But as Fresh and Easy progressed along the months (and got smarter- less coupons and the coupons require a larger minimum purchase), the inventory of the Today's Special section dwindled, and at times, almost empty with only 10 or less items on the shelves instead of 50. Instead of produce, what was the bulk of the Today's Special inventory was F&E's convenience foods, dairy, damaged produce, and meat. However, routinely there was (and still is) plenty of the good produce available. And on Thursdays to Saturday, the deals primarily focuses on...bakery items, which I have said before, still last extra days after the best buy date.
Bakery items like baguettes, cakes, cupcakes, demi baguettes, donuts, french bread, sourdough, and the like appear on the racks on Thursday to Saturday. Always a wide selection for some reason! Especially with the baguettes. And so...
We decided to try out their French Baguette and was not expecting much from it. At 1.14 USD, it was 50 percent off from the original price. One time, we even bought this long baguette for 54 cents. Think about it. 54 cent probably only pays for the energy that needs to be applied for the bread to let the bread rise and bake! A steal. Anyway, now this French Baguette has gone back up to 1.14USD for the Today's Special price. Still a good deal in any way.
(This photo makes the baguette look drier than it actually is)After purchasing the baguette we cut the portion we wanted to eat at the moment (then sliced the portion into personal slices) from the baguette and followed Fresh and Easy's directions for the crispier crust. Then, it was taste test time!
The crust was a bit thick and slightly chewy, but mainly crispy where the bread was exposed to the heat source. The interior of the bread was moderately chewy and soft, which we expected. Unlike Ralph's French Bread, Fresh and Easy's French Baguette retained its moisture even after cutting the bread up. With Ralph's French Bread, the bread dried up the day after; almost rendering the bread useless for eating purposes.
Overall, Fresh and Easy's French Baguette was very good especially since it was on the Today's Special rack! It might have even tasted better if we bought it when it was freshly produced. However, the baguette was certainly not as delicious compared to places that specialize in making bakery items like baguettes. For a supermarket bread though, we were pleasantly surprised.