Consumer Reports tests store-bought stuffing for Thanksgiving

Pepperidge Farm products rate high

Published On: Nov 15 2012 05:25:04 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2012 06:43:33 PM CST

If you're looking to take a short-cut on that Thanksgiving Feast, a store-bought stuffing is one way to do that.  

So Consumer Reports tested 11 to see if any will wow your guests.

Among those tested were Stovetop, Arnold, Pepperidge Farm and Great Value from Walmart.

Each was prepared according to directions, adding fresh ingredients when called for.

Many did not come close to homemade.

"Most of the stuffings tasted of chewy vegetables, crunchy crumbs, dried seasonings, overpowering herbss and a flavor of bouillon," said Consumer Reports' Ellen Klosz.

However, two from Pepperidge Farm, the Herb-Seasoned and Cornbread stuffings, were rated as fresh-tasting, flavorful and moist.

"Both of the Pepperidge Farm stuffings call for fresh ingredients, sauteed onions and celery," Klosz said. "It's a little more work, but it's worth it for the taste.