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08 December 2005 @ 10:59 am

When I go grocery shopping I'm usually on the lookout for shelf-safe microwaveable food items I can stash in my desk at work for those times when the Wheel of Death is down to those items they put in just to ensure the machine is never totally empty (I mean, I don't know exactly what's in, for example, a "Tijuana Breakfast Bagel Sandwich," but I'm not interested in finding out for myself either). So today I spotted what looks to be a new product: Rice A Roni Express Heat & Serve Rice, Hearty Beef flavor; microwave in the pouch! It looked interesting, so I bought a couple of packages of it and tried one just now. And you know what? I was really quite surprised at just how revolting it was.

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
Current Music: Abayudaya: Music From The Jewish People Of Uganda
Coyote's getting bolderruneshower on December 8th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
I would have been surprised too. I mean, how badly can they ruin rice? What was wrong with it?
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 10th, 2005 11:20 am (UTC)

The rice itself wasn't too bad (although it could have been a bit less mushy)—the problem was with the Hearty Beef flavor, which included some distinctly unpleasant flavor notes I couldn't quite identify. Melted plastic? Some other petroleum derivative? Something icky, anyway.

Lianatezliana on December 8th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
La Briute travel meals are not bad. I like the turkey and mashed potato one.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 10th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)

Hmmmm, interesting. Perhaps I'll try some. Seems like I'd probably be paying extra for the self-heating feature, which I don't need since there's a microwave over at work I can use.

Hormel/Dinty Moore has some entrees (Chicken Breast & Gravy with Mashed Potatoes, Beef etc., etc.) that I think are pretty good, but the selection one finds at stores tends to be limited/spotty. There are also a number of Campbell's Chunks soups which fill the bill pretty well for me. I was hoping to extend the pallet, but what can you do?

von_kragvon_krag on December 8th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
Assuring room temp stability is the 1st thing, costing is 2nd and poor old taste to you the eater is a way back 3rd. I like plain ramen w/either tuna or salmon sauced with salsa as a quick lunch, It's even better if you can add a nice salad to this. Bon' Appetite'
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 10th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)

But doesn't iceberg have to be refrigerated?

Thanks for the suggestions.

wcolsher on December 9th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
If one may assume you're tired of the various soup type products, you might consider a side trip to the vegetarian section of your local food emporium. "Veggie Natural" (http://www.veggienatural.com/) makes some fairly decent items for example. There are some other brands out there as well but I'm coming up blank on names just now.

Here on the "Main Line" the kosher sections of the local chains carry a bunch of non-refrigerator items.

That Chinese grocery on 38th St. (If its still there...) used to have a bunch of interesting heat-and-eat items - you might need a Chinese translator if the pictures aren't obvious.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 10th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)

Hey there Bill! It's good to hear from you!

I dunno … I always feel so … out of place … in the vegetarian section; not to mention that there are so few vegetables I actually like. Interesting suggestion about the kosher sections though—I'll have to give them a look-see.

That Chinese grocery went to a "wholesale only" policy shortly after you left town. Had you been doing that much custom there?

wcolsher on December 12th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure losing my weekly purchase of frozen dim-sum goodies and interesting condiments didn't do the retail side in. Even back in the day they were really a wholesale place with a little store stuck in the front.

One of "tasty but wierd" things I used to buy there were little packages of dried salt cured olives - intense olive flavor but very slow to eat as they required a good deal of oral rehydration. Years later I worked with a Chinese guy who told me they're considered a low class drinking snack where he came from.