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Kraft Fresh Take Review

I’m sure you’ve seen the new Kraft Fresh Take coupons that came out in the past couple of weeks. This is a new product that recently hit the stores and if it hasn’t already, Kraft Fresh Take will most likely go on sale at a store near you very soon, which should make it pretty darn cheap after coupons.

That’s the case at Shaw’s this week, so I figured I’d try it out and share my observations with you. I’m very willing to try new products when they are pennies on the dollar. Very low risk.

I went with the Fresh Take Cheddar Jack and Bacon flavor because it’s really hard to go wrong with anything related to bacon. Don’t you think?

The first thing I noticed is that this is very similar to Shake N Bake. The pouch has a very cool design element that keeps the cheese separate from the breadcrumb mixture just until you are ready to use it. Once opened, it all spills together in a large pouch where you dredge your meat into the mix.

Now here’s the thing, the directions tell you to just toss the meat in without any egg wash. I highly suggest using an egg or milk wash because the mixture does not stick to the meat well otherwise.

Once coated, you stick the meat into the oven and that’s about it. Pretty simple.

How about the taste? It’s ok, but I sure didn’t notice much of a bacon flavor. I could taste the cheese just fine, but the bacon wasn’t very prominent.

The top had a nice crunch to it, while the bottom was a little wet due to the cheese. I’m glad I lined my pans with parchment paper because it might have stuck to the pan otherwise.

Also, I found that it desperately needed salt and pepper, so you might want to salt and pepper your meat before dredging. That, of course, is a personal taste kind of thing.

This product definitely appeals to the “oh crap, it’s 5:45 and I haven’t figured out dinner yet” side of me. It’s designed to be a quick and easy meal solution, which many of us could use on hectic school nights.

All in all, I’d say pick it up if you get it dirt cheap with coupons. But at $3.00 a bag full price, I’d say skip it otherwise. You can just as easily mix together your own bread crumbs, shredded cheese and bacon bits to get the same effect for a lot less money.

How about you? Have you tried Kraft Fresh Take yet? What flavor did you try and what did you think?

This is not a sponsored post. I bought this product myself and all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Exactly what I was thinking…. NOT worth anything over $0.99 a pk.

    I have to add more ingredients from home to make that taste good for my family…

  2. I haven’t tried this yet (waiting on a sale) but when I looked at it in the store I thought the same thing you did, I can make this at home with cheese and bread crumbs and it will be cheaper.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t tried it yet Melanie. Thank you for the detailed review. I agree, on sale with coupons is the only way to go!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Last night we had the four cheese pack that I mixed up with groud veal,pork, burger mixture to make a meat loaf. It was really good. There were chunks of feta and mozzarella in the middle of the loaf. I did pick up three other varieties to try as well….

  5. I was thinking about picking up a pack when it went on sale, thanks for letting us know your thoughts. I thought it might be cool to make some kind of chicken parmesean with it? I’m sad the bacon flavor didn’t work out, my BF is a huge bacon fan!

  6. I used the grated cheese portion and the crumb portion is still sitting in the fridge :)

  7. I have not tried it yet as I was worried it would taste as you described. I live in a pretty expensive area in the country and they don’t double coupons anywhere around here so the cheapest I could get it was for $1.99, which to me is far too much. I am pretty good in the kitchen and have concocted my own version of these crumbs a few years ago and it costs far less and probably tastes better….

  8. I did use the one which was meant for burgers for making meatballs. I added a bit of chilly powder and a teeny weeny bit of salt… It tasted great…

  9. I did use the one meant for making burgers to make meatballs. I added little chilly powder and teeny weeny bit of salt… It tasted great..

  10. We made the italian parmesan one last night on chicken and I liked it a lot. I agree that it didn’t stick to the chicken so well, but I pored the extras on top of the chicken before I stuck them in the oven.

  11. Jennifer B. says:

    I made the cheddar jack & bacon one last week. I also used the egg wash and it wasn’t all that bad. My hubby LOVED it. I thought the cheese might just melt in the oven but mine actually crisped up really good. I thought the bacon flavor was there but then again I eat bacon about 5 times a year.

  12. At Shaw’s they have a catalina going on. I bought 4 packs with a 75 cent coupon on each which brought my cost down from $11.96 to $5.96 and then got a $3 cat to use on my next order. I then bought 4 packs of the shredded cheese with philly, did the same deal with coupons and used my cat. My second order came to only $2.96. If you have a Shaw’s near you, that’s the way to do it.

  13. Ooooh, I didn’t think about mixing it into ground beef for meatballs and meatloaf. That’s an idea! And I agree, since I’m getting it so cheap, it’s worth it for the cheese side alone. You can always save the breadcrumbs for another purpose.

    Cookingprincess- Yes, the catalina deal is the reason I purchased them. Thanks for the breakdown. I’m sure other Shaw’s shoppers can use the info! :)

  14. I tried the cheddar, jack, bacon last night and my family loved it. Even my picky son, lol. I will try it in my meatloaf, thx for the tip.

  15. Our store recently had it on sale
    2/$4.00, had 2 $1.00 coupons so got each for a $1.00, then Catalina in our area spit out a $1.00 cpn for purchasing the product and a $3.00 coupon for our next shopping trip,both were from Kraft, so being new to this couponing I was happy!! We tried the Southwest(colby jack cheese??) was disappointed on the prep instructions, you had to combine cheese and spices, shake the chicken in the bag,put on a baking sheet,didnt stick to chicken that well then spoon the mixture over the chicken..other then that it Dh really liked the kick the spices had..still have the cheddar jack and bacon to try

  16. I was sitting on the fence about this product as well. Your readers have left some really great suggestions, though! On another note, I was able to print out 4 more of the $4/4 cereal coupons that came out today. I knew our Meijer was having a sale, buy 4 boxes get one box free. I decided to do the Raisin Bran and Rice Krispies so I could submit for the gas reward card. My kids were shocked and amazed when I came home with all this cereal. It was you, though, that came to my mind as I went to put all my cereal away. I couldn’t help but think…”Now, that’s a cereal stockpile Melanie could be proud of!” Thanks for the constant inspiration!!

  17. Do you think the next time you should bake the chicken on a rack?

  18. Pragmatic Mom- That is a very good idea. You know what else? It could make a good mac-n-cheese topping. I need to come up with some good ideas because it’s so dang cheap and hard to pass up!

  19. Anonymous says:

    My son is very sensitive to all artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, etc. Does anyone still have a package for one of these handy? Does it say anything about artifical ingredients? I have a free coupon, but I don’t want to get something that he will not be able to eat. Thanks.

  20. I got two packs of this product for free due to coupons, but am wishing I would have skipped it. I ignored the nutrition label, and I regret eating it. Way too much sodium. Besides that, it doesn’t stick well on the meat. The taste was ok, but I’d prefer shake n bake anyday.

    • I agree with Sarah. Very, very salty! I made chicken with the Three Cheese Blend. I did give the pieces of chicken a brushing of olive oil before coating so the breading and most of the cheese stuck to the meat but I added no additional seasonings to the blend. I also removed some of the seasoning blend to top my Mac & Cheese, as suggested on the container, before shaking the chicken. All put together it was an insanely salty meal. I did get them BOGO with a $1.00 coupon so I don’t feel bad about the try but it’s not something I will probably use again.

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