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Old 09-21-2018, 05:00 PM
 
Location: The World
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Oooh, I do like the idea of having it with egg noodles. I've only ever had it with rice.

It's probably good with mashed potatoes, too, but I can't stand instant mashed potatoes...and if I'm making homemade mashed potatoes, then I'll probably actually cook something other than Dinty Moore beef stew lol.
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:23 PM
 
Location: The South
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I haven't had it in many years, but in the shop I used to work in, everyone would bring a can and we dumped it in a big pot and shared. I remember it as being very good.
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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I hadn't had it in years, but this thread inspired me to buy some. I bought two cans. I had the first with just black pepper added. It was very bland. When I prepared the second can I added basil, dry sherry, anchovy paste, MSG, and a fresh tomato. I simmered it for about forty minutes. I still didn't like it.

I would, however, buy a can containing only the carrots and potatoes; they were quite tasty.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:53 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I can't afford the calories by loading a stew with butter. But butter does make things taste good.
A serving of Dinty Moore stew is 240 calories. Add a pat of butter and it is still under 300. That is well less than a meal's worth of calories for all but the smallest people.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:50 AM
 
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When I was a kid we would eat DM when camping. Rarely did we have it at home. I remember I loved that stuff! A few years ago I thought I would try a can for old times . . . Oh man. I don't know if the stew changed or my tastes changed, but it just wasn't my beloved old camping meal anymore. But I would buy it if I lived somewhere where I would need a store of canned food to get through a weather disaster or something.

BTW, same thing happened with Spaghettios.
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Old 09-26-2018, 02:02 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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Emergency food only. Why would I want it otherwise? Why do people have to be labeled just because they prefer making fresh beef stew over processed food in a can? I am not a "snob," but I don't like the taste of tinned foods, the high salt content, or the fat. I can use real beef, fresh vegetables and potatoes and make a delicious stew economically that tastes better than anything in a can.
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Old 09-26-2018, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Oooh, I do like the idea of having it with egg noodles. I've only ever had it with rice.

It's probably good with mashed potatoes, too, but I can't stand instant mashed potatoes...and if I'm making homemade mashed potatoes, then I'll probably actually cook something other than Dinty Moore beef stew lol.
I'm embarrassed to admit this but I LOVE instant mashed potatoes ... to me they taste WAY better than any mashed potatoes I have tried to make myself (which for some reason have never turned out well -- I am usually a decent cook so I honestly have no idea why). Maybe it's at least partially because I use the kind that is 100% potatoes (i.e. no weird additives)?

I am sure I have had DM beef stew many times, especially when I've been at work for 10-12-14-16 hours and simply needed something quick and tasty. If I had DISLIKED it I would remember, so I think I must have LIKED it.

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Emergency food only. Why would I want it otherwise? Why do people have to be labeled just because they prefer making fresh beef stew over processed food in a can? I am not a "snob," but I don't like the taste of tinned foods, the high salt content, or the fat. I can use real beef, fresh vegetables and potatoes and make a delicious stew economically that tastes better than anything in a can.
I LOVE your posts in the dinner forum, Praline, and of course I would love to make beef stew myself, and I would bet that it would taste WAY better than anything canned (like DM). And I tend to make slow-cooker meals (as this would likely be) in large enough quantities that I will have LOTS of leftovers, and again, I bet that the leftovers would taste fantastic. But for a simple meal when you haven't planned ahead, DM beef stew can definitely work.

(This is why I keep a bunch of canned soups in a desk drawer in my campus office ... )
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Old 09-26-2018, 05:07 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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I am sure I have had DM beef stew many times, especially when I've been at work for 10-12-14-16 hours and simply needed something quick and tasty. If I had DISLIKED it I would remember, so I think I must have LIKED it.



I LOVE your posts in the dinner forum, Praline, and of course I would love to make beef stew myself, and I would bet that it would taste WAY better than anything canned (like DM). And I tend to make slow-cooker meals (as this would likely be) in large enough quantities that I will have LOTS of leftovers, and again, I bet that the leftovers would taste fantastic. But for a simple meal when you haven't planned ahead, DM beef stew can definitely work.

(This is why I keep a bunch of canned soups in a desk drawer in my campus office ... )

Hi, Karen, if you like it that's fine. I was only speaking for my own personal tastes. I consider a quick meal when working late an "emergency" .
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:14 AM
 
Location: The World
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When I was a kid we would eat DM when camping. Rarely did we have it at home. I remember I loved that stuff! A few years ago I thought I would try a can for old times . . . Oh man. I don't know if the stew changed or my tastes changed, but it just wasn't my beloved old camping meal anymore. But I would buy it if I lived somewhere where I would need a store of canned food to get through a weather disaster or something.

BTW, same thing happened with Spaghettios.
Spaghetti-O's have a weird taste to me these days, too. Chef Boyardee is better.

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Emergency food only. Why would I want it otherwise? Why do people have to be labeled just because they prefer making fresh beef stew over processed food in a can? I am not a "snob," but I don't like the taste of tinned foods, the high salt content, or the fat. I can use real beef, fresh vegetables and potatoes and make a delicious stew economically that tastes better than anything in a can.
I don't think a person is a snob when they think/say they would prefer to make homemade beef stew over eating it from a can (because I agree!)

But some people are really rude about it.

Also, although it might be true that you (or I) can make a huge batch of stew and feed a lot of people, and perhaps freeze some leftovers for much less per serving than a can of stew, a person who is truly broke cannot make a batch of homemade stew for $2. That's a fact. But they can buy a can of stew for that.

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I'm embarrassed to admit this but I LOVE instant mashed potatoes ... to me they taste WAY better than any mashed potatoes I have tried to make myself (which for some reason have never turned out well -- I am usually a decent cook so I honestly have no idea why). Maybe it's at least partially because I use the kind that is 100% potatoes (i.e. no weird additives)?
There's no reason to be embarrassed! I eat lots of packaged foods that others can't stand. Instant mashed potatoes is where I draw the line. lol!
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Old 09-27-2018, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Spaghetti-O's have a weird taste to me these days, too. Chef Boyardee is better.



I don't think a person is a snob when they think/say they would prefer to make homemade beef stew over eating it from a can (because I agree!)

But some people are really rude about it.

Also, although it might be true that you (or I) can make a huge batch of stew and feed a lot of people, and perhaps freeze some leftovers for much less per serving than a can of stew, a person who is truly broke cannot make a batch of homemade stew for $2. That's a fact. But they can buy a can of stew for that.



There's no reason to be embarrassed! I eat lots of packaged foods that others can't stand. Instant mashed potatoes is where I draw the line. lol!
Have you tried the Bob Evans mashed potatoes? its heat and serve
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