Interesting how long this post has been garnering comments. I remember, …

Comment on A Comparison of Actual “Banquet” Frozen Dinners with their Box Cover Photographs by GarE.

Interesting how long this post has been garnering comments.

I remember, years ago, liking Banquet’s big boxes of frozen fried chicken. I once told a coworker how I was looking forward to going home and eating it and she just laughed. As my tastes matured, I discovered why.

To be fair, I haven’t had their fried chicken (this is just a big box of frozen chicken, not a meal) in many years, but I have had their TV dinners.

I wrote a letter to the company complaining about their Swedish Meatballs and never got a reply.

They smelled and looked very, very bad. I bravely tried eating them but could only choke down a bite or two. They tasted like they looked and smelled. I couldn’t believe anyone could actually eat them, especially repeatedly, on purpose.

I get it, you can’t expect gourmet meals for a buck or less, but I do expect something edible, at the very least.

I really don’t recall having eaten any of their other meals, but I really didn’t feel it was necessary to do so after the “meatball incident.”

Just throwing in my two cents’ worth.

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A Comparison of Actual “Banquet” Frozen Dinners with their Box Cover Photographs
I nearly wretched just reading this reply.

Really? Really?

Matthew, are you absolutely certain that it was the Banquet Swedish Meatballs that you ate?

Because they are really, really, REALLY, really bad.

And every day for five years??????

Please, please visit some other brands in the frozen foods section. Please. And believe me when I tell you that you do not know what you are doing to your stomach. Or mine.

Just mix another brand in at least occasionally. Or every day. Please. For me, if not for yourself.

I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t care.


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.