September 25, 2014

Jimmy Dean frozen entrees are terrible

With coupons from Jimmy Dean, I bought two Jimmy Dean frozen meals to try, Golden Roasted Turkey and Southwest Style Grilled Chicken, for free. Both had pretty enticing box photos and I know Jimmy Dean is well-known for their meat products, so I figured it had to be at least as palatable as a Stouffer's or Marie Callender's meal.

Reading about a few options on BzzAgent, they actually sounded pretty decent. Imagine a grilled steak bowl with "savory grilled steak, golden potatoes..." or a pulled pork sandwich that's "pulled pork covered in chipotle BBQ sauce on a pretzel bun."

Good marketing, I guess because the reality was so disappointing!

Both meals look pretty lovely on the box, with nice portions of meat and just a touch of sauce for flavor. What's actually in the package is mostly sauce with a little of everything else. With the chicken meal, there was a reasonable amount of meat, but again, so much sauce! I really hate when a frozen meal is just a bowl of sauce. I was hoping for a nice plated meal, not a stew.

the picture on the box and the actual meal look nothing alike
The turkey was gristly, which I'm not sure how is possible. Usually chicken in frozen meals is tough and chewy, but turkey shouldn't be. Both meals were quite salty. I expect frozen meals to have a lot of sodium, but I don't expect to really taste like that.

all sauce, almost no meat
The chicken meal had a small sprinkle of black beans, a lot of rice, a little meat (enough, I suppose), and a bowlful of sauce. The flavor isn't bad, but that isn't enough to make me feel satisfied. I'll give Jimmy Dean credit for convenience. Like many frozen meals, it's easy to microwave and eat from the bowl. But quality? Ehh... and flavor, maybe average. Maybe I'm picky, but this isn't something I enjoyed. I tried two flavors and both were pretty terrible. Unfortunately that means I won't be giving Jimmy Dean frozen meals another chance and honestly, I'm not sure I have much interest in trying other Jimmy Dean products now.

If you're curious to know more, you can visit their Facebook and Twitter pages. I'm just one opinion, so shop around for other reviews, but definitely don't buy these based on the box photography.

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