I’m detecting ConAgra damage control all over this discussion. But, …

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I’m detecting ConAgra damage control all over this discussion. But, I can also see some people getting defensive over the pig slops they’ve allowed themselves to eat on the regular. Yes it’s cheap stuff and the pricing is pretty much up front about that. Banquet dresses their products up for the ads, nothing new there. But what you get inside the box is far less in quality or portion than they would have you believe. I was in a hurry at the grocery at wound up grabbing a Banquet meal of “turkey slices” in gravy. Two of them actually. Now I don’t know what to do with the second one. I could give it to a food bank, but I’m not that cruel. My dog may be in for a treat though. The alleged turkey medallions were rubbery and tough. They tasted vaguely like turkey but with that consistency they didn’t seem like anything a human being should be eating. The gravy made up about 75{3d9e2dd3ff4a6ad7c579f6992fba32c39af0ae46cb1a0bfdb9adec03cc9df88f} of the meal itself and it tasted like almost nothing at all. Just warm snot with a tiny bit of beef bouillon mixed in for color. When you pull the meal out of the grocer’s freezer the weight of all that snot gravy is what you feel. ConAgra is hoping you believe most of that bulk is tasty meat. Nope, just gravy flavored with sadness.

It’s actually depressing to think that people buy these meals for themselves and their families and wind up with a plastic tray full of schlop that’s really only fit for a dog. Sorry if that’s insulting to you but these Banquet entrees are insults in the first place. There are better options for eating on a budget than this crap. People deserve better than Banquet. And if you care to look for better alternatives you’ll find them. A lot of those alternatives come in cans and cost the same or maybe twenty-five or fifty cents more. Banquet is bad and ConAgra should feel bad.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the junk food blog "Spork & Barrel," and "Brocavore," a blog about food trucks and street food culture. His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, Eat Rockland, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.