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Frozen Dinner Shootout! -- Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes...

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by AxemanVR, Jan 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM.

  1. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    First of all "YES" I am in fact doing this just to break up the typical daily humdrum.

    Anyway...

    Always curious about how things compare I decided to try two low budget "TV Dinners", both consisting of a portion of traditional style meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

    In this challenge I chose the brand name "Stouffer's" and a generic brand, Walmart's "Great Value". The Stouffer's sold for $2.48 while the Great Value sold for $1.88 respectively.

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    The first difference I noticed was the package sizes:



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    The Great Value package was a little taller and deeper but not quite as wide as the Stouffer's. Still, the Great Value product does seem to give you more packaging material for your buck (if you consider that a benefit).

    Looking at the nutritional label, the Great Value meatloaf meal provides a slightly larger serving size (283g vs 280g for the Stouffer's). Per serving, the Great Value also has more saturated fat, more trans fat, higher calories, more cholesterol, more sodium, more sugar, but less protein. The Stouffer's has more calcium but both have equal amounts of iron.

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    The Great Value meatloaf appears to be made mostly of beef, while the Stouffer's has both beef and pork in it. Each also comes topped with some sort of ketchup type sauce.

    Portion-wise the Great Value meatloaf is flatter but wider and more square. The Stouffer's meatloaf is more rectangular but thicker. I didn't measure or weigh either product but, if I had to guess, I'd say that both are close to the same amount. The Stouffer's does appear to come with more potatoes though. The Great Value looks to have a sprinkle of chives on top while the Stouffer's seems to have chives mixed in.

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    So, how do they taste?

    Obviously taste is a very subjective thing, but I have to say that the difference is too close to call (quality-wise) between these two products. Sure, they each have a somewhat different flavor, but both definately taste like meatloaf. The potatoes compare similarly. I'm not going to go on and on about how each tastes over the top amazing, but will say that they did manage to basically satisfy my meatloaf fix well enough and, at the very least, exceded my expectations - especially considering the price!

    Conclusion:

    In my opinion both the meatloaf dinners I tried were equally tasty ("tasty" in a relative sense), so I suppose the only real consideration when choosing one or the other has more to do with cost vs nutrition than anything else.

    Let's say you eat 1 dinner 5 days a week for a year, the cost difference would be $156 in that period ($.60 cents per meal, times 5 days in a given week, times 52 weeks). Health concerns are far more difficult to calculate though. Of course I seriously doubt anyone would eat that much of either product, so... the choice is purely arbitrary on the most part...

    Good Luck!




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    I remember the old Swansons TV dinners
     
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    I would rather eat the cardboard box they come in.
     
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    Is this "food" intended for the very, very poor - verging on destitute?
     
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    The skip divers at Tesco leave this stuff where it is, even the rats won't eat it...
     
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    I bet you’ll be singing a very different song after the first bite, chew and swallow.
     
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    Ha Ha Ha...

    Lots of "Five Star" palates being disturbed right now!

    I can dine equally well with the Royals as the Paupers myself...

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    That's because their mates are in it :eek:
     
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    Okay... new scenarios... You're choices are:

    A) Liver and Onions
    B) Pickled Herring and Lutefisk
    C) Frozen Meatloaf microwave dinner
    D) Starving...

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    Since you're obviously going with a budget friendly selection I think choosing the right wine is imperative, may I suggest this nice 2017 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon?

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    :)
     
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    I would rather...

    Another way of saying "I would never"...
     
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    Baby Rat to Papa Rat: "Papa, where is grandma?"
    Papa Rat: "She gone to be in a Stouffer's"
     
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    I'd just go down the pub, my boy would feed me free, with Guinness. :p

    Baby Rat: I don't like Grandma

    Papa Rat: Well just eat the potatoes.
     
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    Drive fine cars, drink fine wine - Thunderbird! :D
     
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