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Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

foodieX2: "Any good farmer/market offers you an ear to try. If they don't, then don't buy it."

-- I grew up in corn country (Chicago area), and it was routine in the grocery store in those days to shuck back the husk and take a look at an ear or two before buying a bunch of ears. (I never saw anybody actually bite into corn in the store though.) As I recall, the corn was always of excellent quality.

But at my local Publix and Winn-Dixie stores, they now sell ears of corn on styrofoam trays, pre-shucked and covered with plastic wrap.

Aug 20, 2014
racer x in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Yeah, I figure they would, as my sense has been that my local branches value customer service. (The one item I've asked for a refund for over the years at Publix was for something that was advertised as on sale but was rung up at the usual price. I asked them only to make up the difference, but they gave me a full refund and let me keep the product without any questions.)

I was just curious as to how others handle tend to handle this sort of situation with fruit, which I'd think isn't all that uncommon. Especially since more and more of it is being sold wrapped in plastic without any samples.

Aug 20, 2014
racer x in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

"No, because I can't be bothered to return groceries due to logistics. But these kinds of claims do drive me nuts - same with 'tree-ripened' fruit that isn't ripe, 'ripe' avocados that aren't, etc. Especially if you pay some kind of premium price."

-- Thank you, julesrules.

There's been a lot of talk here about the wonders of farmers markets. Well, I think we all agree that farmers markets are great -- when they are available and convenient for you to use. That's not what this discussion is about. This is specifically about produce from the local supermarket.

There's also been a lot of talk here that basically amounts to saying that the buyer deserved to get unsatisfactory product for having been so foolish as to buy out of season.

As I tried to point out above, EVERYTHING - short of some citrus and strawberries - is ALWAYS out of season here. Yet we still often manage to enjoy very good fruit, including cherries on occasion, even though it has all been carted in from hundreds or thousands of miles away. So it's not just a matter of having bought something out of season that had to withstand travel over long distances. If I were to limit myself to only buying fruit that was locally grown and in-season, I'd have to stop buying fruit.

My beef is with the store having described the cherries as "extra sweet" when they are not. I don't fault the store for selling fruit ranging among a variety of levels of quality. It would be unreasonable to expect a store to always have perfect fruit. Mother Nature just wouldn't cooperate. But I do fault them for describing the fruit in a way that is misleading. And after eating and buying cherries for decades, I think I've developed a reasonably accurate gauge of what the spectrum of normal sweetness for cherries is (regardless of whether what I consider to be pleasingly sweet is the same as what others do).

So by all means, go ahead and sell the cherries. Just don't make them sound like something they are not.
And price them fairly. When they cost $4 a pound, I'd really like to have the option of enjoying them eaten out of hand, as opposed to feeling no choice but to make do using them for a compote or something.

Aug 20, 2014
racer x in General Topics
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Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Just about the only things we grow here in Miami are citrus, strawberries, and condos. Even most of the commercially grown tropical fruits we have come from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

If the fruit were always bad, that would be one thing. But it's very hit or miss. Some batches of fruit from the grocers are spectacular.

Aug 20, 2014
racer x in General Topics
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Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Since a couple of contributors to this discussion have stated that 'sweet' refers to a variety of cherry, as opposed to how sweet the cherries are expected to be, let me clarify.

(1) In my area, at the grocery stores where I routinely shop, cherries are not labeled "sweet cherries" to identify a particular variety. If the store is selling a sour cherry variety, then they label the product as "sour cherries." Otherwise, all cherries are labeled simply as "cherries" and are implied to be a sweet cherry variety.

(2) Here's exactly what the tag at the store says:
"Northwest Cherries
Extra large and extra sweet. High in vitamin C and folate."

Aug 20, 2014
racer x in General Topics
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Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

I don't fault the store for selling fruit that is not to my liking. I fault them for misrepresenting the product. Calling something that is in fact not sweet "sweet" is misleading.

The difficulty is in the subjective nature of how "sweet" is defined. If I found that a "seedless" watermelon I had bought actually contained numerous seeds, I wouldn't hesitate to return it because whether a watermelon is seedless or not is a more objective question that most observers would readily agree on.

Aug 19, 2014
racer x in General Topics
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Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Would you return fruit advertised as "sweet" to the grocery store for a refund if you found it was not in fact sweet?

I bought some cherries from a local grocery store (Publix, not Whole Foods or Trader Joe's) last week that were advertised as "sweet." They were sold in sealed bags, so no sampling possible prior to purchase. It turned out that while about 10-20% were sweet, to my tongue most of the cherries were more sour than sweet. There weren't any moldy ones, and they all seemed juicy, just not sweet.

Would you have returned the cherries?

Aug 19, 2014
racer x in General Topics

Donuts company from 1970s, 1980s?

I am looking for the name of a company that produced donuts that were sold in Chicago-area supermarkets like Jewel and Dominick's back in the 70s and 80s. Somewhat similar to how Entenmann's are sold today, but they were much better tasting.

The donuts were all cake donuts, and there were three varieties: plain, covered in powdered sugar, or chocolate-frosted (the chocolate-frosted just had a chocolate frosting on top -- they weren't completely coated with chocolate frosting).
The packages/boxes were tan-colored, as I recall.

Aug 08, 2014
racer x in Chicago Area

I purchased Guar gum as a thickening agent

Might be glycerol monostearate and carboxymethylcellulose, but who knows?

Aug 02, 2014
racer x in Home Cooking

Rose's Grenadine

Does Rose's Grenadine contain any pomegranate juice at all?
Label just lists "natural and artificial flavors," whatever that means.

Jul 29, 2014
racer x in General Topics

The Price of: Green Bell Peppers

Wow.
(Wow to the possible financial profit, but even more wow to the idea of being able to grow so many plants in such a confined space. Maybe I should try something like that.)

Jul 10, 2014
racer x in General Topics

Storing citrus zest: freeze or dry? (and for how long?)

Last week I got out some lemon zest that I had frozen almost 1 1/2 years ago. It was as good as fresh, or nearly so.

Today I got out some orange zest that I'd frozen about the same time (February 2012). Just as good as fresh.

In both cases, I had wrapped the zest (fine shavings) in aluminum foil, folded several times over, then in a ziploc plastic sandwich bag, then all of that in a larger (gallon-size) freezer plastic bag.

Jul 02, 2014
racer x in General Topics

Chow root beer recipe

A couple of questions for anyone who has had this recipe.
http://www.chow.com/recipes/10681-cho...

Does it taste alcohol-y, and if so, how strongly? Or is it just like a carbonated commercially-sold "root beer"?

Wondering how a version of this drink would taste just mixing and steeping the roots, vanilla, and sweeteners without the brewing/bottling.

Mar 27, 2014
racer x in Home Cooking

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

It's back in one of my local stores now.

Sep 03, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Check the expiration date.

Aug 24, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

I think the website (store section) still says it is 'not available at this time' as opposed to discontinued.

Aug 24, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Judging Paula contiues

Thanks for noting that. None of the headlines mention it. They all leave the impression that the entire case was dismissed.

Aug 13, 2013
racer x in Food Media & News

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

I think I may have figured out part of what's going on. Equal brand has now come out with their own version of sucralose, and their product is taking up some of the shelf space. So, apart from whatever other issues there may be on the Splenda manufacturer's end, maybe stores have decided there just isn't enough demand to justify that much shelf space for sucralose products, leading to a decision to cull Splenda Sugar Blend.

Aug 05, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Whatdya Put Hot Sauce On?

Nothing. Don't like it.

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

I did call the manufacturer's support line, as suggested here.
The representative, friendly as she was, wasn't much help. She offered the names of several stores in the area, none of which have had it in stock. The only explanation she could offer for the shortage was that 'the product has been so popular,' which sounds ridiculous when you consider how long this has been going on now.

I've noticed for the past several weeks that the stores where I used to be able to buy it don't even have the tags on the shelves for it any longer, so they seem to have discontinued carrying it entirely (although they do still carry the Splenda mixed with brown sugar).

Jul 30, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Recommend Grocery Tote Bag

Not bags, but I use plastic shopping baskets
http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Shoppin...

Jul 13, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Yeah, I've tried several sugar alcohols as alternatives. None of them come close to working as well, in terms of both taste and intestinal effects.

Jul 07, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Thanks for the info. I wonder whether they may have had a problem at their main manufacturing facility for this product.

I have been seeing Splend-brown sugar blend in stores, but not Splenda-white sugar blend.

Jul 07, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Best Food Films - any new additions?

Just got around to watching Kings of Pastry the other day. Loved it.

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Yes.

The granulated Splenda doesn't taste the same, so when I've tried mixing it in with regular sugar as an alternative to using the branded Splena-sugar mixture, the taste was unacceptable. The granulated Splenda also has different physical properties. When mixed into liquids, it tends to rise to the top and make a lot of froth. I tried this a couple of years ago, and just gave up in disgust. I bought another package of the granulated Splenda a couple of weeks ago to give it another try; same results.

I've also tried, as a cost-saving measure to use liquid sucralose, along with regular sugar, in beverages. The taste was never right. (A kind of chemical taste, with not enough sweetness. I ended up using a lot more regular sugar, defeating the purpose.)

I've tried store-brand generic sucralose-sugar blends from at least one store (might have been two, don't remember for sure). Again, taste was unacceptable.

Jun 30, 2013
racer x in General Topics
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Mamie Nova Crème Gourmand, Vanille Bourbon - discontinued?

Has anyone seen this product in stores in the past year?

I bought some several years ago, but could not find it in any stores when I last checked about a year ago.

Jun 29, 2013
racer x in France

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Anyone know what's happened to the Splenda Sugar Blend (half Splenda, half regular sugar)?

I haven't been able to find it in any local stores for the past several weeks, and on the manufacturer's website's online store page there's a not-available-at-this-time notice.

Jun 29, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Do you like whipped cream on your fruit pie?

No peach cobblers? What kind of life is that?

Jun 22, 2013
racer x in General Topics

How to pick a good watermelon?

Yes, seedless watermelons sorely lack in the flavor department. I hate them. Unfortunately, the places I usually shop no longer carry seeded watermelons. I haven't seen old-fashioned seeded watermelons on sale in a few years now. A real pity because watermelon is (or used to be) one of my favorite foods. I very rarely bother to buy them now.

Jun 22, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Do you like whipped cream on your fruit pie?

Yes. But I would much rather have vanilla ice cream.

In fact, I only eat fruit pie if I have whipped cream or ice cream, and I only eat fruit pie with whipped cream if there's no ice cream around!

Jun 22, 2013
racer x in General Topics