Have you ever done a comparison shop to see how your local store brand stacks up against national brands? The cost is generally significantly less when purchasing store brands, but does the taste measure up?

I created a breakfast bagel comparing First Street products (from Smart & Final) with national brand products and I'm going to share my thoughts on the taste and cost.

Breakfast Bagel Recipe | First Street vs National Brand comparison. #choosesmart #cbias #shop
Ingredients:

  • Plain Bagels – First Street and Sara Lee
  • Eggs – First Street and Egglands Best (Grade AA Large)
  • Pork Sausage Roll – First Street and Jimmy Dean
  • Sliced Swiss Cheese – First Street and Kraft
  • Bacon – First Street and Farmer John
  • Cracked Pepper

store brand vs national brand

Slice the pork sausage roll using the guides on the packaging – note, these are easier to slice when frozen.

Grill the pork sausage and bacon – I use my small counter top grill.

Crack the eggs into a pan and fry, right at the end of cooking I like to break the yolk a little, that way they cook just a little, so they don't make a complete mess when you are trying to eat them in your sandwich.

Toast the bagels and immediately top with a cheese slice so that it melts a little. I prefered the taste of the First Street bagels and at .50c less for a bag ($1.99 compared to $2.49) I will definitely purchase those in future.

Breakfast Bagel Recipe | First Street vs National Brand comparison. #choosesmart #cbias #shop

Top the cheese with the sausage. I found that I needed two slices each cut in half. Both tasted great, and although both are gluten free, the national brand contains MSG. The national brand comes in a 2lb roll vs the First Street which is a 1lb roll. Even if you purchase 2 of the First Street rolls, the total cost is still $1.71 cheaper than the national brand.

Breakfast Bagel Recipe | First Street vs National Brand comparison. #choosesmart #cbias #shop

Add the egg and top with cracked pepper. I don't taste any difference with eggs, however the First Street eggs do have the Real California Milk seal and are .60c cheaper than the national brand.

Breakfast Bagel Recipe | First Street vs National Brand comparison. #choosesmart #cbias #shop

Next up, the bacon. I added two slices to each bagel, cutting each piece in half.

Breakfast Bagel Recipe | First Street vs National Brand comparison. #choosesmart #cbias #shop

Lastly, add your bagel top.

Breakfast Bagel Recipe | First Street vs National Brand comparison. #choosesmart #cbias #shop

Overall I preferred the taste of the bagel made with First Street products, I think this had a lot to do with the taste of the bagel itself.

Smart & Final is a great place for one-stop shopping for everything from produce to meats and bakery items. They carry warehouse size items without a club fee, making shopping easy, less expensive and less daunting to shop in than a big warehouse store.

 

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If you live near the Poway area (San Diego), there is a new Smart & Final Extra! store opening on April 30 where the old Michael's store was at 12339 Poway Road, Poway 92064.

 

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #ChooseSmart

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Carolyn West April 23, 2014 - 8:00 am

I probably shouldn’t have read this before I ate breakfast… now I need to run out and get bagels. Yum! #Client

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