My wife and I are doing our best to rely less heavily on takeout food, and have been buying more ingredients and easily-prepared meals. A commercial on my parents’ TV for Uncle Ben’s Entrees enticed me to try the product. In the advert, fluffy, separated grains of dry-looking rice with juicy chunks of chicken are enjoyed by a slim, sexy woman who is so exhausted from work that she can’t be bothered to wear a shirt (seriously, she’s wearing a bra in a rice ad). I’m exhausted, hungry, and mostly nude after work as well so Betty Bazooms made an impression on me. The product looked similar to dishes I often order from restaurants so this looked right up my alley. I bought a package for about $4 from the local grocer.
I squished the bag gently to separate the contents, made a small tear in the top of the bag, and stuck it in my microwave for 90 seconds as per the instructions. I let it cool for a bit and poured it into a bowl. There’s no way to cook this stuff incorrectly. Heat bag, eat bag.
This stuff looked like cat food. It was a gelatinous mass; a far cry from the cascading single grains in the commercial. I squeezed the contents out like toothpaste and the resulting mush stood firm like lumpy mashed potatoes. Bachelor chow. But heck, I’ve eaten worse-looking stuff so I dug in.
One dig is all I could eat before it went in the garbage. I had a zen-like moment where I truly understood the scientific term "bolus". I’m amazed I could swallow it.
I’m not being dramatic here. I am by no means a picky eater. I spent a good span of my life subsisting on no-name white cheddar macaroni. I enjoy McDonalds. So help me, I even eat my wife’s vegetarian meat substitutes ("goo on a stick", we call it).
This Uncle Ben’s Bistro Entrée was perhaps the saltiest thing I had ever put in my mouth. Before dumping this gruel in the trash I picked the empty package out and cursed myself for not having read the nutritional information before purchase.
1.3 grams of salt per 250g package. That’s about 1 in 200 parts salt. Over half the recommended daily intake. Salt and some kind of spicy powder are all I could taste while gumming this lumpy mulch.
Uncle Ben’s Bistro Entrées are simply repulsive. Do not poison yourself or your family with this product.
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