The manufacturers are screwing up recipes!

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2011/11/13 15:43:58 (permalink)

The manufacturers are screwing up recipes!

They are sneaky and could be ruining Thanksgiving dinners across America!
 
I have a recipe for cranberry candies which is liked by my family.  I haven't made it in a few years and thought this year I'd give it a go.
 
It could have been a disaster and total waste of all ingredients if I hadn't noticed something.
 
As I grabbed the can of jellied cranberries off the shelf I saw that it contained 14 ounces. 
 
Fourteen ounces?
 
I didn't buy it.  I'm sure the recipe calls for 16 ounces. 
 
Got home and checked the recipe.  Sure enough.... 16 ounces are needed.
 
Price is up and quantity is down. 
 
Now I have to think.  (It's difficult sometimes!)  Do I buy two cans to get the full 16 ounces or do I boycott the cranberry people who bombard me with their TV commercials all year and forgo the entire idea.
 
Thinking.
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    mar52
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 15:46:53 (permalink)
    Cranberry Raspberry Jellies
     
     
    1 16-ounce can, jellied cranberry sauce
    1/2 cup, water
    2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes, unflavored gelatin
    1 3-ounce package, raspberry-flavored gelatin
    3/4 cup, sugar
    cornstarch or powdered sugar for dusting
     
     
    Butter a 9” x 5” loaf pan or a 9-inch square baking pan; set aside.
     
    In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, water, both gelatins and the sugar. Place over low heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until mixture comes to a boil. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.
     
    Lightly dust waxed paper with cornstarch or powdered sugar. Using a spatula, loosen candy from pan and flip onto waxed paper. Cut into 1-inch squares. Serve chilled.
     
     
    I was thinking of adding chopped walnuts this year.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 16:23:06 (permalink)
    A 5# bag of Sugar now contains 4#'s!
    Have also seen bags of potatoes that used to be 5#'s are now 4#'s!
    Legally labeled but deceiving.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 17:01:27 (permalink)
    Of recent:
    3  oz "can of tuna"
    28 oz "quart of mayo"
    10oz   cans of vegetables that used to be 15oz
    49 oz. bottles of juice that were once 64oz
    28 oz "quart bottle of spaghetti sauce"
    14 oz  "pound box of pasta"
    96 oz  "gallon"
     
    Factor into this bloating and dilution of products by slowly altering the formulations and decreasing the expensive ingredients as the oil in mayo and you have a recipe for disaster (pun intended).
     
    I collect old recipe books. Between the ambiguity of old measures referenced to a container standard of the time and formulation drift, it's getting near impossible to translate an old recipe.  
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 17:16:29 (permalink)
    Sad, isn't it?
     
    On some recipes I've found that I can substitute a jar of baby food for those extra two ounces, but carrots or applesauce won't work here! 
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 18:10:16 (permalink)
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      if you have time to test this...try using a half cup or so of 'cran-raisins' after soaking them for a couple of hours to soften them up a bit. We buy them in large bags and use them in muffins and all sorts of things and just eat'em plain.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 18:30:37 (permalink)
    Good idea, Al.  I like them right out of the bag or in cereals and salads.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 18:56:39 (permalink)
    Yeh, and they've taken the crab out of crabapples!
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 20:18:34 (permalink)
    I would probably buy 2 cans and after getting the needed 16oz use the rest for Thanksgiving dinner. I also believe there are some recipe sites and or recipe software that allow you to change the amount of a given ingredient and it will adjust the rest of the amounts to match. Unfortunately this could be wishful thinking on my part.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 21:21:55 (permalink)
    ces1948

    I would probably buy 2 cans and after getting the needed 16oz use the rest for Thanksgiving dinner. I also believe there are some recipe sites and or recipe software that allow you to change the amount of a given ingredient and it will adjust the rest of the amounts to match. Unfortunately this could be wishful thinking on my part.

    You are correct. there are recipe sites that make adjustments, www.allrecipes.com is one of them.  
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 23:04:39 (permalink)
    Good idea!
     
    I'm thinking I'll make 1 1/2 times the recipe, using two cans.  That way I'll only have 4 ounces left.
     
    That will be good for turkey sandwiches.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/13 23:31:28 (permalink)
    OR, you could use:
     
    8 14-ounce cans, jellied cranberry sauce
    3 1/2 cups, water 
    14 (1/4-ounce) envelopes, unflavored gelatin 
    7 (3-ounce) packages, raspberry-flavored gelatin
    5 1/4 cups, sugar
    cornstarch or powdered sugar for dusting
     
    And butter 7  9” x 5” loaf pans or a 9-inch square baking pans; set aside.
     
    And have enough left to give as gifts!

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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 00:54:02 (permalink)
    I like the way you think. 
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 08:23:33 (permalink)
    mar52

    Cranberry Raspberry Jellies


    1 16-ounce can, jellied cranberry sauce
    1/2 cup, water
    2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes, unflavored gelatin
    1 3-ounce package, raspberry-flavored gelatin
    3/4 cup, sugar


    1 14-oz. can of cranberry stuff
    7/16 cup water
    7/16 oz. unflavored gelatin
    2-5/8 oz. raspberry gelatin
    21/32 cup sugar
     
    So what's the problem?
     
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 08:39:41 (permalink)
     
    So what's the problem?
     
    Life would be much easier if recipe amounts would be referenced to weight in grams or the use of baker's percentage.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 08:45:57 (permalink)
    From watching public television I've learned that weight-driven recipes are more the norm in Europe.  I'm not sure why that method hasn't caught on here but it does seem like a logical way to do things; for example, different forms of salt have different volume-to-weight ratios and a cup of 1 kind might not have the same saltiness as a cup of another.
     
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 09:22:50 (permalink)
    It's the rule rather then the exception in commercial kitchens as well for consistancy. Normalizing a recipe to 100% total ingredients allows for flexible scalability. I purchased one of the Kitchen Calc calculators for the kitchen and it makes scaling a lot easier then figuring proportions manually. I think they have an ap for smart phones now too.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 13:40:01 (permalink)
    The scale manufacturers are missing the boat.  They need lobbyists.
     
    Brad!
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 13:51:11 (permalink)
    The point being, after years of tried and true recipes, we have to adjust, once again, to downsizing of ingredients. For instance, there is no way one can of tuna makes enough spread for Bob and I to share. So I spend 89 cents per can, 2x for lunch.Used to be cheap.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 13:53:06 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    A 5# bag of Sugar now contains 4#'s!
    Have also seen bags of potatoes that used to be 5#'s are now 4#'s!
    Legally labeled but deceiving.

     
    That's name brand. Most store brands are still 5#'s. And sugar is sugar.

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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 14:32:39 (permalink)
    How about getting a pound of berries and making the sauce yourself--it's easy
     
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 14:49:27 (permalink)
    The recipe uses the jellied type, not sauce or I'd do it.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/14 15:39:34 (permalink)
    I would make it with the 14-oz. can of cranberry sauce and not change any amounts of the other ingredients.  From reading the recipe, you're making cranberry flavored Jell-o jigglers and you'll have plenty of cranberry flavor with two ounces less.  If you don't mention the can weight discrepancy, probably no one will notice any taste difference.
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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/21 15:27:03 (permalink)
    Made the jellies last night and added a quarter cup of chopped walnuts.  Next time I'll add more.
     

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    Re:The manufacturers are screwing up recipes! 2011/11/21 15:54:55 (permalink)
    Oh...sweets.
     
    For a minute I thought you were handing out tins of stew meat as gifts.  Which I would be thrilled to receive, BTW.
     
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