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Jun 9, 2013 11:39 AM

Can't believe it has come to this

Prepackaged 100 calorie "steaks". One of the nastier processed diet things I have ever seen.

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  1. Ew that is gross. And, I know from experience that 100 calories of an actual steak is nowhere near that size, so it makes me shudder to think of what that actually is.

    1. Where on earth did you see this travesty?

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        1. re: foodieX2

          Well, that explains it. Stop and Shop is the worst grocery store chain in Massachusetts. Their prices at the location near me (Lexington) are ridiculous and their produce is so dreadful the produce manager should not only be fired, but shot. I only shop there when I need some boring staple like milk or paper towels.

          1. re: foodieX2

            They have them at Shop and Stop in Middletown, NJ, also. (That's where I saw the label that I quote elsewhere in this thread.)

        2. Those "Chef's Requested" steaks do look revolting, squished into their plastic containers. But I think they're only small-portioned vacuum-packed trimmed pieces of intact steak, rather than being excessively processed.

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          1. re: drongo

            I also think that's the idea. But they look gross in the picture.

            1. re: drongo

              I retract what I wrote about them not being excessively processed. Here's the way the company describes them:
              "Made from an extremely lean, tender cut of Choice beef and mechanically enhanced for high palatability. Lean USDA Choice steaks marinated for flavor and portioned to contain 100 or 200 calories with zero waste."

              "Mechanically enhanced" and "marinated for flavor" suggest excessively processed to me.

            2. I think the idea is, if your on a diet you keep that in the freezer and look at it every time your hungry to suppress your appetite.

              'Oh Im really hungry for a steak, lets see what I got in the no, I'll just have an apple.' :p

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              1. re: NekoNekoFancyPants


                I think they took the notion that a serving size should be no more than a deck of cards a little too literally. Thhat stuff looks like a deck of meat.

              2. It looks to me like another use of meat glue. Think McRibs.

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                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  That's exactly what I thought of - a combination of meat scraps and pink slime.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Exactly... I had a close look at these things at the supermarket, and it looks precisely like a glued/formed product.