Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Taste Test

Taste panel rates Crispy Green, Crunchies dried pineapple high

Admittedly, growing up in Hawaii, I have an opinion about anything pineapple. Even the freshest fruits found in local markets don't seem to compare with the pineapples we pulled from the island fields. Dried pineapple pieces, however, can satisfy a quick craving or enhance an entree or dessert without adding fat, calories or too much sugar. We found nine brands of dried pineapple, including some that were freeze-dried and others that were chunky with soft centers. Our panelists preferred the freeze-dried bits to the others.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


Taste test: Cream cheese

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Published: 03/19/18

Taste test: grocery store meal kits

This week, our panel tasted a variety of "meal kits" from local grocery stores. These are prepared meals from various stores that require only heating or minor food preparation. Mail delivery meal kits are all the rage right now, so it makes sense th...
Published: 03/13/18
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Taste test: canned peeled tomatoes

Taste test: canned peeled tomatoes

On a recent cold night, my son asked for a bowl of tomato soup. I was preparing to run to the grocery store for a can or carton of soup to heat up when I realized I had 17 cans of whole tomatoes on the counter, ready for my tasting panel to sample. I...
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