Last week, you may recall, I wrote about canned tuna, a post that sent comments and my inbox into a tizzy—not for the topic of tuna itself (between sustainability, dolphin-safe, chunk light vs. all-white albacore, there’s lots to talk about on the subject) but for the net weight of the typical can of tuna found in today’s supermarket.
Turns out I blew it.
Q: In response to “A Can of Tuna in the Real World,” where do you find 6-ounce cans of tuna? l have not seen a 6-ounce can of tuna in years. They’re all 5-ounces now! Ted
A: You are mostly right, and my apologies for mistakenly referring to the out-of-date 6-ounce size. Many brands of canned fish and meat have joined a list of dozens of products that have downsized with no price reduction over the last decade, including cereals, coffee, toilet paper, and even mayonnaise.
I say “mostly right” because the only brand of tuna I buy is Kirkland Signature Solid White Albacore Tuna, which continues to come packed in 7-ounce cans, available at Costco warehouse clubs and also online for non-members,. That works out to about $2.75 per can—the best canned tuna I know of as measured in both quality and value.
Q: I so messed up. I spilled a bottle of Wite-Out on my wood dining table. It’s not the finest table in the world, but still, I’m heartsick because low-quality or not I love the style. Ann-Marie
A: There are two products that will remove the Wite-Out from finished wood or other surfaces. You may even have one or both in your garage. WD-40 or Goo Gone, about $8 each, will work well. Both are available online or at your local home improvement store, in the paint aisle.
Just spray either product on the Wite-Out spill and allow it sit for a few minutes until it begins to soften. Then gently scrape it off with a blunt object like a plastic knife edge. That should do it!
Q: Is there a way to remove baked on grease on my favorite baking sheet pan? Love your column for all its great inexpensive ideas. Maggie
A: Yes, there are several. My favorite is with Dawn Dish Power Dissolver, about $21, a remarkable cleaner that melts baked-on crud with no fumes requiring little effort. It even leaves a pleasant fragrance.
Dawn Heavy-Duty Degreaser, about $20 per gallon, is a reasonable alternative, for the same reason.
A good oven cleaner like Easy-Off Fume-Free Oven Cleaner, about $6, can be an effective oven crud cleaner, requiring more effort and elbow grease.
I’ve used them all and prefer Dawn Dish Power Dissolver because it does most of the work, and really fast. I don’t have time to wait overnight. I’ve written more extensively about this problem of baked-on oven crud and you can read that HERE.