Frozen dinners get the steam treatment

Frozen dinners get the steam treatment

“Freshly steams in minutes,” the Lean Cuisine package says about its latest garlic chicken. “Uses the power of steam to cook flavorful Seven Whole Grain pasta in just minutes,” Kashi says of its new three-cheese ravioli. But are those steamable meals any different from standard frozen entrées? We decided to put 10 to the test.

The packaging is clearly different. Kashi and Lean Cuisine use vented plastic bags that release steam during cooking. Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s have a steamer basket that … (read more)

Q&A: What freezer temperature do I use for frozen foods?

Q&A: What freezer temperature do I use for frozen foods?

Q: My new freezer cools to 9°F at the recommended setting. If I change the setting, I can get to 0°F, but it runs more often and, presumably, uses more electricity. Is it safe to keep food at 9°F? —Marcia De Leon, Edgewood, NM

A: We recommend using whatever setting yields 0°F in the freezer. You’re right that the unit will run more often and will use more energy, but that is to be expected. (read more)

News from our labs: Best way to cook frozen pizza

News from our labs: Best way to cook frozen pizza

While choosing a frozen pizza from among the myriad pies in the freezer section of your local supermarket isn’t exactly a big deal, it can be confusing. But once you get home and are ready to nosh, a more important decision awaits: to nuke or not to nuke?

In preparation for our test of individual frozen pizzas for an upcoming report, we compared microwave and conventional-oven cooking methods. Some manufacturers list both preparation methods on packaging and leave the … (read more)

The Best Ice Cream, Sorbet, and Frozen Yogurt Makers

We’ve got a line up of the best ice cream makers you can buy. We’ve searched high and low and sifted through various features from ice cream makers that just make ice cream to ones that also include frozen yogurt and other treats. If you want ice cream that you design from the ground up, these ice cream makers will help you get the job done. We like a very rich thick chocolate ice cream, and we also like to know when it’s going to be finished with not a … (read more)