Birds Eye Steamfresh Shrimp Alfredo

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Birds Eye Steamfresh Shrimp Alfredo

Looks: It was hard to get a good picture of this due to the reflectiveness of the sauce (any photographers out there have tips for me?), but besides the prominence of the shrimp, it looked very much the same in real life as it did on the package. 4.5 out of 5

Taste: Anyone who has visited this site for a while knows how much I love meals from Bertolli like the Chicken Florentine or Fettucini Alfredo. They’re great frozen pasta meals that you just toss in a skillet for 10 minutes. This meal is like the poor man’s Bertolli. You don’t have to use a skillet (just microwave the entire bag), and the quality is about 75% of that of a comparable Bertolli meal – the noodles are a little softer, the sauce isn’t as rich, and the peas just get in the way, but it’s still a very good meal for how easy it is to prepare. 4 out of 5

10 Comments

  1. Eating The Road says:

    That looks like a pretty decent meal. I’d say the colors are a little more vibrant on the box but that’s it.

    Would you consider adding prices to your write-ups? I always way how impressive a product is (or how much I’d be willing to try it) based on looks, quality, etc. to price ratio.

  2. Ben A. says:

    Regarding the photography issue, if you’re using a dSLR you could go with a cheap polarization filter.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Since you asked… Your photo feels like you shot it under the fluorescents on your kitchen ceiling. Fluorescents have a pretty deficient color balance, which is what gives food that nauseating gray-green look. To get the look they have on the package, you need a fairly large, diffuse (full-spectrum) light source placed 18-24″ above the plate and slightly behind. This will let the light wrap around the food and balance out the glare from the sauce. There are also some hard kick lights on the sides to raise highlights along the edges of the pieces of food and some fill cards to open up the underside of the plate. (I should admit here that I used to be a commercial photographer, and I’ve done my share of food photos.) Hope this helps, but it’s probably more than anybody needs to know.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Polarizing filter, flash diffuser, or bouncing your flash should all work.

  5. Razor512 says:

    if you have a dslr, use the exposure bracketing

    lower the exposure all the way (in many cases it removed the over exposed areas, then do 1 normal image and then do some tone mapping or just photoshop out the highlights by replacing those parts with the under exposed image)

    another solution when taking a image of a very shiny object and you want to preserve detail, use a low powered indirect light, then with the camera do a 3 second exposure (or longer depending on the camera, also use the lowest ISO possible)

    you will still get highlights but they will still have much of their detail because they wont expose to a point where the camera starts flashing the over exposed areas

    and if you want quick results that will give the best result then take 13 images each at a different exposure, then in photoshop, convert it into HDR image this will give you a single 32 bit image and in there you can adjust the curves to bring out details in both the lows and highlights of the image with out any full tone mapping which will often make the image look unrealistic

    (for more complex shots, just play around with the curves and if needed duplicate the original layer and throw it into LAB color then further bring out detail of select areas, everything is fine as long as you get the image to look as close to how you saw it in real life as possible)

  6. Anonymous says:

    So, it is enough to feed 2 hungry people?

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Fresh Frozen Vegetables” – genius.

  8. Razor512 says:

    RE. So, it is enough to feed 2 hungry people?

    it is if the 2 people already ate a few minutes ago

  9. Anonymous says:

    Photographer here:

    Tips for reflective sauce – do you have one of those tents? If you have trouble, most food photographers use either a light distributing white tent, or diffusers on their lighting like umbrellas, or the best option, and most commonly used option: NATURAL lighting!
    Nothing beats it! It makes food look good! If you’re serious about this blog, you can buy one of those light tent kits, they come with lights, too.

  10. Greider says:

    where can we purchase this product? Walmart has discontinued carrying it.

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