Friday, February 24, 2012

Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets Review & Giveaway **Closed**

I don't know if you have ever heard of Applegate Farms frozen foods before but I know I hadn't until I got fortunate enough to be picked to help them talk about one of their new items, chicken nuggets! They are natural and 7 nuggets are only 180 calories, which is pretty darn good considering what a fast food hamburger goes for these days. I am also impressed that it only took 12 minutes for them to be ready to eat! I love quick and easy. I wasn't really sure what to expect since I had never tried this product before. I have however, tried other brands of frozen chicken nuggets and they were awful! Oh, and if you prefer that your products be natural and organic, they have quite a list of those also to choose from.

We made these the other night with some tater tots we had bought and some coleslaw and when the time came to take them out of the oven, I just prayed and hoped that they would taste good because I had not made anything else as a backup. Well, all that worrying was for nothing because they were actually better than I imagined and even my husband Mike said, "Not bad"! And that is saying alot from him. He is not a big fan of frozen foods so this was actually a pretty darn good endorsement! Of course, instead of honey mustard he uses ranch dressing! Whew, that is just not right!

I think the reason they tasted much better than previous brands is that they kept the nuggets small and did not use a ton of batter to cover them up. Even Charlie, our Yorkie got to have just one nugget and I tore it into small bites for him and he gobbled them right up. Charlie is a very picky eater and hardly eats much of anything, so take this to the bank, when Charlie eats something, it really has to be good! Coupled with Mike's comment, I think we will be having Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets again in this household.
They are most noted for their great Organic and natural hot dogs, which is something I did not know either so this whole review was a great learning process for me. And here is why:
Made from 100% organic grass-fed and finished beef, these lean hot dogs are bursting with old-fashioned classic hot dog flavor—juicy, flavorful and delicious! These dogs have only 8 grams of fat compared to the average 15 grams in most brands, and because they’re made from grass-fed beef, they’re also high in omega-3 fatty acids (the good fat). Great on the grill or steamed on your stovetop any time you’re craving a taste of summer.
I think the next time, I am gonna have to try those hot dogs! Sounds like and looks like they are pretty darn good for you. If they taste as good as the chicken nuggets, I don't think you will or I will be disappointed in how the hot dogs taste either.

Here is what I found out about the Founder of Applegate Farms on the Roots section (this is only a snippet, so please go and read the rest of his story) and how he stumbled onto the perfect hot dog:
Like most good things in life, I stumbled upon Jugtown Smokehouse through a combination of intuition and serendipity. At the time, Jugtown was a family owned business specializing in nitrite-free bacon (deja-vu!) – and it was for sale. While it bore no resemblance to what Applegate Farms is today, I could see its potential. I also knew there had to be more people out there who would appreciate healthy meat products, so I decided to buy the business without much deliberation.

As it turns out, there are countless people who have a love/hate relationship with meat, and are thrilled to finally find meat products they can feel good about eating. People like you have helped build Applegate Farms over the last 20 years. And with that support, you’ve had a hand in preserving the nearly 300 family farms that supply us with humanely raised meat, without antibiotics or hormones.

So… What if you weren't afraid to read the ingredients on a hot dog package? Like me, you’d feel better about eating them, and serving them to your family. And that simple idea has always been, and will continue to be, the inspiration behind Applegate Farms. From our table to yours, thank you for joining the movement,
Lastly, I wanted you to know why they are so committed to making all of us, the consumers, happy with their products and this is their promise to us:

•Our animals are never given antibiotics. Healthy animals don’t need medicine. Instead, we give them space, fresh air, and a healthy diet, which we’re certain beats the alternative.
•Our livestock eat a completely vegetarian diet with no animal by-products. Cattle in our organic program are grass-fed. Hogs and poultry in our organic program are fed a grain diet that includes corn, soy, barley, and flax that are free from GMOs.
•Our animals are never given hormones or artificial growth promotants. They grow at their natural rate.
•All of our products are made with natural and organic ingredients. If you aren’t familiar with a particular ingredient, email us and we’ll tell you what it is.
•Our products are all minimally processed, allowing for a wholesome texture and taste.
•Our products never contain artificial nitrates or nitrites. Instead, we use celery juice and sea salt to preserve our products the natural and old fashioned way.
•Our deli meat, hot dogs, burgers, and bacon are gluten and casein free.
•Our products are made from natural and organic whole muscle meat. Yes, even our hot dogs! No mystery here.

Connect with Applegate Farms by several options:

Mailing Address:
750 Rt. 202 South, Suite 300
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5530
Phone: 866-587-5858
Fax: 800-358-8289

Applegate Farms has been kind enough to offer one winner her own 2 bags of their new Chicken Nuggets to try! Thanks so much Applegate Farms! Open to U.S. only.


Karina said...

i'd love to try the natural havarti cheese

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Karina said...

i commented on Pure Swiss Water Review

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Angela Solis said...

I would want to try the natural herb turkey breast

Jaimee Coupons said...

We would like to try the Organic Roast Beef Cold Cut

Kristen said...

I'd like to try the Organic Uncured Thick Cut Bacon.

Janet Vickers said...

Organic thick cut bacon

Alicia said...

turkey breakfast sausage

Catie said...

I'd love to try the Organic Turkey Burgers!

Beth said...

The Natural Chicken Pot Pie sounds yummy!

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Lauren said...

I would love to try their turkey burgers! I am soooo addicted to turkey burgers! They are so good!

ericka coello said...

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ericka coello said...

I'd like the Organic Smoked Turkey Breast

Cheryl Free said...

I'd like to try the Natural Roast Beef ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

Susan said...

I would like to try these as my husband likes these kinds of things
the cocktail links and the corn dogs

Christine Jessamine said...

i would love to try the Organic Uncured Thick Cut Bacon!

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Michele P. said...

I want to try their The Super Natural Beef Hot Dog

Krystle said...

Organic Mild Cheddar cheese!

Allison Downes said...

I want to try out their Black forest Ham (Cold Cuts)

Jacqui Odell said...

thick bacon

Paul T / Pauline T said...

I like the Organic Uncured Thick Cut Bacon - (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)