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Cooking instructions

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allule Wed 07-Aug-19 12:37:24

I have just been trying to read cooking instructions on a pasty....tiny print, dark red on brown card, and well hidden. White print on pale green is another favourite..and always on the back, so you have to turn the product upside down to read it, which can be disastrous.

I'm sure I remember that Sainsbury used to have a policy of printing instructions in large clear print, for the benefit of customers without their glasses.
I don't shop at Sainsbury's now, so don't know if they still do this. It seems a no-brainer.

I suppose that when you look at cooking instructions, you have already bought it, so shops are more concerned with designing a package which looks attractive on the shelf?

Dandamen28 Wed 07-Aug-19 12:43:07

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EllanVannin Wed 07-Aug-19 12:53:43

Nobody click the link !!

allule Wed 07-Aug-19 13:07:46

What did I do?!

M0nica Wed 07-Aug-19 13:15:03

I rarely bother to read cooking instructions, unless the item is to be cooked in the container, when I check whether lid has to be on or off and whether film needs to be pierced.

ninathenana Wed 07-Aug-19 14:46:22

allule you have done nothing wrong.

It was Dandamen who's post was repported.

grandtanteJE65 Wed 07-Aug-19 15:32:19

Our co-op used to hang a magnifying glass up over the freezers so people without their reading glasses could read the packages.

They seemed to have stopped doing so, but it was a really good idea.

aanchalmittal Fri 09-Aug-19 07:50:22

I mostly ask from the expert person as that experience helps a lot while cooking.

Blinko Fri 09-Aug-19 08:53:22

My gripe is about those pre prepared chickens, on a foil dish, cook in the bag style. The cooking info is on the bottom of the pack, so you have to hold it above your head and screw your neck round to read them. Why don't they put the cooking info on the front of the blessed pack? Simples!

Callistemon Fri 09-Aug-19 09:35:25

allule DH likes those pasties occasionally and I know what you mean, the instructions are ridiculously tiny; he asks me to read them out to him.
Perhaps we should email the company!

Blinko that's far too simples grin

Farmor15 Fri 09-Aug-19 11:21:27

I thought I was the only one who had problems reading the print. Since there's so much emphasis on food safety these days, perhaps the food authorities who have lots of diktats on labelling, should also make sure it's possible to read, without strong light and strong glasses!

LadyGracie Fri 09-Aug-19 11:30:40

I ask DH since his cataract surgery he can see everything.

He even asked to have a look at my bottom front teeth, then asked why I didn’t get the slightly discoloured pinhead sized white filling replaced!

Jane43 Fri 09-Aug-19 18:07:18

Yes coloured print on anything but white is a nightmare for us too.

hlife Mon 12-Aug-19 00:53:54

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JackyB Mon 12-Aug-19 08:13:57

I sometimes take a photo of the instructions on my phone and then enlarge it to be able to read it. I think you can adjust the contrast as well, but Ibagree with everyone - we shouldnt HAVE to do it. It's not only older people who have impaired vision.

MawB Mon 12-Aug-19 09:01:32

Reported hlife

Juliette Mon 12-Aug-19 09:10:05

I keep one of these in the kitchen. Very useful for tiny instructions.

Demzel Wed 21-Aug-19 12:54:46

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GabriellaG54 Wed 21-Aug-19 19:10:54

Who are these idiots whose posts across many threads are deleted?
Males with too much time...?

Barmeyoldbat Wed 21-Aug-19 19:40:51

Blimey who could believe that an innocent post about cooking instruction could turn up so much unacceptable answers.

Me, I don't often read the instructions, I am a chuck it in and hope for the best cook. Works for me.

LullyDully Wed 21-Aug-19 19:56:07

gabriellaMy problem is I only get to see them when they are deleted and miss out on the gossip.

Diamuntine Fri 23-Aug-19 20:45:55

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ccamelia Tue 19-Nov-19 05:32:12

Hey guys, this is Cynthia

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Hope it helps smile