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Taste test: Sloppy joe mix

Some of our tasters have a nifty phone app that gives a daily dinner recipe from Martha Stewart. One recent suggestion was sloppy joes. We figured if Martha Stewart eats sloppy joes, so can we. Local grocery stores sell plenty of dry mixes to flavor the meat. But we wanted to try the cans of sauce that make the meal even easier to prepare. We found five brands and added them all to cooked ground beef. Poured over a nice bun, these make a tasty and economical family dinner or lunch. Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/score

(out of 100)

Del Monte/57

Great Value/42

Hannaford/41

Serving size

1/4 cup

1/4 cup

1/4 cup

Calories

50

40

30

Fat/fiber

0g / 0g

0g / 2g

0g / 1g

Sugars/sodium

9g / 440mg

6g / 400mg

3g / 380mg

Carbs/protein

11g / 1g

8g / 1g

8g / 1g

Judges'

comments

Del Monte

Judges detected a smoky flavor in this mixture, similar to a liquid smoke or mesquite barbecue sauce taste. They enjoyed the tang. "This has a classic sloppy joe look with a hearty tomato taste and a hint of sweetness," said one judge. "It's yummy goodness," said another. "Sweet, tasty and saucy!"

Great Value

Panelists were divided on this mix. A couple enjoyed the spicy flavor, likening it to taco sauce. The others were looking for more seasoning. One described the sauce as "cheery," with nice red pepper flecks and a flavorful balance of sweet and tangy. "The ripe tomatoes in the sauce are a nice touch," he added.

Hannaford

Sweetbay's store brand of sloppy joe mix was compared by our judges to canned chili without the beans. A couple liked the juicy texture and the shiny appearance of the cooked sauce. "This would work just fine in a hurry," said one. Another noted onions in the mixture and would add a bit more salt.

Would

they buy?

Del Monte

Three of the four judges said yes.

Great Value

Two of the four judges said yes.

Hannaford

Two of the four judges said yes.

Shopping information

Del Monte

$1.49 for a 15-ounce can from Publix.

Great Value

88 cents for a 15.5-ounce can from Walmart.

Hannaford

$1.19 for a 15.5-ounce can from Sweetbay.

Also sampled: Hunt's Manwich ($1 for a 15.5-ounce can from Walmart, 30 points); and Winn-Dixie ($1 for a 15.5-ounce can, 18 points).

Panelists: Personal chef Kay Bell; Julie Overton, consumer and mother of four; Wayne Conery, manager of the R-Bar on Treasure Island; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island. All foods were tasted blind.

Serving size ¼ cup ¼ cup ¼ cup
Calories 50 40 30
Fat/Fiber 0g / 0g 0g / 2g 0g / 1g
Sugars/Sodium 9g / 440mg 6g / 400mg 3g / 380mg
Carbs/Protein 11g / 1g 8g / 1g 8g / 1g


Some of our tasters have a nifty phone app that gives a daily dinner recipe from Martha Stewart. One recent suggestion was sloppy joes. We figured if Martha Stewart eats sloppy joes, so can we. Local grocery stores sell plenty of dry mixes to flavor the meat. But we wanted to try the cans of sauce that make the meal even easier to prepare. We found five brands and added them all to cooked ground beef. Poured over a nice bun, these make a tasty and economical family dinner or lunch. Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Del Monte: 57Great Value: 42Hannaford: 41
Judges'

comments
Judges detected a smoky flavor in this mixture, similar to a liquid smoke or mesquite barbecue sauce taste. They enjoyed the tang. "This has a classic sloppy joe look with a hearty tomato taste and a hint of sweetness," said one judge. "It's yummy goodness," said another. "Sweet, tasty and saucy!"Panelists were divided on this mix. A couple enjoyed the spicy flavor, likening it to taco sauce. The others were looking for more seasoning. One described the sauce as "cheery," with nice red pepper flecks and a flavorful balance of sweet and tangy. "The ripe tomatoes in the sauce are a nice touch," he added.Sweetbay's store brand of sloppy joe mix was compared by our judges to canned chili without the beans. A couple liked the juicy texture and the shiny appearance of the cooked sauce. "This would work just fine in a hurry," said one. Another noted onions in the mixture and would add a bit more salt.
Would

they buy?
Three of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$1.49 for a 15-ounce can

from Publix.
88 cents for a 15.5-ounce can

from Walmart.
$1.19 for a 15.5-ounce can

from Sweetbay.


Also Sampled: Hunt's Manwich ($1 for a 15.5-ounce can from Walmart, 30 points); and Winn-Dixie ($1 for a 15.5-ounce can, 18 points).

Panelists: Personal chef Kay Bell; Julie Overton, consumer and mother of four; Wayne Conery, manager of the R-Bar on Treasure Island; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or e-mail them to jkeeler@sptimes.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to food.tampabay.com.

Taste test: Sloppy joe mix 04/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:30am]

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