questionsanyone remember when tv dinners came in foil…

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When I was a kid, those were the Best Dinners EVER. Way to go mom, for the rare occasion you didn't feel like cooking but still had to feed the darn kids.

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Im old enough to remember those.

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Yes, I remember them.

We almost never had them, though we did occasionally have the "family-style" equivalents (things like a Stouffer's Chicken and Dumpling entree that came frozen in an aluminium tray and served three or four people).

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My dad traveled a lot for work, and he hated TV dinners, fish sticks, and several other things that kids considered great food. TV Dinners were a treat we had occasionally when he wasn't home. I used to love the Salisbury Steak dinner from Banquet (?). I think it came with a custard type dessert or a brownie. Not sure which, but I remember both of those desserts as being quite tasty. The fried chicken dinners were good, too. Of course, nowadays if I had to wait th 30+ minutes or so that those old TV dinners required to cook I would think I was suffering. Not nearly as close to instant as what we have now.

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All I cared about was the square brownie at the top center of the tray.

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It was the best thing EVER when Mom would not only let us eat those, but go to the store with her and pick out which one we each wanted. The life of royalty.

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Oh, yes, Swanson TV dinners! My favorites were the turkey and fried chicken dinners. Both had mashed potatoes with a little imitation butter pat on them, corn, and the best part - the brownie! I remember eating a little bit of each item, except the brownie - that was the final, crowning achievement of the meal. I also remember when Cheeze-Whiz in a spray can was a new novelty - spray on the crackers and enjoy with a glass of space-age Tang!

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Not only did we sometimes get TV dinners in aluminum trays, sometimes we even got Jiffy Pop popcorn! We liked them for the novelty of it. Each kid got to pick their very own dinner! It was better than the pot pies which also came in aluminum tins. But usually we got our popcorn popped on the stove -- another relic from days gone by. No one under 30 or 40 remembers real popcorn.

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Although I'm well old enough to have had one of those, I can honestly say my mom never made me one. Even though I asked, she wasn't having any.

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Yup. Every once in awhile. I always seemed to want to exchange one item from the available options. Either the veggie or dessert was not the one I wished was together with the meat I wanted.

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FIXED Is anyone else here old???

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I remember them well. As others have mentioned, they were a rare treat. As for being old. as George Burns said "...Young. Old. Just Words..."

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Yes! And the key to really enjoying them was eating them off the fold-up tray while sitting on top of a couple of couch pillows approximately three feet from the RCA console!

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Hah! This is obviously a trap to reveal the aged among us! I'd never admit that I liked the turkey dinners with mashed potatoes. (And Mom never served them.)

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They seemed like such an incredible convenience in those days before microwaves and drive-throughs.

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The fried chicken was actually chicken!

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Now I feel really old...the foil tray TV dinners I remember predate the ones with a dessert. We had a large family and my folks would only buy them on sale to use for emergency food (like the night we came home from weekend trips).

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I remember them well, and for the most part, I did not enjoy them very much. Nowadays, instead of an aluminum tray, you get a plastic one, the food is better, and they go in the microwave! We never had them at home - my Mom was terribly fussy about nutrition and looks and taste.

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Yup. And when Play People were made of wood, and payphones were everywhere, and gas had lead. I'd try to remember more, but I'm right in the middle of a Rothschild.

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1959 through 1963 or so... my mother's one social outlet/hobby was a bowling league that met every Tuesday. My dad thought "cooking" was (a) what my mother did, or (b) his making PBJ's for us. So nearly every Tuesday evening we had Swanson TV dinners -- the fried chicken, corn, and mashed potato meal! My kid sister and I loved them; I never asked my dad what he thought about them, although they were probably better than the navy mess hall meals he'd eaten for years.

On the bowling nights that we didn't get TV dinners we had Swanson Chicken Pot Pies instead. To this day the pot pie is part of my list of comfort foods, although I haven't had one in years.

This was a fun question, not only bringing back a lot of memories but also providing an insight into how many wooters were TV dinner fans.

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No way would my mother have spent the money on those, so I didn't get them until I moved out. Then I had them a lot. Swanson and Banquet. The meat and the potatoes were usually good, and the brownie was fantastic, but the veggies were pretty bad.

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Yes, we had them a couple of times. All I cared for was the brownie. The potatoes tasted like paste, the veges were bad, the chicken was greasy. The turkey didn't really look like turkey and the meatloaf was mystery meat.

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yup, the good old days and back when you got a meal from a tv dinner and the tin foil was cool and now like everything else, its plastic.
you have to buy the hungry man meals now to get what you used to back in the day. i dont remember the price since mom bought them, but im sure they were cheap!

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@mlsapack: I agree on Swanson dinners.
Gloria Swanson wanted to make sure you got real food in your dinners.
But yeah, family night: food tray, Swanson, Sunday night and a Disney movie.
No muss no fuss no mess for mom.