manufacturer makes the bag the same size, but changes the ounces and hopes no one will notice there's less in there. In my opinion, most of us notice, but not much we can do about it.

Jun 9, 2022 - 5:38:22 AM
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rinemb

USA

14737 posts since 5/24/2005

I just looked at my to cans of coffee. The one I bought a few months ago is 11.3 oz (a long way down from the old one pound), but my newly purchased coffee, same brand, same can etc is now 9.6 oz. Price: about the same.
The Paddy meat rub blend is gonna cost more, eh. I will hate to see the price of paprika, now!
Brad

Jun 9, 2022 - 5:52:18 AM

STUD

USA

36077 posts since 3/5/2008

Liz here:
Good observation!
An increasing # of recipes go by weight, which requires a kitchen scale, but ensures exact amounts. Though as the second poster pointed out, exact quantities aren't always necessary unless you're baking. With something like a stew or casserole, you can fudge it and add more or less depending on taste.

Jun 9, 2022 - 6:13:37 AM

Owen

Canada

11403 posts since 6/5/2011

That's why we have amounts like a pinch / dash / dollop / etc.   In more than a couple of decades of "cooking" (?) I've yet to come across the need to measure things that precisely*. ... not sayin' it can't happen, just that it ain't in my repertoire.  If it ain't broke, I sometimes try to not fix it.

When I make pancakes, there's a bowl and a spoon to wash.  When my wife does it there's about half a sink full of stuff.   ..... and since dishwashing often falls to me....... .   Fwiw, the cakes seem to get eaten/enjoyed equally.... we'll, truth be told, the ones with corn syrup maybe a wee bit more so.  wink

* = Edit: On reflection I did come across it once. One fall my wife had gone to visit her parents and while she was away our bean harvest was +++.  Easy-peasy.... I'll just whip up a batch of mustard bean pickles.  'Cept when It came time to eat 'em they had way too much oomph.  We did some sleuthing and discovered that the recipe I picked had a mis-print .... mustard 3X the amount for other similar recipes.   Ah, well .... can't win 'em all!

Edited by - Owen on 06/09/2022 06:22:19

Jun 9, 2022 - 6:19:05 AM
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rinemb

USA

14737 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

I just looked at my to cans of coffee. The one I bought a few months ago is 11.3 oz (a long way down from the old one pound), but my newly purchased coffee, same brand, same can etc is now 9.6 oz. Price: about the same.
The Paddy meat rub blend is gonna cost more, eh. I will hate to see the price of paprika as well, now!
Brad


Jun 9, 2022 - 8:24 AM
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rinemb

USA

14737 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb
quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

I just looked at my to cans of coffee. The one I bought a few months ago is 11.3 oz (a long way down from the old one pound), but my newly purchased coffee, same brand, same can etc is now 9.6 oz. Price: about the same.
The Paddy meat rub blend is gonna cost more, eh. I will hate to see the price of paprika as well, now!
Brad


Sorry folks, not sure how this repeat posted?  brad


Jun 9, 2022 - 10:56:15 AM

144 posts since 1/28/2017

I guess you would have to weigh all contents or be close as Sherry suggested. These companies are trying everything to hold the prices down. Reduce the ounces or raise the price of the product. I used to work in the food industry and 1/2 ounce can really affect bottom line. The big manufactures' make a common practice of this method. Thinking you won't notice the amount difference as much as a higher cost. Now multiply the raw product of 1/2 oz. times a million. The savings to the company is substantial, consumer pays same for less. Now when they do both, cut oz. and raise price the consumers get a double whammy. I don't buy much in can goods and did not realize they were cutting oz. in cans. Another way for a company to cut is add more water to the can, same weight less product. Aren't you glad gasoline companies can't cut and raise the way food companies do!!

Jun 9, 2022 - 4:08:32 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

16019 posts since 9/27/2007

That's called Shrinkflation! Last night my wife made her deluxe macaroni salad with macaroni I bought on a recent grocery trip. I looked at the selection & the noodles all looked tiny. I figured they'd swell up when cooked. Nope! They were still microscopic!

I had a test where I had to fast until the afternoon. On the way home I pass a Scrawny Ronnies,so I thought I'd stop for a Big Mac. I hadn't been to one in over 10 years! I went in & the place was empty. When I ordered there was a giant picture of one above me about eight feet tall! The guy I ordered from said he'd bring it out??!! When he set my tray down I looked at the little box & thought there was a mistake! When I opened the box I said in what I thought was my inside my head voice... "WHAT A JOKE!!! Guy heard me & asked if there was a problem! Never again!

Buddy at work pulled out a Wagon Wheel when we were having lunch. I said I didn't think they made them anymore. When he pulled it out of the wrapper it was half the size they used to be! We were laughing & remembered when they were bigger than a hockey puck! Now about the size of a Toonie! (Canadian form of measurement) Ha! Ha!

Jun 9, 2022 - 6:02:58 PM
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Brian T

Canada

19327 posts since 6/5/2008

There's 300 or more different shapes of pasta. Same design but big, medium and little usually begets 3 different names. The hole in the middle of a pasta spoon is a good measure if you can remember what it means. I like small shells and spaghettini, vermicelli is even finer but rarely seen on our store shelves.

I learned my lesson with eggs. Large vs small. Recipe calls for 6 large eggs. They really mean it, too. Weigh that and you find that it takes at least 8 small eggs for the equivalent.

I've begun to add can sizes (in milliliters)to recipes in my cook book. Sure enough, the new cans are 100 ml short of the cans back in 2000.

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