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Consumer Reports puts chocolate-chip cookies to the taste test[May 14, 2009]
What does it take for a store-bought chocolate-chip cookie to win high marks from Consumer Reports’ trained sensory panelists? A top-rated cookie is well-blended, flavorful, and has a good chip-to-cookie ratio. In its June issue, Consumer Reports unveils two very good chocolate-chip cookies: Health Valley Mini and Keebler Chips Deluxe Original.
Consumer Reports finds Wegmans, Trader Joe’s and Publix among the best of 59 grocery chains[Apr. 24, 2009]
Shoppers found Wegmans` and Trader Joe’s supermarkets among the most satisfying chains to shop at according to Consumer Reports latest survey of the best national and regional grocery chains. Rounding out some of the other top-rated chains shoppers found to be very satisfying were Publix, Raley’s, Harris Teeter, Fareway, Costco, Whole Foods Market, Market Basket, WinCo Foods, and Stater Bros.
Five ways to stay afloat if you lose your job[Feb. 24, 2009]
If you’ve joined the ranks of the unemployed, or are afraid you might soon, CRMA
offers the following advice: collect your severance, file for unemployment, obtain health coverage, decide if you need life insurance and preserve your retirement plan.
Ways to cut your weekly grocery bill[Feb. 24, 2009]
Even with lower fuel prices, the cost of food will probably continue to rise in 2009, led by increases for meat and poultry. To help lower your tab at the checkout, CRMA’s
experts have compiled tips for saving on food shopping while avoiding money wasting traps.
Consumer Reports tip of the day: How to choose knives[Dec. 7, 2007]
If the carving job you did on your Thanksgiving turkey resulted in a botched bird, perhaps you need some new kitchen knives to help you get better results. Use Consumer Reports buying advice to sharpen your knowledge of knives and then refer to our recently updated Ratings to find the best models for your budget.
Consumer Reports rates top hot chocolates[Nov. 28, 2007]
With the holiday season and colder weather rapidly approaching, Consumer Reports tested 10 popular hot chocolates. Topping the list and rated Excellent were Ghirardelli Double Chocolate and Cacao Reserve Mayan Blend by Hershey’s, prepared with water at 53 cents per serving and 140 calories.
ShopSmart unveils summer guide to safe food handling, slashing food bills, and buying the best groceries[Jul. 25, 2007]
When the weather gets hot, it’s time to fire up the barbecue for family and friends. But recent outbreaks of E.coli and salmonella may make shoppers a little queasy about digging in. To ease minds, the August/September issue of ShopSmart
reports on safe food handling, how to slash grocery bills, and how to buy the best groceries. The August/September issue of ShopSmart
also offers a how-to guide on expiration dates and advice on how long is too long to keep foods.
Consumer Reports rates store bought cookie doughs[Jul. 24, 2007]
Love the smell of fresh cookies baking in the oven? Consumers with a sweet tooth and a busy schedule can avoid the hassle of mixing ingredients by using store bought dough. Consumer Reports tested seven preformed cookie doughs — frozen or refrigerated — and found that the best of the bunch, all from frozen doughs, rated "Very Good" by CR and produced a cookie that tasted close to the baked-from-scratch variety.
Consumer Reports rates hot dogs and light beer[Jun. 19, 2007]
Just in time for summer, the July issue of Consumer Reports rated the quality of hot dogs and beer for consumers watching their calories. Savvy consumers in search of a lower fat frank can fill their buns with a relatively flavorful dog, though the pickings are slim. Of the seven hot dogs that received the “Very Good” Rating by Consumer Reports for flavor and texture, two were of the lower fat variety: Hebrew National Kosher Reduced Fat Beef Franks (120 calories/10 grams fat) and Boar’s Head Lite Skinless Beef Franks (90 calories/6 grams fat).
Summer grilling success with pure honey[May 22, 2007]
Kick off this grilling season with the ultimate barbeque by adding pure honey to your grill glazes. Beyond adding flavor, pure honey has many beneficial characteristics that improve the look and taste of grilled food. Honey is hygroscopic, so a rich honey glaze helps lock in moisture during grilling, resulting in sweet moist foods.
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