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Oct 25, 2009 10:44 PM

Food Network's Sandra Lee ... contrarian? Sandra Lee says "NO WAY!" to generics.

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  1., I knew I didn't really like her.

    I mean, a can of generic soup vs a can of Campbell's is one thing (I can't say I'd eat either), but... a can of supermarket carrots or, god forbid, a bag of frozen supermarket veggies or fish or something isn't going to taste any different from the national brands.

    *rolls eyes*

    I'd rather save money buying generic mushrooms, cream and spices than buying an icky premade can of mushroom soup.

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    1. re: HJSoulma

      I'm not going to watch it, specifically because it's *her*. But a can of generic supermarket brand soup *is* often the exact same thing as a can of a name brand - they're often made for that chain in the same place and by the same company that cans/packages the national brand.

      " Store Brands Are a Matter of Taste

      In the "Tightwad Gazette" books Amy has an article about store brands vs. name brands. Somtimes they honestly just use different packaging for the same product. (Afterall, the stores have to get thier products from some manufacturer already in business)."

      And who are you going to believe - Shamdra or Consumer Reports on whether generic tastes better than national name brands?

      "If concern about taste has kept you from trying store-brand foods, hesitate no more. In blind tests, our trained tasters compared a big national brand with a store brand in 29 food categories. Store and national brands tasted about equally good 19 times. Four times, the store brand won; six times, the national brand won. "

      1. re: LindaWhit

        I really like Shop Rite supermarket brand products. Better than name brands at 2/3 price. Everything from Nutella like chocolate hazelnut spread to Oreo cookie like chocolate cream sandwich cookies to European style baked crackers.

    2. Wow. What she said was irritating on so many levels. That 70/30 thing just blew my mind: 70 percent of the stuff in the store is package goods, so according to her that means that's the percentage of packaged goods we should buy!? As opposed to 30 percent meat, dairy and produce!!!!!!!? Wouldn't every other sane person -- including every home economist/nutritionist who says "shop the perimeter of the store" -- say it would be the other way around?

      But let's be real: she doesn't like generics because they don't sponsor her show and her other endeavours.

      1. "But let's not be unpleasant because it's time for ... COCKTAILS!"

        1. Crazy old drunk. So now she considers herself a chef?

          Doesn't she have an endorsement deal with Smirnoff?

          1. Out magazine did a feature on Sandy and "her gays" a couple of months ago that was kind of funny:


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            1. re: deibu

              Sandra and Pat Robertson... think of what the babies would be like...

                1. re: pamf

                  Yeah... she talked about that in regards to her no bigotry stance in the OUT article. All seems duplicitous to me...

              1. re: deibu

                I love this: “She seems to suggest that you can make good food easily, in minutes, using Cheez Whiz and chopped-up Pringles and packaged chili mix,” sniffed the celebrated chef and food writer Anthony Bourdain.

                Sniffed. Hah!