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Oct 25, 2011 05:10 PM

I had a ribeye from The Dollar Tree,

I did this because after telling a few people about the frozen rib eye's at the Dollar Tree, I was chastised for not "taking one for the team" and spending a buck to try it.
This is a 3.75oz frozen steak, that is 30% tenderizing solution. It looked like frozen coffee.
After thawing it seemed to be so, I don't know, liquid?, that it would fall through the grill. I was close, but it did firm up as the moisture cooked out. After a couple minutes, it turned an interesting grey color, and I pronounced it done.
Having very low expectations, I brought in a second sampler. My best friend Gabe. He wasn't told anything about it, just a willing participant.
My first bite, also my last, confirmed what you would expect from this. It had the texture of baked beans, and the flavor immediately made me think of when I was very young, and had a chemistry set.
I don't remember eating the chemicals, but maybe doing so is why I don't.
Gabe had an entirely different opinion. He seemed to believe it was a delicious piece of meat he would be happy to have for dinner every night. Chowed down every bite and looked at me longingly for more.
Gabe is not only my best friend, he is mans best friend.
Pick one up to treat your dog when you are grilling.
I understand the economy is hurting a lot of people very bad. The dollar menu at any fast food place is a better option.

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  1. Excellent review. Lol about your best friend Gabe. :)

    1. This almost makes me want to get a dog. I can see myself joking about dollar tree steaks to my friends.

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      1. re: Fibber McGee

        I use the neighbors pets for things of this sort.

        Great post. Thanks for taking one for the team.

      2. you didn't mention the price, it may be a good value as a substitute for Gabe's regular fare.

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        1. re: treb

          Everything at The Dollar Tree is a dollar.
          Gabe's regular food is bit healthier than this, and likely taste better.
          No, I won't do a taste test.

        2. Oh man. Talk about taking one for the team! I'm still chuckling at this post, great story. And poor Gabe, I'm sure he loves it but yeah I think there's better stuff for him to be eating, fewer chemicals anyway.

          A $1 "ribeye", sheesh. I can barely even go into a Dollar Tree store, it's just so, i dunno. I don't think I could go in there regularly even if I had seriously limited income. And the worst possible thing I could think of buying in there is food, and yet that is what is expanding most right now in those stores. Cheaper and cheaper godawful "food"....

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          1. re: CrazyOne

            lol, that's hilarious - amazing it's even vaguely edible for $1. in fact, the fact that it's even cheaper than a lot of dogfood might be the right thing in this economy!

            great review

            1. re: CrazyOne

              Depends on the Dollar Tree.

              Some actually have decent produce, or at least no worse than your supermarket produce.

              The problem with Dollar Tree is the $1. Sometimes that price seems like a bargain, but if you compare the unit price to regular supermarkets, a lot of times it is more expensive.

              1. re: rworange

                Agreed. Things like lunch bags, foil, plastic wrap, can all be had cheaper elsewhere.
                Generic OTC drugs are usually way cheaper at DT.
                I go mostly for Koops Deli mustard. It's 1.89 cheaper than at the grocery store 100 yards away, and the Cajun Chef habanero hot sauce. 17oz for a buck, and it's a damn fine all purpose hot sauce, and I know hot sauces.
                Like most anywhere, you have to pay attention.
                Now, they also have frozen chicken thigh meat. Anyone want to take a chance on that?

                1. re: Bobfrmia

                  >>> Now, they also have frozen chicken thigh meat. Anyone want to take a chance on that?

                  Gabe ... here boy.

                  Tho ... given his paws up for the ribeye, Gabe might not be a chow hound.,

                  1. re: rworange

                    I once tossed him a delicious potsticker. He swallowed it whole. A little while later I dropped an ice cube, He grabbed it and spent the next few minutes chewing it up and enjoying it.
                    I did not have anything to do with domesticating these animals.
                    Gabe is a hound, but the chow prefix just doesn't belong.

                2. re: rworange

                  I am in love with 99 cent only stores! Organic produce, name brand lunch meats! Recently got
                  three heads in 1 pack romaine lettuce, 9 oz bags fresh spinach, red, yellow, orange and green peppers, 2 for a dollar, Butterball Sliced deli turkey, grape tomatoes, 3 pk of individual Jif Peanut butter for lunches, Pillsbury 50% less sugar chocolate cake mix, the list goes on and on and on and I am not even to the cleaning products like Palmolive dish soaps, Ajax, Renuzit, Silkience Shampoo, ........

                  1. re: Axlsgoddess

                    They also now have Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner w/ bleach. That sells for almost $4 in other stores. You better believe I bought 6 bottles.

                    On the food topic, I get some really great and interesting foods at The Ninety Nine, as we call it. Kraft sour cream, Hormel lunch meat, Kraft string cheese, the list goes on.

                    1. re: Axlsgoddess

                      imho, the food offerings at 99 cent only are far better than those at Dollar stores.
                      also, between the various 99 cent only stores, the ones that are located nearest to Whole Foods stores are the most likely to carry the fresh, organic, produce.

                    2. re: rworange

                      The portions are much smaller as well. I think the $1 option is good for single people, elderly on fixed incomes and heck even families saving on brand name snacks. Dollar tree is a marvel a lot of name brand food and drinks u name it. I like the ribeye throw it with ramen and broccoli wala not only cost saving but mmm mm good. I didn't know about the " chemicals" but I'm hoping its not cloned meat or something. For those of u that put more on wat society says keep giving your money away I spent 60 dollars for wat I know would be well close to 200 at target or cubs.

                  2. LOL

                    What did Gabe ever do to you?