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Birds Eye Steamfresh

February 13, 2008
What it is: Plain veggies that you steam in their bag in a microwave
How it comes: Singles as four 3.25-ounce single-serve bags; Selects, Mixtures and Premium Selects, 12-ounce bags that serve four
Where it is: In the freezer section
Who it's for: Anyone who wants fresh-tasting, sauce-free vegetables at any time
Suggested retail price: $1.69-$2.99
Nutrition notes: The nutrition of whichever veggie you select, nothing more — as these contain no sauces
Category: Fabulous Food: A healthy twist

Bonnie: Steamfresh veggies warm a dietitian’s heart. What’s not to love as each package contains pure vegetables and nothing more. This makes eating the government’s recommended 2 1/2 cups a day easy, delicious and nutritious.

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(That recommendation, by the way, is based on a person needing 2000 calories a day … so you may need more or less depending on your calorie level.)

These veggies go directly from your freezer to the microwave and steam right in their own bags. You can season them to taste — if you want to — after they’re cooked. No need for any cleaning, cutting or chopping the vegetables, and no dirtying a pan.

That is, unless you choose to season them. Last time I made Steamfresh Select Green Beans I sautéed the just-steamed veggies in a little butter, seasoned with salt and freshly ground pepper, and topped with fresh roasted chopped almonds. Simple. Delicious.

Steamfresh are so good that earlier this month Supermarket Sampler — my syndicated column — awarded its coveted, annual Golden Shopping Cart of the Year award, honoring the best new product of 2007, to Birds Eye Steamfresh. For the past 18 years Carolyn Wyman and I have been selecting one product that we deem tasty, healthy and on-trend to receive this award.

You can purchase Steamfresh as Singles (Super Sweet Corn, Baby Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Peas) that contain four single-serve bags, or the Steamfresh Selects, Mixtures and Premium Selects (a wide variety of choices). A 12-ounce bag serves 4.

And, be on the lookout this March for Birds Eye’s new Steamfresh Rice offering long grain white rice, whole grain brown rice and long grain white rice with mixed vegetables. These will cost $1.69 for a 10-ounce package, which will serve 2. Although I haven’t seen or tried these yet, I know I’ll wish they made a brown rice and veggie mixture.

Bryan: I’d like to say otherwise, but I have trouble keeping up with all my worldly responsibilities. I don’t floss as often as I’m told to, and call me a bad person, but I find it difficult to get my recommended serving of vegetables everyday. There, I said it. Veggies are great, but my schedule is just not regular enough to keep them in the fridge (a rotting problem) or get the full benefit of fresh preparation (a time problem). Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen vegetables solve both my problems in one fell swoop. Also, they are a quality product that thankfully hasn’t been coated with, or stored side-by-side with, an overwhelming sauce. These veggies are clean and natural and have the added benefit of the simplest preparation on the market; just stick the bag in the microwave! Though I sometimes take a rigid stance against frozen/prepackaged food, Birds Eye has done everything right with this product. So, just enjoy it for dinner.

Eric: I’ve become an avid vegetable fan in the last few years. Only recently have I started looking forward to having a big salad for lunch, or snacking on some roughly chopped red pepper or broccoli, or even enjoying the leftover sautéed vegetables that I used to scoff at as a little kid. I’ve finally discovered that I actually enjoy vegetables, even as much as fruit, and prefer them cooked fresh — not frozen. This is why I was surprised by the Steamfresh product. It’s a frozen product designed to taste fresh enough to please even a true foodie. While I would always recommend passing your local farmers’ market to pick up some fresh vegetables when possible, this is one of those products I would stock in my freezer in case of an unexpected late-night dinner, or as a quick side dish to a meal.

43 Comments on “Birds Eye Steamfresh”

  1. sissy546 Says:

    I absolutely love these. My favorite is the corn. It taste as close as you can get to garden fresh. I am not one for buying so called convenience foods, but this has won me over. Great idea for a quick veggie that doesn’t taste quick.

  2. loretta Says:

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  4. arthur Says:

    Thanks for the flour you sent me as a winner of the January contest!

  5. AJ Says:

    I just tried the brown rice and it is wonderful! I am not usually a brown rice lover, but I will be now! Easy to prepare and the rice came out PERFECT! The bag is a two serving bag, and it is just right for tonight’s meal and leftover’s for tomorrow. I hope my store keeps stocking them!

  6. Elaine Cobb Says:

    My husband & I LOVE the long grain white rice both plain and with carrots, peas & corn. He is the rice lover of the family and he’s never had better rice. I am the lover of easy & good in the family. Unlike my attempts at cooking long grain rice myself, this rice comes out perfect every time. I like the brown rice too but he will stick with the white. Thank you for a wonderful product.

  7. Litelayde Says:

    I can’t believe how wonderful the whole steamfresh line up is! It always comes out perfectly and the vegetables taste as close to fresh as you can get. I have become quite fond of the brown rice and has helped me greatly to lose a few pounds! It’s so easy to make that I don’t mind making it, so I don’t go grabbing a dough-nut or something instead. Please keep it coming! I keep telling everyone I know who hasn’t tried it, to try it. It’s easy, good for you, easy, delicious and (did I mention) EASY! Thank you Bird’s Eye!

  8. KaCo Says:

    The brown rice has a wonderful texture and it tastes better than any brown rice I’ve ever eaten.

  9. Edgar Says:

    where can i find frozen pearl onions in the Bartlesville or Tulsa Oklahoma area?

  10. Birds Eye Says:

    Birds Eye does sell Pearl Onions in our original vegetables line.
    The closest shops that sell them are far from Tulsa; they are

    Dillon Food Store
    425 N Summit St
    Arkansas City KS 67005-2225
    (620) 4427931
    88.8 mi NW

    Dillon Food Store
    2310 Main St
    Winfield KS 67156-5447
    (620) 2215700
    95.4 mi NW

    Homeland Stores
    9225 N May Ave
    Oklahoma City OK 73120-4453
    (405) 7517595
    99.4 mi SW

  11. Food and Product Reviews – Supermarket Sampler Awards Golden Shopping Cart of 2008 – Food Blog | Bite of the Best Says:

    [...] recipients of the Golden Shopping Cart have included: Birds Eye Steamfresh, Eagle Mills All-Purpose Flour made with Ultragrain, Uncle Ben’s Original Long Grain and [...]

  12. jill Says:

    Can anyone tell me if the fact that it is cooked in plastic in the microwave is a problem? I have heard that it might cause cancer.

  13. Birds Eye Foods Says:

    Hey Jill,

    Steamfresh Vegetables and Steamfresh Meals for Two are packaged in a special bag specifically designed for microwave cooking. Our bags are totally different from common kitchen plastic wrap. Steamfresh bags are 100% microwave oven safe and are specially designed from plastics meeting FDA regulations and do not contain PVC, Phthalate, BPA, PFOA or melamine.

  14. Sandra Carabello Says:

    We recently had a steamfresh meals for two delicious. It had pineapple in the mixture but cannot find it anymore. Can you help me?

  15. Birds Eye Foods Says:

    Hey Sandra,

    I think the meal you are referring to is our Birds Eye Voila! Sweet & Sour Chicken. It has tender chicken, sweet pineapple chunks, julienne carrots, onion strips and colorful red and green peppers tossed in an authentic Asian sauce. We do have an Asian inspired Steamfresh Meal for Two that we think you may like as well called Asian Style Chicken Vegetable Medley. Like all of our Steamfresh Meals for Two, it cooks to perfection in the microwave in just 10 minutes. As for ingredients, it combines marinated and grilled chicken breast tossed with lo mein noodles, broccoli, carrots, baby corn and sugar snap peas topped with a delicious Asian style sauce. Feel free to check out our other Steamfresh Meals for Two varieties at – http://www.birdseyesteamfresh.com/meals/default.aspx.

    If you post your zip code we can find a store near you that carries the Birds Eye Voila! meal and Steamfresh Meals for Two!

    Thanks!

  16. Fran Colosimo Says:

    Steamfresh vegetables are convenient and delicious, and we have been eating them since their introduction to the marketplace. However, my husband is concerned that the bag is made of plastic and is reluctant to eat Steamfresh products. Could you please enlighten me re my husband’s concern about the plastic content of the Steamfresh bag. I lookforward to your reply. Thank you.

  17. Birds Eye Foods Says:

    Hi Fran,

    Thanks for the post. Keep them coming!

    To answer your question, Steamfresh Vegetables and Steamfresh Meals for Two are packaged in a special bag specifically designed for microwave cooking. Our bags are totally different from common kitchen plastic wrap. Steamfresh bags are 100% microwave oven safe and are specially designed from plastics meeting FDA regulations and do not contain PVC, Phthalate, BPA, PFOA or melamine.

    Let us know if you (or your husband) have any other questions!

    Talk to you soon,
    Birds Eye

  18. lkunches Says:

    I absolutely love the singles. However, I have not been able to find them recently in several markets I have checked around 02127 and 02642 zip codes.
    Please help!

  19. Birds Eye Foods Says:

    Hi lkunches,

    Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate it! We did a search and it looks like the closest availability to your two zip codes are:

    Boston MA 02127

    Super Stop & Shop
    713 E Broadway
    Boston MA 02127-1528
    (617) 2697989
    0.5 mi E

    Shaws Supermarket
    45 William T Morrissey Blvd
    Dorchester MA 02125-3326
    (617) 2651776
    1.1 mi S

    Super Stop & Shop
    1100 Massachusetts Ave
    Dorchester MA 02125-1606
    (617) 5414700
    1.2 mi SW

    Eastham MA 02642

    Super Stop & Shop
    Rte 6A Cranberry Cove Plaza
    Orleans MA 02653
    (508) 2555288
    4.2 mi S

    Shaws Supermarket
    9 West Rd & Hwy 6A
    Orleans MA 02653
    (508) 2401021
    4.2 mi S

    Super Stop & Shop
    Hwy 39 & Hwy 137
    Harwich MA 02645
    (508) 4325000
    10.4 mi S

    We hope this helps!

    Thanks.

  20. Andy Says:

    I have trouble finding the Steamfresh singles. I am in San Jose (95124) – local stores such as Safeway stock Steamfresh but the singles are hard to find.

    I think this is a great new (ish) range. I (in common with some earlier posters) am not a great user of many convenience foods, but these make getting your vegies fast and easy.

    Good product, as food consciousness is improving I think it will do well.

    Andy

  21. Birds Eye Foods Says:

    Hi Andy,

    Thanks for your post. Below are the closest retailers that carry the singles.

    BE Steamfresh Singles:
    San Jose CA 95124

    Lucky Store
    2027 Camden Ave
    San Jose CA 95124-2024
    (408) 5599484
    0.9 mi NW

    Lucky Store
    6109 Meridian Ave
    San Jose CA 95120-2727
    (408) 9973100
    3.0 mi SE

    Target Store
    879 Blossom Hill Rd
    San Jose CA 95123-1213
    (408) 5133002
    3.4 mi E

    Lucky Store
    844 Blossom Hill Rd
    San Jose CA 95123-2725
    (408) 5788484
    3.7 mi E

    Lucky Store
    565 W Capitol Expy
    San Jose CA 95136-3914
    (408) 4456900
    4.1 mi E

    Lucky Store
    200 El Paseo De Saratoga
    San Jose CA 95130-1616
    (408) 3648800
    4.4 mi NW

    Target Store
    2161 Monterey Hwy
    San Jose CA 95125-1057
    (408) 6601703
    4.4 mi NE

    Safeway Store
    3071 Stevens Creek Blvd
    Santa Clara CA 95050-6704
    (408) 2483305
    4.8 mi N

    Lucky Store
    234 Saratoga Ave
    Santa Clara CA 95050-6629
    (408) 2960515
    5.5 mi NW

    Target Store
    533 Coleman Ave
    San Jose CA 95110-2047
    (408) 3462022
    5.9 mi N

    Hope this helps!

  22. Sherra Says:

    Does the steam fresh bag contain BPA? It seems like everything made of any kind of plastic contains that chemical. What are you to eat or cook with today?

  23. Birds Eye Foods Says:

    Hi Sherra,

    Steamfresh packaging is specifically designed with your safety in mind. Steamfresh packaging does not use any Bisphenol A (BPA), nor does our supplier use BPA in any of the raw materials that they use in their manufacturing plants. Steamfresh is an ideal way to safely enjoy microwave prepared vegetables, side dishes and meals. Let us know if you have any other questions!
    Thanks, Ashley

  24. Darlene Allen Says:

    Please! If your vegetables are in BPA free bags, let the consumers know. It should say so on the product. I have almost stopped using the Steam Fresh vegetables; though, I absolutely love them. But I have a one year old that I must be concerned about. Is there any way for me to confirm that your product is BPA or other harmful chemicals free?

    Thank you.

  25. Food and Product Reviews – Golden Shopping Cart – Food Blog | Bite of the Best Says:

    [...] recipients of the Golden Shopping Cart have included: Birds Eye Steamfresh, Eagle Mills All-Purpose Flour made with Ultragrain, Uncle Ben’s Original Long Grain and [...]

  26. Steamfresh Long Grain Rice | Bite of the Best Says:

    [...] Birds Eye did it again. First with veggies (see FeaturedBite), providing frozen portions that steam in a few minutes in the microwave – and this time [...]

  27. losing Says:

    I’ve started eating the steamfresh brown rice to loose weight. I eat the brown rice bag with a little bit of diced chicken. I know this is for two, but it makes a good little chicken bowl for lunch. Is this bad?

  28. Michele Says:

    I purchased your product a couple of days ago…t was Steamfresh Fresh Fozen Vegetables….I prepared it according to directions and was highly dissapoited….the package contained many “long” hairs in my noodles and I was unable to eat the rest….I cannot believe the Birds Eye would let their workers not use hairnets….it was disgusting…you lost a customer

  29. geraldine Says:

    I eat the Birdseye Steamers every day. I eat the entire bag and was concerned about the plastic being toxic….thanks for clearing that up. Now maybe I’ll eat two per day : )

  30. Pat Donnelley Says:

    Steamfresh Singles in other veggies:
    The Brussel’s sprouts are the only one of the three of the steamfresh singles that fit my dietary needs. I would like to see Broccoli, Califlower, Corn, all with no seasoning, so I can put with brown rice for one dish meals.

  31. Sheila Says:

    I too am looking for Steamfresh Singles. I used to buy them at Albertsons but have not found them anywhere for several months now. My zip code is 88061. I would also like to see a larger variety of veggies available as singles.

  32. Doug Bath Says:

    Does the packaging contain BPA?

  33. bea mcmullen Says:

    I LOVE Birdseye Singles but cannot find them any more. I used to buy them at Stop and Shop but every time I inquire about them the answer is, we don’t have them.Are they still being packaged,is it just Stop & Shop?

  34. Joyce Hayes Says:

    I recently tried steamfresh broccoli cuts. It was a total disappointment. The package contained mostly pieces of stems and very little florets. I will not buy this product again.

  35. Joy Royer Says:

    My husband buys your Steam Fresh vegetables and FILLS up the frig; he loves them! I read that the bags did not have PVC, BPA, etc. which is fantastic, so I’ll be sharing his veggies. My question is: Can the bags be recyclable and what category are they classified? If they are healthy(though not organic), and also recyclabe, then they are just about perfect. Enjoyed your site. Joy

  36. Joy Royer Says:

    I understand the stem fresh veggie bags are safe after reading your comments. My husband LOVES Steam Fresh and fills our frig full with them, eating for breakfast and any other time. My question is: Are the bags recylable and what category are they? Now that I read they are in safe bags, I will join in the feast of veggies with my husband. Joy

  37. Mr. News Says:

    The Birds Eye Single are apparently being phased out. None of my area supermarkets have the Brussel Sprouts any more, and NONE of the Singles products are listed on the BirdsEye website.

    It’s possible that the packaging is being replaced or updated, but I doubt it. I believe some other brands are starting to sell single servings of un-sauced or lightly-sauced frozen veggies. I am very disappointed in BirdEye, as once again a good product is pulled because it didn’t make ENOUGH profit for the corporation.

  38. Deanna Says:

    Please help me get some Single Serve Steam Fresh veggies again, none of my stores have them! My Zip code is 49519. Is there a place online where I can purchase them? I couldn’t see them on the Birds Eye website either. I was especially interested in the single serve Baby Brussels sprouts. Thank you, Deanna.

  39. Sheila Lashley Says:

    I am still trying to find Steamfresh Si
    ngles. My zipcode is 88061. If no store in my area sells them can they be ordered on line? If so. where?

  40. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com Says:

    I have been in touch with Birds Eye foods asking about the availability of their SteamFresh Singles to answer your queries.. What follows is a response to each of the last few queries.

    Sorry it took so long!!

    1. Joy Royer: Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding Birds Eye Steamfresh packaging. Our bags are a lamination of different plastics. The recycling code for these bags is 7. Please check with a local recycling facility to inquire if they accept this grade of plastic.

    2. Mr. News: Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding Birds Eye Steamfresh Singles. I apologize that you have had difficulty locating this item. We have not discontinued these products. Our team utilizes software that allows us to search retailers in your area to see where the product is available. You may access this locator through a link on our website at http://www.birdseye.com. You may also call us at 1-800-432-3102. We have representatives available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time to assist you.

    3. Deanna: Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding Birds Eye Steamfresh Brussel Sprouts Singles. I apologize that you have had difficulty locating this item. At this time we do not offer products directly for sale to consumers. We distribute through wholesale grocery suppliers and they sell primarily to retail grocery stores.

    Our team utilizes software that allows us to search retailers in your area to see where the product is available. Based on your zip code I searched a radius of up to 100 miles, however, I was unable to identify retailers that have scanned this item recently. I apologize that I am not able to offer additional assistance at this time. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to speak with your local store manager about ordering this item for you.

    4. Sheila Lashley - Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding Birds Eye Steamfresh Brussel Sprouts Singles. I apologize that you have had difficulty locating this item. At this time we do not offer products directly for sale to consumers. We distribute through wholesale grocery suppliers and they sell primarily to retail grocery stores.

    Our team utilizes software that allows us to search retailers in your area to see where the product is available. Based on your zip code I searched a radius of up to 100 miles, however, I was unable to identify retailers that have scanned this item recently. I apologize that I am not able to offer additional assistance at this time. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to speak with your local store manager about ordering this item for you.

  41. Karen Kording Says:

    The Birdseye single portions are awesome. I’ve only been able to buy the brussel sprouts and corn at my local grocery. I’m going to ask if they could also carry the peas. I live alone. I’m on a low salt diet so it’s hard to find veggies that aren’t either in butter or cream sauce. Thanks for these!!!

  42. Desmond Tiihonen Says:

    Some time ago I bought a Steam Fresh Single brussels sprouts but can’t recall where. They were perfect ! Searched most stores in the 01960 ZIP area to no avail. Are Singles still available? If so where,what varieties,etc.

  43. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com Says:

    Desmond …. they used to have a product locator on their site — but I’m no longer finding it — but am finding the Brussels sprouts singles. I suggest calling 888-327-9060 the number of BirdsEye site for customer info. Good luck

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