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(The Atlantic)   Americans are finally starting to realize 90% of TV dinners on the market are disgusting, vile frozen blocks of mystery substances unfit for human consumption   (theatlantic.com) divider line 202
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2014-03-13 08:13:24 PM
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2014-03-13 08:19:18 PM
Despite the criticism of frozen meals, it's not very different from the crap Aramark offers via our company cafeteria (probably both sourced by SYSCO), and it's $3 or less for a frozen lunch, vs. $6 or $7.
 
2014-03-13 08:21:10 PM
I even like the chicken if the sauce is not too blue.
 
2014-03-13 08:29:01 PM
You know, it's one thing to say sales are down by single digits or possibly 10% max, it's completely another to put that in the context that the max was over $9 BILLION.

Though it does bear pointing out that eating healthy is on the rise while television watching is on the decline.
 
2014-03-13 08:29:29 PM
The brand name escapes me, but I stumbled across some good ones that were actually sold in our meat department rather than the frozen section.  Still frozen, but they were packaged as an actual shrink-wrapped "plate" of food rather than in the compartment-style plates.  There were a number of different selections--barbeque brisket, Italian chicken, etc. and the sides were a bit more exotic than standard fare, offering roasted corn, garlic mashed potatoes, and things like that.

The idea was to leave the shrink-wrap on and don't pierce it, and then throw it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.  As the food cooked, the steam would cause the wrap to break away from the food and inflate into a large dome that would contain the steam and cook the food.  It actually worked pretty good and I was really pleased with the results.  I'd definitely buy them again--great for lunch at the office.
 
2014-03-13 08:29:33 PM
The frozen meals from Trader Joe's is still real to me dammit!
 
2014-03-13 08:48:19 PM
Is that what other people call "TV Dinner?"

Sh*t, man, I've been doing it wrong.


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2014-03-13 08:53:34 PM
Amy's Stuff is pretty good.

They make great pizza too (if you put some meat on it).
 
2014-03-13 09:05:52 PM

enry: The frozen meals from Trader Joe's is still real to me dammit!


I'm pretty sure the 10% that aren't vile disgusting frozen blocks are from Trader Joe's. God I love me some TJ's frozen foods. Chicken Tikka Masala and bacon scallops FTW.
 
2014-03-13 09:08:26 PM
Perfectly acceptable for dinner and no microwave required.
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2014-03-13 09:15:29 PM

djkutch: Perfectly acceptable for dinner and no microwave required.
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2014-03-13 09:18:52 PM

djkutch: Perfectly acceptable for dinner and no microwave required.
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2014-03-13 09:18:53 PM

bdub77: enry: The frozen meals from Trader Joe's is still real to me dammit!

I'm pretty sure the 10% that aren't vile disgusting frozen blocks are from Trader Joe's. God I love me some TJ's frozen foods. Chicken Tikka Masala and bacon scallops FTW.


Indian food freezes well.  I've bought frozen Indian dinners from a number of brands and I've always been satisfied.

As far as other ones go, when Publix puts the Stouffer's family-size frozen meals on sale for $4 each (as they are prone to do fairly regularly) I'll stock up on a few of them and keep them around for nights when i don't feel like cooking or spending money on take-out.  They're mostly lasagnas or pasta-bakes, and if you cook them in the oven they turn out well, plus they're hard to beat for the price.
 
2014-03-13 09:33:19 PM

TuteTibiImperes: bdub77: enry: The frozen meals from Trader Joe's is still real to me dammit!

I'm pretty sure the 10% that aren't vile disgusting frozen blocks are from Trader Joe's. God I love me some TJ's frozen foods. Chicken Tikka Masala and bacon scallops FTW.

Indian food freezes well.  I've bought frozen Indian dinners from a number of brands and I've always been satisfied.

As far as other ones go, when Publix puts the Stouffer's family-size frozen meals on sale for $4 each (as they are prone to do fairly regularly) I'll stock up on a few of them and keep them around for nights when i don't feel like cooking or spending money on take-out.  They're mostly lasagnas or pasta-bakes, and if you cook them in the oven they turn out well, plus they're hard to beat for the price.


With you on that. Especially the oven part, though you have to plan ahead because they take almost an hour to cook. Pretty much the only frozen store bought stuff I eat anymore. Those and their french bread pizzas.
 
2014-03-13 09:52:06 PM

TuteTibiImperes: As far as other ones go, when Publix puts the Stouffer's family-size frozen meals on sale for $4 each (as they are prone to do fairly regularly) I'll stock up on a few of them and keep them around for nights when i don't feel like cooking or spending money on take-out.  They're mostly lasagnas or pasta-bakes, and if you cook them in the oven they turn out well, plus they're hard to beat for the price.


as I read this,
this
www.freshfresco.com
was finishing up in my microwave. those publix deals are dandy, especially when you get home late
and are too tired to cook.

but how the holy f*ck do you cut one of their lasagnas into even 5 pieces (stouffers' claimed # of servings per container)???
 
2014-03-13 09:53:25 PM
TuteTibiImperes:

As far as other ones go, when Publix puts the Stouffer's family-size frozen meals on sale for $4 each

Big hunger + Stouffer's family-sized mac and cheese micronuked until it's blackened around the edges and it's cooked down a bit + there is only one of you == tehAwesome
 
2014-03-13 09:53:43 PM
Obvious Tag enjoying a Hungry Man
 
2014-03-13 09:56:53 PM

Sgygus: the sauce is not too blue


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2014-03-13 10:17:35 PM
I know that they're terrible and terrible for me, but every once in a while I just have to have On-cor salisbury steaks.
 
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2014-03-13 10:23:08 PM

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Chicken Enchiladas Suiza!

*sigh*
 
2014-03-13 10:31:27 PM
Some are quite good. Marie Callender's Roasted Garlic Chicken is excellent
 
2014-03-13 10:32:22 PM

enry: The frozen meals from Trader Joe's is still real to me dammit!


Their Lamb Vindaloo is quite tasty.
 
2014-03-13 10:56:03 PM
Do you know how there are the individuals who do the programs such as the untapped or the others of these with beer or Bourbon or something of this? Well the roommate of me has one of these but with the freezer meals. You see she is the bigger persons with quite the horrible habits but has gone as far as making the orders of these foods from different places. I used to think she and the Schwann person doing the deliverance of the meals were having the sexings to each other but then one day slapped the face of me and said LOOK EVEN SOMEONE WHO HAS SUCH DESPERATION AS TO DRIVE THE SH*TTY TRUCK OF FOOD DOES NOT HAVE THE STANDARDS WHICH DO THE DROPPING THIS LOW.

At the last count she is on 293 different types of the frozen meals. Did you even know this was what was the possibility? Well it is.

She says to me that this is the most incomplete of the listings:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Frozen_food_brands

And has even tried these in the other countries through the frozen food of that time of the months club.

As I eat the tofu of me and admire the own figure of me while having the boys I just do the smiling and think to the self of me that I am glad she has made to me the beneficiary of the life insurance.
 
2014-03-13 11:02:10 PM
Make you own.

www.retroplanet.com

10 bucks each for a ovenproof, stone wear plate.
Fill it with stuff you make in bulk over the weekend. (even frozen peas..and sliced carrots)
Maybe some beef stew over pasta. Meatloaf, turkey and dressing, Salisbury steak, Pepper steak..etc.
With just frozen veggies in the veggie sections or mashed potatoes. With some brownie mix in the center. Or some pie filling stuff with a 'crumble' on top. Mexican foods..etc.

http://www.retroplanet.com/PROD/26066
 
2014-03-13 11:02:24 PM
Everybody knows real food comes in a box and has the word "Helper" in its name.  Sure, putting it in a pot and boiling it for 20 minutes is hard work, but it's worth it in the end.
 
2014-03-13 11:04:48 PM

FriarReb98: You know, it's one thing to say sales are down by single digits or possibly 10% max, it's completely another to put that in the context that the max was over $9 BILLION.

Though it does bear pointing out that eating healthy is on the rise while television watching is on the decline.


TV watching is on the decline because people are cord-cutting and getting their shows from places advertisers are too stupid to measure.
Is there a black market for frozen junk food that I didn't know about?
 
2014-03-13 11:11:00 PM
I wonder how much the ingredients have changed. It's probably 60% corn syrup these days
 
2014-03-13 11:53:30 PM
As a kid in the 70s, these were freaking awesome.

www.retroland.com

/Off the lawn
 
2014-03-14 12:09:34 AM
Back in the early 90s I was flat broke to the point where these @1.39 each were all I could afford once a day for meals, and they were disgusting..... Gristle and cartilage and fat glommed together with some kind of putrid smoke-flavored gravy... But, it was a full meal according to the label, and I'l still alive, so.....

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A few years later I discovered Budget Gourmet meals, which were marginally better if heated up in real dish-wear, as the cardboard containers coated with plastic imparted a pretty funky wang to each dish...

Now, many years later, I cook all my own meals from scratch.. Sure, it's more effort, but I control the quality 100%, and the per-portion costs aren't bad at all.
 
2014-03-14 12:13:17 AM

markie_farkie: Back in the early 90s I was flat broke to the point where these @1.39 each were all I could afford once a day for meals, and they were disgusting..... Gristle and cartilage and fat glommed together with some kind of putrid smoke-flavored gravy... But, it was a full meal according to the label, and I'l still alive, so.....

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A few years later I discovered Budget Gourmet meals, which were marginally better if heated up in real dish-wear, as the cardboard containers coated with plastic imparted a pretty funky wang to each dish...

Now, many years later, I cook all my own meals from scratch.. Sure, it's more effort, but I control the quality 100%, and the per-portion costs aren't bad at all.


Ha!  The name alone screams 'Broke bachelor who doesn't give a fark'.
 
2014-03-14 12:15:27 AM
Do frozen pizzas count?  Because my consumption of those remains steady

/not fat or in college
 
2014-03-14 12:16:08 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Ha!  The name alone screams 'Broke bachelor who doesn't give a fark'.


Heh.. I saved enough money to get a couple used couches, and beer for every weekend, so I had THAT going for me.......
 
2014-03-14 12:17:12 AM
So is most fast food. Are you going to stop eating that?
 
2014-03-14 12:19:43 AM

whatshisname: So is most fast food. Are you going to stop eating that?


Yes. Already did.
 
2014-03-14 12:19:54 AM
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2014-03-14 12:20:22 AM

serial_crusher: Everybody knows real food comes in a box and has the word "Helper" in its name.  Sure, putting it in a pot and boiling it for 20 minutes is hard work, but it's worth it in the end.



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2014-03-14 12:20:25 AM
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2014-03-14 12:20:30 AM
The people who eat frozen dinners are the same people who called Netflix customer support asking what their "kway-way" was.
 
2014-03-14 12:20:32 AM
What about monster consumption?

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2014-03-14 12:21:05 AM
It's all garbage.
I think this stuff was better in the past.
Not a snob, I've eaten practically every frozen meal thing there is (butter chicken lasagna, anyone?) and I just can't do it anymore.
It's highly processed and not really a bargain in the long term.
I wish it was better; I don't like cooking that much.
 
2014-03-14 12:21:27 AM
The only frozen TV dinner type stuff I buy, besides Pizza of course, are chicken or turkey pot pies. Takes like 30-45 minutes depending on the size, which sucks. I'm hungry now, dammit!!!!
 
2014-03-14 12:22:31 AM
Salisbury steak and the turkey dinner. About the only two I've ever really liked. Some others aren't bad like the pasta ones. but I wouldn't call them a traditional "tv dinner". I still get them from time to time...nostalgia or whatever. I just wish they still came in the metal trays. I swear every house had a giant stack of those under a counter back then. Handy little things. I also love pot pies. Just sucks waiting an hour or so for them to heat up in the oven.
 
2014-03-14 12:25:19 AM

Porous Horace: It's all garbage.
I think this stuff was better in the past.
Not a snob, I've eaten practically every frozen meal thing there is (butter chicken lasagna, anyone?) and I just can't do it anymore.
It's highly processed and not really a bargain in the long term.
I wish it was better; I don't like cooking that much.


Probably. I liked Swanson's "Hungry Man" dinners as a teenager ( dad couldn't cook, neither could I )

/ OTOH, those things probably stunted my growth..
 
2014-03-14 12:25:32 AM

CruJones: Do frozen pizzas count?  Because my consumption of those remains steady

/not fat or in college


in my opinion, no, they don't count. Always good to have a couple in the freezer. I'm not fat or in college, either.
 
2014-03-14 12:25:38 AM
In college for some reason we are all nearly paralyzed at the prospect of making dinner....I admit to eating my share of banquet frozen dinners.

But hell, now that im older, cooking at home is so much better than eating out. The only frozen store food in our house at the moment is meatballs. Because who wants to take the time to make meatballs.
 
2014-03-14 12:26:34 AM

optikeye: Amy's Stuff is pretty good.

They make great pizza too (if you put some meat on it).


I get the tamales every now and then... that green sauce is addictive. A couple times I've mistakenly picked up boxes for various different kinds of enchiladas, and those are just as awesome. One meal isn't always quite enough for me, though, and I'm a lightweight.
 
2014-03-14 12:26:46 AM

mikemoto: Some are quite good. Marie Callender's Roasted Garlic Chicken is excellent


I don't eat much frozen food, but her chicken pot pies w/big chunks of chicken are the shiat.
 
2014-03-14 12:26:59 AM
My GF got me into reading nutritional labels. The amount of sodium in stuff is farking amazing. I'm surprised to still be alive.
 
2014-03-14 12:27:18 AM
TV dinners have simply gone downhill from what they were back in the day.  When I was a kid they were the best thing since sliced bread.  They were quite tasty with good size portions.  I think that when it all went to hell was when they switched from aluminum trays to plastic. It seems like they simultaneously shrunk the size of everything and made it bland as fark.
 
2014-03-14 12:27:46 AM
I used to get Marie Callender's frozen meals when I was a working man.  They were pretty darn good and were often on sale for under $2.50.

www.mariecallendersmeals.com

When I did a "how cheap can I eat?" experiment with a goal of $5/day, I bought these for lunch.  They weren't great but they sustained life at $1/box.  $0.90 if they were on sale.

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