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originally posted by: ghostrager
I was recently at a dollar store(Dollar Tree) and crossed through the food isle. Against my better judgment, I thought I'd make it a point to taste test their canned meats.
Call me brave or stupid, but here were my results;
Off brand SPAM - 7 ounces for $1. Bristol Grill. It really wasn't that bad. I tried it plain and it tasted like high fat bologna. Decided I'd fry some in a pan to taste test, results were great. It fried nicely with a hint of charcoaled crisp on the fried side. I ate a few slices and my dog enjoyed the rest. Result: yeah, keeping a few cans in the pantry seems like a good idea.
Canned herring - 4 ounces for $1. A personal favorite of mine, canned herring is a 'treat' for me. The dollar store brand "Pampa" was another story. Soaked in vegetable oil, the calories are high (perhaps a positive) but there is little meat. When I compared the meat content to my local grocers standard brand, there wasn't any value besides higher calories due to higher volumes of vegetable oil. Result: buy from your local grocer, they won't be filing the can with oil.
Canned buffalo shredded chicken - 10 ounces for $1. Harvest Creek. I have to admit, this product worried me more than even the off brand spam. Canned meat for $1.60 per pound must be the devils work, right? But I was throughly impressed. Not only was the flavor great, but the value per ounce was the cheapest of the meats. Result: the price couldn't be better as long as your mind is stronger than your gut. It tastes fine, but who knows where the "shredded" chicken came from.
Some of the other meats I saw but didn't try; oysters, tiny shrimp, mackerel.
So In short, I'll be spending $30 on some canned meats for security. And who knows, I may even pull a few cans out before they expire for a last resort meal.
originally posted by: Night Star
I love dollar stores! Some carry name brand foods and name brand household items too. They also have great gift ideas for children. They carry so many items and I save a fortune going there!