Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Moms with Teens Moms with Teens

9/10 Today is...

Posted by on Sep. 10, 2013 at 6:10 AM
  • 14 Replies


0aa

NATIONAL TV DINNER DAY

A new product, called “TV Dinners” was introduced by C.A. Swanson & Sons in 1953.  This changed the prepackaged meal industry forever.  Every year on September 10, we commemorate the “TV Dinner” on National TV Dinner Day. 

In 1962, Swanson stopped using the name “TV Dinner” however, in the United States, the term remains synonymous with any prepackaged dinner that is purchased frozen from a store and heated at home.

The first Swanson TV Dinner consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes.  The original tray was made of aluminum and each food item had it’s own compartment.  The dinner had to be heated in the oven and took about 25 minutes to cook.   Today most frozen food trays are made of microwaveable safe material.

The original product sold for 98 cents and the production estimate for the first year was 5,000 dinners.  To their surprise, Swanson far exceeded that amount and in the first year, sold more than 10 million of them.

  • 1960 – Swanson added desserts  to a new four-compartment tray.
  • 1964 – Night Hawk name originated from the Night Hawk steak houses that operated in Austin, Texas from 1939 through 1994. The original “diners” were open all night catering to the late-night crowd. The restaurants produced the first frozen Night Hawk “TV dinner” in 1964.
  • 1969 – The first TV breakfasts were marketed. Great Starts Breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches followed later.
  • 1973 – The first Swanson Hungry-Man dinners were marketed; these were larger portions of its regular dinner products.
  • 1986 – The first microwave oven-safe trays were marketed.
  • 1986 – The original Swanson TV Dinner tray was inducted, by the Smithsonian Institute, into the Museum of American History.

Much has changed since the original TV Dinner and they also remain a popular choice for a fast and convenient meal and fun to eat in front of the TV!

What is your favorite frozen meal?

by on Sep. 10, 2013 at 6:10 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
fammatthews4
by Trisha on Sep. 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM
1 mom liked this
I eat frozen meals very rarely but when I do it's PF Changs Sweet and Sour Chicken.
atlmom2
by Susie on Sep. 10, 2013 at 8:10 AM
Smart Ones
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
wakymom
by Silver Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

 We use the Bird's Eye Voila! meals as a quick go-to meal, as well as Encore SalisburySteak and various microwavable lasagnas.

 

 

 

ZakkarysMom
by on Sep. 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM
Yuck lol
boys2men2soon
by Kimberly on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Marie Callendars Turkey and stuffing.   I also like Stouffers Lasagna.




luckysevenwow
by Platinum Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Salisbury Steaks, and Lasagna are pretty much it. 

Txlisa7969
by Bronze Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

We don't typically do TV dinners.  If I had to choose a brand though it would probably be Stouffers.  I will say I do have fond memories of those metal trays in front of the TV when I was little.  My favorite back then was the fried chicken because it came with brownie lol. 

shorty13417
by on Sep. 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

same here... 


Quoting luckysevenwow:

Salisbury Steaks, and Lasagna are pretty much it. 


 

Barabell
by Barbara on Sep. 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM
1 mom liked this
Same. I also like some Healthy Choice bowls.

Quoting atlmom2:

Smart Ones
02nana07
by Ida on Sep. 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

 chicken

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN