Waitrose Minced Beef

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  1. RitaG

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    Went into my local Waitrose yesterday to buy some minced beef and was shocked to see that none of their packs are in a full 500g size. Most recipes call for 500g of minced beef so why are they short changing us. Can't remember what the price of a 500g was last time I bought it but will look in the freezer to see if I still have one. 100g is quite a shortfall on weight for roughly the same price as the 500g pack.

    I am going to make the Mary Berry Mexican tortilla bake which by the way is very nice but now I am 100g short on the mince I will have to try to reduce the liquids in the recipe.

    Think I will have to write to Waitrose to ask them why they have changed their packaging size.

    Rant over!
     
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    are you sure they have changed their packaging?

    I didn't know it was 400g but expected you to say it was 454g (approx. 1lb in old money)

    Unless you were following a Waitrose recipe why would you expect their weights to match your recipe, buy 2 packs and only use 1/4 of the second pack, make something else with the rest

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    https://www.ocado.com/webshop/getSe...0000&entry=minced+beef&groupSimilarProducts=y

    I just did a search at my online option of Ocado, interesting that own brand Ocado seems to be 500g and most but not all of Waitrose is as you have found 400g
     
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    It's Waitrose. They know all their customers are gentile, rather than the hoi polloi who use other supermarkets, so are not to be treated as beasts of burden and expected to carry heavy packs :LOL:
     
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    I guess Waitrose are just trying to encourage a bit of portion control. :)
    But is it so hard to alter the other ingredients to match the amount of beef? I think I have to do that on almost every recipe I follow. :)
     
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    2 more thoughts

    I cant see the meal being adversely affected by just using less meat keeping the rest the same

    As Bev said when I told her what I needed to be doing on here at 7:30, use your local butcher, get exactly what you want

    :)
     
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    Sorry folks about the heading, it's that ruddy predictive text:oops:
     
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    Recipe looks nice, can you make up weight with a chopped up beef burger or 2, you are right about reducing the liquids it might be a bit sloppy otherwise!
     
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    Never been in a waitrose, but don't they have a meat counter like other supermarkets, can't you buy as much as you want there, I know our tesco do , and morrisons, don't know about others.(y)
     
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    Is Waitrose anti-Semitic? :D
     
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    You should take Waitrose to court for not fitting in with your recipe.
    how dare they :(
     
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    I have to admit it took me a minute :LOL:
     
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    its a shoddy way of supermarkets like Waitrose making more profit-400g pack at the same price as a500g pack . Not many folks would check the weight if they had previously bought the 500g,they just buy by the look of the pack:eek:
     
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    I thought it was a thread about a waitress falling in a meat grinder....:rolleyes:

    The wonders of predictive text.
     
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    The missus had a recipe for a nice casserole for tonight's tea. It said 5 carrots so she sent me to the shop.

    They only sold bags of 4. I was extremely distressed.

    If I bought 4, the missus would be distraught.
    If I bought 8, she would say I'm wasting our savings.



    I'm sat outside the supermercado hoping you good folk can best advise please ?
     
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    The directors of any company have a legal obligation to maximise profits for their shareholders.

    This law protects all folk with pensions :)
     
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    I make mince go further by using grated carrot to make up the shortfall, it adds a nice texture and flavour to enhance the mince taste.
     
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    You could ask the missus to dress as a waitress (see thread title) then she can only say "yes sir!" with whatever you decide.

    Might be worth a try...
     
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    Reminds me of the one about the butcher who backed into the bacon slicer, his customers got a little behind with their orders :imoutahere:
     
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