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Loblaws Or Presidents Choice Quality

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Loblaws Or Presidents Choice Quality

Hi All I bought a package Of PC Prime Rib Burgers Not so long ago and To me They don't taste Like Prime Rib Burgers at all .In fact they made a lousy burger , Am I the only one that thinks Their quality has gone down hill ? Who know where they source their meat from anymore !
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You can tell by the establishment number on the box. Type it in the CFIA for meat processors and it will tell you the company.
They were made by Centennial back in the late 90's/early 00 that I know of.
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If you don't like it, take it back for a refund, no questions asked. I think a lot of retailers have a satisfaction guarantee on their branded products. I don't mind PC branded stuff. I almost never buy no name, but the PC Black label items I've tried were all very good.
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I never thought I'd hear "Loblaws" and "Quality" in the same sentence.

Pretty much everything I've tried of their house brands has been meh at best and an unmitigated dumpster fire at worst.
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raymondly wrote: You can tell by the establishment number on the box.
I believe you mean packaging. The PC burgers are no longer in boxes, as far as I know...
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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Keelenorth wrote: Hi All I bought a package Of PC Prime Rib Burgers Not so long ago and To me They don't taste Like Prime Rib Burgers at all .In fact they made a lousy burger , Am I the only one that thinks Their quality has gone down hill ? Who know where they source their meat from anymore !
I have to say the PC Prime rib burgers are okay, but taste like ordinary burgers. Nothing special. Not lousy to me, but not bells and whistles either.
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It's not a quality thing, it's how they seasoned it. At least I find the seasoning a little strong for my tastes. They should make a PC salt and pepper burger.

Definitely stay away from the Butcher's Choice ones: also Loblaws but even stronger tasting.
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lecale wrote: It's not a quality thing, it's how they seasoned it. At least I find the seasoning a little strong for my tastes. They should make a PC salt and pepper burger.

Definitely stay away from the Butcher's Choice ones: also Loblaws but even stronger tasting.
There might be less salt in the PC Blue Menu burgers...
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I remember having those PC prime rib burgers around 15+ years ago when they first came out in Insiders. At that time, yes, it tasted like prime rib!

The times I had frozen burgers in the last 10 years are few and far between to remember. I wouldn't be surprised if PC had multiple changes to their burger suppliers.
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playnicee1 wrote: There might be less salt in the PC Blue Menu burgers...
It's not the salt it's the "beef extract, maltodextrin, ... glucose solids, spices." And then the Butcher's Choice brand (also Loblaws) are like double-dose of that.

Anything without added flavour - non-instant oatmeal, sour cream, plain cream cheese, white/italian/half-rye bread, deli cheese, sure I'll buy No Name/PC/PCBL.

Anything where the PC flavour engineers get involved though - chips, dips, condiments, spice blends, marinated or frozen meats, flavoured teas, beverages, what they did to egg nog! - NOPE.

I hate to say it but even Walmart has far better flavours and I think Metro/Food Basics does flavours best. Loblaws, they do a mean plain.
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lecale wrote: Anything without added flavour - non-instant oatmeal, sour cream, plain cream cheese, white/italian/half-rye bread, deli cheese, sure I'll buy No Name/PC/PCBL.
Even there... (Unflavored) Oatmeal you can't screw up. Sour cream is also pretty hard.
Cream cheese, actual cheese can be cheaped out on butterfat or jacked up in moisture to make it weird.
Bread I will for sure fight you on because their bread is just awful. Walmart is by far worse but Loblaws "house" bread just sucks.
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death_hawk wrote: Even there... (Unflavored) Oatmeal you can't screw up. Sour cream is also pretty hard.
Cream cheese, actual cheese can be cheaped out on butterfat or jacked up in moisture to make it weird.
Bread I will for sure fight you on because their bread is just awful. Walmart is by far worse but Loblaws "house" bread just sucks.
They can do an ok baguette but I agree, their in-house bakery isn't that nice. Their buns are airy and dry with a thin fine crust, and very quick to stale. The alternative is the Ace product that is crustier than a barnacle. Packaged, I buy the Rubschlager marble rye all the time, and I'm very happy with it.

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