FRIDAY FOOD THING
In today’s tightened grocery store product economy, it is getting more and more difficult to buy food items designed for singles. I suppose this is a cost-cutting production step, although I suspect manufacturers enjoy making and shipping larger quantities of their product and not messing with the more expensive smaller shipping size hassles.
Yesterday I noticed my local Food Lion had discontinued “small size” jars of prepared pasta sauces, which — even at the smaller size — were too large for me. No matter how hard I tried, there was always some amount left over in the fridge that eventually got tossed long after the expiration date. Since I use pre-made brand name sauces as a starter, by the time I finish doctoring them up they bear no resemblance to the original product, and by then the volume of the sauce has increased dramatically, resulting in even more expiration wastage in the fridge unless I freeze the leftover sauce.
Like most folks, my freezer quickly becomes an unsettling no-man’s land of poorly marked Tupperware and Ziploc containers whose frosted contents are anyone’s guess.
Another, more insidious example of single-sized product extinction was the sudden disappearance of foil-sealed, single slices of sandwich Spam about a year ago. A single Spam sandwich was perfect for me: again, the smallest can of Spam is way too much to contemplate. One or two Spam sandwiches and my Spam enthusiasm fades considerably.
All of which supports my feeling of loss as single-size food products — like typewriter ribbons and bottles of office White-Out — are slowly fazed from our collective consciousness.