Monday, August 18, 2014

Buitoni the saltiest frozen pizza so far



For years now, you can get very cheap full-sized frozen pizza for about $5 at Superstore. Smaller "gourmet" ones used to come in at around $8, but this week there are some for sale at around $3. I picked up a couple of Buitoni at $3.32 each (limit 2) and one McCain Ultra Thin Crust Roasted Mushroom and Garlic at $3.
I'm feeling veggie conscious so I picked only vegetarian pizzas.

The Buitoni Spinaci Fresca was the first ever Buitoni product I've tried and it was shocking. The Nutrition Facts (which I never read beforehand) confirmed it wasn't a factory fluke -- 500 mg Sodium per 90 gram (quarter pizza) serving.

The McCain Ultra Thin Crust Roasted Mushroom and Garlic wasn't significantly better at 310 mg Sodium per 86 gram (quarter pizza) serving, but the taste was what made the Buitoni pizza so surprising: It was as if someone had sprinkled extra salt on a pizza. It wasn't an experience of savoury-salty ingredients or sauce, but more like a direct taste of salt -- that's how salty it tasted. And it was so dominating that it almost covered up the flavours of the other ingredients.

Luvo isn't available in Canada yet, but they are known for healthy food and keeping sodium levels low. Their Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Flatbread has just 45 mg Sodum per 94 gram (half pizza) serving.

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By the way, if you want freshly made pizza at a cheap price, AYCE (all you can eat) pizza deals can still be found if you look around. There's Pizza Hut, for example. Not all stores have the offer, but the one in Burnaby at 4775 Hastings (at Gamma) has it at $10 $6.99, Monday to Friday, 11.30 am to 1.30 pm, NOT on holidays. Included in the buffet is (sad) garlic bread, salad, and dessert pizza. You may have to ask for the type of pizza you want if all they've put out is deluxe and pepperoni.

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