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Name Brand vs. Store Brand: Putting them to the Test

September 2011 - Posts

  • Name Brand vs. Store Brand: Ketchup

    My daughter and he husband did this test, since we don't eat a lot of ketchup around our house and my son in law loves ketchup.  This is what the results were:

    The ketchup taste test yielded some surprising results. I thought that we would not be able to tell any difference: they all look the same to me, and I've never been a ketchup connoisseur. So, I enlisted the help of my ketchup-loving husband for this one. Surprisingly, I was able to tell a difference, too!

    The clear winner: Del Monte. It has more of a vinegar-y taste than the others, which really appealed to my husband and I. If you like a sweeter, more robust ketchup, hunts was the next best.

    The loser: Kroger. It tasted very bland.

    Heinz and great value tasted about the same, and were somewhere in the middle.

    As far as the cost, they were all about the same, per ounce. I lost the sheet with the exact numbers, unfortunately. Heinz was a little more than the others, but it wasn't THAT much more.

    So, next time you get ketchup, go with Del Monte or Hunts: it will cost about the same as the store brand, and it tastes the best!


  • Gifts in a Jar

     The Holidays will be here before we know it.  Have you ever done Gifts in a Jar for anyone?  One year, when we didn't have a lot of money, we gave the dry ingredents for oatmeal muffins in a jar along with a recipe that told how to make it.  What are some of the things you have given in a jar that people have enjoyed?  

  • Edible Gifts - perfect for all occasions!

     Giving gifts can be expensive.  I find that by taking a little bit of time in the kitchen, I can come up with a nice gift to give that costs a lot less.  Who wouldn't enjoy a warm loaf of homemade bread or a homemade carrot cake for their birthday?  Some gifts costs less than others.  Figure out how much the ingredients cost and find a recipe in your budget.  Do you give edible gifts to others?  What kinds of things have you done that people have enjoyed?  

  • Cookie Exchange: A fun Christmas Activity

    Last year, I went to a cookie exchange and had such a fun time.  Besides spending time with friends, we each brought 3 dozen cookies and came home with 36 different kids of Christmas cookies.Have you ever done a cookie exchange?  What hints do you have to make it successful?  Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie that you make during the Holiday season?  We love 7 layer cookies.  We use cookies for gifts for friends, too.  How do cookies play into your Christmas?


  • Cooking From Scratch: EASY Granola and Granola Bars

     I found two recipes this past weekend that are quick and easy and use ingredients that most people have in their homes already.  One is a Peanut Butter Granola found here at http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2010/10/peanut-butter-granola.html and the other is a Granola Bar recipe found here at http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2010/03/homemade-granola-bars.html?printthis=1&printsect=1.  My youngest daughter is not a fan of hot cereal, so these are good alternatives for a breakfast on the run, besides toast, muffins, etc. that I freeze and pull out that morning.  I spent less than an hour making both of these.

    With the price of granola in the store, I would definitely try this if you like granola.  It is easy, inexpensive and tastes good.  My oldest daughter likes to eat it with her homemade yogurt in the mornings before school.

    Do you have some good granola or granola bar recipes?  We would love to try them!

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