I’ve Been Shopping Exclusively at Wegmans for Almost 2 Years — These Are the 10 Store-Brand Groceries I Always Buy
One of my favorite things about Wegmans, my new-ish favorite store, is the sheer amount of private-label groceries it offers. In a recent grocery haul, 75 percent of the items in my cart were from the Wegmans brand! Beyond pantry staples and frozen finds, the line stretches to almost every department. (Dear Wegmans, can you please start making your own wine, too? Please and thank you!)
Most of Wegmans’ private-label items fall within two categories: organic and “Food You Feel Good About.” The latter launched in 1991 and is made without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, or high-fructose corn syrup. Both offer goods that are the same great quality I expect from big-name brands I’ve bought in the past (sometimes even better). Plus they’re typically sold at a slightly lower price point. Here are 10 I buy on the regular.
Cheese is my absolute favorite food. One of the reasons that Wegmans has so captured my heart is its immense, diverse, and robust cheese section (think: iconic classics and cave-ripened wedges, like Gruyère, Parmesan, fresh mozzarella, and more). You’ll find multiple blocks, shreds, and grated cheeses on my list.
Buy: Wegmans Italian Classics Parmigiano Reggiano, $11.04 for 0.4 pounds at Instacart
2. Chocolate Milk
I first started drinking chocolate milk after workouts more than a decade ago. I often also drink chocolate milk when absolutely no exercise whatsoever has occurred. Wegmans’ version is not too sweet (something I’ve found an issue with other brands); it’s also thick, rich, and incredibly satisfying.
Buy: Wegmans 1% Chocolate Low Fat Milk, $3.79 for 64 ounces at Instacart
3. Heavy Cream
Wegmans does dairy very well, obviously. I’ve exclusively purchased the store’s heavy cream for the past two years to use in my dinners, desserts, and morning (and after-dinner) drinks. It enriches pan sauces, whips beautifully, and adds body and richness to any coffee or espresso.
Buy: Wegmans Heavy Cream, $6.39 for 32 ounces at Instacart
The crisp crunch of this panko is nearly unbeatable. I also like that it comes in a convenient pouch that can easily be resealed. I use this panko whenever I make meatballs, artichokes, mushrooms, clams, and a fair share of chicken cutlets.
Buy: Wegmans White Panko Bread Crumbs, $2.89 for 10 ounces at Instacart
I cannot get enough of Wegmans’ line of pastas. I highly recommend the paccheri (ziti’s oversized cousin), as well as the store’s stuffed pastas, and even their boxes of straight-up dried pastas can’t be beat. I find that some boxed pastas can break down at the slightest hint of overcooking, but I’ve never had that issue with the pasta from Wegmans. The store also carries a range of gluten-free options.
Buy: Wegmans Amore Girelle Pasta, $5.19 for 17.6 ounces at Instacart
6. Rotisserie Chicken
My dog, Winston, is my best friend and this is, in part, his recommendation. While I buy this rotisserie for myself often, Winston winds up eating the bulk of it. Although, the package says plain, the bird is well-seasoned, moist, tender, and the skin is very crispy (and delicious).
Buy: Wegmans Plain Rotisserie Chicken, $6.89 for 34 ounces at Instacart
Peach juice is surprisingly hard to find. I know because I search for it … a lot! This Orange Peach Mango juice blend is a great alternative. It’s unusually light in color — it looks more like water than juice — and the first time I tried it, the robust flavor took me by surprise. I found it refreshing, so much so I’ve almost stopped looking for its regular peach counterpart. The store’s slightly more expensive pressed juices are also terrific.
Buy: Wegmans Orange Peach Mango 100% Juice Blend, $3.09 for 64 ounces at Instacart
Buy: Wegmans White Miso Paste, $6.39 for 13.2 ounces at Instacart
9. Bread (and other baked goods)
I swear by Wegmans’ baked goods, especially the baguettes and croissants. Both tend to stay fresh — even a few days after I’ve brought them home (if they last that long). I’m especially fond of using them as a base for sandwiches, dipped into sauces, or served alongside a heaping portion of the aforementioned pasta.
Buy: Wegmans French Baguette, $4.09 for 12 ounces at Instacart
10. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is another ingredient staple I pull from the fridge. I use it for baking, incorporating into sauces, or simply eating with granola and honey. Wegmans’ Greek yogurt is rich, dense, and totally delicious. I have sworn off other Greek yogurts, which can be expensive, since trying this one.
Buy: Wegmans Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt, $4.99 for 32 ounces at Instacart
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