Target Beef

Target Beef
Target Beef

Grocery Store Beef Ratings

Target vs. Costco and the Rest

Do you have a beef with the beef at your grocery store? Have you ever grilled that perfect looking steak only to discover it tastes bland and isn’t nearly as juicy and delicious as it looks? A medium-rare, perfectly cooked steak should taste as good as it looks. If it doesn’t meet your expectations on a consistent basis, it is time to consider another beef supplier. If the meat your getting is fresh, but doesn’t taste very good, then it doesn’t matter how well you cook or prepare it. You simply cannot make a great tasting steak or roast from a poor quality choice of beef. Conversely, even an overcooked steak from a good choice of beef can be enjoyable. The key is to find the beef supplier that consistently offers the best what you want. Some Beef Ratings are clearly in order, here.
Four of your favorite Beef Suppliers are rated below on Freshness, Selection, Flavor and Price. Which one hits the target?

Target Beef Ratings vs Kroger Beef

Kroger is known as King Soopers in my local area. I don’t want to run down King Soopers because their pricing and selection of products, overall, still makes them my favorite grocer. Where I have a beef is with King Soopers Beef. For years, I kept tolerating inferior Kroger steaks, fooling myself into thinking I could make it taste better on my next effort. I finally admitted there is just no way to make a great tasting steak out of an inferior cut of beef. King Soopers has plenty of other good products. Their ground beef is okay. Their Pork chops, pork tenderloin, chicken and sausage is all just fine. But when it comes to beef, particularly steaks and roasts, Kroger or King Soopers, just doesn’t cut the mustard. It’s not that the meat isn’t fresh, it just has very little flavor. I don’t believe the problem with Kroger Beef is limited just to their regional King Soopers stores. Relatives and friends in other states have made the same complaints about poor quality steaks and roasts coming Kroger Beef.

Kroger Beef Ratings

  • Freshness: 8
  • Selection: 7
  • Taste / Flavor: 4
  • Price: 7
  • Overall: 65%


Target vs Costco

It used to be that whenever I wanted a good tasting steak, I would splurge on Costco. Costco Beef, whether it’s for roasts, steaks or hamburger is usually pretty good, but not always. Their filet cuts are almost always excellent, but I’ve had some pretty ordinary tasting roasts and stew meat coming from Costco. Costco’s Beef selection isn’t the greatest and you can always expect to pay more than you would at the local King Soopers store. But, if you want a tasty, expensive steak, Costco won’t let you down.

Costco Beef Ratings

  • Freshness: 9
  • Selection: 6
  • Taste / Flavor: 7
  • Price: 5
  • Overall: 68%


Walmart Beef

It may not be the place to get the best cut of steak or roast, but Walmart Beef, overall beats King Soopers. For selection and price, Walmart Beef has Costco beat too, in my opinion. Face it, we’re not looking to make a gourmet steak everyday. If you want to make 3 or 4 meals a week with reasonably priced beef, Walmart will save you a good deal of money over Costco. Also, I’ve had pretty good luck making decent tasting steaks and roasts from Walmart Beef. Walmart steaks are not always impressive, but they are consistently better than steaks from King Soopers or Kroger Beef.

Walmart Beef Ratings

  • Freshness: 8
  • Selection: 7
  • Taste / Flavor: 6
  • Price: 7
  • Overall: 70%


Target Beef

There is one place that never misses the market when it comes to picking out a good cut of meat. When I discovered Target Beef, cooking and eating steaks became fun again. You simply cannot pick out a bad cut of meat from Target. I don’t care whether its ground beef, chuck steak, stew meat, round roasts, rump roasts, rib roasts, t-bone steaks, sirloins, etc., you name it, Target Beef is consistently of a very high quality. For Christmas, I chose a 10lb Rib Roast that was amazing. I’ve also had excellent T-Bones and Sirloin Steaks. But what clearly sets Target Beef apart from the rest is the fact that it’s consistently flavorful and tasty regardless of how much you pay or how you cook it. I’ve taken cheap chuck steaks from Target and fried them in a skillet until they were well done and they still came out tender and delicious. I like my steaks medium-rare, but I’d take an over-cooked steak from Target over a King Soopers medium-rare steak any day. It doesn’t matter whether you grill it, roast it or fry it up in a pan, Target Beef comes out on top.

Target Beef Ratings

  • Freshness: 8
  • Selection: 8
  • Taste / Flavor: 9
  • Price: 8
  • Overall: 83%

Ruskova Vodka

Ruskova Vodka
Ruskova Vodka

Give us your rating on Ruskova Vodka: [yasr_overall_rating size=”medium”]It had been a while since I had a good, Vodka Martini when I picked up a 1.75 Liter Bottle of Russian, Ruskova Vodka at my favorite Liquor store. I decided it was about darn time I tried a Russian Vodka, but didn’t want to pay $10-$15 more for a top brand like Stoli. Since finishing off my last bottle of the highly rated, value-priced Svedka Vodka,  I had gotten kind of bored and went back to Gin Martinis and my old stand by scotch martini, the Rob Roy. I didn’t stop there: I even tried the Citrus Flavored Vodka by Rokk which quickly became too sweet for my tastes. Needless to say, I was ready to go back to a good old fashioned, unflavored Vodka Martini with little or no vermouth and a couple of olives. The 1.75 Bottle of Ruskova  for only $16.99 quickly caught my eye. I was tempted to try something new. The more expensive Russian Vodka, Stolichnaya was sort of what I was after, but I was in no mood to pay $26.00 for it. The Ruskova from Russia was right up my alley. Another lesser known Vodka with a value price like the Swedish, Svedka that became my favorite a few months ago. I might have found something better and even a little cheaper here.

Ruskova Vodka is a Russian Vodka

I’m not here to tell you that Ruskova is the Best Russian Vodka, but I can tell you it stacks up very well with most of the other vodkas I’ve tried. In fact, by the time I was half-way down my second martini, I was beginning to believe that Ruskova could quickly become my favorite Vodka Martini brand. Ruskova probably doesn’t have the overall smoothness of the bargain priced Swedish Vodka, Svedka and other more expensive brands. However, Ruskova has something the other non-Russian Vodkas lack: Soul. Ruskova has a little bit of sparkling vanilla flavor. It hits the front of your mouth with a very clean flavor. There is some bitter aftertaste in the way it finishes; much like Sobieski, but it has much more character along the way. Ruskova makes a very tasty martini; full of creamy, clean fruit type flavors that other vodkas lack. It is not too sterile, nor is it to pungent. Ruskova makes an excellent Vodka Martini.

Vodka Martini Secret

If you really want to taste the full spectrum of its unique flavor, use very little olive juice and/or vermouth with a vodka like Ruskova. On my first try of a new vodka, I usually pour a shot into a glass, warm, then sniff and taste. Doing this beforehand will give you a better idea as to how you want to make that first martini with Ruskova Vodka.

Final Rating

  • Smoothness: 90
  • Flavor: 94
  • Value: 90
  • Overall: 90


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Home Water Filtration Systems

Home Water Filtration Systems
Whole House Water Filtration System

Home Water Filtration Systems have a place in just about anyone’s home. Maybe some more than others would appreciate these home appliances. I’ve always taken good tasting water for granted. Denver has a pretty good water supply. Most of the time, the water coming out of our tap is clean, odorless, cold and tastes good. Odor and bad taste are the first two, immediate issues that cause people to look into a water filter for their home. Another big concern of bottled water drinkers and tap water drinkers is health. Not everyone agrees on the level of minerals and contaminants that should be in our drinking water, but we can all agree that we think it should taste good. There is another reason, though, to consider filtering the water that comes out of your tap: Skin Care. Some of the water supplies coming into our tap lines can be very high in chlorine and other minerals that can be irritating and harmful to our skin. I inherited a water filter with the used home I purchased nearly 4 years ago. I cannot say that the water tastes, feels, looks or smells any different than the water I’ve drank at other homes in my suburban area, but I do know it works. After a few months, the Charcoal filter gets filled with muck and slime. I can imagine that if I had really smelly, fishy water I would appreciate owning a whole house water filter more than I already do.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems

Most home water filter systems use a process called Reverse Osmosis to purify the water coming out of your tap. RO or Reverse Osmosis is the same purification process that bottled water companies use. Basically, RO or Reverse Osmosis, is a filtering process where-by water enters through one filtered membrane and gets processes through another. Many water purists complain that bottled water like Dasani and Aquafina are nothing more than RO Purified Tap Water and due to the Reverse Osmosis process taste flat due to the fact the minerals are completely removed in the purification process. See my Bottled Water Rating Brands. I’m here to tell ya: If you’ve ever tasted the horrible water in certain places of Texas and Arizona, you’d be darn glad to have water that tastes so pure and clean. Essentially,  RO home water filtration systems allow you to make your own Bottled Water. Why not have such a Water Filter in your own home instead of buying bottled water? There are a few good water filtration systems on the market, but not all of them are created for the same purpose. Whether you have foul tasting water or too much copper or other minerals makes a difference in choosing between the number of home water filters on the market.

GE Water Filter

My own home water filter unit is a GE, Model # GXWH30C, called SmartWater Chemical Reduction System. As you can see from the picture, the GE Water Filter is installed between the incoming and out water lines. GE refers to the GXWH30C as a Chemical Reduction System. From my Swimming Pool Testing, I’ve learned that I have a fairly high amount of metals in my water which is probably the previous home installed a GE Water Filter. The GE SmartWater uses a Charcoal Filter which seems very effective in what it is designed to do – reduce chemicals in the water. Unlike some home water filtration systems, this model is more apt at taking out chemicals than removing unpleasant tastes and odors which is really not an issue in our area. Still, it would be interesting to know how well this GE Water Filter would perform in other areas where foul tasting and bad smelling water is often a problem. I looked into some other home water filtration systems that would be better suited for the job of providing cleaner aroma and taste. The first place to shop?

The GE SmartWater Filter supposedly uses some of the RO technology, but people have reported better results of cleaner water from other brands such as Aquasana.

Aquasana Rhino EQ-300

Aquasana systems have the highest rating I’ve seen anywhere. Only 7 user have rated these on Amazon, but all 7 of them were extremely happy with the taste of the water – and this is coming from people whose water supply was downright nasty. Aquasana seems to do an excellent job of taking out the foul odors and tastes in your tap water and making it taste just as good as your favorite bottled water brand. What could be wrong with these kind of systems for your home? Well, it’s not cheap. The EQ-300 run from $400 – $1,000 and that doesn’t include installation. Unless, you are real handy with plumbing, you will need a professional to tap the system in between your main water line. Professionally installed home water filtration systems do require a small, but worthwhile investment.

Culligan Water Filter

Culligan is a name we all recognize, especially for water softener products for the home. Remember “The Culligan Man?”
Culligan also sells a few high quality water filter for the home. It is easy enough to find a Culligan part online, but I had trouble finding ratings and reviews on the Culligan water filters, themselves. There are other brands which are more popular with better track record like GE, Watts and Aquasana.


The Watts WP5-50 Premier Five-Stage Manifold Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment System is one of the most reviewed home water filtration systems I could find. If you’re looking for a whole-house water system with a track record, the Watts WPS-50 has an average 4-Star Rating from 28 Amazon Users. Unfortunately the WPS-50 is not for the entire house, but it will give you great tasting water out of the kitchen sink. The Watts WPS-50 is a water filter that fits under the sink. People who complained about scale buildup and sediment in their kitchenware had really good things to say about the Watts WPS-50..


Which water filter is best? It depends: If your objective is to merely get a good tasting glass of water and/or pot of coffee, the Watts Water Filter Model # WPS-50 is all you need. If you need to get clean, chemical free water running through the entire plumbing of your house, you’ll want a whole house home water filtration system like the Aquasana or GE SmartWater Filters.