Van de Kamp Crispy Haddock Filets Review

Van de Kamp Crispy Haddock Filets Review

Van de Kamp Crispy Haddock Filets Review

"TV dinners" (frozen, pre-cooked, heat and eat meals) have been around for more than 70 years.  In all that time, very few manufacturers seems to have mastered having fried food emerge from the oven or microwave with any semblance of "crispiness."  Why is that? Van de Kamp's brand has been around since 1915 and started as a potato chip stand on the streets of Los Angeles.  Today it's own by ConAgra, and is one of the largest producers of frozen seafood in the country.  No doubt you have had many ConAgra products in your kitchen at one time or another.  Their diverse portfolio includes Slim Jims, Hunts, Duncan Hines, Redi-Whip, Vlasic, Birds Eye, Orville Redenbacher and many more. Couple months back I reviewed Young's brand frozen fish and chips, and I was quite happy with it.  You can read my review here.  I was looking for Young's the day I purchased the Van de Kamp product, but in retropsect the only place I have seen it is WalMart and I wasn't about to make a special trip.  Young's has nailed the crispiness factor and the fries are pretty good as well. Van de Kamp's is an adequate substitute.  While not as crispy as Young's, it's pretty good, and the fish is flaky with good flavor.  Some of the breading does come up when removing it from the pan. Incidentally, if you're a new reader, any frozen product that gives you the option of conventional oven heating or microwave, my reviews will always be based on conventional oven results. Call me old-fashioned. Anyway, I have VdK filets left over, think I'll go grab a couple!“TV dinners” (frozen, pre-cooked, heat and eat meals) have been around for more than 70 years.  In all that time, very few manufacturers seems to have mastered having fried food emerge from the oven or microwave with any semblance of “crispiness.”  Why is that?

Van de Kamp’s brand has been around since 1915 and started as a potato chip stand on the streets of Los Angeles.  Today it’s own by ConAgra, and is one of the largest producers of frozen seafood in the country.  No doubt you have had many ConAgra products in your kitchen at one time or another.  Their diverse portfolio includes Slim Jims, Hunts, Duncan Hines, Redi-Whip, Vlasic, Birds Eye, Orville Redenbacher and many more.

Couple months back I reviewed Young’s brand frozen fish and chips, and I was quite happy with it.  You can read my review here.  I was looking for Young’s the day I purchased the Van de Kamp product, but in retropsect the only place I have seen it is WalMart and I wasn’t about to make a special trip.  Young’s has nailed the crispiness factor and the fries are pretty good as well.

Van de Kamp’s is an adequate substitute.  While not as crispy as Young’s, it’s pretty good, and the fish is flaky with good flavor.  Some of the breading does come up when removing it from the pan.

Incidentally, if you’re a new reader, any frozen product that gives you the option of conventional oven heating or microwave, my reviews will always be based on conventional oven results. Call me old-fashioned.

Anyway, I have VdK filets left over, think I’ll go grab a couple!

"TV dinners" (frozen, pre-cooked, heat and eat meals) have been around for more than 70 years.  In all that time, very few manufacturers seems to have mastered having fried food emerge from the oven or microwave with any semblance of "crispiness."  Why is that? Van de Kamp's brand has been around since 1915 and started as a potato chip stand on the streets of Los Angeles.  Today it's own by ConAgra, and is one of the largest producers of frozen seafood in the country.  No doubt you have had many ConAgra products in your kitchen at one time or another.  Their diverse portfolio includes Slim Jims, Hunts, Duncan Hines, Redi-Whip, Vlasic, Birds Eye, Orville Redenbacher and many more. Couple months back I reviewed Young's brand frozen fish and chips, and I was quite happy with it.  You can read my review here.  I was looking for Young's the day I purchased the Van de Kamp product, but in retropsect the only place I have seen it is WalMart and I wasn't about to make a special trip.  Young's has nailed the crispiness factor and the fries are pretty good as well. Van de Kamp's is an adequate substitute.  While not as crispy as Young's, it's pretty good, and the fish is flaky with good flavor.  Some of the breading does come up when removing it from the pan. Incidentally, if you're a new reader, any frozen product that gives you the option of conventional oven heating or microwave, my reviews will always be based on conventional oven results. Call me old-fashioned. Anyway, I have VdK filets left over, think I'll go grab a couple!
Out of box frozen
"TV dinners" (frozen, pre-cooked, heat and eat meals) have been around for more than 70 years.  In all that time, very few manufacturers seems to have mastered having fried food emerge from the oven or microwave with any semblance of "crispiness."  Why is that? Van de Kamp's brand has been around since 1915 and started as a potato chip stand on the streets of Los Angeles.  Today it's own by ConAgra, and is one of the largest producers of frozen seafood in the country.  No doubt you have had many ConAgra products in your kitchen at one time or another.  Their diverse portfolio includes Slim Jims, Hunts, Duncan Hines, Redi-Whip, Vlasic, Birds Eye, Orville Redenbacher and many more. Couple months back I reviewed Young's brand frozen fish and chips, and I was quite happy with it.  You can read my review here.  I was looking for Young's the day I purchased the Van de Kamp product, but in retropsect the only place I have seen it is WalMart and I wasn't about to make a special trip.  Young's has nailed the crispiness factor and the fries are pretty good as well. Van de Kamp's is an adequate substitute.  While not as crispy as Young's, it's pretty good, and the fish is flaky with good flavor.  Some of the breading does come up when removing it from the pan. Incidentally, if you're a new reader, any frozen product that gives you the option of conventional oven heating or microwave, my reviews will always be based on conventional oven results. Call me old-fashioned. Anyway, I have VdK filets left over, think I'll go grab a couple!
After baking 
"TV dinners" (frozen, pre-cooked, heat and eat meals) have been around for more than 70 years.  In all that time, very few manufacturers seems to have mastered having fried food emerge from the oven or microwave with any semblance of "crispiness."  Why is that? Van de Kamp's brand has been around since 1915 and started as a potato chip stand on the streets of Los Angeles.  Today it's own by ConAgra, and is one of the largest producers of frozen seafood in the country.  No doubt you have had many ConAgra products in your kitchen at one time or another.  Their diverse portfolio includes Slim Jims, Hunts, Duncan Hines, Redi-Whip, Vlasic, Birds Eye, Orville Redenbacher and many more. Couple months back I reviewed Young's brand frozen fish and chips, and I was quite happy with it.  You can read my review here.  I was looking for Young's the day I purchased the Van de Kamp product, but in retropsect the only place I have seen it is WalMart and I wasn't about to make a special trip.  Young's has nailed the crispiness factor and the fries are pretty good as well. Van de Kamp's is an adequate substitute.  While not as crispy as Young's, it's pretty good, and the fish is flaky with good flavor.  Some of the breading does come up when removing it from the pan. Incidentally, if you're a new reader, any frozen product that gives you the option of conventional oven heating or microwave, my reviews will always be based on conventional oven results. Call me old-fashioned. Anyway, I have VdK filets left over, think I'll go grab a couple!
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“TV dinners” (frozen, pre-cooked, heat and eat meals) have been around for more than 70 years.  In all that time, very few manufacturers seems to have mastered having fried food emerge from the oven or microwave with any semblance of “crispiness.”  Why is that?

Van de Kamp’s brand has been around since 1915 and started as a potato chip stand on the streets of Los Angeles.  Today it’s own by ConAgra, and is one of the largest producers of frozen seafood in the country.  No doubt you have had many ConAgra products in your kitchen at one time or another.  Their diverse portfolio includes Slim Jims, Hunts, Duncan Hines, Redi-Whip, Vlasic, Birds Eye, Orville Redenbacher and many more.

Couple months back I reviewed Young’s brand frozen fish and chips, and I was quite happy with it.  You can read my review here.  I was looking for Young’s the day I purchased the Van de Kamp product, but in retropsect the only place I have seen it is WalMart and I wasn’t about to make a special trip.  Young’s has nailed the crispiness factor and the fries are pretty good as well.

Van de Kamp’s is an adequate substitute.  While not as crispy as Young’s, it’s pretty good, and the fish is flaky with good flavor.  Some of the breading does come up when removing it from the pan.

Incidentally, if you’re a new reader, any frozen product that gives you the option of conventional oven heating or microwave, my reviews will always be based on conventional oven results. Call me old-fashioned.

Anyway, I have VdK filets left over, think I’ll go grab a couple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van de Kamp Crispy Haddock Filets Review

Van de Kamp Crispy Haddock Filets Review