HAL’S KITCHEN: I’m sick of Shrinkflation

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It’s bad enough that grocery store prices are skyrocketing right now, but when you’re paying more for less food, it’s twice as infuriating. Shrinkage, skimping on a product and hoping you won’t notice, is another side effect of inflation. It is attractive to manufacturers because it often flies under the radar. The best advice I can give you is to check all labels carefully. It can be as simple as a slightly smaller container of your favorite yogurt or five fewer sheets in a box of Kleenex. And here’s another one I just discovered recently. They might try to trick you by saying that a box of cookies now contains 18 instead of 12. But when you check the cookies, they are smaller. And then eventually when they come down to a dozen cookies, they stick to the smaller ones. Very delicate!

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Attention Sriracha lovers! There may be difficult times ahead. One of the leading hot sauce makers, Huy Fong Foods, says a chilli shortage is affecting its production supply. The main reason is a severe drought in Mexico where he gets most of his peppers. In a letter to customers in mid-April, HFF said all Sriracha orders would be fulfilled after Labor Day in the order they were received. The company hopes to resume normal production in the fall. This is also bad news for the mouthwash industry…

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You may want to add more eggs and meat to your diet (if you can afford it). Both are excellent sources of B12. And according to recent research, the vitamin can help fight depression and dementia. People with a mild B12 deficiency may develop fatigue, anemia, and cracks around the mouth. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you may be at higher risk for vitamin B12 deficiency. For those who don’t eat meat, oral supplements and fortified foods can help boost your vitamin B12 levels.

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A man claiming to work at McDonald’s uploaded a video to TikTok that went viral. It shows how the fast food chain makes scrambled eggs. Tizzy Tay says the mussels are placed on the grill and filled with a runny egg. According to McD’s, it uses fresh eggs for some menu items, such as the McMuffin, while liquid eggs are used for other breakfast items.


A British woman ate her first meal in 23 years that wasn’t crisps. Zoe Sadler, 25, who survived on cheese and onion flavored fries sandwiches, finally tried something different. Thanks to hypnosis, she eats fruits, vegetables and other foods instead of two packets of crisps a day. She decided to expand her diet after being diagnosed with MS.

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If you’ve saved the gas money for a trip to Texas, here’s the best barbecue in that state. Goldee’s barbecue in Fort Worth, which has only been around since 2020, is the best there is, according to Texas Monthly. The magazine publishes a Top 50 list every four years. 29 of the top 50 are new establishments this time. 30 people travel the state trying different restaurants. They say tenderness, flavor, and seasoning are all key in determining which place had the best meat.


Mountain Dew is testing six new flavors in the hills of Tennessee where the drink was founded more than eight decades ago. The Mtn Dew Outpost near Mountain City, Tennessee lets people sample Pickle, Apple Cinnamon, S’mores, Elderberry, Huckleberry, and Summer Popsickle versions of Mountain Dew. It will be interesting to see if any of these ever see wide distribution.


Here are some sure signs that you are not a leader:

– Most items on your shopping list end with Boyardee.
– You need a recipe to make a ham and cheese sandwich.
– You bought four new microwaves in less than a year.
– The dog will not eat your leftovers.
– You burn the lemonade.
– More Rice Krispies for dinner.

– Hal has been writing articles for years. He also hosts Connecting Winnipeg weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at 680 CJOB. You can email him at [email protected]

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