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(BBC)   Beer and wine snobs, sure. New-York-vs-Chicago-pizza snobs, eh, whatever. But frozen food snobs? Are you kidding me, Britain?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 163
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2013-10-22 01:16:04 PM
You're talking about British food.

Yeah, I'd change to topic to frozen food too.
 
2013-10-22 01:27:20 PM
Patio > **


* under 50 cents/each frozen burrito-like snacks
 
2013-10-22 01:47:39 PM
I always keep a couple of frozen entrees around for when I'm just too tired or too lazy to make something. If you look in my freezer there's probably a good chance you'll find something from Kashi and/or Amy's. For convenience food, I actually find some of their products pretty okay.
 
2013-10-22 02:17:55 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: You're talking about British food.

Yeah, I'd change to topic to frozen food too.


I can only imagine the horrors of a boiled microwave burrito.
 
2013-10-22 02:24:13 PM
Best.  Pizza.  Evar.

bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com
 
2013-10-22 02:37:35 PM
Frozen entrees = no thanks, maybe a few things from Trader Joe's in the freezer for when the SO and I are straight up exhausted.

Frozen veggies and fruit = yes please, especially out of season.  And depending on which ones.
 
2013-10-22 02:37:42 PM
Making proper frozen food is all about dicking with the power level settings on your microwave.

/and hot sauce
 
2013-10-22 02:38:28 PM
The chest freezer was introduced in the mid-70s and it became commonplace in the home to have a separate fridge and freezer

What???
 
2013-10-22 02:39:51 PM
Well, we are talking "British food" - and freezing does help kill the taste. Seems like a good solution.
 
rpm
2013-10-22 02:40:07 PM

Sybarite: I always keep a couple of frozen entrees around for when I'm just too tired or too lazy to make something. If you look in my freezer there's probably a good chance you'll find something from Kashi and/or Amy's. For convenience food, I actually find some of their products pretty okay.


Amy's Mac & Cheese is actually pretty good, especially if you use the oven and not the microwave.
 
2013-10-22 02:41:54 PM

Walker: The chest freezer was introduced in the mid-70s and it became commonplace in the home to have a separate fridge and freezer

What???


Dude, I knew people who had two freezers in their house.  Gotta remember this was Cold War Fever time, and you never knew when the Russkis were going to bomb you into oblivion so you better have..uh....about two weeks' provisions on you, in a piece of kitchen equipment that was going to be useless in about 0.1 nanoseconds after a nuclear strike.
 
2013-10-22 02:43:24 PM

Sybarite: I always keep a couple of frozen entrees around for when I'm just too tired or too lazy to make something. If you look in my freezer there's probably a good chance you'll find something from Kashi and/or Amy's. For convenience food, I actually find some of their products pretty okay.


I make my own. I'm retired as a chef, and baker, so I make enough for 6, have leftovers for freezing and can take a different meal to my new job which is a retirement job.
I also keep a few dozen baklava in the freezer at all times. Never know when there will be a last minute invite to a dinner potluck or just have a date and want a nice dessert.

Fark, I can get laid on take out pizza and the baklava alone, it is that good.
 
2013-10-22 02:43:40 PM
I think this thread has proven the article's premise.
 
2013-10-22 02:43:59 PM
I've had varying levels of good frozen food.

Wide variety in vegetables.

Sometimes it's just how much salt is present.

There is a difference, but is it worth arguing about? Not really. Worth discussing so you're not getting crappy food? Sure, if you wanna talk about those things.
 
2013-10-22 02:45:07 PM
She advocates schemes such as buying homemade food from a neighbour who has more time to spare to prepare meals which can then be frozen.

I wouldn't trust most people's kitchens. I do, however, know how to rent professional kitchens like the catering people do. I was involved in a conversation about slow-cooker meals for the elderly (prep, freeze, distribute, fresh and hot in a crock) and pro kitchen rental was the only way the RD would recommend it.
 
2013-10-22 02:45:25 PM

Mentalpatient87: Making proper frozen food is all about dicking with the power level settings on your microwave.

/and hot sauce


^all of this

And all of the hot sauce.
 
2013-10-22 02:48:39 PM
Frozen food is great.  My freezer is always well-stocked with green beans, edamame, broccoli, chicken, corn, fish, whiskey, vodak, and Jagermeister.
 
2013-10-22 02:49:18 PM
Frozen berries are great for smoothies.
 
2013-10-22 02:49:36 PM
mobettermeats.com
Food.
Of.
Gods.
 
2013-10-22 02:51:39 PM
When British people are classless they are absolute dumpsterfolk.
 
2013-10-22 02:51:42 PM
It's like a variation on Rule 34.  If it exists, there is snobbery for it.
 
2013-10-22 02:52:12 PM
The best frozen foods gave Dwight Yoakam's trademarked signature on them.
 
2013-10-22 02:52:24 PM

blatz514: Best.  Pizza.  Evar.

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A challenger appears...

static.caloriecount.about.com

Of course they go for $3.99 so I guess it is fancy by comparison.
 
2013-10-22 02:52:46 PM
www.wkyc.com
Ah, the memories!
Mum telling us not to cut the meat too hard so she could re-use the trays.
Dad questioning marriage to a woman who couldn't cook.
The dog waiting for one of the TV tables to collapse and spill food-like substitute on the linoleum.
 
2013-10-22 02:53:33 PM
Hot Pockets....

/Gaffigan
 
2013-10-22 02:53:33 PM

The Third Man: Walker: The chest freezer was introduced in the mid-70s and it became commonplace in the home to have a separate fridge and freezer

What???

Dude, I knew people who had two freezers in their house.  Gotta remember this was Cold War Fever time, and you never knew when the Russkis were going to bomb you into oblivion so you better have..uh....about two weeks' provisions on you, in a piece of kitchen equipment that was going to be useless in about 0.1 nanoseconds after a nuclear strike.


Ohhhhh those big things. I always thought they were just used to hide dead bodies and by hunters.
Didn't think people in tiny UK flats had them.
 
2013-10-22 02:53:48 PM
"Iceland is a classic British institution that half the country loves and half the country hates"

I skimmed the first part of the article, and when I read this I thought "what could Iceland have possibly done to the British?"  Then I re-read and became less stupid.

Walker: The chest freezer was introduced in the mid-70s and it became commonplace in the home to have a separate fridge and freezer

What???


I was born in the early 60's and we always had a chest freezer in addition to the over the fridge freezer, but perhaps the Brits were a bit late on that.

I have found that it's almost universal here in the midwest if you say "freezer freezer" most people will know you are talking about the chest freezer as opposed to the top of the fridge one.
 
2013-10-22 02:53:55 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Frozen entrees = no thanks, maybe a few things from Trader Joe's in the freezer for when the SO and I are straight up exhausted.

Frozen veggies and fruit = yes please, especially out of season.  And depending on which ones.




Some frozen veggies are better then fresh. Peas for example. The sugar in peas changes rather quickly after picking. To get good peas one either needs to raise them, buy them the same day picked or eat frozen ones. Frozen veggies are proccessed as fast as they picked.
Some times frozen is more frugal. I love cooked spinach. Would I cook it from fresh? No. Like any green it shrinks when cooked. Frozen is precooked and easier.
 
2013-10-22 02:54:13 PM
My grandmother loved frozen peas because she grew up eating canned peas. Have any of you Farkers ever tried canned peas? Vomit inducing.

I hated peas as a child because all I ever ate were the disgusting frozen peas. Only in my adult years did I experience fresh peas sold in the pods which are delicious, though quite expensive, and those sold in grocery stores can be rather aged and more starchy than sugary.

Most all vegetables taste better really fresh. I think peas and corn top the list.
 
2013-10-22 02:54:55 PM
The Iceland frozen food chain is infamous in the UK.  Check this "Coldland" parody.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khGQSqocvGU
 
2013-10-22 02:58:20 PM

rpm: Sybarite: I always keep a couple of frozen entrees around for when I'm just too tired or too lazy to make something. If you look in my freezer there's probably a good chance you'll find something from Kashi and/or Amy's. For convenience food, I actually find some of their products pretty okay.

Amy's Mac & Cheese is actually pretty good, especially if you use the oven and not the microwave.


In Canada we have a brand called President's Choice. It's the store brand for Real Canadian Superstore. Their white mac and cheese is unquestionably the bestest out there. I buy it by the case.

/they put a secret ingredient in it that makes you crave it fortnightly, smartass
 
2013-10-22 02:59:29 PM
By the contents of my chest freezer, you could almost assume the next great food depression starts at 7:00am sharp tomorrow morning.  I'm not a depression era child, although we were poor growing up.

Frozen veggies of all kinds
Frozen tomatoes (along with 40 pint jars I put up myself )
Frozen pureed squashes
side of beef
1/2 hog
assorted chicken parts
breads
some wild game, but that will increase shortly as the seasons get underway
 
2013-10-22 02:59:57 PM

blatz514: Best.  Pizza.  Evar.

[bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com image 760x506]


Oh you just stepped into it now, sonny boy.

s3-media2.ak.yelpcdn.com
 
2013-10-22 03:00:22 PM
i.telegraph.co.uk
Sporting a brave face, Nigel learned to embrace Iceland frozen dinners - despite the painful rectangular bowel movements they produced.
 
2013-10-22 03:00:37 PM

Mentalpatient87: Making proper frozen food is all about dicking with the power level settings on your microwave.

/and hot sauce


The vast majority of microwave ovens have only one power setting. They have to turn it on and off every few seconds to simulate lower power.
 
2013-10-22 03:02:00 PM
Right, so this one time when I was in London, I was drunk, hungry, and stumbling back to my hotel, and I knew my expense account couldn't handle another late night room service delivery, and I could NOT find any food. I think this "late night chip shop" stuff you Brits talk about is simply fiction.

So, I find myself outside of a Sainsbury's. "Oh", says I, "a grocery store. How delightful. They'll have food stuffs". So I get  some prawn flavored crisps, and something called a "Ploughman's Wrap".

Words cannot describe how vile that thing was. I think it was beef, wrapped in sheep intestine, wrapped in a foot, stuffed with gangrene. It was the worst thing I have EVER eaten. And I'm from New Hampshire.
 
2013-10-22 03:03:44 PM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-10-22 03:04:05 PM
l.yimg.com

Gotta have some of ^these^ in the freezer at all times.

They go great with this:

www.ie.santamariaworld.com
 
2013-10-22 03:04:24 PM
FTA: For some, frozen food conjures up images of Mike Leigh's 1977 drama Abigail's Party, with kitsch dishes such as defrosted prawn cocktail, vol-au-vents and black forest gateau, not forgetting the staple of any 70s dinner party - the Arctic roll.


What did I just read??
 
2013-10-22 03:04:38 PM

what_now: Right, so this one time when I was in London, I was drunk, hungry, and stumbling back to my hotel, and I knew my expense account couldn't handle another late night room service delivery, and I could NOT find any food. I think this "late night chip shop" stuff you Brits talk about is simply fiction.

So, I find myself outside of a Sainsbury's. "Oh", says I, "a grocery store. How delightful. They'll have food stuffs". So I get  some prawn flavored crisps, and something called a "Ploughman's Wrap".

Words cannot describe how vile that thing was. I think it was beef, wrapped in sheep intestine, wrapped in a foot, stuffed with gangrene. It was the worst thing I have EVER eaten. And I'm from New Hampshire.


You should have tried the "black pudding" (no, it ISN'T chocolate).
 
2013-10-22 03:05:02 PM

Russ1642: Mentalpatient87: Making proper frozen food is all about dicking with the power level settings on your microwave.

/and hot sauce

The vast majority of microwave ovens have only one power setting. They have to turn it on and off every few seconds to simulate lower power.


Seriously? The only "no power selector" microwave I've ever seen in my life was the one in a 7-11.
 
2013-10-22 03:05:39 PM

oldfarthenry: what_now: Right, so this one time when I was in London, I was drunk, hungry, and stumbling back to my hotel, and I knew my expense account couldn't handle another late night room service delivery, and I could NOT find any food. I think this "late night chip shop" stuff you Brits talk about is simply fiction.

So, I find myself outside of a Sainsbury's. "Oh", says I, "a grocery store. How delightful. They'll have food stuffs". So I get  some prawn flavored crisps, and something called a "Ploughman's Wrap".

Words cannot describe how vile that thing was. I think it was beef, wrapped in sheep intestine, wrapped in a foot, stuffed with gangrene. It was the worst thing I have EVER eaten. And I'm from New Hampshire.

You should have tried the "black pudding" (no, it ISN'T chocolate).


Don't even get me started on the "Steak and Kidney Pie". It isn't Kidney BEANS, as it turns out.
 
2013-10-22 03:05:47 PM
This doesn't surprise me. We had a thread about year ago where people were getting snobby about number 2 pencils.

Ticonderoga, b*tches!
 
2013-10-22 03:08:52 PM

busy chillin': This doesn't surprise me. We had a thread about year ago where people were getting snobby about number 2 pencils.

Ticonderoga, b*tches!


USA Gold, you damn commie.
 
2013-10-22 03:09:15 PM
what_now:

Don't even get me started on the "Steak and Kidney Pie". It isn't Kidney BEANS, as it turns out.

Now I know you're teasing.
 
2013-10-22 03:11:00 PM
Do corner grocers not carry frozen foods? The article made it sound like you went to a special store for frozen foods? Is that how it is in the UK?
 
2013-10-22 03:11:06 PM

what_now: oldfarthenry: what_now: Right, so this one time when I was in London, I was drunk, hungry, and stumbling back to my hotel, and I knew my expense account couldn't handle another late night room service delivery, and I could NOT find any food. I think this "late night chip shop" stuff you Brits talk about is simply fiction.

So, I find myself outside of a Sainsbury's. "Oh", says I, "a grocery store. How delightful. They'll have food stuffs". So I get  some prawn flavored crisps, and something called a "Ploughman's Wrap".

Words cannot describe how vile that thing was. I think it was beef, wrapped in sheep intestine, wrapped in a foot, stuffed with gangrene. It was the worst thing I have EVER eaten. And I'm from New Hampshire.

You should have tried the "black pudding" (no, it ISN'T chocolate).

Don't even get me started on the "Steak and Kidney Pie". It isn't Kidney BEANS, as it turns out.


Scared you away from "toad in the hole" & "spotted dick", I bet!
 
2013-10-22 03:11:32 PM
Frozen spotted dick? Holy shiat! That's actually a thing. I had no idea...
thechive.files.wordpress.com

I've never been to a White Castle, since I don't live in the Northeast, and White Castle is too friggin' stupid to put a restaurant here in Vegas, but these things are pretty good, for frozen sliders, that is...
farm5.staticflickr.com
 
2013-10-22 03:12:04 PM

leonel: blatz514: Best.  Pizza.  Evar.

[bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com image 760x506]

Oh you just stepped into it now, sonny boy.

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Yeah, but how much are those?  You can get Mama Cozzi's for $2.25.  I believe they're 16 inchers too.
 
2013-10-22 03:12:27 PM

Trocadero: Russ1642: Mentalpatient87: Making proper frozen food is all about dicking with the power level settings on your microwave.

/and hot sauce

The vast majority of microwave ovens have only one power setting. They have to turn it on and off every few seconds to simulate lower power.

Seriously? The only "no power selector" microwave I've ever seen in my life was the one in a 7-11.


Look it up. Most microwaves can only operate at full power and they have to cycle it on and off when you choose a lower power setting. You can hear the microwave turning on, off, on, off.
 
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