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Stale taco shell's make Mom look bad at the end of the day
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA -- When your husband and kids come home at the end of the day, one thing they look forward to is "What's for dinner?". It's my job to make that a wonderful end to the day. Last night was the last night that I'm including store bought taco/ tostada shells in my "Tacos/ Tostada" themed dinners. I buy them because they are convenient. Frying corn tortillas doesn't take too much extra time but it is kind of messy. Besides I'm also doing homework while I'm cooking. But I cannot have another one of my kids or my husband bite into another stale rubbery tostada shell again. I will fry for now on. Unfortunately, 97% of the time the taco/ tostada shells are stale. What a waste of money. And since I had to break out the fry pan and the oil anyway. In the end it was a waist of time too!
Resolution Update 01/17/2010:
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Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
You should return the stale product where you purchased it, or at least call the toll-free number included on the package (assuming there is one). No reason to throw away good money on a stale product.

Oh, and thanks for reminding me what mothers/wives are for. I won't have to watch Leave it to Beaver tonight.
Ytropious on 01/14/2010:
I was thinking the same thing. Just call the 800 number, they're usually pretty good about sending a free coupon out or something. Also we get it, your a wife and mom. Don't you think the rest of us are too?
madconsumer on 01/14/2010:
if the 'use by date' is not passed, the stale can be removed by simply heating the shells in the oven for a few moments.

when I learned to make corn tortias in Mexico, true mexicans never fry them in oil, they cook them in a heavy cast iron skillet, dry. the only time they use oil is for making corn chips.
*Brenda* on 01/14/2010:
You know you are supposed to put them in the oven right?
Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
Ever try reading not only the "purchase by" date but the instructions as well? Those things have a fairly long shelf life and should be fine after you heat them in the oven for about five minutes. (NH)
You do know that you have to saute the meat before serving as well, right?
Principissa on 01/14/2010:
Umm did you heat these in the oven before you served them? I made that mistake ONCE, my goodness it was horrible. It was like eating a stale dorito.
Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
If you're busy doing homework, then why doesn't your hubby cook for you once in a while?
Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
Yaya, if Mrs Dinner can't figure out how to heat a taco shell what makes you think that hubby can?
What, are you trying to get the whole family sick?
Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
Hey, at least she wasn't making FOF sammies for dinner.

Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
FOF's should be left to the experts.
At home I never eat my fish on bread nor let tartar get near it. Lemon juice or pickle juice with hot sauce.
That's how we do it in the "E".
Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
ZZ, when you going to let me cook for you?
Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
When you come to Denver. You'd love it here.
Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
I've been there. My sister used to live in Highlands Ranch
Anonymous on 01/14/2010:
Oh yeah? Well get back here!
jktshff1 on 01/14/2010:
What I really love about Denver is admiring the clear blue sky heading north from the south and going through the Eisenhower Tunnel and seeing the sky change before my eyes. LOL
old fart on 01/14/2010:
Pickle juice with hotsauce..???? That sounds like the perfect emetic recipe...! BARFAROONY!!!!!
Anonymous on 01/15/2010:
Dinner_Replay, First of all you're going to have to excuse my friend Zzrokk. He just hasn't been the same since he got a hold of some bad fried shrimp from a pizza shack. Why would he order fried shrimp from a pizza shack you might ask? Exactly!

Too funny. I had Old El Paso taco shells just last night at my step daughter's house. She baked them according to the directions on the box. I must say those shells were just nasty. Tasted rancid and stale. Myself, when I eat tacos I usually go traditional with rolled tacos in soft yellow corn tortillas. Anyway, excellent review.
MRM on 01/15/2010:
LOL Old Fart & Stew!
PepperElf on 01/15/2010:
personally ... I understand being upset that the product didn't work the way you thought it would

but honestly hope no one is trying to make you feel bad for that.
because if someone is doing that... perhaps that someone should do the cooking for a while

it sounds like you're just as busy as everyone else in your household, so you shouldn't be the only one who has to cook
Dinner replay on 01/16/2010:
OMG, I can't believe some of you were so offended at my concern for my family's meal quality. I guess that explains why so many of you assumed that I didn't bake the shells. One offense deserves another? The fact is that my family works very hard and I'm at home making sure that everything is done. It ensures their success at work and school. If I asked my husband to cook he would do it without question. My job is my family, it comes along with staying at home. Old El Paso has been selling stale products for a long time. It's been awhile but I've purchased their products before. Anyone who wanted the information, I hope this was helpful. Anyone who was offended by my concern for my family? Get a life. Negativity breeds negativity. Positive happy life adds years to your life.
Anonymous on 01/16/2010:
Soooooo...you're being negative while trying to force others to be positive?

*roll eyes*
Nohandle on 01/16/2010:
OP, you've finally stated you are a stay at home mom. Big difference because you aren’t out in the workforce assisting with the family income. If that was the case everyone should pitch in. The home is your job so you want it right. No problem there and great you can stay at home. You were being a bit dramatic. Come on, admit it.

You got a product you weren’t pleased with since it was stale. Fair enough. I've gotten so once I find what I'm looking for the next thing I do is check the expiration date. Sometimes I have to scratch around to the back of the shelf to find the freshest. It certainly makes shopping a bit longer but many times it's worth it.
Anonymous on 01/16/2010:
Perhaps that is just the way they taste then OP. If you always get 'stale' from that brand, don't use it. I personally don't mind the way they taste, but that is me. The Taco Bell brand I can't eat.
jktshff1 on 01/16/2010:
How do you tell if it's stale?
waterbury01 on 01/17/2010:
Wow people lay off the woman for being a stay at home mom. I have had the stale tacos as well and yes I do bake them according to the instructions. Sometimes it happens. But as with every thing in life, it's hit or miss on somethings. I have had good taco shells too. OP give em another shot, you may have just gotten a bad batch.
PepperElf on 01/17/2010:
eh, it's not that. it was the thought that she could somehow "look bad" because the product didn't work right.

in my opinion a truly loving family wouldn't let something like that reflect badly on the mother, just the product.
waterbury01 on 01/17/2010:
True there PepperElf but as a aspiring cook myself, I tend to do the "look bad" as well if something I make turns out bad. Not because the family says so (God bless em, they eat it anyway) but because personal pride comes into play. Might be the same with her.
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