After delving into the atrocity that is Ian's Mac & Meat Sauce...too harsh?...I decided to give Ian's another shot, and tested out their Baja Fish Nuggets.
Really? Fish Nuggets? Why couldn't we just call them fish sticks. haha For some reason, I'm not a fan of the name...but that has never stopped me before.
The ingredient list isn't too shabby; but all of those different oils that are listed account for the reason why you want to microwave these babies on an absorbent paper plate...they leak lotsssa grease in the micro!
So 3 nuggets is a serving and you are supposed to receive ~3 servings/box, eh?
The first time that I made them, I followed their directions to a T! Two minutes in the micro after a flip-a-roo...and they were so tough that I could only eat about 75% of them. However, the breading had a subtle, but nice flavor to it and would have probably crisped up nicely in the oven.
So, I gave them another shot. The 2nd time, I only microwaved them for 1 minute and risked the undercooked fish poisoning that may have ensued. This time, there were a few discernible tough spots, but it was 100% edible and fairly enjoyable...just a little bit too chewy. I felt like I was eating a fish cake instead of fish with a light breading around it.
These are just too chewy and you have to watch the cooking time or they will become tougher than shoe leather in a matter of seconds. They do fill the kitchen with an impressively tasty smell, though.
Rory: Grandma, I can't believe you found the recipe for Beefaroni.
Emily: It wasn't easy. Antonia [the maid] thought I'd gone insane.
Emily: No one needs a comment from you.
In the end, I'd put Ian's Fish Nuggets in the same category with Beefaroni. Sorry...Not for nutrition (of course!), but just for the whole idea of "Kiddie food"...the stuff people will feed to their kids, but don't really want to eat themselves. Although, a taste of it here and there isn't bad...actually, it makes you feel like a rebellious little kid again. Besides the fact that there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives within these breaded nuggets, they aren't much different from your average chicken nugget...filled with fish, instead, or course! ;)
So, no, I wouldn't exactly say that Ian's has redeemed themselves in my eyes.
Although, they have strangely intrigued me into wanting to try another one of their products...in a hopeful/doubtful/experimental way.
The good news is that I bought my first lab coat yesterday and am taking 3 different lab courses this semester (in addition to all of my other math/science classes), so I am learning more stuff than I think I realize. Therefore, I will be eligible to hop onto their R&D team and make a difference, in no time! ;)
I'm so excited to develop foodie products...you have no idea.
- What is your dream job? Are you pursuing it? Why not?
- Is chivalry dead? Someone asked this on their fb status and one of the responses caught my eye: Chivalry is like a shooting star. You hardly ever see it, but when it happens, you're in awe.
- Let Jamie Help you prepare for your upcoming superbowl party with a Crunchy Prize Pack!
- For all of your ladies out there, Jamie is also giving away a gift certificate for some Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics!
- A newly discovered blogger (for me) is giving away some Starby's!! hallla! ;)
- Danica is giving away Annie's Fruit Snacks! :D