I needed plain breadcrumbs to complete the chili-breading recipe I wrote about the other day (see post, "Chili chicken, pork and seafood"). I usually grab and run, but I was at the ShopRite in Paramus to buy antibiotic-free Readington Farms chicken at 25% off and to pick up some other stuff, so stopped to read ingredients. (A home-improvement store in being built on the land being cleared near the store; it was a parking lot, not covered by trees, as I had feared.)
One plain breadcrumbs I looked at had high fructose corn syrup and grated cheese, plus a long list of other ingredients I didn't want. Another shopper pointed out Jason-brand breadcrumbs, which I had never heard of, and the ingredients list was the shortest of all, but they were the most expensive, more than $4 for the large cannister.
I ended up buying 4C seasoned, Japanese-style, panko breadcrumbs, which were on sale and had a relatively short ingredients list, including grated pecorino-romano cheese and spices.
I bought Readington Farms leg quarters for $1.11 a pound and a roaster for $1.81 a pound. I also found another brand of Campari tomatoes that were pesticide-free, like the Canadian ones sold under the Sunset brand at some ShopRites and Fairway Market. These were grown in the U.S., but are sold under the Euro Fresh Farms brand, "The Foodies' Favorite." The small, deep-red globes on the vine were $4.99 for two pounds.
Friday, October 23, 2009
- Victor E. Sasson
- Hackensack, NJ, United States
- I was a reporter, copy editor and food writer at The Record of Hackensack, N.J. A downsizing forced me to retire in May 2008. I had nearly 40 years' experience at daily newspapers in the Northeast, 29 of them at The Record. I now write two blogs, Do You Really Know What You're Eating? (which focuses on food shopping and finding pure ingredients for home-cooked meals) and Eye on The Record (a critical look at a once-great suburban daily newspaper in northern New Jersey). I feel newspapers such as The Record abandoned their readers long before they stopped reading the papers. Follow me at www.twitter/vsasson