If you are going to critique a product you should …

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

If you are going to critique a product you should probably learn to follow the products instructions first. Not a one of these meals was stirred as per the instructions. Some even require stirring and then further cooking so you didn’t even completely cook the product. No product EVER looks like the perfect image on the box, but these meals at a whopping $.88 each come much closer than what you’ve depicted. Shame to put some much time in this just to end up with sub par results and a less than honest review.

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.