Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Taste Test

Taste test: new foods from Nature Valley, Steak n Shake, Bertolli, Cole's

Every so often, our judges try some of the new foods to hit grocery store shelves, which gives them a chance to taste products they normally wouldn't buy. The tasting featured this week confirmed that our panelists likely won't be buying any of these new items. Three of the four foods we tried were designed to go from the freezer to the microwave. While frozen foods are convenient, the quick heating process often is the downfall of good flavor. Judges said the microwave also destroyed some of the texture and taste of the products. Hopefully, our next batch of new foods will be more appealing.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

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