Friday, January 2, 2009

Frozen Assets

No, dinner won't be late. It will be revolting, though.

I know, because I used to eat Swanson TV dinners in the 1960s, and they (a) did not look anything like this and (b) looking like this isn't an enormous plus, anyway. Just how many of those things did she buy on the way home? Look at her unloading stacks of them from that bag. There's a gourmet extravaganza in store in that house!

The guy looks happy, but I suspect he already ate a hamburger somewhere and has got into the beer and potato chips.

Thank you very much to Bayswater97 for this splendid 1950s ad!

24 comments:

Bill said...

Our girl has just had a bad day all around, it seems. She's wearing a wintery-looking suit & gloves, but she grabbed a spring purse.

Frozen diiners rarely live up to the promise of the photo on the box. Of course, most of them say "serving suggestion" in tiny letters under the picture, so maybe that means dump the crap in the container in the trash can, and fill compartments with your own homemade fare.

Carol said...

Methinks TV dinners were the beginning of the end of nutrition as our species once knew it.

Ew.

ettarose said...

TV dinners. I don't really remember eating very many as a child, Thank goodness!

Lidian said...

Bill - That is the ideal serving suggestion!

Carol - Yes, probably.

ettarose - You were lucky! :)

tahtimbo said...

I remember having these as a kid. I loved the chicken and the macaroni and cheese. The thing I did not like was when I was eating and the fork came in contact with the aluminum container (what the dinner came in)...uck! What a horrible taste, especially when I would be eating the apple sauce.

Cathe said...

Maybe she's thinking that if she just eats one of these, she'll keep that perfect frame.

To bad they're full of salt.

RE Ausetkmt said...

Those Pats of Butter on the Corn and Peas scare me..

Karlana said...

Thank goodness my parents did not raise us on those things. They are not that appealing in today's markets, either.

Frogs in my formula said...

When I was about five and my parents would get a babysitter my big treat was a Swanson dinner. I think it killed my sodium count for the month. But I have vivid memories of the desserts!

dizzblnd said...

I think he's happy because he is having an affair with someone with some mad cooking skills!

Stephanie Barr said...

Holy smokes! Poor folks didn't even have microwave popcorn. Were their taste buds destroyed by all the filterless cigarettes?

Lidian said...

tahtimbo - I remember that apples picked up a metallic taste from that tin. Yum.

Cathe - Maybe she's having something else, hence the look of contentment.

RE - Oh, me too. They are not a good thing.

Karlana - No, they are not much better today, are they?

Frogs in my formula - I did like the brownie in one of them, I do remember that as being quite a culinary high point of being seven.

dizzblnd - I like that little backstory, that could be a distinct possibility.

Stephanie - No, they had that popcorn in the tin with the handle that you put on the burner. We never had that, but I thought it looked rather exciting (not as much as the TNT stuff, but still).

RetroKimmer said...

YUM I want the cherry cobbler! LOL
I gave you alittle award on Retro Kimmer
I don't think you have one of these....

Shari Thomas said...

I remember those. Mom would buy them on sale, we'd eat the contents and then keep the metal trays so we could make our own "tv dinners", always from left-overs.

Yeah, most of you don't even consider left-overs, but when you're poor, nothing gets thrown out.

Bill said...

Shari, we ate plenty of leftovers, too, which may be why I thought tv dinners (gotta love that name) were exciting. I liked the little compartments.

One night, according to Mom, I looked at her and asked plaintively "when are we going to have new-overs?"

Diesel said...

She really shouldn't be eating that crap if she's pregnant.

Or did I misunderstand what she's saying?

Lidian said...

RetroKimmer - Thank you! :)

Shari - I am a huge fan of leftovers, and freezing things, and reusing them. That was a clever thing to do with those TV dinner trays.

Bill - When I was in 2nd grade the teacher made us stand up and all tell what our mommies made for dinner. I was the only one who said "TV dinners!" but I meant it as a compliment, even though I had mixed feelings about them. Like you, I enjoyed the compartments. And the dessert component.

Diesel - I was not aware that she was pregnant...I think she was out shopping or something, and as far as I know that is ALL she was doing. Hmmm...

Starcasm said...

Swanson dinners might look and taste bad, but now Mom has more time for drinks with the girls.

Lidian said...

Starcasm - You hit the nail on the proverbial head!

MJ said...

I have to admit that I use to love the brownie that came out of them. But this was after they switched to the paper ones that you could throw into the oven.

It's funny, can't stand prepackaged food now.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

The husban looks SOOOO excited to get a TV dinner.

HA HAAAAAAA !!!!!!!!!!!

Lidian said...

Speedcat - He's probably pretty far gone and at this point anything will thrill him.

Anonymous said...

As a child I didn't eat much prepackaged frozen food, although we sometimes had Van de Kamp's fish fillets. But during the early 1970s, I lived and worked on a ranch where we ate t.v. dinners almost every night, fall through spring. We were too tired at the end of the day to prepare much else, although we usually added a salad or some homemade applesauce. (By contrast, we had the most incredible, garden-fresh meals during the summer, when summer riding camp was on and we had a cook to take care of meal prep.) On this ranch, absolutely everything was reused, and I carried that habit into my married life later. The t.v. dinner trays had many uses, including being cut into reflector strips to hang in the fruit trees and scare away the birds; but trays that had held spaghetti or Mexican food were not reused for leftovers because the tomato sauce had caused the aluminum to turn to a sort of gold color. We didn't trust them. Alas, my homemade leftover t.v. dinners may have been more nutritious, but I never got the hang of heating them (or maybe sealing them) properly, because they always were too dry after heating.

Cari Hislop said...

That guy looks way too happy about getting a tv dinner. I suspect tv dinner night he gets something "special" for dessert! She's looking rather coyly (forgive the gag inducing adverb) into the paper bag!