Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Most Amazing Fast Food Ever

Let me get right to the unimportant part about Heater Meals Chicken Pasta Italiana: It tastes okay. Not the best boxed culinary experience, but it certainly holds its own against Lean Cuisine. It's hearty, it's filling, and mildly spiced. And with only 10 grams of fat, Heater Meals' Chicken Pasta Italiana is even moderately healthy.

But it's not the taste that's the fun part of a Heater Meal. It's the preparation. Heater Meals are stored at room temperature and contain a self-heating system. They cook without a microwave, conventional oven, or any external heat source.

By adding some water to the internal pack you cause a chemical reaction that cooks your meal inside the pouch. The chemicals don't come into contact with the food.  The instructions are simple and fun, but be warned: Your meal gets hot, really hot. The instructions call for resealing the pouch and putting it back in the box after you add the water, but I found that it got so hot so fast that I didn't have time to get it back into the box. No matter, just put it on a plate or heat-safe surface and watch the bag bubble and boil as your meal magically cooks. It's like going to one of those Japanese restaurants where they cook your meal in front of you, only you don't feel obligated to tip the box.

What is a Heater Meal good for? It's handy if you don't have room in your freezer for fast, hearty meals. It's good to have for emergencies for when the power goes out. And it's especially good if you have a child who's a picky eater, but who might eat something if he or she enjoys watching it cook.

Heater meal come in a variety of flavors including Beef Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy, Zesty Beef with BBQ Sauce, Homestyle Chicken and Noodles, and Green Pepper Steak With Rice.

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