Product tidbits from Consumer Reports
January 6, 2008
- Bagged Salads. It’s not your imagination. Bagged salad can get old before its use-by date. CR went through major brands, leaf-by-leaf, and found slimy salad and “off” odors – from 1% up to 83% per bag was inedible. For fresher, less expensive greens, bag the bag and whirl yourself some fresh greens through a salad spinner.
- Sugar-Free Oreos. Watching your waistline and your wallet? Then pass up Sugar-Free Oreos. They have nearly as many calories (150 vs. 160) and just as much fat as regular Oreos. Plus, they cost almost double! What a rip!
- Wild salmon. When ‘wild’ salmon isn’t. If you bought fresh wild salmon out of season, you may have paid extra for no reason. CR bought 23 supposedly “wild” salmon fillets: 13 came from salmon farms! That means you may be paying extra for something you’re not even getting.
- Hellman’s Easy Out. Hold the mayo! Hellmann’s Easy Out squeeze package pledges “no Waste” when it comes to leaving mayo behind. But CR’s tests showed about 11 percent (almost 5 tablespoons!) didn’t make it out of the new Easy Out jar. Stick with the traditional jar. You’ll save money and mayo.
- Kellog Cereals. Shrinking cereal boxes. Getting fewer flakes for your money. Kellog has trimmed the box size of frosted flakes, Frosted Mini-Wheats, and Rice Crispies without trimming the price. The result: more money for less cereal. If you want more bran for your buck, try lesser known and generic brands. Better yet, make some home-made oatmeal or have a bowl of yogurt topped with fresh fruit and nuts. Good and much less expensive.