Store Brands that are Just as Good as their Brand Name Cousins
- alkapal Dec 5, 2009 10:21 AM
In this age of frugality (at least on the personal level), I thought we might help each other out in identifying store brands of groceries, canned items, coffees, etc -- what have you -- that are just as good if not better than their brand-name counterparts. Costco, Trader Joe's and the like are welcome for comparison, as well as regular grocery store brands.
Harris Teeter ketchup is as good as Heinz.
Here's a thread with a similar topic with lots of suggestons, just to get things going:
White Rose brand (the old White Rose Tea company) is widely available in NYC metropolitan supermarkets and I've tried many of their products, cream cheese, raisin bran, frozen veggies, breadcrums, even butter, to mention a few. All of their products are very good, some even being better than the name brand (and cheaper.)
As a frequent returning working visitor to my native land (well, DC rather than California and Oregon) over the past few years and after decades of being away, I found all things Safeway, Giant, and Harris Teeter to be inexpensive and excellent. I entertained a lot of Foodie Van Snoots in my posh suite (with great kitchen). No one ever suspected my exclusive use of store brands: meats, sausages, cheeses, coffee, bagels, bread, sauerkraut, cheap pasta sauces to use as a base, pickles, pasta, rice (even found a cheap Japonica at Safeway and made makizushi), hot sauce, peanut butter (for sauces), olives, capers, and selected canned goods. I used a lot of "shortcuts" (cheating) because short stays don't allow you to maintain a pantry of goods. Come to town for 10 days, calculate number of dinner parties and home meals, buy what you'll use up and nothing else, and carefully pre-prep so no one knows what cheating was necessary.
Shop Rite in the NY area has the best granola cereal. It's called 100% Natural Cereal (I get the one with almonds and raisins) and every time we go home to NY I have to go to Shop Rite and stock up.