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Old 12-10-2012, 03:30 PM
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Have you noticed a 5 pound bag of sugar is now 4 pounds? And a pound of cranberries is not in a bag - it's only 12 ounces!! And a recipe I have use for years, has flopped twice this year for me. It's a real moist brownie and then you pour a mix of cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla on top and cut it into the chocolate. It's like a cheesecake with a brownie. But both times the cheese/egg/sugar just did not 'cream" well. I thought maybe at first the cheese was too cold so the next batch I got the cheese out real early to come to room temperature. Must be the way cream cheese is being made. I have a friend that makes delicious peanut brittle. She threw away 3 batches because it wasn't right. She thinks it was the Karo syrup. If products are being changed, it should be mentioned on the package! How many people really go to a website before using an item to see if there are changes?
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:23 PM
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I've learned to put weights and/or measures on my favorite recipes now!

I have an old recipe that calls for "a 5 cent Hershey bar" - - - -

Now I would say "approximately four ounces of a milk chocolate Hershey bar"

The weights and volume are changing on just about everything.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:49 AM
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It has been a LONG time since you got a pound of coffee in a can. I have seen it as low as 10.5 ounces.

Some cream cheese you get is not real cream cheese but cream cheese spread. Something added to make it more spreadable.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post

Some cream cheese you get is not real cream cheese but cream cheese spread. Something added to make it more spreadable.
I found this out at Thanksgiving. The clerk at Safeway assured me it was "real cream cheese". Well, IT'S NOT!

The recipe didn't come out.

Next time I need cream cheese for a recipe, I'll buy the real thing at Costco.

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:03 PM
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Nuts that were 16 ounces are now 7 at the same price, and shredded cheese is about 25% less in the package! They are not"raising prices" they just give us less! Drives me crazy when using for a recipe.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:23 PM
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It's even more annoying when they change the package size and raise the price. Green Giant Peas were $2.29 for 1 Kg (a little more than 2 lbs) for ages. All of a sudden the package was 750 gms (3/4 of the size) and the price was raised to $3. 69. That's one huge increase. There's a lot of concern with fruit and vegetable growers in Canada right now as the government is trying to do away with standard containers. Packages could be any weight or size making it almost impossible for consumers to compare prices if this is changed. We are potato growers and it has been suggested that we run a test trial of 8 lb bags instead of the more common 10 lb size. We don't have the bags and the machinery and scales are not set up to do this. We can't see the advantage and it will cost everyone more to do this.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:07 AM
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This has been going on for a while - I realized as an adult how true this saying is "The only constant is CHANGE." just gotta keep rockin' and thinkin' clearly, my friends.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:33 AM
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I have known for sometime about the sugar, coffee, etc. We use a lot of paper plates in this house so I buy the large package of Dixie. Use to be 100 plates, when I went about 2 months ago there was a big 95 on the front of the package like it was giving you more or something. Well the price sure didn't go down. I use a calculator when I go shopping and figure out per piece,ounce etc how much each thing is. Its saved me money in some cases because I would have automaticlly bought the larger size thinking it was cheaper and it wasn't
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:02 AM
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YEs, we noticed those changes this past year. My mother noticed it several years ago when her cinnamon rolls did not get "gooey" on the bottom anymore. Sad.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:07 AM
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I have a 5 cent Hershey bar pie recipe that uses 5 bars, it is never the same twice. I can understand why they do it so that the price does not go up but it sure drives me nuts readjusting the the new sizes. I like the idea of calculating the price per whatever and I guess I will have to do more of that. I do use that on Kuerig k-cups to see what is the best price but not on most products. I never noticed the paper plates will have to pay more attention.
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