Meijer Pizzeria Hand Tossed Frozen Pizza

This week, we deviated from our normal Kroger/Busch’s rotation to get Meijer frozen pizza. The Taste Tester picked this one out as I attempt to avoid entering Meijer at all costs.  I hate Meijer; I have met many people who love Meijer. But, much like Michigan State fans and University of Michigan fans can come together in mutual hatred of Ohio State, Meijer lovers and Meijer haters can come together in agree on one thing: It’s better than Wal-Mart.

Total Score: 36/80; 45%

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 5/10

Sauce: 3/10

Toppings: 5/10

Overall: 5/10

Foodiocentric

Crust: 5/10

Sauce: 4/10

Toppings: 5/10

Overall: 4/10

Overall I thought this pizza tasted pretty cheap. Luckily it was cheap, which boosted the Taste Tester’s overall score. I found it severely lacking in cheese, which also made it taste like it had way too much sauce. The pepperoni was good though. Given the low score and my loathing of Meijer, it’s safe to say we won’t be eating this one again.

Freschetta Brick Oven Frozen Pizza Review

Next up, we had one of the Taste Tester’s perennial favorites, Frechetta Brick Oven pizza. Aside from Tombstone, this is the frozen pizza the Taste Tester has had most often.

Total Score: 58.5/80; 73.1%

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 8.5/10

Sauce: 4/10

Toppings: 9/10

Overall: 8/10

Foodiocentric

Crust: 9/10

Sauce: 3/10

Toppings: 9/10

Overall: 8/10

The biggest objection to this pizza was the sauce. It definitely had the classic frozen pizza taste. This was a disappointment because overall this was a very good pizza. Of all the pizzas we have sampled, this one really brought the toppings. Lots of cheese and very good pepperonis. If the sauce was better this may have been the perfect frozen pizza. It will definitely be part of our regular rotation.

 

 

 

 

Kroger Rising Crust Frozen Pizza Review

For our next taste test, we sampled Kroger’s rising curst frozen pizza. As with the others, it was prepared in my convection oven. The Taste Tester and I have given totally unbiased reviews, we spent our very own money on these pizzas and sourced them all ourselves.

Total Score: 36/80; 45%

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 6/10

Sauce: 6/10

Toppings: 4/10

Overall: 5/10

Foodiocentric

Crust: 3/10

Sauce: 5/10

Toppings: 3/10

Overall: 4/10

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this had way too much crust for me. Both the Taste Tester and I found it lacking on toppings, specifically cheese. Not too objectionable, but no worth repeating.

DiGiorno Stuffed Crust Frozen Pizza Review

The Taste Tester’s co-worker informed us that DiGornio stuffed crust pizza is the best of all the frozen pizzas. It was pretty pricey, so we had high expectations. I think this one would have really benefited from a trip in the regular oven as opposed to the convection oven. I will be looking forward to trying this one again. Also, remember that I am quite biased as a thin crust lover 4life!

Total Score: 52.5/80; 65.6%

The Breakdown:

Price: $7.99, on sale

Taste Tester

Crust: 10/10

Sauce: 6.5/10

Toppings: 6/10

Overall: 8/10

Foodiocentric

Crust: 5/10

Sauce: 6/10

Toppings: 6/10

Overall: 5/10

Both the Taste Tester and I were satisfied with this pizza, although I found it ridiculously overpriced. The Taste Tester loved the crust, but noted that without cheese it would have been wayyyy too much. I still found it to be a little crust heavy. I also found the crust to be bland and a bit soggy. Even though the Taste Tester really liked this one, at $7.99 it won’t be making too many more appearances in our freezer.

Kroger Simple Truth Organic Frozen Pizza Review

Next up in our very scientific frozen pizza challenge, the Taste Tester and I sampled a pizza from Kroger’s own brand, Simple Truth Organic.

Price: $4.99, one of the pricier pizzas in the test, especially considering it was rather small

Total Score: 12/80; 15%

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 4/10

Sauce: 3/10

Toppings: 1/10

Overall: 0

Foodiocentric

Crust: 0/10

Sauce: 4/10

Toppings: 0/10

Overall: 0/10

Wow was this awful. Remember how I told you at the beginning of this challenge that the Taste Tester likes ALL. THE. PIZZA. Well, I stand corrected.

This is the first time, in 28 years on earth, the Taste Tester has ever been actively hungry and refused to eat pizza. He could not stomach another bite. It was THAT bad.

While I enjoyed the 1 pepperoni that I had on my pizza, the Taste Tester found that it tasted like a cheap summer sausage. We both wanted to give it negative points. Organic or not, this is not a pizza we will be purchasing again.

The Best Frozen Pizza (in a convection oven)

The Taste Tester is an unabashed, unapologetic lover of ALL pizza. He is not discerning in his taste. Pizza, even pizza I would consider sub-par, is better than any other meal in his opinion. His standard in evaluating most of the things I make is-would he choose this over pizza? The answer is almost always no.

This makes eating out a challenge. Pizza is usually the cheapest option when eating out or getting take-out. And, since eating out is usually a rather unhealthy endeavor, the Taste Tester hates to waste his calories on a meal he considers only average. Therefore, we eat a lot of frozen pizzas, as they are usually cheaper and more convenient than eating out.

For as long as we have been together, the Taste Tester’s go-to frozen pizza brand was Tombstone. Pepperoni to be exact. But recently, we wondered, is this still the best frozen pizza? There have been so many recent developments in the frozen pizza realm, so we decided we should get to the bottom of it once and for all.

The Test

To determine the very best frozen pizza, we sampled a pepperoni pizza from each brand. They were each cooked in my microwave convection oven, not my conventional oven. I think this may have had an effect on the crispiness of the crust, but once we started with the convection oven, I did not think it was fair to switch. We will do another test using the conventional oven and see if that changes the results.

To help you interpret our opinions, you should know that the Taste Tester loves pepperoni and it is his preferred pizza. I like all kinds of toppings but am normally satisfied with pepperoni as well. I also prefer thin crust while the taste tester usually likes New York style pizzas, but is open to all types of crust without a strong preference.

Each pizza was rated by both the Taste Tester and myself in each of the following categories:

Crust
Toppings
Sauce
Overall

We rated them on a scale of 1-10 in each category, which left a total possible 40 points from each of us, for a total of 80 possible points.

The Results

The Taste Tester and I, in the interest of science, will continue to test as many frozen pizzas as we can get our hands on. I have summarized the scores here and I will link to the reviews as I write them! This is completely unbiased and we were not in any way compensated or requested to give these reviews. Believe it or not we took it completely upon ourselves to conduct this experiment.

Freschetta Brick Oven: 73.1%

DiGiorno Stuffed Crust: 65.6%

Red Baron Classic Crust: 50.6%

DiGiorno Rising Crust: 47.5%

Meijer Pizzeria Hand Tossed: 45%

Kroger Rising Crust: 45%

Kroger Simple Truth Organic: 15%

 

DiGiorno Rising Crust Pizza

For this test, we tasted the DiGiorno Rising Crust Pizza. At Meijer, this retails for $5.49, but we found it on sale for $4.88.

Total: 38/80; 47.5% 

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 4/10

Sauce: 6/10

Toppings: 6/10

Overall Taste: 5/10

Total Score: 21/40

Foodiocentric:

Crust: 3/10

Sauce: 3/10

Toppings: 6/10

Overall: 5/10

Total Score: 17/40

 

Both the Taste Tester and I were relatively satisfied with the amount and the quality of the toppings on this pizza, but I felt it was way too much crust. The crust was soft on the bottom, it was hard to get this one cooked through without burning the top. I definitely felt the sauce here gave the distinct frozen pizza taste.

 

 

Red Baron Classic Crust

This week, the Taste Tester and I tried Red Baron Classic Crust frozen pizza.  At $3.79, the price is pretty hard to beat. That was a factor in our overall analysis.

Total Score: 40.5/80; 50.6%

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 5/10

Sauce: 5/10

Toppings: 7/10

Overall: 5.5/10

Total: 22.5/40

Foodiocentric

Crust: 2/10

Sauce: 5/10

Toppings: 6/10

Overall: 5/10

Total: 18/40

 

As you can see by the scores, both the Taste Tester and I were impressed with the amount of toppings on this pizza, especially given the low cost. I found the sauce satisfactory, but nothing special. I think sauce is really what often gives off the “frozen pizza” taste. Not bad sauce, but nothing remarkable. The crust was quite soggy. I did note that the outside crust was good, so I will be anxious to try this one again in my conventional oven, as I think the crust would crisp up nicely.

For $3.79, we would definitely try this one again!