Thanks to the weak and unstable economy, today is a time of tight budgets, cutting back, and saving a buck on anything and everything possible. Many Americans that have always been leery of purchasing generic and store brand goods are slowly making the transition to buying cheaper off-brand items.
I, for one, have always been a bit of a penny-pincher. Whether I am purchasing groceries, beauty products, or large items such as vehicles, I try to save every last bit of money that I can. Being such a cheapskate, I have purchased an endless amount of generic and store brand items, from cereal to produce to margarine. You name it, and I’ve tried it.
Among the latest store brand products that I have purchased is the Great Value Buttermilk Biscuits. Priced in the neighborhood of $3.99 for four cans (each can containing ten biscuits), it was quite difficult for me to purchase a single can for $1.29. Unfortunately, this proved to be a big mistake.
Not only do the biscuits begin to burn long before the cook time is completed, but the hard, chewy, and tough little bread disks that are the final product hardly deserve the title of “biscuit”. Being stuck with three more cans of these terrible biscuits, I have experimented with cook times and temperatures in hopes of achieving a quality and edible result – to no avail.
The directions for preparation are easy enough: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place biscuits on un-greased baking sheet, sides touching. Bake 10 – 13 minutes or until golden brown.
Due to the extremely small portion size of each biscuit combined with the hard, chewy, and bland characteristics, I attempted to tear these biscuits into small pieces and serve them with vegetarian sausage gravy. Assuming that even the roughest of biscuits could be edible when slathered in gravy, I was once again let down with the results: chewy, tough, and hard, even with covered with large amounts of gravy.
I would not recommend the Great Value Buttermilk Biscuits to anyone. The thrifty price of the four-pack can and 100 calories per serving (two biscuits in each serving) may be quite eye catching, but do not be fooled. Each tough biscuit is very small, therefore containing 50 calories per biscuit is not overly reasonable. While the fact that it is a Wal-mart produced product may seem promising, this low quality product is not worth the materials it is packaged in, plain and simple.
Great Value Buttermilk Biscuit product packaging