I thought it would be good to compare 'apples to apples'..or in this
case, 'strawberries to strawberries', so I got the strawberry version of
each of the Greek yogurts, rather than plain. The seven brands I tried
in this test were Dannon Oikos, Fage, Yoplait, Kroger, Voskos, Brown
Cow, and Chobani.
I tried so many different kinds, and each had a little different taste.
Overall, I liked the Dannon Oikos the best. My least favorite was Brown
Cow. Here was the ranking, based on taste. I took a picture, and listed
them. And...just so you know, this little guy liked all of them the
same. He ate the equivalent of 3 yogurts for this taste test.
- Dannon Oikos (The best! Great consistency, and the best combo of flavor and sweetness)
- Fage (good consistency, good flavor, but a little more expensive than the others)
- Yoplait (very sweet, didn't have enough strawberry flavor)
- Tie: Voskos, Chobani, Store Brand (all tasted about the same in
terms of sweetness and flavor! Not very sweet, and didn't have enough
- Brown Cow (Tasted bitter, and had no flavor)
Cost wise, they are all about the same, except for
the Kroger brand. It is about 20-30% cheaper per ounce: Unfortunately, I
lost the receipt that says the exact numbers. But, the Kroger brand is
is about 0.80 cents, and the others range from $1.00 to $1.50.
Sometimes, you can get certain brands on sale, but I've never seen them
go lower than 88 cents. In general, I think greek yogurt is a little too
expensive for regular consumption in our house.
thing I did this time, which I wish I would have done sooner, is look
at the nutritional content. Fage is the only one with any fat (still,
only 2.5 grams though). All of them pretty much had the same amount of
sugar, between 10 and 19 grams. I was surprised that the bitter-tasting
brown cow had 19 grams of sugar. I thought it would have a lot less than
that. And, in terms of calories, Fage and Chobani both had the most at
140 calories. The least was Yoplait, which was 100 calories.So, health
wise, they were all comparable. But, Fage is a little worse for you than
the others. Yoplait and Dannon were pretty much the best.
I'd say buy Dannon! I thought the taste difference was enough to
warrant an extra 20 cents. If you do buy a lot of Greek yogurt, however,
it might be better to go with the store brand- it will save you quite a
bit of money in the long run.
try making your own! If you just make homemade yogurt and strain it
using some cheesecloth, you can get yogurt that is the right
consistency. I haven't done a cost analysis, but it should be quite a
bit cheaper than buying Greek yogurt! And, if you add some strawberry
jam, it should taste just as good as the store-bought brands.
You might be wondering why we chose to do a Sauerkraut taste
test...read on. For most people, a jar will probably last an entire
summer, or year. I know it's probably not on a lot of people's favorite
food lists. However, our family is a little obsessed with sauerkraut.
Ever since I was pregnant with my son, I cannot get enough sauerkraut,
on Costco pizza, hot dogs, and Reuben sandwiches...and sometimes I even
eat it plain or even just open the jar to smell it. Multiply that by two
for my sauerkraut loving spouse, and the sauerkraut pictured above will
probably not last until the end of the month. (Sidenote, we also bought
pastrami and swiss cheese in anticipation of this taste test, and we
made sure we timed the taste tests correctly so we'd be able to eat it
on all 50 hot dogs, too.)
There are quite a few
brands, but thought I'd try to use brands that are more universally
available...so I picked Great Value and Vlasic.
WINNER: Great Value: $0.62 or $.044 per ounce
LOSER: Vlassic: $1.62 or $0.05 per ounce...which is still pretty cheap.
WINNER: Great Value. Had a much better flavor!
LOSER: Vlasic. Still good, but not as flavorful.
Great Value, hands down! The price and the flavor were better.
Are there other brands of sauerkraut that you swear by? This test was
definitely conclusive, but I'm always open to trying a new sauerkraut,
especially if it has been recommended by someone.
I've never tried making homemade sauerkraut. Have you? I'm sure it would
taste pretty good, too. But, it sounds like it is a pretty lengthy
We compared four brands, pictured above. The winners were:
- Kroger (8): $2.19
- Bar S (8): $2.78
- Oscar Meyer (10): $2.98
- Ballpark (8): $2.98
Kroger and Bar S tasted the same, and Ballpark were a little better, and the BEST were the Oscar Meyer.
Oscar Meyer. There was enough of a taste difference to warrant spending
the extra 80 cents...and for that price, you even get two extra hot
dogs. Name brand DOES make a difference with hot dogs!
I tried to pick brands that would be available almost anywhere, and
that were what I considered to be affordable. As you can see in the
picture, the three brands compared were Great Value, Claussen, and
Vlasic. I've broken down the results into three categories:
- MOST EXPENSIVE: Claussen: $2.98 at ($ 0.149 per oz)
- SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE: Vlasic at $2.56 or ($0.107 per oz)
- LEAST EXPENSIVE: Great Value at $2.24 or ($0.093 per oz)
- BEST: Claussen
- SECOND BEST: Tie between Vlasic and Great Value
- BEST: Claussen
- SECOND BEST: Vlasic
- WORST: Great Value (there WAS a difference- these tasted mushier
than the others, but it wasn't gross, just a little less crunch!)
OVERALL WINNER: Tie between Claussen and Great Value-- keep reading to see why.
really liked how crunchy, garlic-y, and flavorful the Claussen pickles
were. They also looked a little more natural, unlike the Great Value and
Vlasic that had that weird neon greenish look to them. The only
problem? The cost.
was a difference in the crunchiness between the Vlasic and Great Value,
but when compared to the cost difference and the fact that they tasted
the same, I think Great Value is the better option. And, unlike
Claussen, these are actually affordable.
Now, I should
note that Claussen pickles are 'fresh', meaning they must be
refrigerated all the time, and are never cooked. That is why they are
crispier. We definitely liked the Claussen pickles the best. But,
judging from the other article I read (see beginning of post), they
rated Claussen last, quite a bit lower than Vlasic! Make your own
conclusions...but they must have liked the 'standard' Vlasic flavor
better. And, I think their classification scheme may have been a little
more sophisticated than mine.
In doing this test, I've
opened my own can of worms...or in this case 'jar of pickles'...my
husband ate the entire jar of Claussens in less than a few days, and
asked for more. I don't know if my budget will be able to keep up with
his newfound pickle appetite!
A lot of husbands don't understand why their wives clean the home before a vacation. I personally like to come home to a clean home. How about you? Do you clean your home before you leave on vacation?
Do you know where your money is going? Do you keep a record of what you spend?
I have been going through my kitchen cupboards, freezer, etc. to make sure things are in order and think that we could last at least 3 months with a balanced diet. How long could you last? What are the most important things you keep on hand? How much food do you think is good to keep on hand?
Now is a great time to focus on stocking up your pantry. What kinds of things do you stock up in your pantry?
We are mostly just using what we have for Easter this year. I will buy potatoes for 99 cents for a bag and broccoli for 79 cents per pound. Other than that, we are just going to use what we have on hand. If you don't have a lot to spend this year, just think outside the box. No one said that you have to have ham for Easter. Think of other things like an Easter brunch with omelettes and hashbrowns and fruit, an inexpensive cut of chicken with rice from the bulk section of the store, or have spaghetti with a veggie and some inexpensive fruit. Think of having friends over and have a potluck. Don't let the tight budget make you feel like you can't have a nice meal for the holiday. The most important thing is to celebrate the real reason we have Easter and to spend the time with family and friends. Think outside the box and be creative. Remember, no one said you have to have ham!
Do you have some ideas for a very frugal Easter?
Usually there are great sales around Easter each year: eggs for 39 cents a dozen, and lots of other lost leaders that you could stock up on. There were a couple of good prices today, like potatoes at one store for 99 cents. But, there is hardly anything that I saw that was a really good deal. Have any of you noticed that there just isn't a lot out there this year?
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