Food From The Road...

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2007/02/06 11:59:50 (permalink)

Food From The Road...

No..not roadkill! I'm not exactly sure where this post belongs, but I'll put it here. Does anyone buy food from their local Schwan man?
We have bought their ice cream for some time, but just started trying some of their frozen foods, and we've found them to be fairly good. In a house where everyone's working, we've found some of their dinner choices make for a good meal when we're tired, and it's easy to pop something into the oven. Does anyone have any good or bad experiences with them?
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 12:04:09 (permalink)
    I have never tried them but a lady that I use to work with used them very often. She talked about them very frequently. I was intrigued by her comments but I never got around to using them.

    I see their strange colored yellow truck quite often.

    Paul E. Smith
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    mayor al
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 12:14:31 (permalink)

    All thru my childhood my Mom bought some foods from the Jewel Tea Company. They did a weekly delivery from trucks that I recall looked like the UPS Brown Delivery trucks. I wish I could ask Mother what she purchased from them, as I have no recall of the products received. I do know they came as regular as clock-work on a set day at a set time.

    I see Schwan freezer trucks in our neighborhood frequently. They seem out of place out here in the rural farm country that surrounds us.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 12:44:22 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    My nephew used to be one of their salesman/drivers. The food was pretty good, but
    expensive. They put so much pressure on him to sale, sale, sale, that he found it
    just too much. His route included rural areas and he spent alot of time on the road
    going to dark corners of the earth. He has a few tales of delivering food to ladies
    dressed in nightgowns, wanting to invite him in for more than a sample. It scared him, lol.
    But again, the food was good, but a bit expensive.
    Take Care,
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    Mack184
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 12:49:15 (permalink)
    We have found that their food is expensive, more so than other frozen items that you could purchase at the local store, but as a matter of convenience, it seems to be a reasonable trade. I too have heard that they put a LOT of pressure on their route drivers to sell, sell, sell. We like the young fellow who delivers to us.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 12:53:19 (permalink)
    I haven't tried them, we had a fellow going door to door giving out their catalogs about a month ago. The products look better than what I have seen with Market Day, but with only 2 of us and one being a vegetarian, it just isn't practical for us.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 13:22:54 (permalink)
    I have bought Schwans products for over 5 years now and there have been very few things that we tried that we wouldn't buy again. I agree the prices are a bit high, but the convenience factor is worth the cost. Their frozen sweet corn and french bagettes are staples in my freezer. I also really like the Chicken Cordon Bleu & the Chicken Parm dinners. I am very capable of making these dinners from scratch - but sometimes it's nice to have all the ingredients and prep time taken care of!
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 14:36:24 (permalink)
    I started a Schwan's thread on the Miscellaneous Forum about two months ago. You can look for more thoughts over there.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 15:34:54 (permalink)
    We order from Schwan's, they do have some great ice cream, and other staples.

    I found their chicken cordon bleu and chicken kiev, and it reminded me of growing up as a kid and mom would suprise us with them every once in a while.


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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/06 17:59:53 (permalink)
    I use them quite often.
    Here is a link to a previous discussion.
    In fact, my next delivery day is the 14th. Thanks for reminding me to make a list.
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15670&SearchTerms=schwans
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/07 02:02:25 (permalink)
    They have the BEST freezer treats! I currently have their passion punch sherbet, and blueberry bars in my freezer. YUM to both.

    We've also tried the appetizers & some of the dinners, which were...ok.

    Their potpies are what makes them famous for our family. We had to have the Schwanny Man stop delivering while step-poppa was in Iraq, but now that he's back in one piece, my mother keeps their freezer stocked up with the potpies. He's so funny with them, he even has a "special" way of wrapping the crusts in foil so they get brown but don't burn. It's a little like the guy with the turkey in A Christmas Story.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/07 08:43:52 (permalink)
    Hey Field,I was just wondering Is that Job your Nephew had still Vacant?
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/07 09:07:25 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


    All thru my childhood my Mom bought some foods from the Jewel Tea Company. They did a weekly delivery from trucks that I recall looked like the UPS Brown Delivery trucks. I wish I could ask Mother what she purchased from them, as I have no recall of the products received. I do know they came as regular as clock-work on a set day at a set time.

    I see Schwan freezer trucks in our neighborhood frequently. They seem out of place out here in the rural farm country that surrounds us.

    Mr. Mayor...I did a little research on the Jewel Tea trucks. It turns out that Jewel owned a chain of grocery stores in and around Chicago. The delivery routes were designed to bring the stores to the rural population. In fact, the delivery routes always were profitable. Jewel was also the developer of the Army's "favorite" food..the C Ration. Cheers.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/07 10:15:23 (permalink)
    Mack,

    Thanks for the info. Apparently they were a national service as we lived in the South Bay area of Los Angeles (read endless suburban housing tracts), then moved to the High Desert where we enjoyed the service also in a bit more rural environment (at that time). My last recollection of the service was in 1960 when I left for my Military time.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/07 12:33:55 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    Jellybear, I often see opening for Schwan's in the paper.
    It is an intriguing idea, is it not?
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/07 13:01:45 (permalink)
    I've tried them several times.. No complaints on the food quality at all.. Just their prices..
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/07 13:36:34 (permalink)
    Thier truck pulls in our drive quite often, Buying in bulk from them saves the money in gas driving to town ( 26 miles roundtrip )
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/08 00:31:39 (permalink)
    We still have Jewel stores around here.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/10 11:21:18 (permalink)
    Not Schwan's, but yesterday I was approached by two men selling "awesome" crab legs out of a small refrigerated truck. I was kind of taken aback as this is an old trick I hadn't seen in 20 years, I also didn't catch the name on the magnetic sign on the truck. Just was odd because they came into the small pastry shop that I was leaving and asked for directions to a place that ridiculously off in a far direction and then wanted to know if I wanted to see their crab legs. Smelled of scam to me.
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    RE: Food From The Road... 2007/02/11 08:54:06 (permalink)
    I used to but Schwan's on a regular basis. Some of their stuff was pretty good. They used to have frozen albacore steaks that were delicious when cooked rare. When they d/ced those my interest in Schwan's faded away.
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