Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie: A Closer Look at “Made from Scratch”

Have you ever wondered what “made from scratch” really means? The phrase implies a homemade touch, invoking images of a dedicated cook creating a dish with love and care. But when it comes to processed foods like Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie, is it truly made from scratch? Let’s dive into the truth behind the label.

A Misleading Implication

The Marie Callender’s ad claims that their Chicken Pot Pie is prepared with a golden flaky crust made from scratch. However, it’s important to note that Marie Callender herself is not involved in the process. The idea of a homemade, scratch recipe is also misleading when we examine the ingredient list. Unfortunately, the list was not readily available on the Marie Callender website, but when we look closer, it becomes clear that the cooking process is far from scratch.

Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients

The Truth in the Ingredients

Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients that are far from what we consider “scratch” cooking:

  • Carrageenan
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Maltodextrin
  • Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate Polysorbate 60
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Methylcellulose
  • Guar Gum
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Caramel color
  • Interesterified Soybean Oil

Two particularly concerning types of ingredients in Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie are highly processed fats like interesterified soybean oil and various emulsifiers and thickeners such as carrageenan, soy lecithin, xantham gum, guar gum, and methylcellulose. These additives have raised concerns due to their potential negative impact on health.

Understanding “Made from Scratch”

So, what does “made from scratch” truly mean? Unfortunately, when it comes to processed food, the term holds little significance. It is often just a marketing ploy used to entice consumers to purchase highly processed products.

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Embrace Real Scratch Cooking

If you’re looking for a true scratch cooking experience, why not try making your own chicken pot pie from scratch? By using real ingredients, you can avoid the additives and chemicals found in processed options. Here’s what you’ll need:

Chicken Pot Pie Filling: chicken, chicken broth (water, chicken, onions, carrots, celery, and seasoning), carrots, peas, celery, onions, butter, milk, flour, salt, pepper, sage, and rosemary.

Whole Wheat Pie Crusts: whole wheat pastry flour, butter, water, vinegar, sugar/maple syrup, and salt.

Now, that’s real food! If you’re interested, here are the recipes to try:

Leaving Processed Foods Behind

If you’re keen on reducing your consumption of processed foods, consider checking out my FREE ebook, The Ultimate Clean Eating Guide! It provides valuable insights and tips to help you make healthier choices.

Let’s embrace the joy of scratch cooking and savor the delicious flavors that come with it!

Cheers,
Bruce