Recently, Muir Glen introduced a series of "2012 Reserve" canned tomatoes, produced in limited quantities (apparently they are grown on only 13 acres), and available at Whole Foods. In their words, the Reserve series "represent the pinnacle of the tomato season each year." They're available in both regular and "fire-roasted" form. Are they worth seeking out?
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For most of us, Heinz is the default ketchup of choice, the one we compare all other ketchups to. It makes sense; the company dominates 60% of the entire ketchup market. But that doesn't mean that there aren't other options out there, and—at least in our local market—Heinz tends to be one of the more expensive brands on the shelf, priced at about 150% compared to its closest comparable competitor. Add on to this the recent backlash against high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and the accompanying influx of both organic brands and brands made with non-HFCS sweeteners, and you've got a few other variables to contend with. Could one of these cheaper or non-HFCS bottles be worth squeezing on our hot dogs or dipping our fries into?