Friday, December 28, 2012

Private Selections Holiday Foods Review

I don't know if you guys shop at Kroger or not but I have a group of foods that is made from Kroger's Private Selection that are truly awesome and you will love them as much as I do if you would give them a chance. I got some really awesome foods to try and here they are:

**Garlic Stuffed Olives
**Classic Water Crisps
**Herbed Cheese Slices
**Napoletana Roasted Garlic Sauce (Spaghetti Sauce)
**Bag of Coffee called Costa Rican Tarrazu

We had a ball trying some of the cheeses with the crackers and olives! I had them with some friends along with some white wine and we all agreed that these crackers and cheese went great together.
I have to tell you that the Private Selection Herbed Cheese was super awesome! We are a cheese loving family so this was really a no brainer. Mike loves olives and garlic so it was a no brainer to get the stuffed olives with garlic.  Then just add some white wine or if you are a red wine person, that is fine also. We did this as an appetizer then we all went out to eat dinner. This saved us a bundle by not having to order apps at the restaurant along with the cost of a glass of wine, too!
And this is the Garlic Stuffed Olives we used:
Now, I did make Spaghetti one night but in the haste of getting it made so we could finish wrapping presents and get the tree up, I forgot to take a quick picture of the sauce but here is what it looks like in the jar:
I do add mushrooms, onions, garlic, green peppers and one red or yellow pepper to any sauce that I use along with some more oregano and other Italian spices.  We love for our sauces to be thick, not runny, so I really load that sauce up with veggies out the wahzoo!
Now, you will really love this coffee! It is a wonderful mixture of a medium/dark coffee that is crisp and slightly bold. We really love this coffee with Hazelnut creamer but it is just as good with plain creamer. I have used both and loved it no matter which one I used. This is one awesome coffee that you can feel good about serving your guests a cup of coffee before going home with a great dessert.
Now, the only coupons that I did not use were the Greek Yogurt ones due to the fact that they have potassium in the yogurt and because of my chronic bladder pain called I.C. is caused by too much potassium, so unfortunately, I have to limit my intake of potassium.  In the past, before I knew about my I.C. and that it had potassium, I used to love getting yogurt becawisuse it helped me in my fight to keep calories down and helped me in my diet. So, just because I can't eat the yogurt, I still support anyone who wishes to buy it because it really is good! I sure do miss it!
I love shopping at Kroger knowing that I can trust their Private Selections brand to be just as good as the national brand on many different products and beverages. Once you give them a try, I think you will agree that they really do have an awesome selection of gourmet and regular foods to sample.
I do have to admit that I love the new cheese section in my Kroger because it is stocked with so many different flavors and brands of cheeses that it makes my head spin sometimes just trying to figure out which ones to try next! Too bad they don't have samples of the cheeses beside the ones that are packaged up. If I could sample them, I bet I would be more willing to buy them. Unfortunately, cheese is one of those items that is expensive and not knowing if you will like the flavor or not, it makes it hard to justify spending that money and then learning you don't like it.
But, other than that small glitch, I think I have a pretty good Kroger that I can rely on to have great tasting food and knowing that it is fresh is a big plus!
Try them out sometime for a quick appetizer before a meal whether it is at home or you are going out to dinner, either way, you will save some money that you can use on other more important things. I believe that once you try their Private Selection's brand, you will feel more comfortable knowing you are getting the same high standard of quality foods or beverages that you got from your national brand.
Oh, and don't forget to download your electronic coupons to your Kroger card so that they will be deducted from your amount at the cash register. I usually try to keep up with those on my account online, but sometimes, I do forget that they are there and I am sure alot of them have expired before I forgot. But, if you use them, they sure will help you cut costs on even more products so you will see instantly how much you saved at the end!
Good Luck Shopping at Kroger for your Private Selection's favorites!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. I am a BzzAgent and I was given this toy by them to do a review.


Jennifer Hiles said...

The coffee looks really yummy! I don't have a Kroger's anywhere near me. I always see deals for Kroger's and hear about the special foods they have and am always bummed that I don't have one near!

Mer said...

The herbed cheese looks so good! I'll keep this in mind next time I host a family meal. It looks like it would be really easy to make an attractive appetizer tray, which would give me one less thing to worry about in the kitchen.