Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Taste Test

Taste test: Canned pumpkin

Two years ago, farmers were warning of a shortage of canned pumpkin. Those of us charged with preparing Thanksgiving meals rushed to stores to scoop up the offerings. The shortage, caused by too much rain falling on U.S. pumpkin patches, never really materialized, although the scare was enough to leave some grocery shelves bare. This year, we decided to stock up early and had no problem finding plenty of pureed pumpkin. We bought 12 brands of pure pumpkin and asked our judges to weigh in on how they looked and tasted. All were canned with the exception of one brand sold in a small carton. Admittedly, tasting pumpkin without brown sugar or other baked-in flavors was no cakewalk. But judges were intrigued by the varied colors, textures and tastes of the brands.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Taste test: pot stickers

Taste test: pot stickers

Whenever I order meals at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant I always look for pot stickers on the menu. The tasty Asian dumplings are filled with pork or chicken and veggies and cooked with a perfect balance of steaming and frying. The reason I order ...
Published: 01/16/18

Taste test: Our favorite foods from the past six months

The following is a list of the foods our judges liked the best from our tastings the past six months. Some background on this column: We began publishing the list in 2004 after readers asked for a short list to carry with them on shopping runs. Our p...
Published: 01/08/18

Taste test: New foods from Welch’s, Dannon and Tazo

With every new year comes a promise from our panelists to eat better and try to cut calories. This week we sampled some newer foods on the market in hopes of finding a few treats that won’t break our resolutions. After this tasting, our judges resolv...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: salmon

Taste test: salmon

Whether preparing a postholiday brunch or a New Year’s Eve cocktail party, a platter of thinly sliced salmon is a versatile offering. Our panelists visited the deli and seafood departments of a number of grocery stores, stocking up on the salmon clas...
Updated one month ago