Monday, March 12, 2012

Raybern New York Deli Style Sandwiches

Saw these in the freezer case with a little "NEW!" sticker and a $2.50 price tag and figured I'd try them out.

At Giant I have four varieties of these sandwiches to pick from.  I don't know if there's more or not.  I have the Chicken Bacon Ranch, Ham and Cheddar, Philly Cheesesteak, and Roast Beef Cheddar Melt.  They're intended solely for the microwave, and thus have all the problems that microwaved frozen snacks have.  From time to time they will also obey the law of frozen burritos, which is "No matter how long you microwave it, it will always have a cold spot".

The microwave directions for each are all slightly different, but regardless it doesn't take more than three minutes.  A common complaint would be that the bottom piece of bread tends to harden and crispify.  They also have directions for if the sandwich is thawed, so if you have the foresight to say "I'm going to want a snack several hours from now", then pop one in the fridge to thaw it out in advance.  They do turn out better if you thaw them before heating them.

Now, about each variety I have access to:
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch - Bacon is barely detectable, the rest is good.
  • Ham and Cheddar - If that's actually real cheddar, it's some of the mildest cheddar ever.
  • Philly Cheesesteak - It doesn't feel like a real Philly Cheesesteak to me.  It's nowhere near as greasy, nor does it have detectable onions.  The meat looks like thinly sliced roast beef, rather than actual steak.
  • Roast Beef Cheddar Melt - Basically the Philly Cheesesteak, but with cheddar cheese instead of American.
Overall, for $2.50 each, they're fairly decent.  I think if they made them any better they'd have to charge more.

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