What Are Your Favorite Grocery Store Items?
Okay, there are only three rules here:
1. Food products only.
2. Items need to be the best of their kind.
3. Items need to be widely available.
1. Colavita olive oil--as good as brands costing twice as much
2. Fage Total 0% yogurt--richer than other brand's full-fat yogurts; perfect with honey, fruit and/or chopped walnuts
3. Kashi Heart-to-Heart Oatmeal--the only instant oatmeal with the taste and texture of slow-cooked oats. (I esp. like the Golden Maple flavor.)
4. Dickinson Purely Fruit strawberry preserves--the name says it all
Funny how we respond so well to the marketing. If you buy such cheap mayo as Banquet and Safeway store brand and other non-famous real mayo made with Saffola oil as is Hellmans etc. and do a blind taste test you will be amazed. Nobody ever can pick out the Best Foods or Hellmans! Why? because they really are the same stuff with different lables. Most of them are, just try it!
I totally do not agree, just try cooking with it and you will see the difference. My husband can even tell the difference between regular Hellmanns and low fat, which most people say taste the same (yeah I tried to trick him a few times). Some people are just more sensitive to flavors. But Hellmanns is definitely not the same stuff as different labels!
Trio (Nestle) gravy mix. I add 2T to my usual sauce thickener for its browning, and slight spiciness.
Anchovies, and a bottle of thick Vietnamese fish sauce: one or the other for stew or soup, tho' a little goes a long way.
Lea and Perrins Worcestershire.
Arctic Surf canned clams
Heinz tomato soup
Campbells mushroom soup
Frank's hot sauce
Sardines or Sprats from EU
Kikkoman soy sauce
Agreed on the Lea and Perrins... There is no other! :) I have to add Tone's Italian Seasoning. While it may be cheap, there's just no substitute for the way it tastes, with its addition of a few tiny pieces of rosemary mixed throughout. It's generally the base for any Italian meat seasoning that I make at home.
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Good topic, here's my list:
1. I'm a big fan of the "Roland" brand products, so I have a bunch of those: albacore tuna. They have both water and oil varieties. All of the Roland products are fairly priced and seem better quality.
2. Roland nicoise olives, as well as other varieties
3. Roland jarred red peppers
4. Roland arborio rice
5. Roland capers, and anchovies
6. Muir Glen canned tomatoes, especially the fire roasted. LOVE these!
7. Dunkin Donuts coffee (for a very mild cup of coffee)
8. Melitta coffee
9. Barilla pasta and their new (I think) dried tortellini. I like Barilla's dried better than most other brands fresh, at half the price.
10. Steamfresh frozen vegetables (the kind you cook in the bag, in the microwave), all varieties. If you need to use frozen vegetables, these are noticeably better.
11. Herdez salsa
12. Orville Redenbacker "Tender White" microwave popcorn
13. Thomas Sourdough English Muffins. I usually hate the sourdough taste, but these are quite good.
14. Progresso Tomato Rotini, and Macaroni and Bean soups
15. Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream
16. Hebrew National beef hot dogs
17. Western French dressing, nostalgic for me
18. Mezzetti's (?) banana peppers
19. Georgia Peach juice (I forgot the brand, but I know it's in the organic section)
20. 15 bean soup packet (don't know the brand)
Yes they do, here is what it looks like
By the way, they don't make anything, they are importers.
They also sell quail eggs, cornichons, every Oriental sauce you every heard of, escargot, blue-green etc cherries for cocktails, lingonberries, truffles, pate; too bad their website is down. I go to a local small grocery just because they have extensive Roland products, although they keep moving them around!
I'm sure glad I posted this. You guys are reminding me of soooo many things I forgot to put on my original list. Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes, for instance. Used the diced ones to make shrimp creole the other night. 'Twas dee-VINE. (They're great in chili, too.) (And ANY pasta dish, naturally.)