This past week we picked up a few more canned goods to supplement the hurricane supplies. I usually store the recent additions further back in the pantry, and try to use the older stock, but today I accidentally opened one of the newer cans of Beefaroni. Actually, I am now glad I did, because I noticed something was different about the contents. The taste was the same, but it was a lot more saucy with fewer noodles and meat than the older batches.
You may ask, “How did I know it had less noodles?” No, I did not sit there and count them, although I was tempted to. Previously, I had to add 1/4 can of water before heating the contents to add sauce and was able to get a couple of servings per can. Now, the noodles were swimming in sauce and it was only enough for one serving. I checked the number of ounces per can and compared it with an old stock, and they both showed 15 ounces. It must be the same weight overall, but you are getting more sauce and a lot less solid food. I guess this is part of the overall food inflation that we are seeing. Along with smaller packages at the same price, we’ll also see more diluted products. I will still continue to buy Beefaroni, but I will be waiting for more aggressive price cuts before I buy next time.
I also wanted to mention there are lots of activities going on in our household this week, with tight work deadlines, end of school year activities, graduations etc. I’ll still be around and will continue to post but responses to comments or questions may be a bit delayed.