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marie callender pies?????

Are they any good? Are there any frozen pies that maybe considered?

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  1. The chicken and turkey ones are better than the beef. The high fat/salt content makes them palatable. I keep a few in the freezer as childhood-regression/default dinners.

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    1. re: flavrmeistr

      I don't know if the OP meant the fruit pies and not the meat pies, but regarding the meat pies, ever take a look at how many calories are in them? Whoa! 890 in the chicken, with a good portion of it being fat calories. That said, I guess that is what makes it taste good, lol.

      1. re: monkuboy

        Precisely. Of course, it's the stuff that eventually kills you that makes life worth living.

    2. MC's meat pies are better than Swanson's, but that's not saying much. They still fit the bill when you get that gravy and piecrust craving. The fruit cobblers are good in a pinch.

      1. My sister is a splendid pie baker and says that if you have to get a grocery store pie, MC will do.

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        1. re: jillp

          Mrs Budd's pies are good! We like the all white meat.Makes a nice meal- regular or the one with brocolli and carrots!Really hits the spot on a cool or cold night.We try to think of it as a "healthy meal"!

          1. re: sandramrma

            Better not read the "nutrition facts" portion of the label, then.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Oh, you should never read the "nutritional facts" for any prepared food; it just spoils the whole experience. If you really know how bad they are for you it takes away all the fun.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                you did see the quotation marks around "healthy dinner" We know it is not really healthy but they sure do taste good-and make a relatively fast and tasty meal on a a cool night and I think are not quite as bad nutrition wise as some other brands.

          2. This month's Rachel Ray Magazine has a section on frozen pot pies and rates all of the popular store bought varieties. I forget where MC came out but it might be worth checking out the article if you are interested....

            1. Interesting that no one has mentioned the dessert pies....theyr're not bad for a cheap pie--5.99 on special. Certainly better than a grocery store frozen dessert pie and respectable enough to take to an impromtu pot luck.

              I work at a Thanksgiving day meal service for those who can't or won't be able to cook their own meal or eat with family--many, many MC pumpkin , mince, and apple pies come in as donations. They are better than average for store bought.

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              1. re: toodie jane

                In preparation for my dad's annual birthday lemon meringue pie, we held a taste test by buying a slice of LM pie from Baker's Square, Coco's, MC, and 2 local independent bakeries. MC's crust and lemon filling beat out BS and Coco's, but wasn't as good as the locals (Cosentino and Draegar's). Of course, my homemade ones are the best because I use butter and fresh lemon juice, but who has 2 free hours?)

                1. re: Claudette

                  Claudette, you must be in the San Jose, CA area.
                  At least that's the only place I know of with all those names within a 20 mile radius. I got a kick out of your dad's birthday pie. My dad had the same one. Only Mom's would do of course, but when he was alive only Mom's was avaialble..

              2. Claim Jumper's pies are even better, flaky crust, relatively big chunks of chicken in a relatively decent sauce. My friend loves these. However, at around 1000 calories I can't have more than a taste. These are big single serving pies.

                1. I bought a lemon meringue because it was only $5.99 - I hated it and tossed it out.

                  1. The MC Razzelberry pie is almost as good as you would home make. I have had it many times and am always surprised how good it is. The apple they make is ok, but you would never mistake it for home made, where as most people think the razzelberry is home made.

                    1. Regarding the Marie Callenders fruit pies, you can't go wrong. The Razzelberry is wonderful, however the Very Berry Blackberry is out of this world. We have bought several of each and only had one bad experience. In one of the Very Berry Blackberry pies there was a Blackberry Stem with several thorns on it. My wife got 3 little cuts inside her mouth and on her tongue. But it will not keep us from buying more, these are the best store bought pies you will ever find....