Wednesday, March 10, 2004

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The Taste Team rated the following marinara sauces on taste, texture and appearance using a 1-10 scale (1 = poor; 10 = excellent).

1. Buitoni (refrigerated)

Average score: 7.2

Price: $2.99/15 ounces

Comments: Good hearty flavor with hint of olive oil. Visible herbs. Spices just right. Sweet.

2. Barilla (jarred)

Average score: 6.8

Price: $1.99/26 ounces

Comments: Nice chunks of tomato. Mild flavor. A lot of oregano.

3. Kroger Private Selection "Garden Marinara" (refrigerated)

Average score: 6.3

Price: $3.29/15 ounces

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Comments: Very fresh. Chunky. Looks homemade.

4. Delallo "Fat Free" (jarred)

Average score: 5.8

Price: $3.59/26 ounces

Comments: Tart. Small chunks. Natural tomato flavor.

5. Muir Glen Organic "Cabernet Marinara" (jarred)

Average score: 5.7

Price: $2.50/25.5 ounces

Comments: Sweet flavor. Dark and thick. Looks too red.

6. Bertolli Marinara with Burgundy Wine (jarred)

Average score: 5.6

Price: $2.89/26 ounces

Comments: Robust flavor with some sweetness and tartness. Thin texture. Looks pureed.

7. Trader Joe's "Organic" Marinara (jarred)

Average score: 5.5

Price: $1.99/25 ounces

Comments: Nice and thick. Bland. Tomato chunks.

8. Classico "Sweet Basil" Marinara (jarred)

Average score: 5.3

Price: $2.69/26 ounces

Comments: Very sweet. Very tomatoey. Onion flavor.

9. Newman's Own (jarred)

Average score: 4.7

Price: $2.69/26 ounces

Comments: Thick and smooth. Nothing special. Just a sauce.




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