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.