careful with those oxo cubes!

@shelagh77 (3643)
November 18, 2007 8:52pm CST
Many years ago I read a tip in the cookery columns which said that the easiest way to crumble a stock cube was to crumble it before you opened the foil wrapper, then the crumbs could just be tipped into the boiling water. Well, this worked very well for me down the years until just recently, when I have had a couple of surprises and my partner has laughed himself silly. The foil is either thinner or they are not securing it so well but I find I am crumbling away, the wrapper pops and the stuff flies everywhere, over me and all over the units, and on one occasion even up my nose, I sneezed for over an hour. So do you think that the foil wrappers are getting thinner and causing me this problem, and do you have the same problem with these cubes? I have already written to the manufacturer, but I wondered what you all think about this.
5 responses
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
19 Nov 07
foil is probably thinner but I never crush I just throw them in and let them dissolve. Easy waty
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@shelagh77 (3643)
28 Nov 07
Trust you :-) I reckon the foil is thinner but I do like to crumble them as I am accident prone and I don't want a gunk of oxo clinging to a carrot or something. It would be Other Half who got the thing and I would never hear the end of it :-)
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Nov 07
ya just have to make sure it is melted before doing anything else.I add it to the boiling water then squish it against the pan till it is gone into nothing but juice or bullion what ever ya want to call it
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@shelagh77 (3643)
29 Nov 07
Ah, but I have that problem with grip and balance, and I can't risk that, because it has been known for the whole saucepan and contents to go flying. We are investigating special pan stoppers at the moment. Squishing is good though :-)
@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
19 Nov 07
I've never tried crushing them in the foil for that reason. I usually disolve them in a Jug of boiled water. I would assume that they would be cutting costs and using lesser quality foil.....
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@shelagh77 (3643)
28 Nov 07
It seems to be the general consensus that they have indeed made the foil very thin. I got into awful problems trying to make the stock cube dissolve, ending up with gunk around the mixing spoon, so I always crumble them in this way. I didn't bargain on the contents shooting into my eyes and up my nose though!
@raydene (9875)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I think because we are in different countries the products are not the same. I seldom use the cubses anymore because the salt is so high in them but when anyone is sick we pull them out. I do crush them first(I lay them on the counter and give it a good whack with one of my iron pans)and I have found that I end up with bits of foil in my water. I do think you are right about the packaging not being what it used to be! I guess it's like most things today..We are in the disposeable age..Things that my parents bought once and treasured are purchased,used for a year,got tired of,thrown away! People are very fickle..not valueing what they have and thinking the one at Walmart is better! Sorry for going on.. xooxoxxo
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@shelagh77 (3643)
28 Nov 07
ha ha, I can visualise you giving those cubes a good whack with the saucepan. Wonderful! I hadn't thought about the salt. I am supposed to be cutting down on that so I had better check it out. I never add salt to any cooking so I probably just about get away with it. I am sure the foil is thinner and the company have not answered my letter either. As to throwing things away, nope, not if I can help it. My father used to make pictures from silver foil, using a black paint to outline things and as a background. I must try to take a photograph and put it on here, all the pictures are made with foil wrappings which were thrown away after eating sweets. I am a real terror and still hoard stuff even though I can not make these pictures :-)
@lyndaj70 (293)
• United States
19 Nov 07
They're definitely getting thinner.. I used to crumble them myself.. Reduction in supply cost to maintain sale price, or increase profit take your pick...
@shelagh77 (3643)
28 Nov 07
Whee! somebody agrees with me :-) I wrote to oxo and I am still waiting for an acknowledgement. So I am even crosser with them. Trouble is, I do lurve oxo so I suppose I don't have any bargaining power here. I shall still use my little cubes.
@peavey (15856)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I don't know, but I suspect the foil is thinner. A cube dissolves pretty fast in boiling water, I think, so I've never thought about trying to crumble it.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
28 Nov 07
You are lucky then. I always used to get a gooey mess around the spoon so I have crumbled them in the wrapper ever since I read it as a tip about twenty years ago. What annoyed me was that the stuff whizzed up my nose as the foil popped and I was coughing and sneezing and all my partner could do was laugh.