A Perth mother was left fuming after buying a kilo of beef mince that shrunk down to 641 grams (23 ounces) when she cooked it.
She wrote: “Cooked and drained. All water. It's getting worse. So disappointed. Where do you shop that gives you value for money for mince please?”
Many weighed in on the deceiving quantity, with one person writing: “I live in Melbourne but now buy all our meat from a reputable butcher in the area! The quality is so much better, a little dearer but well worth it.”
While another said: “I'm in Perth and I'm finding mince at our local IGA to be much better quality than what I buy from Coles or Woolies because we have a butcher out the back who does all of the prep for non pre-packaged items.”
However, one shopper pointed out that draining the mince would have reduced the overall weight by nearly 200 grams (seven ounces), writing: “At 17 per cent fat, 170g or thereabouts would have been fat. Hope you didn't pour that down the sink now your meat will have less taste. I buy this mince regularly but also buy 2kg [70.5 ounces] for $20 [USD $14 or £11] from a local butcher sometimes.”
The post was made just as Australia's supermarket prices continue to spike.
The Australian reports that many grocers are increasing prices due to requests from suppliers.
Coles Chief Executive Steven Cain also confirmed that they had received ‘five times as many requests for price increases' than last year. He attributed the inflation to the labour crisis, the cost of raw materials, and the rising fuel and utility prices.
This led Coles’ prices to increase by 3.3 per cent, whereas Woolies jumped to 2.7 per cent in the third quarter.
Practising dietician from Nutrition Australia, Leanne Elliston, advised Australians to save money by shopping seasonally instead of opting for items transported from overseas.
She told ABC News: "You can usually tell the more seasonal produce because it's cheaper.
"Stuff that's not in season is transported from overseas … it's going to cost you more money.
"Look for where the produce comes from, if it's grown locally and is in season, then the price should match that."
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