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Old 03-02-2007, 08:17 PM   #41
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I guess you just hafto try out the different brands to see what works.I found out in Texas when I was buying canned black beans it seemed to me the the Bush brand had alot less beans than the Goya brand.
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Old 03-06-2007, 03:23 AM   #42
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My experience (hey, somebody's got to evaluate the if-it-takes-more-than-2-minutes-to-prepare-forget-it) products:

Products involving fats (any kind) or sweeteners (almost any kinds) are where the brand-v-generic comes home to roost.

Examples:
Canned nuts - Planter's are the only ones I'll buy. The house brands are too dry - and the Walgreen's brand should not be mentioned in polite society.

Ice Cream - I don't need the "super-premium" ones, but one (either Albertson's or Safeway, don't remember) has a super-economy product that tasted as if it had more artificial emulsifiers than butterfat - the first time I ever threw out ice cream.

I once decided that the outrageous price of Smucker's ice cream toppings could not possibly be justified, so I tried Smart and Final's pineapple topping. That was a mistake I'll make exactly once, but I still suspect the Smucker's price is outrageous.

Interestingly (or not), the triviality of stick pretzels is another - being from the midwest, I used Nabisco, which are rare in SF - even the SF natives asked where I got them - they are/were that much better.

And the less said about "Farmer John" breakfast meats, the better.

Booze is another - rotgut is fine for mixed drinks, but, if I'm drinking it neat (straight), I'm going to go for the high-priced spread.

Since american beers are generally dreadful, splitting hairs seems futile

And one I would have preferred to not have had the opportunity to learn:
My car was stolen and recovered. The thief had actually gotten fairly well moved in - clothes, groceries, such stuff. Among the groceries I got out of the deal were 2 cans of orange juice and a few cans of beans in tomato sauce. These are marked "not for sale - for use by community or tribal food assistance programs". I haven't tried the beans, but the OJ is about as bad as I can imagine it could be and still be approved for human consumption - even the cheapest fresh oranges are sweeter than this stuff.

Do we need to mention Banquet brand frozen dinners?

so yes, go for the cheapest stuff that works, but pay attention when it comes to items using expensive additives - sweeteners, oils, booze.
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Old 03-06-2007, 07:13 PM   #43
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I haven't tried anything from Banquet that I liked.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:24 AM   #44
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I buy store brands for certain items and also if it is cheaper than the name brand. Some foods I would not buy store brand , I can't remember what they were but it was awful tasting.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:26 AM   #45
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I guess you just hafto try out the different brands to see what works.I found out in Texas when I was buying canned black beans it seemed to me the the Bush brand had alot less beans than the Goya brand.
I buy the ShopRite brand when on sale , all kinds of beans, black bean, kidney, cannelli, pinto etc.
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:16 PM   #46
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good, bad and indifferent lol

i try a house brand and it must measure up. if a brand name is on sale and so cheaper, i will buy that.

peanut butter is jif, syrup is log cabin.

i never buy store ice cream . ben and jerry or hagadaus. i am worth it.

store , sugar , flour etc. is just fine.

mostly brand names in frozen vegs. they just taste better. since i only feed myself they are fine by me price wise.

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Old 02-23-2008, 08:36 PM   #47
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I always try house brands after reading a Consumer Reports article that indicated in blind taste tests, consumers pick house brands more often that name brands. Lots of times, they are as good or better. But there are some things that the name brands are substantially better.
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:40 PM   #48
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Sometimes I find the house brand or store brand cost more than name brands.
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