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Jul 17, 2008 06:30 AM

Meal Mart "amazing meals"

for a while i have been seeing these in the store. they are tv dinner, that do not need refrigeration, and can be reheated in the microwave. i have always been skeptical of these, based on the Mon Cuisine TV dinners, which i think are horrible.

however last night i decided to experiment. i bought the beef cholent, and the rib steak.

Beef Cholent - it came with a thin piece of kishke and a small piece of kugel. microwaved for 1:45. it was delicious!!!! there was a lot of beef, and it wasnt crappy meat, it was good chunks of cholent meat. the kishke was delicioius as was the kugel. the best part of it was that since its never frozen, you dont get a bite of food that is boiling followed by a frozen piece. everything had the correct texture, and while it was all in one tray (no partitions) it wasnt one big mush.

Rib Steak - it came with potato kugel, sliced carrots, and farfel. again i was shocked at how good it was. it was a big chunk of meat that was very tender. i would classify it more as a roast than a steak, but i figured that was what it would be.

all in all, i was very please, and at $4.39 in brachs, it was a reasonable price. not something i would buy everyday, but when the time comes that i will need something like that, i will not hesitate to get them.

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      1. re: kiddush hopper

        thanks, Going to Lancaster PA in a week and half and figured we might try them

        1. re: berel

          Berel, are you aware that there is glatt kosher fast food in Dutch Wonderland ?Dutch Wonderland is located , I believe , in the Lancaster area. I hear that although it is fast food it is pretty good. You can get more information on Let me know what you think of the food ,please as we are going later in the summer. Thanks.

          1. re: momrn

            I've already looked into that website. We've decided to bring our own food as we find the kosher food in out of ways places is usually expensive and pretty bad

            1. re: momrn

              You're absolutely right. The kosher food in Dutch Wonderland is absolutely HORRIBLE and a huge rip off. You're better off bringing your own food.

              1. re: ariellasdaddy

                I went to Dutch Wonderland and found that the food was actually very good. I go every year and dont shlep as much food because we eat the kosher food for supper in the park.

      2. If anyone is able to distinguish "crappy meat" from "good chunks of cholent meat," I would imagine it would be someone with the moniker, "Kiddush Hopper."

        Kiddush Hopper, take note: You mention that you "think the Mon Cuisine TV dinners are horrible." I believe that the entire line of Mon Cuisine, while made by Meal Mart, is parve and not real meat; this may have something to do with your dislike. I'll leave it for another more in the know than yours truly to ascertain if the Mon Cuisine entrees have crappy soy or good chunks of soy meat.

        As for the dangers of soy (prevalent in Mon Cuisine entrees), I strongly recommend checking out for an excellent article about soy and for an excellent book about soy products.

        I stand corrected: Only Mon Cuisine products in GREEN BOXES (entrees, pot pies, hors d'erve, imitation seafood) are parve. Mon Cuisine products in blue boxes - such as baked ziti, lasagna, and eggplant entrees - are dairy (milchig) and I believe there may now be some Mon Cuisine products in white packaging - Asian-type dinners, perhaps - that are meat (fleishig).


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        1. re: midasgold

          I strongly recommend that anyone reading the article in "Mothering" referenced above also carefully read all the "letters in response" to it, because almost all (after the first two or three) are highly critical of it, and point out the tremendously unbalanced picture that it paints, as well as the lack of scientific accuracy in it.

          1. re: queenscook

            Always amazes me how some people will buy the opinions of these outliers hook-line-and-sinker despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.

          2. re: midasgold

            Mon Cuisine has always had fleishig items such as salisbury steak,which used to be ok for what it was, although the portion size was not large. I have not had one in quite a while , but I have seen the fleishig line in stores.

          3. I have had good experiences with the ready to eat/no refrig. needed My Own Meals.

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            1. re: Kosher Critic

              that's probably the we'll go. we vacuum pack it an put it on ice, and then into the fridge at the motel

            2. i come from a family that still believes diet soda could not be good for u bc of all the "chemicals" - - u can imagine what they would think if they heard about meat that isnt refrigerated or frozen. HOW is this stuff ok to eat?

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              1. re: daverose808

                Why should it be any different than a can of tuna fish? It's vacuum sealed just like stuff in cans; it's just not in a can.

                1. re: queenscook

                  tuna is packed in saltwater as a preservative. Vacuum sealing, while it does slow down the decay process, I have to wonder too as to what kind of preservatives they're using

                2. re: daverose808

                  Meat has been canned since the process was invented (Napoleonic wars - they sealed meat/vegetables in champagne bottles). With the advent of aseptic packaging products like milk, which previously required refrigeration, could be stored for extended periods. The packaging has been modified over the years to simplify the process and cut down on materials, costs and weight (more efficient processing and shipping of MREs to our troops). It's all still basically the same idea.

                3. I happen to really like the eggplant "parm" meal (it is actually parve!) I put it in the microwave for 1.5 minutes and then add in shreaded cheese and microwave (covered) for another minute of so.
                  Besides the fact that my poodle goes BONKERS when I make this (he loves the cheese and of course I share!) I really enjoy this. It is a yummy (IMO) dish!