Comment on A Comparison of Actual “Banquet” Frozen Dinners with their Box Cover Photographs by John Lord.
From the photos, it appears that the cooking instructions were not followed correctly. For example, the mashed potatos are supposed to get stirred between the first and second heatings. Ditto for the Swedish meatballs. I think also the rice and sauce in the Sweet & Sour Chicken had instructions to stir before serving. The mashed potatoes NEED to be stirred after the first heating so you can break up the slightly softened lump of ice that might still be in the center to get the potatoes to cook more evenly. Stirring the sauce and noodles in the Swedish Meatballs meal will also help the sauce flavor the noodles more evenly and also keep stray, dry noodles near an edge from cooking themselves back to crunchy for lack of moisture from the sauce. When instructions say to leave it sit in the microwave for 2 minutes after the cooking stops, they mean it. I find the potatoes are fully rehydrated if allowed the time specified. I sometimes might add a small pat of butter to either the mashed potatos or green peas, or both. I actually enjoy all the Banquet dinners and have 3 in the freezer at this moment (2 turkey pot pies, and one turkey dinner). Not many TV dinners out there work out to 11 or 12 cents per ounce. Nice photography on the home-heated TV dinners.