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Consumer Reports taste tests the best cups of joe[Aug. 21, 2011]
Consumer Reports brewed over 1,000 cups of coffee to deem two new champs among Colombian varietals in the latest issue available on newsstands today. Gloria Jean’s Colombian Supremo Medium Roast and Newman’s Own Organics Colombian Especial Medium Roast beat Consumer Reports top pick from the March 2009 report, Eight O’Clock Coffee. The former champ delivered less flavor than in past tests even though their slogan claims, “New Look, Same Great Taste.” While America’s best-selling brands, Folgers and Maxwell House, scored only Fair far from perfect taste profiles.
Consumer Reports tests the top blenders for summertime soirees[Jul. 15, 2011]
Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of 46 blenders have found that they not only blend, but will chop, juice, process food and even make soup. While some of the multitasking machines rose to the occasion, others could fail to impress at the next summer poolside party. The full report on blenders appears in the August issue of Consumer Reports.
We love to eat at Virlie's and San Filipe in Pittsboro[Mar. 28, 2011]
Virlie's restaurant just keeps getting better. There are now on-line reviews from people in other counties that say things like "Virlie's breakfasts rock!" And they do. The service at Virlie's is awesome too, even when they are bombed with customers. And the meatloaf on Thursdays is great old fashioned comfort food. Virlie's is a habit kinda place.
Consumer Reports taste test finds the best wings for NFL playoff season[Jan. 6, 2011]
As football fans gear up for the NFL playoff season, Consumer Reports’ taste tasters sampled seven frozen buffalo chicken wings to find the best bunch to please the crowd. Consumer Reports found that while many of the wings were quite tasty none of them had enough fried crispiness to be excellent, but Bell & Evans, $6.99, topped the list for the best overall quality.
Consumer Reports finds store-bought mashed potatoes that are tasty[Oct. 20, 2010]
Thanksgiving cooks may have one less dish to worry about preparing for their guests this holiday season—mashed potatoes. Peeling, chopping, boiling and smashing is no longer necessary to achieve tasty taters, according to Consumer Reports latest tests of store-bought mashed potatoes.
If you catch them, eat them[Jul. 5, 2010]
If you catch them, eat them. It is beneficial to the fish population to remove caught fish and make room for others to grow larger.
Consumer Reports puts chicken nuggets through the paces with kids and trained testers[May 18, 2010]
There is some good news and some bad news from the foods and sensory labs at Consumer Reports Health, where two panels were recently convened to taste 12 brands of chicken nuggets and two made of soy. The good news: Some common ground was reached between kid testers ages 6-17 and grownup trained testers; two Consumer Reports “Best Buys” were identified. The bad news: Those yummy chicken nuggets pack a wallop of fat and sodium while providing little nutritional value.
Consumer Reports picks the best gas grills in time for the warm weather[May 9, 2010]
A Consumer Reports nationally representative survey found that more than half of Americans who grill are doing so more than once a week in season and according to the latest issue of Consumer Reports, Americans can purchase a great grill for $380 or less. The full report, which features 46 gas grill models and basic grilling tips, appears in the June issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org
ShopSmart decodes new rules of food safety[Apr. 23, 2010]
With recalls of potentially deadly foods all over the news, it seems as though no matter what you buy at the grocery store, you could be putting your health ? or even your life ? on the line. But according to a new report in the May 2010 issue of ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, there are ways consumers can be proactive about reducing their risks of food borne illness. The “New Rules of Food Safety” feature shares steps consumers can take when shopping for, preparing and cooking food.
ShopSmart puts 20 salads from eight national chains to the test[Apr. 12, 2010]
So you ordered the salad instead of the burger. Good for you—or maybe not! A new salad test from ShopSmart found that you’re better off with the burger in some cases. Featured in the April 2010 issue of ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, ‘The Best Salads’ article investigates the nutritional value and taste-factor of 20 chicken-based salads sold at eight major chains.
Consumer Reports finds that packaged salad can contain high levels of bacteria[Feb. 13, 2010]
Consumer Reports’ latest tests of packaged leafy greens found bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination, in some cases, at rather high levels. Consumers Union also issued a report urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set safety standards for greens. FDA food safety legislation pending in the Senate, and passed last summer by the House of Representatives, would require the FDA to create just such safety standards.
Consumer Reports finds that diet entrées serve up better taste, small portions[Jan. 31, 2010]
From the labs at Consumer Reports, some dinner recommendations that aren’t quite fine dining but can help dieters control their portions and lose weight. In the February issue, 14 out of 24 microwaveable meals earn a “Very Good” rating for taste, a marked improvement since the last time prepared meals were tested in 2004. But Consumer Reports Health notes that many entrées have so few calories that diners may need to round out their meals with a few side dishes.
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