A pot of Hearty Beef Chili was on the agenda today, the weather cool and rainy. All the usual ingredients assembled, over five pounds of meat to brown and fill the stock pot. As I opened the cans of beans and tomatoes (yes, I use canned because they are easier to measure and store for when the mood strikes), I noticed ingredients I hadn’t really paid attention to before. Making chili for years, perfecting it to our family’s preferences, it is one of those recipes I just make on autopilot.
Reading the label on the Kuner’s chili beans, I noticed flour (cracker meal) and soybean oil, two things I tend to avoid, but there is was in my chili beans. This does not work for my daughter trying to avoid gluten either. It is beans for goodness sake; I assumed it would have a little extra cumin and chili powder, but not white flour and soybean oil. Unfortunately, it was already mixed in. The black beans and kidney beans were a different brand without any additional junk, thankfully.
Then there were the S&W Italian style stewed tomatoes…picked up a case at Costco since the goal was a big pot of chili. High fructose corn syrup? Really?! Ugh, I don’t know if I was more disappointed in the brand or in myself for not reading the label and just assuming. I am a label reader if there ever was one and for the life of me, do not know how I missed it.
It looks like I will be adjusting the brands I use for my chili from now on…
What about you, ever been surprised by once trusted brands?