marie Callenders — Chicken Pot Pie
I wasn't feeling well and have been diagnosed with IBS. I can usually control the pain and cramping by staying away from certain foods. Obviously, gassy foods, broccoli, cheese is a real disaster, asparagus, well, you see what I mean. When the symptoms begin, I take the medication to help, although it is a muscle relaxant and causes a groggy and "high" feeling, so I prefer to just take certain foods out of my diet.
Today, was one of those days, couldn't resist a cup of broccoli cheese soup, and thought just a small cup wouldn't make a difference. It did. My husband felt so bad, he made a special trip to Safeway in Vancouver, Washington to get me a Marie Callender Roasted chicken pot pie.
The name brand has always been the most expensive and looks very good on commercials. The chicken meat almost always looks perfect, made from the breast or white meat parts and looks absolutely scrumptious.
Today, was not one of those days, and after cooking per instructions, I took my first bite.
My first reaction was to check and make sure exactly what type of meat I was eating. Cat? Raccoon? possibly O'Possum?
The meat was dark in color, with the "pressed" look to it and full of gristle.
I had to spit it out after gagging. After digging into the rest, found several more pieces, with the same stringy bits, dark and spongy and so my dog got an expensive treat to say the least.
He could have got the Safeway brand or a Swanson product, but thought he was buying quality with the name, Marie Callender. Price was way more than your competition, close to 3$ for one small roasted chicken pot pie.
What is so sad, is the bogo free, was the deal so I have 2 more of these special dog treats in my freezer, and I will never try a Marie Callender product again. I understand the occasional pit in your cherry pies, or a little hard bit which hadn't been peeled to include the stem/apple connection but now, I am not a fan, will never again buy a product made by your company, and these were my choices for my holiday dinners.
This was actually very disgusting and I never thought chicken had gristly parts, and quality control was asleep at the proverbial wheel that day.
I don't know if I will ever by any product from this company, would like to know what your substandard meals are marketed under, as a generic name so I can avoid that as well.
I normally would have just chalked it up to a "bad batch" but even when I cook chicken and remove the meat for soup from the bones, have never used stringy, connective tissue to make soup. and wasted almost 10$ in an attempt to alleviate an ongoing issue.
This was truly disgusting, and my first letter complaining about a stupid pot pie.
Just for your information, the dog loved it, and why wouldn't she? The meat was the same they use when making dog food. Talk about hot dogs and what is included in the ingredients. If you wouldn't feed it to your kids, then why would you feed it to yourself?
Thank you for your time,
PS. I am doing fine, and the cramping and pain, which can be unbearable, where I end up on the floor in the fetal position, IBS is not a "joke", can be signs of Celiacs or Chrons disease, thank God DNA screening is available and it is controlled by diet and a little green capsule called Bentyl, And a mild, tasty advertised pot pie, sounded calming, easily digested and very good.
So, Marie Callender's Roasted Chicken Pot Pie rating was -1 out of 10.
This was pretty sickening and I will either take these back or just cook them for my dog. So I hope they don't hurt her in any way.
Even when I remove the meat from a baked chicken, I only encounter pieces like this where the sinew, tendons, non-muscle parts connect to the bone and allow this to pass through the processing part of your system? This type of "meat" in my opinion, should never have been allowed to be used in your overpriced, great looking advertised and inedible ingredient in an American favorite?
I will never again by or suggest Marie Callender products, not limited to your pot pies. Now, I guess I should have really thought about your processes after cherry pits, stems and apple pieces, which I now consider to be another overlooked "'quality control" standard for Marie Callender's pre-cooked meals, including your pies. I will say this, your crusts are very good, and tasty, but so are others. If the inside is non complimentary to what is outside, it makes a huge difference. Crusts are the easy part.