Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Ringers best in test



If you don't have time to make your own, frozen onion rings from the grocery might be a better alternative to restaurant takeout. We baked and sampled three frozen versions: Ore-Ida Ringers ($2.69/20 ounces), Ore-Ida Vidalia O's ($2.19/8 ounces) and Kroger Onion Rings ($1.89/20 ounces).

The Vidalia O's offered the most promise, since they are made with real onion rings. But despite baking them 15 minutes longer than directed on the box, the Vidalia O's were soggy and limp with a too-sweet batter. Although the Ore-Ida Ringers are made from chopped onions (like most frozen onion rings), they turned out crunchy and tasty. Not as good as home-made or restaurant onion rings, but the best alternative.

Chuck Martin




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