Packaged Food

Trader Joe’s Sweet Sriracha Bacon Jerky Answers Our Uncured Prayers


A while back, everyone and their moms became really invested in candied sriracha bacon onion rings. The only downside was, now matter how delicious, the recipes actually took some time to make. While wandering purposefully through our local Trader Joe’s, we discovered a curious bag of Sweet Sriracha Uncured Bacon Jerky.

It looks like this:


To our sriracha-coated glee, the jerky tasted phenomenal. It perfectly captures the magic of those sriracha rings, but with none of the kitchen mess. Sure, it’s missing the onion bit, but was that really anyone’s favorite part of the recipe?

The bacon jerky is made with a combination of sriracha-style sauce, honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and spices. One might wonder what the difference between cured and uncured meat could be. Essentially, uncured utilizes natural preservatives. It’s still cured, they just call the process “uncured” for some reason.

You can find a bag for about $5.49 at your local Trader Joe’s. It’s a little costly, but what jerky isn’t?


Packaged Food

First Look at Trader Joe’s Paneer Masala-Filled Naan Bread


When Trader Joe’s announced they were releasing their new Paneer Masala Naan, our first instinct was to head to their website and see for ourselves how good it looked. Unfortunately, their product shots leave a little too much to the imagination, so we had to go and get our hands on some.


The Paneer Masala Naan is Trader Joe’s first filled Naan. Paneer Masala is made with a classic dough said to be formed in West India. Inside the dough is “paneer,” a type of Indian cheese. The naan is blended with Indian spices (masala), then stretched and cooked in a Tandoor oven. The paneer is combined with a variety of ingredients including: green chili, ginger, coriander, onion and masala.

They sell for about $2.29 at Trader Joe’s locations.

When you find TJ’s Paneer Masala Naan, it’s frozen and pretty much fully cooked. All that’s needed is an oven capable of hitting 400F and a couple of minutes for the Naan to reheat.

For something that’s been frozen, it actually tastes like it was freshly baked.


Packaged Food

SPOTTED: Fried Chicken Oreos


I swear to God, if this is fake I’ll flip a table. A photo posted by Instagrammer moorestyle10 recently featured a picture of a pack of Oreo cookies. You may wonder what’s so special about this flavor of Oreos. Maybe that they’re fried chicken-flavored.

With new flavors popping up all the time like Limeade and Peanut Butter Cup, it’s not that hard to believe there could be a fried chicken flavor of Oreos somewhere out there. While we’re gonna keep an eye on these to verify their validity, Fried Chicken Oreos are officially on the radar. If these are real, I’m going to make it a personal goal of mine to find and eat them with a bucket of KFC.

Y’know, for science.

H/T First We Feast

Packaged Food

Uhhh, Nabisco Just Unveiled Bacon-flavored Ritz Crackers

Ritz Bacon Crackers

Because it’s never too late to go the bacon route, Ritz crackers is stepping onto the bacon train, ticket in hand. The Nabisco cracker company has announced that they just released their new bacon-flavored Ritz Crackers with black pepper seasoning.

When thinking of cheese and crackers, bacon is definitely a strong possibility when it comes to jazzing up snack time. Though, I’d much rather have heaping chunks of fried salted pork embedded right into the cracker, I guess these flavored crackers will have to tide me over.

While the novelty value of bacon has wavered to some degree, it’s still nice to see some childhood favorites take their own spin on the flavor profile.

Ritz Bacon is now available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99.




Walmart Donuts Good [In]Definitely, Maybe


So, it turns out college students are not the only social group to use the “Yeah, it’s probably fine” method of ignoring expiration dates. Wal-Mart is also pretty boss at eye-balling it, and getting paid for it.

As evidenced by the tree tags on this box of glazed donuts (one price, three dates), these solid rings of stale sugar were good today, yesterday, tomorrow, and probably the day after. You know, if you just use the pattern to extrapolate. The pale white fuzz there? Don’t be silly, that’s extra glaze. Donuts, like wine, only get better with age.

It’s not like you can blame Wal-Mart. Dates are hard, especially this close to summer vacation (Wal-Mart does those, right?) Do you know what day it is? Quick, right now, off the top of your head. No fair using the computer or phone you’re already on.



I mean, c’mon. This is ‘the Bakery’ we’re talking about. Baked with pride. And military grade preservatives. But mostly pride. That’s the pride you’re tasting. Not the mold.

H/T + PicThx Consumerist


The Benefits of Processed Food

Hey — so we’re all a bit wary of the potentially harmful effect of processed foods. The overall public consciousness is that they are generally bad for you. This, however, is not necessarily true of all processed foods.

First off, it’s important to remove the negative stigma that’s associated with the word “processed.” There are all kinds of foods that undergo some sort of processing. In fact, many of the fruits and vegetables we purchase in our grocery stores are processed to some degree in order for them to remain fresh when they arrive at their particular retailers. Food processing exists so that consumers can obtain fresh foods between the time the food is harvested and the time it is sold to consumers. Replacing “processed” with “packaged” isn’t entirely fair either because there are many packaged foods that have many dietary benefits such as Peanut Butter, Canned Beans and Canned Corn.

This shouldn’t suggest that there aren’t a number of processed foods to be wary of. When checking the nutrition label, it’s important to be on the look out for. For example, packaged foods with a disproportionate level of saturated fats and salt should be avoided for the most part.

Here’s a list of some processed foods that are actually good for you:

  • – Canned Beans
  • – Peanut Butter
  • – Yogurt
  • – Frozen Vegetables
  • – Canned Salmon
  • – Oatmeal

So the next time you pick up a packaged food, just take a gander at the back of the nutrition label (which is what they’re there for anyway) and you’ll be able to determine whether or not that particular item fits your healthy dietary needs.

(via The Washington Post)