Dressing handy but lacks taste
Brown-bagging boredom sets in quickly. Another day, another turkey-mayo-wheat. New sandwich dressings from Sara Lee promise to change that and to solve soggy bread issues, too. We tried a couple of the individually packaged dressings, about the same size as mustard and mayonnaise packets at fast-food restaurants. Good idea, bad execution – just eight packets to a box that sells for $1.99, a triumph of costly packaging over common sense. The taste was lacking, too. Smokey Bacon Flavored salad dressing gets its hint of pork from fake bacon bits, and Creamy Ranch tastes like the congealed fat in a can of deviled ham. You'll do better toting a small, reusable condiment container and choosing a sandwich dressing that's known for its taste, not its packaging.
Thumbs up for Oscar Mayer flatbread sammies
Chicago Tribune tasters gave the green light to Oscar Mayer Deli Creations Flatbread Sandwiches. They take just a minute in the microwave, and they loved how the soft, flavorful bread survives the zapping. Five flavors cost $3-$3.50 each in the refrigerator case of many markets.
A burger press to make McDonald's envious
Making hamburger patties doesn't require a great deal of technology. So when testing the Progressive International Perfect Burger Press, Observer design team leader Eric Edwards was more than a little skeptical. Here's his take: “It quickly became apparent that I was not quite the burger presser I fancied myself. The little device, which retails for around $10, comes in three pieces, a circular, burger-sized base, a dimpled tray that fits nicely into the bottom of that base, and a handled press you use to squish flat your ball of beef. The burgers I squished came out remarkably uniform, each with a built-in dimple at the bottom which kept them from contracting into a lumpy ball on the grill. My own hand-pressed burgers varied widely in shape and appearance and were slightly more apt to come unglued on the grill. The real value of the press came when my wife, Jamie, requested a flat, fast-food-sized patty. The press allowed me to take a very small piece of ground beef and turn it into a 3-ounce burger the likes of which would make Ray Kroc dizzy with envy.” Available online at www.asseenontvguys.com/index.asp? PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=633.
Honest Tea makers give kids a low-sugar treat
Honest Kids drink pouches from Honest Tea of Bethesda, Md., are low-sugar, certified-organic blends of water and juice concentrates. Our kid testers liked the Berry Berry Good Lemonade and Tropical Tango Punch flavors; Goodness Grapeness also available. Eight-packs of 6.75-ounce pouches cost $4.99 to $5.99 and are sold at Target and Babies R Us; a 24-pouch variety pack at Sam's Club is $8.49.