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Embarrassing Frozen Foods You Always Keep on Hand?

dinnercraft Dec 23, 2009 10:58 AM

I always, always maintain at least one box of Stouffer's Macaroni and Beef in my freezer at all times, in preparation for some kind of "emergency" scenario that never seems to come. In fact, when I get down to one box, I never eat it, because then I won't have any more. There is also almost always a freezerburned Tina's "Red Hot Beef" burrito rolling around in there somewhere.

How about you? What embarrassing frozen delicacies won't you admit to keeping on hand?

  1. HillJ Nov 11, 2013 06:48 AM

    Frozen eggplant parm (2-3 rounds per box).
    I defrost them, place inside an Italian roll, top with cheese, foil wrap and bake for 10 minutes. Love that quick fix. When the brand goes on sale, I load up.

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      Siegal Nov 11, 2013 06:46 AM

      I have a thing for lean pockets and frozen white castles....

      I'm not proud of either

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        bdachow Mar 23, 2010 06:40 AM

        OMG, White Castle cheese burgers...never know when a hangover cure is needed.

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          jeanmarieok Mar 22, 2010 07:12 PM

          Tater tots, Mrs. Ts potato and cheese pierogis, frozen soft pretzels, and Eggo waffles.

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          1. re: jeanmarieok
            dinaofdoom Mar 30, 2010 07:56 PM

            oh, mrs. ts pierogis, i love you so.
            i don't always have these on hand, but my waistline thanks me for this.

            1. re: dinaofdoom
              rozz01 Mar 31, 2010 08:49 PM

              I used to buy Mrs. T's, now get the big ole bag from Schwans... sorta embarassing as I live alove :)

              1. re: rozz01
                dinaofdoom Mar 31, 2010 09:07 PM

                you should not be embarrassed by your pierogi love.

            2. re: jeanmarieok
              Kholvaitar Nov 11, 2013 06:34 AM

              I have Cherry Vereniki in the freezer..


            3. DallasDude Mar 22, 2010 06:36 PM


              1. nofunlatte Mar 22, 2010 05:12 PM

                Those no-sugar-added fudge pops, at about 40 calories each. Totally processed, totally fake, yet I love them.

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                  Antithesisofpop Mar 21, 2010 09:02 PM

                  Lean Pockets in a couple different flavors - usually pepperoni and chicken and broccoli. Frozen waffles. The local grocery store sometimes offers a 10 for $10 special on random food stuffs, so I tend to buy in bulk and freeze random things. I currently have excessive amounts of pita bread and hot dogs in the freezer.

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                    libgirl2 Mar 21, 2010 02:05 PM

                    Stouffer's chicken rigatoni dinner and chicken kievs. I work a couple of nights a week and those are two things the guys can cook on their own, besides leftovers.

                    1. coney with everything Mar 14, 2010 05:31 AM

                      Stouffers Spinach Souffle, and Corn Souffle when I can find it

                      1. Honeychan Dec 31, 2009 02:27 PM

                        Steak-Ums for quick lunch/snack. Got addicted to them in high school.
                        Fish sticks from Costco.
                        Frozen cod from Trader Joes

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                        1. re: Honeychan
                          beethoven Mar 13, 2010 08:27 PM

                          Crispy Crowns, which are basically real short Tater Tots. The ratio of crunchy-outside to tender-inside is much more felicitous than their taller cousins. Eaten dipped in mayo/horseradish/ketchup sauce.

                        2. mtngirlnv Dec 31, 2009 02:20 PM

                          Pizza rolls....shhhhh

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                            rudybaga Dec 31, 2009 04:40 AM

                            Hey dinnercraft, don't want to hijack the thread, but have you noticed a change in the taste of that Stouffers mac&beef? My wife and I used to love it , but a couple of years ago they changed the flavor (changed the box at the same time). The new stuff is just not as good. You notice anything?

                            We did write Stouffers to express our opinion, got a form letter back and a couple coupons.

                            We've been trying to duplicate the original recipe at home, and can't quite find it. Any ideas?

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                            1. re: rudybaga
                              dinnercraft Jan 5, 2010 06:41 AM

                              We are living outside the country right now, so it has been a couple of (very sad) years since we last tasted Macaroni and Beef. I am in a hotel room in the States right now, and will go buy a box to try out.

                              Otherwise, no, I have been trying to develop a recipe for our website for a while now, and haven't come up with any reliable facsimile. Probably because we don't have any xanthan gum on hand. :)

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                              laliz Dec 30, 2009 12:48 PM

                              Trader Joe's frozen mashed potato (disks)

                              1. lisavf Dec 30, 2009 11:59 AM

                                Stouffer's French Bread Pizza. Some nights that's all I can manage, and that's all DH really wants.

                                1. woodleyparkhound Dec 30, 2009 08:57 AM

                                  I always have a lot of frozen Weight Watcher dinners in there - I take them to work for lunch. I just can't resist the convenience.

                                  1. MandalayVA Dec 30, 2009 05:30 AM

                                    My husband is addicted to sugar-free Cool Whip so I always have a couple of tubs in the freezer.

                                    1. iluvcookies Dec 30, 2009 05:07 AM

                                      Store-brand frozen tater tots. I like them sooo much better than the Ore-ida kind.
                                      Stouffer's Mac and Cheese.

                                      And as fourunder mentioned, those Buitoni frozen pizzas were a staple in my grandparent's freezer when I was a kid. I do miss them (the pizzas I mean, Grandma and Gramps are still around)

                                      1. BamiaWruz Dec 30, 2009 02:59 AM

                                        Breaded chicken fingers? not embarrassed about it since i love them :)

                                        Garlic bread baguettes.
                                        Perogies, frozen cheese ravioli/tortillini

                                        Puff pastry - always!

                                        1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 29, 2009 10:08 PM

                                          The freezer at work always has a stash of frozen bean and cheese burritos. As the work week trudges on I find I need something more rib sticking and savory than granola and yogurt or oatmeal. As an added bonus there is always a community jar/tub of salsa in the fridge to eat with it. At home bagel bites, pot stickers, white castle cheese burgers, mini corn dogs and lean pockets. My freezer doesn't work so great; however, my ideal freezer would have many of the treats posted.

                                          1. Perilagu Khan Dec 26, 2009 08:24 AM

                                            Don't always keep 'em on hand, but I do love Totino's frozen pizzas and Chung King mini egg rolls. And back when they still made them, I used to love Patio's six cheese enchilada tray.

                                            1. dinaofdoom Dec 25, 2009 09:00 PM

                                              my freezer is totally filled up right now with all sorts of holiday specials (not sure why, because they are not typically "holiday" things but they were all on sale so i stocked up).
                                              poblano chicken queso
                                              chicken spinach artichoke dip
                                              vegetarian samosas
                                              portobello mushrooms puffs, and their spinach/tomato cousins
                                              sweet potato fries
                                              unsalted butter
                                              (these are all store-brand so my whole foods/central market/farmer's market friends would turn their nose up for sure.)
                                              i'm single, so this will all last a good long while...

                                              a few lean cuisines for work "lunch emergencies", where the caf is closed and i don't have a lot of time and money for lunch.
                                              they are pretty carby flavors, and/or mexican.

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                                              1. re: dinaofdoom
                                                kubasd Dec 25, 2009 10:52 PM

                                                well those sound delicious to me...... you can invite me over for those veggie samosas and fries anytime, lol

                                                1. re: kubasd
                                                  dinaofdoom Dec 29, 2009 09:43 PM

                                                  i guess that since they are "grocery store brand", most people lump them one rung lower than other products.
                                                  but whatever-- my tummy is happy.

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                                                iMichele Dec 25, 2009 08:26 PM

                                                I love tator tots. I wished that I could make them homemade, but I don't think they would be the same.

                                                1. Cherylptw Dec 25, 2009 05:37 PM

                                                  Ice cream and puff pastry for desserts ( I have a huge sweet tooth!) I'm also nearing the end of a year of free frozen 32 oz. Asian dinner entrees (Kahiki Brand, the result of a recipe contest win :), with a delivery every month. I'm almost embarrased to open my deep freezer in front of people; its stocked to the brim!

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                                                    RGC1982 Dec 25, 2009 03:46 PM

                                                    I'll fess up to a freezer rack full of Lean Cuisine four cheese pizzas, fettucine and similar items for my teenager to eat when she gets home from school.

                                                    We also keep a box of orange chicken (from Costco) in the house for "emergencies". All we need to do is add rice to this one, and it is really as good as anything you can take home from a chain Chinese restaurant.

                                                    Finally, a box of terriyaki bowls. Again, from Costco. These have terriyaki chicken, rice and a few pieces of carrot and brocolli. DH is inclined to nuke these when I am not home to cook.

                                                    Other than that, I keep some frozen peas for paellas and fried rice, a whole lot of frozen mozzarellas, frozen leftover chicken cutlets, and left over uncooked bacon and ham for omelettes.

                                                    1. tcamp Dec 24, 2009 12:05 PM

                                                      Frozen taquitos from Costco. My kids microwave them for afterschool/before sports snacks.

                                                      Most of the other stuff is not embarrassing but the number of unlabeled mystery foods is a little alarming.

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                                                      1. re: tcamp
                                                        Sharuf Mar 31, 2010 05:03 AM

                                                        Taquitos -- Si! Si! I get mine from TJ's, and some of their guacamole to go with them. Fix some black beans and there's dinner.

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                                                        rockycat Dec 24, 2009 06:38 AM

                                                        Fish sticks. Even though, between letting the oven preheat and the amount of time they take in the oven I could have made something fresh,it works on those nights when I can't face the idea of cooking or getting take-out. We have them so infrequently, the Offspring thinks they're a big treat.

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                                                        1. re: rockycat
                                                          vafarmwife Dec 24, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                          I forgot about fish sticks. I have a bag of those too.

                                                          1. re: rockycat
                                                            pasuga Dec 25, 2009 05:43 PM

                                                            Me three!

                                                            And I really miss Stouffer's beef stew. Doctored up with dill and a little bit of wine it was a decent meal on nights I didn't feel like cooking.

                                                          2. BeeZee Dec 23, 2009 11:57 AM

                                                            Pierogies...when a carb craving hits, how can you top potato wrapped in pasta?
                                                            Microwave for 5 minutes, drain, hit with a little butter and smoked paprika...

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                                                            1. re: BeeZee
                                                              Kelli2006 Dec 24, 2009 08:21 AM

                                                              I prefer to make my own pirogies but I always j keep a box of frozen pirogies during the winter months because they are a great addition to a bowl of chicken soup.

                                                              Do fish sticks and tater tots also count as non-chowish frozen foods.

                                                              1. re: Kelli2006
                                                                juli730 Dec 24, 2009 09:01 AM

                                                                mom will be over tomorrow with the pierogies shes been making for weeks now as Christmas is the only time we treat ourselves to the not frozen kind. Either way, we boil them and then saute in butter and onions - my mouth is watering

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                                                              tzurriz Dec 23, 2009 11:54 AM

                                                              generic frozen waffles. There is nothing like the joy on a toddler's face when you hand them an entire frozen waffle, it tastes good, is a funny shape, and the cold helps with teething.

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                                                                vafarmwife Dec 23, 2009 11:51 AM

                                                                Totino's Party Pizzas
                                                                Lean Cusine Meatloaf Dinner (reminds me of 1970's meatloaf TV dinner)
                                                                Corn Dogs
                                                                Toaster Strudel in Apple Cinnamon

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                                                                  fourunder Dec 23, 2009 11:13 AM

                                                                  How about you? What embarrassing frozen delicacies won't you admit to keeping on hand?
                                                                  Don't you mean what you will admit to?

                                                                  Frozen Veal Patties....reminds me of my youth
                                                                  Frozen Chinese Dumplings.....

                                                                  Speaking of my youth....I wish they would bring back those Buitoni Frozen Pizzas you dropped into your toaster......not a toaster oven.

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                                                                  1. re: fourunder
                                                                    NellyNel Dec 23, 2009 11:20 AM

                                                                    OMG Fourunder!

                                                                    I swear i was just talking to my brother about the Buitoni Toast-R Pizzas!

                                                                    Werent they the BEST??
                                                                    There is nothing like them around - they has such a specific taste...and texture...mmmmm

                                                                    God you cant go back.

                                                                    I always have frozen fries in my freezer.... I used to always have frozen soft pretzels too - but they never lasted long - as I would eat 'em if I had 'em....so sadly that had to stop....

                                                                    1. re: NellyNel
                                                                      fourunder Dec 23, 2009 11:36 AM


                                                                      Not so crazy afterall....am I?

                                                                      1. re: fourunder
                                                                        NellyNel Dec 23, 2009 12:07 PM

                                                                        God you have some memory F!
                                                                        I'll never live it down.....

                                                                        I'd kill for one of those pizzas right now!!

                                                                        I forgot about Pierogies - I used to always have them as well...

                                                                        1. re: NellyNel
                                                                          fourunder Dec 23, 2009 12:11 PM

                                                                          Just trying to keep it fun.....you're a good sport.

                                                                          1. re: fourunder
                                                                            NellyNel Dec 23, 2009 12:27 PM

                                                                            You too!!

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