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randyjl Sep 25, 2012 08:20 AM

I found Great Value frozen Baked Tortellini in a creamy tomato sauce. Very good! I added poached, cubed chicken breast. Taste like I cooked all day!

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    StrandedYankee Oct 11, 2012 08:50 AM

    I've noticed a lot of love on this thread for the World Table products. Does their quality generally run high?

    1. Steve Green Oct 8, 2012 06:31 PM

      World Table Sharp Cheddar Bites: These are like savory butter cookies, or what they call sables. Very addictive, and no nasty ingredients.
      http://www.walmart.com/ip/World-Table...

      1. lilmsmuffin Oct 8, 2012 03:39 PM

        Walmart is where I originally discovered Sally's Cereal - and I have yet to see it anywhere else. I love all their cereal! Much cheaper than big brands, great size, and love the minimalist packaging: no boxes, just resealable bags! They also make individual packets of hot cereal in nice compact packaging as well. Thumbs up from me!

        http://sallyscereal.ca/

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          Big Bad Voodoo Lou Oct 7, 2012 06:21 PM

          I make a special trip to my Walmart Neighborhood Market just for Bella sliced hot peppers in vinegar. They're awesome Italian peppers that are delicious in sandwiches and salads and sauces... pretty much anything. Publix has plenty of pickled jalapenos, roasted red peppers, and other things in jars, but nothing quite like those Bellas. I usually buy several jars at a time to avoid stopping in too often.

          The Walmart Neighborhood Market bakery also has soft French and Italian loaves with "Everything" coating -- the sweet, sticky onions and garlic and poppyseeds you find on "everything bagels" at most bagel shops. Again, great for sandwiches, but those are a much rarer treat.

          My local Walmart Supercenter has a huge, long aisle of Middle Eastern groceries, usually priced better than our few local Middle Eastern markets. I'm a sucker for dolmades, even the marinated kind packed in a can, and they're so much cheaper at Walmart... plus they have similar canned stuffed cabbage leaves, eggplants, and peppers.

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            Clams047 Oct 7, 2012 07:57 AM

            The only food item I find worthy at Walmart (actually Super Walmart) is their Del Monte whole, Blue Lake canned green beans. I can no longer find them anywhere else. About twice a year, I stop in to pick up about eight cans. I've never found any other canned string bean to be edible. I find them useful to have on the shelf on reserve when I'm not cooking fresh green beans from scratch.

            Now if only I could find chunky apple sauce that doesn't contain cinnamon. Haven't seen any in several years. Regular jarred apple sauce is too much like over sweetened baby food for me. Meanwhile, I guess I'll just keep serving apple slices when I want a side serving of apple sauce.

            For other staples, I much prefer the quality / pricing / small store convenience at Aldi.

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              dmjordan Oct 7, 2012 06:59 AM

              I usually buy Crunchmasters multi-grain crackers for $3.99 at my grocery store. They come in a ziplock type pouch. At Walmart I found Crunchmasters crackers but they come in a box and the crackers are smaller. Same weight though. I believe they were only $2.49!

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                MrsJonesey Oct 7, 2012 05:54 AM

                I recently discovered they carry decent kalamatas in their little specialty foods area. They come in the plastic containers like pimiento cheese is sold in. Sorry I can't remember the name. Have only ever found decent kalamatas on "olive bars" but was desperate enough to try these that particular day. Nice surprise.

                Agree about the Wunderbar bologna. Also from the deli, Prima Della corned beef is very good.

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                  littleflower Oct 5, 2012 06:43 PM

                  King Arthur flours for 3.50!

                  1. mkmccp Oct 5, 2012 04:36 PM

                    Lotus Speculos biscoff cookie spread( creamy and crunchy types) for $ 3.48!!

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                      Val Sep 27, 2012 02:00 PM

                      Bar Harbor kippers around $2.50 maybe $3...much more expensive at WF and other places...we actually have 3 Walmarts here and only one of the stores carries the BH kippers but still is a great deal.

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                        laststandchili Sep 27, 2012 06:31 AM

                        Canned Hatch green chiles well under the typical $4+ price point at Whole Food.

                        Certainly a far cry from fresh or frozen, but just fine for chile verde or in a SW version of pimento cheese that I do frequently.

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                          coll Sep 27, 2012 06:17 PM

                          I like to stock up on Rotel, it is usually under $1 as opposed to $1.50 or more anywhere else.

                        2. johnb Sep 26, 2012 05:31 PM

                          I found Guss' pickles in the local Walmart while visiting my home town recently -- it's a fairly small town in Southern Indiana, which makes finding these pickles from Delancy St. in NYC all the more astonishing. They were packed in New Jersey, but pretty close to the real McCoy, not shelf stable but in the refrigerator case.

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                            Kelli2006 Sep 25, 2012 10:23 PM

                            Some of Wal-Marts bakery breads are quite good, especially the baguette.

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                              rochfood Sep 25, 2012 06:39 PM

                              Their canned tomato juice in the 46 oz cans is the best out there as far as I'm concerned. It's a different formula than the one in the 64 oz plastic bottles. No added water..the ingredients are tomatoes and salt ( and ascorbic acid)

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                                PenskeFan Sep 25, 2012 08:27 AM

                                I find I actually like the "World Table" house brand pepperoni pizza , it actually has large circles of frozen "fresh" mozzarella in addition to the regular shredded stuff.

                                It is certainly better tasting hot out of the oven than anything I've had from Dominoes , Papa Johns or Pizza Hut in the past decade or more (I only ever get those when it is at a meeting, not by choice lol )

                                It is the one thing that I get at Walmart that I can't find elsewhere.

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                                  mrbigshotno.1 Sep 25, 2012 08:10 PM

                                  The "Great Value" sherbets are very good, they actually have tiny peices of real fruit in them.They also carry an excellent German bologna in the deli called "Wunderbar" really great flavor and inexpensive.

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                                    pinehurst Sep 27, 2012 06:42 AM

                                    A staple in our house growing up; one of my mom's fave brands. I also got a 24 pack of Perrier (don't judge; I'm weaning myself off a wicked bad Diet Coke habit) for 14.99. A steal, I tell you.

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                                    donw9876 Sep 27, 2012 06:14 PM

                                    Ditto on the World brand pizza. It's better than any other frozen pizza I've had and like you said, gives chains a run for their money.

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                                      MrsJonesey Oct 11, 2012 06:06 AM

                                      Just wanted to say I tried the World Table pepperoni due to yours and another's recommendation here. A very pleasant surprise. It didn't have that freezer-burned cardboard taste and the pepperoni was decent as well. So, when I walked in the door, I turned on the oven and by the time I got all the groceries put up, went through the mail, etc., I had a piping hot pizza ready to come out of the oven. Thanks for mentioning this.

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                                        Val Oct 11, 2012 05:51 PM

                                        Now...we have 3 *three* Walmarts here in Naples, FL...and the one closest to me only sells the World Table Philly cheesesteak pizza (blargh and barf...WHO wants THAT?! NOT ME! ) and the buffalo chicken pizza (EVEN double blargh...who wants that???!!!) guess I'll have to try the other 2 Walmarts to see what they offer...I mean, come ON, people...Pepperoni pizza is a slam-dunk...what is WITH these other freaky toppings??? *I am blaming their buyer of course*

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                                          MrsJonesey Oct 11, 2012 07:57 PM

                                          I agree. If I want a Philly cheesesteak, I want a Philly cheesesteak, not a pizza. If I want a pizza, I don't want a Philly cheesesteak or buffalo chicken. Not sure if it'd do any good, but you might try speaking to the manager about it.

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